October 2011 - Posts

Obomination: The Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department
Wed, Oct 26 2011 3:02 PM

The title of this Obomination is taken from a book by J. Christian Adams, entitled.  In the pages of Injustice, you will find a staggering number of government actions Adams calls “outrageous.”  Adams recently spoke about Injustice at an event at the Heritage Foundation. 

Why is the Department of Justice giving cash awards to attorneys who have lost cases?  Why are we forcing Dayton to hire people who failed simple exams to be firefighters?  Why does Attorney General Eric Holder carry in his wallet a quote from a Harlem preacher about race defines him? These are just some of the many questions Adams raises. 

Adams takes the reader on a journey to Mississippi, to combat the voting fraud committed by one race against another.   He names names; he identifies those who don’t enforce the law fairly.  Furthermore, he focuses in on the authentic civil rights movement theme that everyone should be treated equally.  He also points out two unfortunate realities: the failure of media institutions and the corruption of contemporary civil rights activists.

Adams said he wrote the book because “There is no part of the Constitution, other than the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments that was purchased with so much bloodshed.”  With such a price, shouldn’t we take care in how these amendments are enforced?

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Randy Evans Named Republican Lawyer of the Year
Wed, Oct 26 2011 7:41 AM

J. Randolph “Randy” Evans has been named the 2011 Republican Lawyer of the Year by the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).  Mr. Evans was selected as Republican Lawyer of the Year in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and years of service to the Republican Party and its ideals. A reception will be held on today, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C.  

In attendance at the reception to honor Mr. Evans will be Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, Governor Nathan Deal, Former Congressman J.C. Watts, Congressman Paul Broun, Congressman Phil Gingrey, Congressman Tom Graves, Congressman Darrell Issa, Congressman Jack Kingston, Congressman Steve Pearce, Congressman Tom Price, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and many more dignitaries.

Randy Evans served as the outside counsel to the Speakers of the 104th-109th Congresses of the United States, Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert.  He currently serves as a partner and Chair of the Financial Institutions group at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, a 400+ international law firm. 

Randy Evans is the current Co-Chair of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission.  In 2011, he became the longest serving Member of the Georgia State Board of Elections.  He served as General Counsel of the Georgia Republican Party from 2001 to 2009.  He was a Presidential Elector in 2008.  He currently serves as a member of the RNLA Board of Governors and Vice President for Election Education.

In addition to Speakers Gingrich and Hastert, Randy Evans represents current and former Senators (including Senator Zell Miller), governors (including Georgia governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal), Members of Congress, and other state and local public officials.  He chairs the J. C. Watts Companies.  Until Speaker Gingrich’s Presidential campaign, Randy Evans served as Chair of the various Newt Gingrich companies.

The Republican National Lawyers Association is the only national association of Republican lawyers in the country.  It has as its mission: advancing professionalism; ensuring that elections are open, fair and honest, promoting career opportunity and upholding Republican ideals.  Past winners of the Republican Lawyer of the Year include Dick Wiley, Betty Murphy, Robert Horn, Harvey Tettlebaum, Frank Fahrenkopf, Ted Olson, Jim Bopp and Chuck Cooper.   



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Obomination: President Does Not Change Stance on Voter ID, Unlike Colleague
Fri, Oct 21 2011 8:13 AM

One of the earliest supporters of Obama, former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, changed his mind and now supports voter ID.   This reversal, unfortunately, hasn’t seemed to influence the stance of the 44th President.  Obama’s reluctance to change today on the issue of photo identification is an obomination.

This week, Davis wrote an op-ed in The Montgomery Advertiser saying, “I've changed my mind on voter ID laws -- I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one -- and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.” He added, “demanding integrity in voting is neither racist, nor raw party politics.”   However, Obama recently said of voter ID laws, “I think that’s a big mistake, and I have made sure that our Justice Department is taking a look at [them].” 

Artur Davis, who represented Alabama’s 7th District (of which Selma is a part), was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  Davis admits that he “took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician.”   He explained that, “without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists.”

