In places like South Milwaukee, clerks say they have plenty of time to get their workers ready for voter ID and they expect voters to come prepared.  “It’s part of our job and we’re ready, we’re going to come prepared,” South Milwaukee clerk Jim Shelenske said.

Out in Mukwonago, village Clerk/Treasurer Steve Braatz says clerks shouldn’t have been caught off guard by voter ID, which is something they trained on in the past.  “The process has been fine,” Braatz said.  “Nothing too earth-shattering.  My poll workers are excellent, my chief inspector is amazing so everyone’s going to be well equipped.”

In Appleton, Neenah, Kaukauna, and Menasha, municipal clerks anticipate minimal or no additional costs related to voter ID.

“I read in the paper they all were going to hire new people to get through this, and I’m like, ‘For what?'” Neenah City Clerk Patty Sturn said…  Appleton and Kaukauna also will operate with a typical number of poll workers for a gubernatorial election.

Menasha City Clerk Debbie Galeazzi said she plans to hire 10 to 12 additional poll workers, at a cost of $100 each, because of the voter ID law… “I don’t anticipate it being that long of a wait — maybe 30 seconds,” Galeazzi said.

HOUSTON, TX. -- September 25, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today issued a statement following the announcement of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s eventual resignation from the Department of Justice.

"It is our hope that Mr. Holder's announcement marks an end to the radical, racialist assault on voters' rights across America," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “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.  

“Our Republic is at a crossroads,” Engelbrecht continued. “We can promote leadership that embraces smart voting policies designed to encourage voter confidence and participation, or, we can continue to be bullied by radical activists whose primary interest is the perpetuation of their own power. The process by which citizens select representation is directly tied to the efficacy of the public policymaking process. Radical interpretations and approaches to law enforcement breed distrust and disengagement for the individual voter. When selecting General Holder’s successor, True the Vote hopes the incumbent Administration will listen to the American people, promote equal rights for all voters, and in so doing change the current course of operation in the Department of Justice.”

Background

  • Shortly after President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the DOJ dropped pending litigation to clean Missouri’s voter rolls and announced a freeze on enforcing federal voter roll maintenance law. “[A] new political appointee with supervisory authority over the Voting Section told the author, who was working in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the time, and other staff lawyers that the new Administration had ‘no interest’ in enforcing the list maintenance requirements of Section 8 [of the National Voter Registration Act] because it supposedly created a ‘barrier to the ballot box’.” (The Heritage Foundation, September 25, 2014)
     
  • South Carolina prevailed over the Holder Justice Department in seeking to enforce a photo voter identification requirement in 2012. “[A] three-member federal panel ruled Wednesday that the law’s ‘expansive ‘reasonable impediment’ provision’ made it unlikely that any voters lacking a photo ID would be turned away at the polls. Those voters still can vote ‘so long as they state the reason for not having obtained’ a photo ID, the ruling noted.” (The State, October 10, 2012)
     
  • The Holder DOJ was rejected when seeking to block North Carolina’s election reforms to include voter ID, early voting period adjustments and terminating a troubled same-day voter registration program ahead of the 2014 Election. “As Judge Schroeder pointed out, the plaintiffs’ ‘historical evidence in these cases focuses largely on racial discrimination that occurred between a quarter of a century to over a century ago. However, as the Supreme Court recently stated, ‘history did not end in 1965’ when the Voting Rights Act was passed…Schroeder cited the testimony of DOJ’s own experts against it. This included one expert who admitted that black turnout in North Carolina is on par with that of whites, and another DOJ expert who acknowledged that the black registration rate is higher than that of whites’.” (National Review Online, August 11, 2014)
     
  • The Holder DOJ failed to block Wisconsin’s voter ID law ahead of the 2014 Election. “In their order, the [7th Circuit Court of Appeals] described Wisconsin’s requirement as ‘materially identical’ to a statute in Indiana, which was upheld in 2008 by the Supreme Court. The panel also noted that Wisconsin had introduced new procedures to make it easier to obtain photo identification cards, reducing concerns raised months ago by a federal court judge who had blocked Wisconsin’s law, saying that it disproportionately affected blacks and Latinos.” (The New York Times, September 12, 2014)

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

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My primer on the National Voter Registration Act published by the Heritage Foundation.  Abstract:

The National Voter Registration Act imposed sweeping changes on the conduct of American elections. These changes included significant federal mandates on state and local election officials that restricted the ability of those officials to maintain clean and accurate voter rolls while simultaneously obliging them to maintain clean and accurate voter rolls. For most of the history of the law, enforcement actions have been directed against election officials who sought to clean voter rolls and against states for insufficiently pushing voter registration among entitlement recipients. The U.S. Department of Justice, however, has refused to enforce the requirement that election officials maintain clean and accurate voter rolls. Only recently have private parties brought litigation to make up for DOJ’s failure.

