May 2012 - Posts

New Hampshire Steps Closer to Voter ID Law
Thu, May 31 2012 8:06 AM

The two houses of the New Hampshire legislature are working toward a compromise version of a voter ID bill.  Differences that need to be ironed out between the House and Senate versions include the timing of when provisions should take effect and the types of IDs that are acceptable.

Legislators were spurred to action after seeing James O’Keefe’s undercover video on how easy it is to impersonate dead people on the New Hampshire voter rolls.    House Speaker Bill O’Brien said that the exposé demonstrated that there are real "flaws in the system."

According to news reports even “Democratic Gov. John Lynch, who vetoed a photo ID bill last year, has said he is open to voter ID legislation.”

Hopefully the negotiations will prove fruitful and New Hampshire will take a step toward preventing vote fraud through voter ID.

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More Vote Fraud in Virginia
Wed, May 30 2012 8:19 AM

Vote fraud indictments continue to come nearly four years after the 2008 election.  Now two more have been charged with vote fraud.

On September 26, 2008, Michael Anthony Harris registered to vote.  A few days later on October 3, 2008, Sheila J. Peterson registered to vote.  The problem is that both are ineligible to vote because they had been previously convicted of felonies.  Grand juries in Chesterfield indicted Harris and Peterson for making false statements on election forms.

In Richmond, the commonwealth attorney declared that a vote solicitor conspired to get felons to register to vote.

All these cases come from a much larger list of over 400 irregularities forwarded to state police from the Virginia State Board of Elections.

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Most Democrats and Most Minorities Support Voter ID in Tennessee
Tue, May 29 2012 8:20 AM

In a poll by Vanderbilt University, more people in all demographic groups surveyed support voter ID than oppose it. This includes African-Americans and Hispanics.  Additionally, most Democrats support photo identification at the polls.  If the constituencies they claim to represent are on the other side of the issue, then why are civil rights groups and the Democratic Party in such opposition to voter ID?

According to the survey, 47.5% of African-Americans support voter ID laws.  Support among Hispanics is at 43.8%.  Then, Democrats at a rate of 48.1% are in favor of voter ID.

This poll, localized to Tennessee, reflects the trend in national polls conducted by Rasmussen (here, here and here) as well as by Fox News.

It’s no surprise that Tennessee residents support voter ID.  News stations reported featured how a Bolivar, Tennessee councilwoman was found guilty of encouraging felons to vote illegally for her.  Then there was the election of Ophelia Ford to the state Senate, where lawmakers refused to seat her when felons voted and nonresidents cast ballots.  In the aftermath of that race, three poll workers pled guilty to vote fraud.

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To Whom Is Due “The Highest Merit”?
Mon, May 28 2012 11:42 AM

Republican lawyer Abraham Lincoln is best known for his eloquent address at the cemetery at Gettysburg to remember the fallen military.   Forgotten are the brief but poignant remarks Lincoln made on March 16, 1864.  On Memorial Day in 2012, his words still ring true:

“Ladies and Gentlemen: I appear to say but a word. This extraordinary war in which we are engaged falls heavily upon all classes of people, but the most heavily upon the soldier. For it has been said, all that a man hath will he give for his life; and while all contribute of their substance the soldier puts his life at stake, and often yields it up in his country's cause. The highest merit, then is due to the soldier.”

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Obomination: Holding Attorney General in Contempt Now “On the Table”
Fri, May 25 2012 7:57 AM

Republican House leaders are threatening to hold the Attorney General in contempt. Politico reports that “If Justice complies only partially with the Issa subpoena, leadership will send a contempt referral to DOJ, accusing the agency of obstructing a congressional investigation.”

Last Friday, Republican leadership sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday citing a “lack of full cooperation from the Department of Justice” in the Congressional investigation of Fast and Furious. The letter from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy indicates that "If necessary, the House will act to fulfill our constitutional obligations in the coming weeks.”  Boehner explained that this means “all options are on the table.”

There are two key items that the legislators want to know: "First, who on your leadership team was informed of the reckless tactics used in Fast & Furious prior to Agent Terry's murder; and, second, did your leadership team mislead or misinform Congress in response to a Congressional subpoena?"   They requested communications in the Justice Department after February 4, 2011 to answer such questions.