The “path of least resistance” involved voting against photo ID requirements and challenging voter ID as discriminatory. When he served in Congress, Davis had voted no on the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006, which would have required photo identification in federal elections. Like Davis, Obama was active in opposing voter ID in Congress.  Like Davis, then-Senator Obama proposed a concurrent resolution that “any effort to impose photo identification requirements for voting should be rejected.”  Moreover, the resolution stated that the DOJ should “challenge any State law that limits a citizen's ability to vote based on discriminatory photo identification requirements.”  

 Davis now laments the fact that votes are cancelled out by vote fraud, and that is the real way black votes are suppressed.  He said, “the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.”

Davis wasn’t just a supporter on the sidelines of Obama. Davis issued a speech seconding the nomination Obama for president. News reports indicated that background checks were made on Davis for a possible appointment in the Obama administration.  This longstanding political friend’s change should have made an impact on Obama but unfortunately hasn’

Davis should be commended for breaking party ranks to admit he was wrong before to oppose voter ID and now taking a strong stance to support the common-sense electoral reform.  Now this is the type of change America can believe in.



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Congressman Calls for Justice Dept. to Investigate Indiana Vote Fraud
Thu, Oct 20 2011 11:25 AM

An Indiana Congressman is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into vote fraud in his state.  Rep. Todd Rokita sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.  Rokita wrote, “These revelations of blatant and widespread petition forgery during the 2008 Presidential Primary in St. Joseph County call into question the legitimacy of the entire process, including voter registrations and absentee ballot applications.”

Forged signatures were discovered on petitions for the Democratic presidential primary in St. Joseph County, Indiana.  This scandal led to the resignation of Indiana 2nd Congressional District’s Democratic party chair.

Congressman Rokita previously served as Indiana Secretary of State, which is the chief elections official in the state.  Rokita has also testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on vote fraud.


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Judicial Activism and Obama’s Judicial Vacancy Problem
Wed, Oct 19 2011 9:58 AM

On October 5, Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak about the role of judges under the Constitution. Senators on both sides of the aisle were quick to come to the issue of why so many judicial vacancies still exist on the federal bench. Of course, it has been widely reported that President Obama has not made filling these vacancies a high priority in his administration. Furthermore, Judicature has reported that the Obama administration’s “judicial selection machinery suffered from organizational and coordination weaknesses.” Nevertheless, Justice Scalia offered an additional reason why the judicial selection process has slowed to a grinding halt: The Living Constitution.

Liberals have long clung to the idea that the Constitution is a living, breathing document, and thus, should reflect the views of contemporary society. Activist judges that employ this kind of judicial interpretation interject their own political beliefs or policy preferences at the expense of reading the actual text of the document. Furthermore, it is a usurpation of the legislative function as judges that have adopted this philosophy have created rights in the Constitution that simply do not exist. This runs contrary to what Scalia referred to as “the real distinctiveness of America which is the separation of powers.” Scalia said that judges should apply constitutional values as they “were understood by those who adopted the amendment” instead of formulating their own ideas about what modern society needs or would want. Justice Breyer, for his part, defended the Living Constitution, asserting that changes in technology and societal beliefs must be considered in matters of constitutional interpretation. Scalia rightly countered that he was not able to discern the beliefs of modern society and argued these matters should be taken up at the voter’s box.

Scalia ultimately reasoned that confrontational judicial nomination proceedings and judicial vacancies were a symptom of this philosophy. The justice noted that instead of the Senate focusing on the right questions such as whether or not a judicial nominee is “a good lawyer,” members must pose the question, “what kind of new Constitution will you write?” Scalia ended by saying he was “hopeful the Living Constitution will die,” Justice Scalia provided some great advice to a President that has both failed to make the judicial nomination process a priority, while at the same time, nominated various individuals to the federal bench that even his Democrat friends in the Senate could not even support. Instead of nominating controversial judges that would impose their own ideas of what the Constitution ought to mean, the President would do well to appoint judges that do not desire to rewrite the Constitution with their own views.

