At a press conference yesterday, elections chief Kevin Kennedy stated that voter ID has no big impact on voter turnout.  He pointed to studies across the country that have not demonstrated that voter ID drives down turnout.   Link to press conference at around minute 11:45.

Three elected officials charged with voter fraud in Pennsylvania won’t be facing prison, or even time.  They are moving into pre-trial diversion.  (Paywall).  I am curious to see if this barely reported case of voter fraud ever makes it onto one of the “academic” studies purporting to demonstrate very little voter fraud.  Those studies are characterized by false negatives.

“This is also another big defeat for Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced in July that the Justice Department would be intervening in this lawsuit. The Department lost a lawsuit that claimed South Carolina’s voter-ID law was discriminatory in 2012, and a federal judge recently refused to issue an injunction against North Carolina’s voter-ID law in another lawsuit filed by Justice.”

Link.

“There were irregularities: In Fulton County, home of Atlanta, New Georgia submitted more than 30,000 cards, of which 7,000 were for voters in other counties, according to Richard Barron, the county’s director of elections and registration.”

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Poor Judge Lynn Adelman.  For a brief time, the judge was a star in academia and among left leaning reporters when the court blocked Wisconsin voter ID.  His opinion was built on a house of sand in it’s interpretation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.  Now the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says Wisconsin Voter ID is ALIVE for November election. 

What will all the academics, reporters and pundits do who gushed over the lower court’s opinion blocking the law?  I suspect silence will be the response. It usually is.

This also gums up efforts in North Carolina and Texas for voter ID opponents who were eager to borrow Adelman’s reasoning to strike down those laws.

"A group helmed by a major donor and policy adviser to Democratic Senate candidate Michele Nunn is under investigation by the Georgia secretary of State for alleged voter fraud.

"Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) said in a memo, reported by WSB-TV, that his office has 'received numerous complaints about voter applications submitted by the New Georgia Project,' an organization launched to register and turn out voters to the polls.

“'Preliminary investigation has revealed significant illegal activities, including forged voter registration applications, forged signatures on releases, and applications with false or inaccurate information,' Kemp wrote in the memo.

"Nunn is running against Republican David Perdue for a Senate seat left open by the retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Democrats see the race as a pick-up opportunity in a year where they are largely playing defense."

Read more at The Hill.

“Four people, including William T. Hazard of Boynton Beach, wound up getting up charged over allegations of submitting false voter registration forms. State investigators looked at questionable forms submitted in seven counties, including instances where voters had their party affiliation switched from Democrat to Republican.

Hazard was arrested on Tuesday on eight charges of submitting false voter registration forms. In Florida, it is a third-degree felony to “willfully submit” any false voter registration information, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.”

I’m sure this one will get lots of attention.

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“The existing safeguards are insufficient to prevent this from happening again, and are inadequate for us to prosecute cases with these facts. We honor the law and our elections processes in this State and in this specific case. Here, justice was best served by dismissing the charge,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement. Prosecutors said Degefa illegally voted in 2008 and 2009, but the statute of limitations in those cases had expired.”

Rep. Darrell Issa is calling the Justice Department out after a senior official mistakenly called his office, asking Issa’s staffers leak documents regarding the ongoing IRS investigation.  The documents involved information regarding former IRS employee, Andrew Strelka. The senior Justice official, who mistakenly contacted Issa’s staff instead of another office, asked staffers to leak the information to the press so the Justice Department could comment on the information before Republicans publicly released it, TheBlaze reported.  By leaking the documents, they could seriously ruin the investigation and give the Obama Administration an upper hand.  Link to article.

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