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How do ineligible non-citizens end up on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls? Sometimes by invitation:

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office recently sent out 2.5 million postcards to licensed drivers who were not registered to vote, inviting them to sign up in time for the November election.

 

Trouble is, some of those drivers are not American citizens.

The problem is that the National Voter Registration Act, aka Motor Voter, requires everyone applying for a driver’s license to be offered a voter registration application, but with no way to verify whether applicants are eligible citizens beyond asking them to check a box.

Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney with Public Interest Legal Foundation, says it’s a flaw in voter registration integrity that isn’t unique to Pennsylvania.

“It kind of just reinforces the issue, which is no filter on the front end and a lack of effort on the back end,” he said. “It’s a failure of the checkbox. The only filter we have is that checkbox … This is, to us, proof that that box is a total failure.”

Indiana State Police added 48 additional counties Thursday to an investigation into allegations of fraudulent voter application information in Indiana.

Voter fraud and dirty politics in Illinois are cliches for a reason.

A day after Kankakee officials announced an investigation into voter fraud, including allegations that “individuals from Chicago” were offering gifts in exchange for votes, the top federal attorney for central Illinois and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan paid the city a visit.

Illinois Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Maura Possley said her office is “actively monitoring” the situation.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd disclosed the investigation on Tuesday… Boyd said the investigation was opened in response to allegations that “gifts” were offered to voters by “individuals from Chicago” in exchange for votes for Cloonen, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and “others…”

Boyd’s office called the investigation an “unprecedented action” and said it will focus on both vote buying and fraudulent mail ballot application allegations.

Another case – more than 20 cases, actually – of voter fraud by an alien illegally registered and voting in multiple U.S. elections:

A Canadian citizen who lives in Cheektowaga was accused Thursday of voting in more than 20 elections in the United States while illegally living here.

Shirley Anne Conners, 62, was arrested Thursday on making a false claim to U.S. citizenship to vote, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Counihan said the defendant, who has been illegally in the United States since the early 1970s, voted in more than 20 federal, state and local elections since 1995, the last being the presidential primary in New York in April.

More on the problem of ineligible non-citizens registering and voting, and why “unlike fraudulent voters, non-citizen voters cannot be stopped with voter ID requirements.”

As Adams notes, once states fail to screen out citizenship verification on the application, “the aliens are getting registered to vote when they are getting their photo ID cards!”

False and misleading and baiting.” That’s how Indiana State Police describe the predictable charges of harassment and racism leveled by Democratic operative Craig Varoga, whose organization Patriot Majority and its affiliated Indiana Voter Registration Project are being investigated for potential voter fraud by the ISP, suspected of submitting hundreds of fraudulent voter registration applications in nine Indiana counties.

Varoga claimed that the ISP and Secretary Lawson’s “partisan investigation” would prevent “45,000 African Americans from voting in this year’s elections.”  Varoga even said he “reported their outrageous actions to the Department of Justice.”

In an exclusive interview on WIBC, ISP Chief Public Information Officer, Captain David Bursten, refuted the claims of Varoga:

 

To his allegations that we are trying to disenfranchise 45,000 African-American voters: I want make it perfectly clear that we don’t take any of the voter registration cards, we copy them. That’s a false and misleading and baiting statement.

He wants to draw attention away from the fact that the actions of people employed by IVRP actually can disenfranchise voters.

Secretary Lawson, also appearing exclusively on WIBC, confirmed that her office has no authority to conduct or initiate any investigation, and called Varoga’s claims “absurd:”

You know, when we register voters in the State of Indiana, on the paper forms that this group [Indiana Voters Registration Project], the question of race or ethnicity is not asked. This is an insult to all 92 County Clerks that they would not process an application because of someone’s race, and there is no way that Craig Varoga – or any of the County Clerk’s offices – would know the race of anyone who applied to register to vote. 

My question for him would be: if you’re registering people to vote are you only registering African-Americans and is that discrimination?

A “massive” voter fraud investigation is underway in Tarrant County, Texas as law enforcement officers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office are reportedly on the ground interviewing witnesses to a mail-ballot vote-harvesting scheme alleged to involve as many as 20,000 ballots.

Last month, Texas Scorecard reported that Tarrant County Elections administrator Frank Phillips disclosed the AG’s office had launched a criminal investigation into voting abnormalities inside Tarrant County… sources in Tarrant County have told Texas Scorecard they believe individuals who allegedly abused the mail-in ballot process may have affected the results of multiple races over several election cycles…

The alleged crimes include improperly serving as a witness for multiple voters, forgery and tampering with a governmental record, unlawful possession of a carrier envelope, and improper assistance.

As is usual with ongoing AG investigations, specific details have not yet been made public.

Via KING 5: “For days after the shooting, Cetin was described by local and federal law enforcement as being a permanent U.S. resident… On Thursday, a federal official told KING that further investigation revealed that Cetin is a naturalized U.S. citizen. That means he was legally registered to vote.”

But Cetin’s eligibility was unknown, unverified and unverifiable at the time he registered and voted, as is the eligibility of every other registered voter in the state of Washington.

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman acknowledged that “current state law doesn’t allow us to verify citizenship when we take a voter’s registration… We don’t have the ability to verify citizenship, nor does the Department of Licensing,” and “there is absolutely no way for us to check” how many non-citizens are on the state’s voter rolls.

Regardless of Cetin’s status, that’s still a problem.

In a veto session today, Missouri lawmakers again approved a photo voter ID bill, overriding Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto. The House voted 115-41 in favor; the Senate 24-7.

House Bill 1631 requires state residents present valid, government-issued identification to election officials before they’re allowed to cast votes. The requirement isn’t absolute: Citizens could sign a statement pledging that they have no such identification, and would then be allowed to vote.

The measure faces one more hurdle in the November general election, when Missourians will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment 6, which allows for voter ID requirements. If voters reject the amendment, the law passed Wednesday could be at risk if challenged in court.

Golden Week stays gone:

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Ohio Democratic Party to reinstate Ohio’s so-called Golden Week.

The ruling Sept. 13 means eligible voters in the state will not be allowed to register and cast ballots on the same day when Ohio’s absentee voting period for the presidential election begins next month.

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