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Indiana District Chairman of Democratic Party Resigns Over Vote Fraud
Tue, Oct 18 2011 12:18 PM

We reported yesterday how vote fraud had ended a mayor’s career.  Now, vote fraud ends a Democratic Party chairmanship.

Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan resigned after it was reported that hundreds of signatures, including that of a former governor, were forged on petitions getting Obama and Clinton on the ballot for the Indiana primary in 2008.  Morgan had been the chairman for Indiana's 2nd congressional district since 1991 and St. Joseph County's Democratic chairman since 1995.

While liberals call vote fraud crimes “isolated,” but vote fraud here was extensive and ended the career of a party official for an entire Congressional district.  As Indiana Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb said, “there was nothing isolated about the forging and certifying of potentially hundreds of signatures in the 2008 Democratic primary."

Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, referring to Morgan’s resignation, said: “This is not a happy day for Indiana Democrats.”  But they’re not the only ones. The entire American public is unhappy to discover vote fraud.

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New Mexico’s Campaign Finance Limits Challenged
Tue, Oct 18 2011 6:49 AM

The Republican Party of New Mexico, along with political groups New Mexico Turn Around and New Mexicans for Economic Recovery PA, have filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico’s limits on contributions to political parties and committees. 

In 2009, the New Mexico Legislature enacted Senate Bill 116, placing contributions on these forms of political speech.  The law went into effect after the 2010 elections, restricting individuals or entities from donating more than $2,300 to a non-statewide candidate in an election, or $5,000 to a statewide candidate, a political party or political action committee. Prior to the new law, contribution limits totally independent of candidates was unlimited in New Mexico.

Plaintiffs assert that contribution limits in this case are impermissible restrictions on free speech, because this money would not be used to buy a candidate’s vote.  Because contributions are made to a political party, and not directly to the candidate, the contribution does not lead to the candidate making a deal with the contributor.  The candidate, as endorsed by the party, already agrees with the party’s platform, so the party is not really buying the candidate’s vote, either.

The New Mexico Republican Party issued a statement that: “We are confident that we will be successful in this case, as cases from around the country have found in favor of protection of freedom of speech, including a recent United States Supreme Court decision.”

RNLA member James Bopp, Jr., the lead attorney for the plaintiffs,  said, “there is simply no interest in restricting contributions to political parties, or contributions from political parties to candidates. It is unconstitutional for New Mexico to do so.”  

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Vote Fraud in Lovejoy, Georgia
Mon, Oct 17 2011 10:21 AM

Vote fraud has ended a mayor’s career in Lovejoy, Georgia. But you wouldn’t hear about this from the left.

Joe Murphy resigned his position of mayor of Lovejoy and pledged to no longer seek political office in order to avoid criminal charges for absentee ballot fraud. The Clayton County District Attorney dropped voter fraud charges against Murphy and his family in exchange for his resignation from public office. Law enforcement had launched an investigation over illegal votes cast in the 2007 city elections by the mayor and his relatives. Voters had lied on their absentee ballot forms, falsely claiming they were residents of Lovejoy.

In his resignation letter, Murphy wrote “I, Joe Murphy, agree to no longer seek political office in the future.” Vote fraud ended a career of two decades. Murphy had been mayor since 2001 and served as city councilor for ten years prior to that.

The Clayton County District Attorney’s Chief Administrator Dennis Baker sent a letter to Murphy attorney saying, “We had agreed that should Mayor Murphy provide our office with a signed resignation for his immediate leaving or elected office and including an acknowledgement that he would not seek future political office that the investigation of the Lovejoy voter/election fraud case regarding Mayor Murphy and his family would end…”

Here is yet another crime of vote fraud that the left won't count because it was not a conviction. But vote fraud is real. Just ask Lovejoy, Georgia.

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Obomination: Crony Capitalism of the White House
Fri, Oct 14 2011 6:32 AM

Solyndra.  LightSquared. The list goes on and on.   Obama’s cronies have been receiving special treatment through federal loans, grants and subsidies.  What happens if the federal government gives money to a company that fails?  When Obama has been picking the winners, the American taxpayers are the ones that lose out in the end.

