Ironic that the Voting Section told the Inspector General that the DOJ didn’t get involved in Guam because the case might not be ripe. It will be interesting to see what the DOJ does now. If the past is any indication, protecting voting rights is not an equal opportunity exercise at the Obama Justice Department. National Review covers the hypocrisy:
“A May 8 decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given new attorney general Loretta Lynch her first public test: Will she break from Eric Holder’s policies by enforcing voting-rights law on a race-neutral basis, as Congress intended, or will she continue Holder’s non-neutral enforcement policy?”
The Supreme Court will decide whether a state, as Texas does, can use illegal alien and resident alien population in apportioning political power in legislative redistricting. The decision will have a profound effect on politics. Here is the ACRU brief explaining how the Justice Department already exclusively uses citizenship data in redistricting lawsuits.
Honoring Those Who Gave All
We are grateful to those who have served and sacrificed to preserve our Republic and our system of self-government. Memorial Day should give pause for thought to citizens committed to free and fair elections. When exercising a key voter’s right – questioning election authority – there is ample opportunity to feel tremendous levels of frustration when seeking the truth. Memorial Day always manages to offer perspective; as difficult as research and advocacy can be for our shared cause, we must be grateful for those who sacrificed all to preserve our nation. This weekend, take time to remember those in your community who fought for your rights and freedoms.
Listen to the DOJ / IRS Fail to Defend Targeting Operations in Court
You may have read recently that True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS was placed on a temporary hold until a similar case, Z Street v. Koskinen, is adjudicated before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Written accounts detail multiple instances of the Court being absolutely beside itself hearing the DOJ defend the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of an organization seeking tax-exempt status due to its pro-Israel views. During this extended weekend, you have the opportunity to listen to the full audio of the oral argument hearing. Running just short of an hour in length, this is must-listen content for anyone closely following the fight against the IRS.
Voter Fraud Invalidates a Texas Election
“How widespread is voter fraud, really? Is there really enough fraud to overturn an election?” At the height of every political season, TTV fields those two questions on a daily basis from the media. The reality is that even the slightest amount of fraud can affect an entire election – particularly in down-ballot races. We can now add another unfortunate statistic to the conversation. The 13th Texas Court of Appeals in south Texas recently found that a new election was justified after finding that 30 votes were illegally cast in a local commissioner race due to questions of voter residency and improper mail ballot assistance. The fraudulent ballots allowed for a margin of victory of just 16 votes. The City of Weslaco will have to make preparations for a new election, unless the losing party petitions the Texas Supreme Court. Click here to read more.
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The Legislative Working Group’s Drawing Board
Email us if there is election reform legislation on the move in your state that you’d like to see passed/defeated.
AB 177 – Relates to candidate eligibility, residency requirements and other matters.
HB 621 – Relates to the termination of a volunteer deputy voter registrar’s appointment. Under the bill, county election officials would be empowered to revoke deputy status should they engage in any activity considered to be a violation of duties. The bill has been passed by the House and was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee.
HB 891 – Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.
A Dothan woman was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison—a term later amended—for her part in a voter fraud scheme that got a city commissioner re-elected. Lesa Coleman is one of four people arrested for falsely witnessing absentee ballots in the 2013 municipal election. Of 124 absentees cast, Commissioner Amos Newsome received 119 votes in the District 2 contest.
Houston County Circuit Judge Henry D. “Butch” Binford opted to give Coleman a split sentence—180 days in the county jail followed by probation…
Coleman is one of four people, including Newsome’s longtime girlfriend, arrested in the alleged voter fraud scheme after a lengthy and complex investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Olivia Reynolds—the commissioner’s girlfriend—and another person have yet to be tried. Defendant Janice Hart pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to probation.
Yes, people do risk felony charges to commit voter fraud – sometimes in coordinated efforts – and sway election outcomes, especially in local races decided by small numbers of votes. See also Mississippi, New Jersey, South Texas…
Just three more fraudulent votes would have flipped the outcome of this Democrat primary:
Hector Ramirez, who ran for State Assembly in 2014, was in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday, having been busted on voting fraud charges. Despite allegedly using fraudulent absentee ballots, he still lost the election by 2 votes.
Hector Ramirez was arrested Tuesday on massive voter fraud charges in his failed 2014 Assembly bid. Ramirez and his allies went door-to-door in his west Bronx district duping voters into letting the veteran pol’s campaign staff vote on their behalf, a prosecutor charged as the 242-count indictment was unsealed.
I have this op ed published at the Las Vegas Review Journal today:
Nevada might soon become the 35th state to pass a law requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, and that’s a good thing.
If these proposals (Assembly Bill 253 or Assembly Bill 266) become law, voting would join many other activities for which you need to prove your identity in Nevada, such as buying a gun, opening a bank account, or getting married. Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya currently requires similar documents for every couple seeking to get married. Nevada already requires first-time voters who registered by mail to prove their identity with photo ID.
Nobody complains about these requirements. So why not make sure voters are who they say they are and enact voter ID?
Voting is one of the most precious rights we have as citizens. Perhaps that is why Americans continue overwhelmingly to support voter ID requirements. A recent poll found that 70 percent of registered voters are in favor of identification laws. Support is not limited to Republicans; rather, it is present across all racial and political spectrums. A majority of black, Hispanic and Democrat respondents indicated support for voter ID.
Yet a small but vocal minority oppose voter ID and claim such laws disenfranchise voters.
Reality, however, has proved otherwise.
(Full op ed at link above).
On the night before Philly’s primary, four local election officials are accused of casting extra votes in order to balance their numbers.
Sandra Lee, 60, Alexia Harding, 22, James Collins, 69, and Gregory Thomas, 60, are all charged with voter fraud. Warrants for their arrests were issued Monday. All four suspects were election officials from Philly’s 18th Ward, 1st Division.
“The suit takes issue with requiring absentee ballot voters to write on the envelope their name, address, date of birth, signature and proof of identity.”
“It’s dangerous for this to occur without consequence”
Two Donna campaign workers who bribed voters with cocaine and cash during the 2012 elections both were sentenced to less than a year in prison Thursday.
Veronica Saldivar, 42, was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release after she pleaded guilty to election fraud… Saldivar was accused of paying up to 29 voters with cash, beer, cigarettes and cocaine to vote for a Donna school board candidate… Rebecca Gonzalez, 45, worked alongside Saldivar and was sentenced to four months in prison and two years of supervised release.
Saldivar and Gonzalez are the latest of several South Texas politiqueras indicted in connection with fraudulent activity in 2012 elections to be sentenced.
As U.S. District Judge Randy Crane said at the sentencing hearing, “Our country requires that our voting process be clean and free of fraud for democracy to work. It may seem a little inconsequential for little city of Donna to be paying for a few votes in a school board race, but it’s a matter of principle, it’s dangerous for this to occur without consequence.”
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