An American federal agent has been killed as a result of the outrageous gunwalking program, Fast and Furious.  Congress has constitutional duties to conduct oversight, but it has not been given all the documents requested from the Obama administration.  This stonewalling has to stop so we can get to the truth.  Speaker John Boehner said that we must “hold everyone at the Department of Justice and the administration accountable” who is responsible.  


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Rhode Island Part II: Vote Fraud Deniers Arguments Blown Up by RI Democrats
Thu, May 24 2012 7:44 AM

Following up on Maya Noronha's blog post yesterday, there is more to talk about on the very important article on voter ID in Rhode Island. The lengthy article defeats every point of D.C. Democrats and their partisan allegedly nonpartisan allies like the Brennan Center try to make in their efforts to oppose voter ID.

Vote Fraud Deniers Allegation #1. Voter ID hurts minorities. The left from vote fraud perpetrators such as Al Sharpton to scholarly professors all have outrageous claims that voter ID is targeted on minorities and is "Jim Crow." Rhode Island blows that out of water as the Independent Governor of Rhode Island signed the bill at the request of minorities and the key sponsors of the bill where minorities. As the article quotes (emphasis mine):

And when [Senator Harold] Metts and other minority legislators came out in favor of the bill, it provided plenty of political cover for anyone predisposed to the measure. "Senator Metts," Brien tells me, "had systematically blown up at least half the arguments about who would get disenfranchised by voter ID."

Vote Fraud Deniers Allegation #2. Voter ID is a Republican scheme to benefit Republicans at the polls. The fact is there is no Republican Party in Rhode Island. Stopping vote fraud does not benefit Republicans in Rhode Island. It does benefit honest Democrats which is why people like Metts (who carries a bible with him as his "weapon") supported ID.

And the Democrats' stranglehold on power insulates the party from traditional partisan concerns: voter ID may help Republicans, but in Rhode Island, that's all but irrelevant.

And in fairness to people like Metts, doing the right thing is its own reward which is why other Democrats and liberals support ID.

Vote Fraud Deniers Allegation #3. Rhode Island snuck past Democrats and liberal leaders and it is a weak voter ID law. The fact is Rhode Island law is stronger than the recently passed Virginia law. Rhode Island Democrats knew what they were doing. DC extremists and Democrat leaders fully made their case. The NAACP staged a press conference with 20 other groups. Even the DNC Chair was involved from Washington:

Several sources, including Brien, say Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who serves as chair of the Democratic National Committee, called Fox the night before the vote in a bid to squash the bill.

Voter ID, by then, was peaking as a national issue. In recent weeks, a half dozen Republican governors around the country — including conservative stars Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Perry of Texas, and Nikki Haley of South Carolina — had signed bills into law.

And Wasserman Schultz was in a war of words with the GOP; in mid-June, she was forced to apologize after arguing in a television interview that Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."

Vote Fraud Deniers Allegation #4. Voter impersonation and vote fraud are rare. Metts explained in another article that fraud prosecutions are rare but as honest liberals such as former Congressional Black Caucus Member Artur Davis and MSNBC Host Chris Matthews have admitted voter ID could stop some of the organized efforts by Democrats to steal elections. One of the Rhode Island's versions of organized vote fraud that leads to disenfranchisement of legal voters and influences elections was described by "liberal Providence Representative Anastasia Williams, who identifies as black and Panamanian-American" as follows:

Federal agents investigated, she says, and showed her a picture of the suspected fraudster. The representative says she confronted him on the street sometime later and learned he was offered a passport — use Williams' name, his handlers told him, to grease the skids — in exchange for impersonating a voter and convincing others to do the same.

Williams says her own investigation of the matter pointed to a larger world of recruiters paid to identify registered voters who cast ballots infrequently and to send impersonators in their place. She implies that this broader network of recruiters used her name improperly, too, but she declines to offer details, saying it might endanger her family.

No one should dismiss her concerns for her family. Of course, D.C. Democrats and liberal vote fraud deniers will not only dismiss her concerns but will attempt to continue to ignore Rhode Island on voter ID. They will continue to oppose voter ID to have more legal voters disenfranchised like Rep. Williams. This is the D.C. Democrats and their allies real "inconvenient truth."