Obama was not mum about favorites was when he said, “The true engine of economic growth will always be firms like Solyndra.”  Vice President Biden said Solyndra’s loan was “exactly what the Recovery Act is all about.”  Department of Energy Loan Programs Advisor Steve Spinner, who is a top Obama fundraiser who raised at least $500,000 in 2008, demanded quick approval of the loan from an Office of Management and Budget official, writing, “How [expletive] hard is this? “What is he waiting for? Will we have it by the end of the day?”  Solyndra officials made at least 20 White House visits.   The Department of Energy officials sat in on Solyndra board meetings.  Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) have expressed concern about the "disturbingly close relationship between President Obama's West Wing inner circle, campaign donors, and wealthy investors."

Then there’s LightSquared.  Senator Charles Grassley has requested records of all LightSquared’s communications with government officials to investigate whether crony capitalism is also at play there.  The White House pressured Air Force General William Shelton to include language in his testimony supporting LightSquared’s venture.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has launched an investigation into government loan programs, saying, “There's been this attitude that the government can step in and give money and pick winners and losers, and we see that as a backdoor easy way to end up with government corruption.”  Speaker John Boehner has also criticized “government that favors crony capitalism.”

SolarReserve, which has ties to Obama fundraisers George Kaiser, James McDermott and Lee Bailey, received a $737 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy for a Nevada project.  Other green energy companies – Solyndra, First Solar, SunPower Corporation and Abengoa SA—who have received in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration, employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

A $584,000 stimulus tax credit was granted to a small company named Serious Materials, whose executive is married to Cathy Zoi, a former assistant secretary for the Energy Department’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  There have been suspicious benefits to the business interests of John Doerr, who donated about $800,000 to Democrats since 2000, and Steve Westly, who raised over $500,000 for Obama.  E-mails also suggest that the State Department had a cozy relationship with lobbyists advancing the interests of TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.  Damon Moglen, of Friends of Earth who sought a Freedom of Information Act request for those e-mails, said “You see officials who see it as their business not to be an oversight agency but as a facilitator of TransCanada’s plans.”

Former Governor Sarah Palin called General Electric “the poster child of corporate welfare and crony capitalism.”  Jeffrey R. Immelt advised the administration on job growth and global competitiveness, while he was CEO at GE, who manufacture green products as an $18 billion-a-year business.  It’s no surprise Immelt was the one selected to sit next to the First Lady when Obama delivered his “jobs plan” speech before Congress.

Crony capitalism is not just upsetting for those concerned with transparency in government.  It also is contributing to the poor economic climate.  As National Center for Public Policy Research’s Tom Borelli has pointed out, “crony capitalism was responsible for the failure of the stimulus.”  

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Republican Candidates Discuss Judges at Values Voter Summit
Thu, Oct 13 2011 7:42 AM

Among the topics discussed by the presidential candidates at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. this past weekend were the proper role of judges and respect for the Constitution.

Michele Bachmann said, “We must prevent this president from having the chance to nominate one more liberal ideologue to the Supreme Court.  That can never happen again.”  She continued, “We need justices who will respect life and respect the Constitution of the United States and respect the limits of the Constitution of the United States, and together we must pledge a renewed commitment to the enduring strength of this magnificent constitutional order and the enduring vitality of a free people whose constitution guarantees unequivocally our right to create and dream in the context of a free society and a free economy.”

Newt Gingrich remarked, “we have judges who don’t understand the Constitution” who are “radically changing our society through judicial dictate.”  Gingrich traced the problem to American law schools which teaches a “fundamentally, profoundly, ignorantly anti-American” judicial model. He said, “one of the major impediments to democracy today is the very behavior of the law schools that teach an usurpation of power that is utterly unsustainable.” 

He used examples of inappropriate behavior as use of foreign law and judicial involvement in national security issues.  He said, “With each passing decade, the judges have become more hostile to the American tradition.  They openly discuss using foreign sources of information.”   Gingrich continued, “The idea of the courts will take on responsibility for defending the United States is a clear and fundamental violation of the Constitution and a fundamental violation of the executive branch’s power.” Newt Gingrich announced that he released a paper, “Bringing the Courts Back Under the Constitution” further explaining these principles.

