Breitbart:  “Opponents of election integrity legislation seek to use this pioneering theory of federal law to block a wide range of other election law changes by claiming they impact blacks disproportionately. Because of high racial polarization in voting among minority communities, such a theory would invariably help Democrats win elections.”

"The Supreme Court on Monday blocked Ohio from beginning early voting this week, less than 24 hours before state residents were slated to head to the polls. 

"The high court, in a 5-4 decision, stayed a lower court order that invalidated a state law that cut back early and evening voting. 

"A lower court had ordered early voting to begin Tuesday. But with the decision put on hold, early voting is likely to begin a week later, on Oct. 7."

Read more at The Hill.

“This is just the beginning.”

Via NRO:

The New Georgia Project, a group currently under investigation for “significant illegal activities” regarding voter-registration applications, began handing over subpoenaed documents on Friday, and says it’s reached an agreement to limit the scope of the documents it’s required to turn over.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says otherwise:

Kemp’s office says it’s not aware of any deal to limit what documents will have to be handed over. “The scope [of the investigation] has not been limited,” Kemp’s spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This is just the beginning.”

Wall Street Journal:  Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday, leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department, but one of his legal innovations was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections. As a former U.S. attorney general under President Reagan, and a former Ohio secretary of state, we would like to say something that might strike some as obvious: Those who oppose photo voter-ID laws and other election-integrity reforms are intent on making it easier to commit vote fraud.

…When the Senate holds confirmation hearings for Mr. Holder’s replacement, Republicans should make a point of exploring the nominee’s thinking about voter-ID laws. After the Holder Justice Department sued North Carolina over its new photo-ID law, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said: “I believe if showing a voter ID is good enough and fair enough for our own president in Illinois, then it’s good enough for the people in North Carolina.” We think so, too.

Arkansas’ highest court is set to take up a case this week that could decide whether the state’s voters will be required to show photo identification at the polls in the November election.  The state Supreme Court on Thursday is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the lawsuit over Arkansas’ voter ID law, which took effect in January.  

Oral arguments are livestreamed online.

Charges against the Bridgeport Democrat include eight felony counts of fraudulent voting:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.  Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission also recommended Ayala’s mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally prosecuted for election fraud, but no charges were filed against her as of Friday.

Brietbart reports on Mark Levin’s comments at the Values Voter Summit:  He also said Holder’s resignation from the “Department of Injustice,” where he tried to load up the “un-Civil Rights Division with leftists and malcontents,” came “five years too late.” He said that, though he hoped that a conservative Republican president would come in and clean up the mess, Levin warned that the left wants to “make permanent its eight-year term.” Levin said the left wants to “make permanent their agenda and Constitutionalize it,” and that is why originalists are so important, so they can fight the “million Holders” who are “ready to spring into action.”

Link to audio and transcript can be found when posted.

Holder didn’t follow or uphold the follow, he tried to attack and revise the laws he didn’t like.

Eric Holder to Resign

Embattled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he would be resigning, pending a replacement confirmed by the Senate. TTV President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a public statement that we should be looking to a better future with the lessons learned from Mr. Holder’s Justice Department: “It is our hope that Mr. Holder's announcement marks an end to the radical, racialist assault on voters' rights across America. Mr. Holder's legacy of selective law enforcement for partisan gain has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and galvanized citizen demand for improved election integrity protections.” Read the full press release here.

 

Lois Lerner Remains Unapologetic

This week started off with a surprise -- that former IRS official Lois Lerner had broken her silence exclusively with a POLITICO reporter for the first time since feigning to testify before Congress in 2013. But, that is just where the surprise ends. The Washington paper reported Lerner “studiously avoided answering fundamental questions about her role in the IRS scandal that could land her in deeper trouble with Congress.” In a reaction to media, Catherine Engelbrecht said, “Lerner’s ‘unapologetic’ attitude toward the targeting scandal puts into better perspective her then-apology for getting publicly exposed in 2013. If Lerner’s schemes take root without proper intervention from the justice system, Americans will witness a federal agency successfully claim insurmountable speech-policing powers that only furthers the divide between the government and the people it claims to represent. Lerner’s legacy will be that of an agency that sought to enforce ideology over policy and, then when caught, cried incompetence at the expense of its credibility.”

If you were in need of a refresher on infamous low points during Lerner’s time at the IRS, look no further.

  • Under Lerner’s leadership in 2009, the IRS Exempt Organizations Division inquired into the Coalition for Life of Iowa’s prayer content and practices under penalty of perjury: “Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3). Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organizations spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.” (Slate, May 17, 2013)
     
  • In 2012, Lerner personally directed that all available information held on True the Vote be shared with Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings prior to receiving its tax exemption. U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee correspondence stated “[I]t is unclear whether the IRS shared True the Vote’s confidential taxpayer information with [Rep. Cummings’ staff] through either official or unofficial channels.” (House OGR Committee Letter, April 9, 2014)
     
  • In 2012, the EO Division “inadvertently” released confidential donor information for the National Organization for Marriage to a journalist, and it was later published by an opposing interest group. A legal settlement agreed to in June 2014 will require taxpayers to pay $50,000 in damages to NOM. (POLITICO, June 24, 2014)
     
  • In 2012, Lerner rejected a congressional request for a list of organizations being subjected to special scrutiny citing privacy laws, but later released the list to progressive organization ProPublica. “ProPublica reported that the [sic] Lerner’s division released ‘nine pending confidential applications of conservatives groups’ in response to a request from the investigative-reporting organization for the applications of 67 nonprofits in November 2012.” (The Washington Post, May 14, 2013)

 

Georgia SOS Tries to Clear the Air in Voter Registration Fraud Probe

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp tapped his media team to combat apparent disinformation surrounding his office’s investigation of organized voter registration fraud closely tied to the hot U.S. Senate race. Releasing a claim vs. fact guide, Sec. Kemp is vigorously defending the ongoing investigation.

Claim: The New Georgia Project has submitted 85,000 voter registration forms and only 25 have been confirmed as forgeries by the Office of the Secretary of State.

Fact: The confirmation of 25 forged voter registration applications warranted an expansive investigation and that is why a subpoena was issued to the New Georgia Project.  The claim that The New Georgia Project has submitted 85,000 voter registration applications has no bearing on this investigation.  Each instance of forgery can result in multiple felonies and the Office of the Secretary of State has a constitutional obligation to pursue every illegal act to the full extent of the law.”

Read more here.

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