PJ Media.

What can be said about Eric Holder’s six years as Attorney General that PJ Media hasn’t already said?  The news that Holder is going to resign should be bittersweet to anyone who cares about racial equality and the Rule of Law.  The damage he has already done to the country leaves a turbulent wake that is ill-matched to the financial reward awaiting him at a shameless and large Washington D.C. law firm.

Our country is more polarized, and more racially divided because of Eric Holder.  He turned the power of the Justice Department into a racially motivated turnout machine for the Democrat party.  That was his job in this administration, and he did it well.

When I first reported on the racially motivated law enforcement of Holder’s Justice Department, it seemed fanciful to some.  But after six years of Holder hugging Al Sharpton, stoking racial division in places like Florida and Ferguson, after suing police and fire departments to impose racial hiring requirements, after refusing to enforce election laws that protect white victims or require voter rolls to be cleaned, after launching harassing litigation against peaceful pro-life protesters, after incident after incident of dishonesty and contempt before Congress – it was clear to anyone with any intellectual honesty that this man had a vision of the law at odds with the nation’s traditions.

Why would it surprise anyone he behaved as he did?  As I opened my book Injustice, he carried around a quote in his wallet for 40 years about race that he explained to the Washington Post that he had common cause with the black criminal.  That’s a fact.  That’s who he is.

And few in the House knew how to hold him accountable.  Some who did include Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), Rep Frank Wolf (R-Va), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA).  Unfortunately, too many others failed to understand what they were up against.

Eric Holder was a radical progressive who used the power of the federal government to impose his progressivism on the United States.  He loved big interventionist government that took sides based on your politics and your race.  He was a menace to the Rule of Law.

So he exits.  But instead of being shamed into obscurity as he ought to be, he will cash in.  He’ll abandon the tools of dividing Americans between black and white and worry about a new color: gold.  When Holder lands at a big and shameless lawfirm in Washington D.C., it will say as much about the country in 2014 as Holder’s rancid tenure said about the modern Democratic Party.

That someone like Eric Holder can find a lucrative career in this town, and be feted at all the right cocktail parties, says a great deal about what we have lost as a nation.  In another era, a man like Holder, unmoored from the law and the truth would not have a future.  Instead, I suspect Holder has a very bright one.

Those of you clamoring for “indictments” or “prosecution” of the man can give up.  It isn’t going to happen.  Nothing is going to happen to him, except that he will move on to a job that even most “1 percenters” wouldn’t recognize.

Holder’s tenure represents the beginnings of a post-Constitutional era, where the chief law enforcement officer of the United States serves to dismantle legal traditions.  Holder is the first Attorney General to whom law seemed to be an option, a suggestion on the way to a progressive future.  Most folks, and most lawyers, who didn’t devote daily attention to him might not have noticed the ground shifting during his tenure.   But shift it did, and very deliberately.

Law, like liberty, is a tenuous thing.  Failing to understand the sources of domestic tranquility, the sources of your relatively good life, usually also means failing to recognize the threats to that pleasant tranquility.  Holder used his time at Justice to do things that corrode the Rule of Law.  Law and liberty are precious things, and Holder did enormous damage to both.

The warrant was sought by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and comes almost a year after the State Elections Enforcement Commission recommended Ayala and her mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally prosecuted for election fraud…

No action has been so far taken against Santa Ayala, who, despite being accused by the SEEC of possibly helping her daughter to break the law, was nominated by Bridgeport Democratic leaders this summer for another term as registrar and will appear on the November ballot…

Last October, following an investigation of several months, the SEEC concluded Ayala used an address where she did not live to vote in nine different elections and when applying for public campaign finance grants in 2012.