For more coverage of the Republican presidential candidates on judges, click here.

Disclaimer: The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) provides information of interest to lawyers about candidates for public office.  However, the inclusion of information about these candidates is not an endorsement of a specific candidate for public office.

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Governor’s Signature Forged to Get Obama on 2008 Primary Ballot
Wed, Oct 12 2011 3:20 PM

The South Bend Tribune reports that signatures were forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic primary ballot in Indiana.

Forensic document analyst Erich Speckin, said of the Obama petition forgery: "It's obvious. It's just terribly obvious."  He said that it’s clear that 10 pages (each page containing 10 signatures) in the Obama petition were filled in by the same person.

One of the forged signatures on Obama’s petition was that of former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan (D) who campaigned for Hillary Clinton.   When asked whether the signature on the petition was his, Kernan said, "No, not at all.  Nor does the printing look like mine."

The Tribune reported that almost 30 people who supposedly signed the Clinton petition have confirmed that the signatures are not theirs.  They appear to have been copied from a petition for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger.

Both the Clinton and Obama forged petition pages were approved by the voter registration office when the Republican head of the office was absent.  Democratic member of the Board of Voter Registration, Pam Brunette, has a written signature which appears on the backs of the suspicious petition pages.

State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb has called for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation. County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak is already beginning an investigation into the matter. In Indiana, falsifying a ballot petition is a Class D felony. 


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Evidence of Voter Fraud Presented by Heritage Panel
Wed, Oct 12 2011 6:38 AM

Last Thursday, Stealing Elections author John Fund, True the Vote’s president Catherine Engelbrecht and scholar Hans von Spakovsky discussed the threat that voter fraud presents to our elections at the Heritage Foundation.  Voter ID was a solution presented.

Fund declared that this discussion would present “facts not the fear” about elections.  He pointed out that the “most egregious incidents of voter fraud are in minority one-party districts,” citing Detroit and Compton as examples.  Furthermore, state legislators and the governor in Rhode Island have said that they supported the voter ID law because of voter fraud concerns raised by minority constituents.  Fund emphasized that just as you have a civil right not to be disenfranchised, the right to not have your vote cancelled out is a civil right.  With almost 80% of the public supporting voter ID, he noted that it is only “addled academics, few partisans and race baiters” that oppose voter ID.

Engelbrecht said that elections in Harris County in Texas had “gross incompetence and out-and-out voter fraud.” True the Vote researchers found discrepancies on voter registration applications and critical errors on the voter registry (voters registered at places of business, non-existent locations, vacant lots, different places than on their drivers’ license and at multiple addresses).  She also compared voter registrations against census data, showing that more people were registered than are eligible to vote and dead people are still on voter rolls.  She declared, “There is a problem, and we the citizens are the solution to the problem.”

Von Spakovsky criticized the “apocalyptic claims” of opponents who challenge voter ID laws.  The claims of disenfranchisement have been refuted with evidence of higher turnout even after voter ID was implemented and been set aside by federal judges who ruled that voter ID laws were legal in Georgia and Indiana.  He pointed out the hypocrisy that there is no similar outcry against requiring photo identification for public accommodations and travel.  According to von Spakovsky, it is the “philosophical objections of the Obama administration” to enforcing the Help America Act’s provisions mandating that states clean their voter rolls.

Watch the panel here.

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The Left Criticizes Voter ID Laws But Forgets to Read Them
Tue, Oct 11 2011 8:18 AM

Opponents of voter ID in Tennessee are trying to generate media attention by outrageous assertions of disenfranchisement.  However, if they happened to actually read the voter ID laws, they would see that their claims that eligible voters would not be able to cast ballots are false.

Dozens of news articles, television and the liberal blogosphere have broadcast information about an “elderly woman denied voter ID” in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The media and the left have focused on this woman, who represents a small percentage of the voting age population in the United States that do not have a drivers’ license.  What really happened is that 96-year-old Dorothy Cooper was asked to provide her marriage license when she requested a voter ID, because “Cooper” was not the last name listed on her birth certificate.   This request from the Department of Safety was a legitimate measure to ensure that the voter is who she says she is; Dorothy Cooper claimed to be “Dorothy Alexander” and the clerk had no way of determining whether she was telling the truth.

What the news media did not highlight is that even if a citizen does not pick up a voter ID card, that citizen can still cast a ballot at the upcoming election.  According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-112 (a)(1)(E), “If a voter is unable to present any evidence of identification specified in subsection (c), the voter shall be required to execute an affidavit of identity on a form provided by the county election commission.”   

The legislature took poor voters into consideration who might not be able to afford to pay for the underlying documents to obtain an ID (even if the ID itself is free). Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-112(e) provides “A voter who is indigent and unable to obtain proof of identification without payment of a fee or who has a religious objection to being photographed shall be required to execute an affidavit of identity on a form provided by the county election commission and then shall be allowed to vote.”

Dorothy Cooper brought in her voter registration card, so all she needed to do was sign an affidavit.   In fact, Dorothy Cooper walked out of the Department of Safety with a way to vote anyway: she signed up for an absentee ballot which does not require a photo ID.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-6-201 allows for absentee voting without photo ID for “a person sixty-five (65) years of age or older.”

Another claim was made by state Senator Roy Herron (D) wrote an op-ed against voter ID using the example of his 94-year-old mother who does not drive, misplaced her birth certificate and is in a wheel-chair.  However, Herron’s mother could vote by absentee ballot.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-6-201 allows for absentee ballots if “the person is hospitalized, ill or physically disabled.”

The Tennessee voter ID law is a well-written measure that does not disenfranchise.  Before criticizing a law, it might be a good idea to actually read it.


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Online Voter Registration in CA Means Danger of Vote Fraud
Mon, Oct 10 2011 12:33 PM


Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed SB 397, a bill that allows Californians to register to vote over the Internet.  Previous to this change of law, California voters were able to fill out their registration form online but had to print, sign and mail it to county election offices where election officials would have to process the forms.

SB 397 was passed by the state legislature in September.   Among those who opposed the Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale).  His chief of staff said, “There’s a lot of deep concerns about the bill.  You don’t have a signature. There is no way to verify it’s an actual person.”

As reported by the San Francisco Examiner:

California GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said the danger of fraud associated with online registration outweighs any benefits. “The right to vote is an incredibly precious right and we should safeguard it at all times,” Del Beccaro said. “We have enough problems with our voter rolls as it is.”

When a state representative proposed a similar online registration bill in Michigan, The State News editorial board came out against the measure, writing, “it’s unclear how online registration would avoid such necessities as identity verification. There might be effective ways to curb abuse of the new system, but there is little question that an online process greatly increases the risks of voter fraud and other problems.”


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Former RNLA Deputy Director Appointed to VA State Board of Elections
Mon, Oct 10 2011 1:11 AM

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Justin Riemer, former Deputy Director of the RNLA, will be appointed Deputy Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections:

Before his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Justin Riemer began working for the State Board of Elections (SBE) in November 2010 as Confidential Policy Advisor.  Prior to his appointment to SBE, he worked on election law issues as Deputy Director for the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).  Riemer also served as Associate Counsel on the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign, where he provided legal counsel on state and federal election law issues. 

During his almost two years at the RNLA, Justin was instrumental in RNLA efforts to ensure elections were open, fair and honest.  Justin planned National Election Law Seminars and countless trainings across the country, including in Virginia.  These trainings received continuing legal education credit from non-partisan state bars across the country. 

"Governor McDonnell has appointed a highly competent and dedicated team of professionals to administer elections in Virginia," RNLA First Vice President Lee Goodman said.  "Justin Riemer is a talented lawyer and election professional, and the people of Virginia can have confidence in its elections." 


Justin proved his dedication to the nonpartisan enforcement and teaching of election law. The RNLA congratulates Justin, a dedicated, hard worker who will serve the voters of Virginia well. 

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