Authorities say Frankie Garcia paid voters a “dime bag” of cocaine or $10 a vote

ValleyCentral.com reports on the latest arrest in the 2012 vote-buying scheme:

Authorities are moving closer to the top in the “coke for votes” scandal after arresting a man who ran the campaigns for candidates running for the Donna ISD school board.  FBI agents arrested Francisco “Frankie” Garcia on conspiracy and election fraud charges on Friday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Garcia was the campaign manager for candidates in the 2012 school board race. Garcia allegedly instructed at least five “politiqueras” or campaign workers to pay cash or cocaine for votes.

The Monitor has more:

Guadalupe Escamilla, of Weslaco, and Donna residents Rebecca Gonzalez and Diana Castañeda pleaded guilty earlier this year to vote buying in the 2012 Donna school board election. The women told investigators they bought votes with cash, beer and cigarettes…

FBI agents arrested two other Donna women — Veronica Saldivar and Belinda Solis — in August on suspicion the women had traded cocaine and cash for votes in the 2012 Democratic primary for Hidalgo County Precinct 1 commissioner and the 2012 Donna school board race in the general election.

Detroit’s Janice Winfrey: “As the city clerk for the largest municipality in the state, maintaining an accurate and systematic voter file is paramount to the overall success of administering elections… the ongoing purging of Detroit’s voter roll is paramount in guaranteeing accuracy in voting, preventing voter fraud and providing exact percentages in voter turnout.”

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Facts vs. False Claims in Georgia Voter Registration Fraud Investigation

Georgia Secretary of State Kemp fact checks “multiple reports in the media regarding the Office of the Secretary of State’s investigation into The New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development, some containing false information,” including claims that The New Georgia Project self-reported fraudulent forms (they didn’t), that the Secretary is refusing to process applications (he isn’t), even that forged signatures are no big deal (they are).

“[T]he State Elections Board unanimously affirmed our intent to fully investigate these possible criminal violations.  We will vigorously and thoroughly investigate this and any situation involving possible voter registration fraud.  I was elected as Georgia’s Secretary of State to ensure secure, accessible and fair elections.  I will never retreat from that constitutional duty and obligation.”

Meanwhile, Kemp is giving The New Georgia Project an extension, to September 26, to turn over thousands of subpoenaed documents.  “Of the forms investigators have reviewed, nearly 40 percent have forged signatures, fake addresses or false social security numbers.”

Ginni Thomas has this interview with James Golden, aka Bo Snerdley, which touches on voter ID.  Takeway: Golden says that opponents of voter ID are deceiving black voters and trying to scare them for political purposes.  Golden also touches on race and other civil rights issues.  The interview at the Daily Caller is here.

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Automatic Voter Registration in Maryland?

Community agitators continued to turn heads in Maryland this week after a Montgomery County “Right to Vote Task Force” 59-point proposal started circulating ahead of its official hearing later this month. Among the highly partisan proposals floated for election law reform is the idea of automatic registration for all voters without a voter identification component. Simply put, if your information exists somewhere on a State of Maryland database – even though you are not currently a registered voter -- you would be automatically registered to vote and would be held in “pending” status until you signed and returned a postcard mailed to you. If your postcard landed in the wrong place, you’d better hope no one returned it for you without your knowledge and consent. The idea of “modernizing” voter registration policies is nothing new and can take shape in a number of ways. It’s important that as states opt to experiment with election reforms, they are concurrently held accountable to follow existing federal and state integrity procedures. A discussion of the Maryland matter was published this week on Watchdog.org.

 

Get Ready for National Voter Registration Day

We at True the Vote believe that registration, just like voting, should be easy to do and hard to cheat. September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day. If you have been working in your community to help neighbors become properly registered to vote ahead of the 2014 Election, now is the time to make that one final push before the books close in many states. TTV’s Summer of Registration website remains available for teams and leaders around the country to promote their voter registration drives. To get your registration event listed, email us!

 

Georgia Voter Registration Drama Continues

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office recently announced an extension of its investigation of a group that triggered complaints of voter registration fraud across the state this week and confirmed 25 fraudulent applications. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported: “the office needed more information from the New Georgia Project to confirm no more fraudulent forms existed — already, it has identified another 26 applications as suspicious. The state has extended a deadline for the group to get investigations [sic] such information through Sept. 26.” Read the full story here.

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