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Democrats in RI tell the Story Behind Voter ID in the “Bluest” of All States
Wed, May 23 2012 5:51 PM

Why did the Democratic majority legislature in Rhode Island pass a voter ID law?  A recent article in the Providence Phoenix offers the real answer:  there is rampant vote fraud. 

Look at the long list of examples the author offers that are recounted from state legislators themselves:

-          A public official was told before voting herself that she’d voted already

-          An Illegal immigrant was offered documentation in exchange for impersonating voters and convincing others to impersonate voters

-          A man who voted once and returned in different garb to vote again

-          A voter who couldn’t spell his own name

-          People who are not constituents were brought in vans to vote at the polling places

Given all this observed at the polls – coupled with the widespread popular support (Brown University poll found 85 percent of Rhode Islanders support voter ID), it’s not surprising the electoral reform commission in the state identified voter ID as a top priority, the state legislature passed the bill, and the governor signed it.

Sadly, some commentators only see the world with “racial overtones.”  Opponents have injected the specter of race into voter identification issues, and it’s usually characterized as Republican legislatures against black voters. Moreover, if you follow Election Law Blog’s Rick Hasen, the “important snippet” meriting inclusion in his post is a racial one.  For a preview of the “most complete account” of Rhode Island’s voter ID implementation, Hasen quotes the small portion of the article that cites an allegation by the founder of the Latino Political Action Committee that African Americans in Rhode Island are trying to suppress Hispanics.   

Hasen is just one of many liberal scholars who try to explain away and deny the truth.  The fact is Democrats in Rhode Island knew the problem they faced with vote fraud and passed voter ID under intense pressure from D.C. radical insiders from the ACLU, the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and even Democrat National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

Vote fraud is real, and Democrats in Rhode Island know it.  Those in ivory towers or in DC politics should listen and stop crying racism.   

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States Use Database to Check for Vote Fraud
Wed, May 23 2012 5:44 AM

There’s a new tool to combat vote fraud: the Interstate Cross Check Project.  This simple shared database allows states them to look at voter registration records from other states.  Thus, authorities can determine if there are individuals voting in the same election in two separate states and can prosecute them accordingly.

When individuals move to another state, their voter registration might not be updated.  As each state keeps separate records of voters, these voter rolls end up inaccurate.

What have states using the Interstate Cross Check Project discovered?  Arizona found 500 registered voters who also are currently registered elsewhere.  Colorado found those who engaged in double voting in both Colorado and Kansas in the 2010 election.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spearheaded this Interstate Cross Check Project in an effort to combat double voting. Kobach explains that “double voting is a real common form of voter fraud, but it’s easy to discover and to prosecute. You have a rock-solid legal case that the crime was committed.”

Kobach was one of the leaders to get a voter ID law in place in Kansas.  He has written in support of such measures in The Wall Street Journal.  In response to claims that voter ID laws are discriminatory, Kobach calls it “ludicrous” and “patently absurd” to suggest that a person’s skin color affects his ability to go down to an office and get a free ID.

The Interstate Cross Check Project involves a database shared by Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee.  Given the success in combating vote fraud crimes, other states are considering joining these 15.


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The Vote Fraud Deniers
Tue, May 22 2012 8:30 AM

Thomas Spencer, an RNLA member, recently published an article on Pajamas Media where he describes the vote fraud denial machine of the Democrats.  According to Spencer, this is the Democrats’ “election tactic.” 

The strategy is implemented for a two-fold purpose: “to whip up minorities against Republicans” and “to make the ballot so insecure that millions of phony votes get tallied up for Democratic candidates.”

Spencer explains who they target as part of this denial machine:

The Democratic Party has promulgated talking points — fed to its sympathetic media machine buds — attacking any organization which a) alleges a vote fraud problem, or b) proposes even the most benign of ballot security measures, or c) demands a scrubbing of voting rolls.

The vote fraud denials are committed by Eric Holder of the Department of Justice, the NAACP and Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security.  

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Ohio Removing Dead from Voter Rolls
Mon, May 21 2012 9:01 AM


Ohio has launched a new partnership to receive out-of-state death records every month in an effort to accurately remove the deceased from voter rolls.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is working with the National Association for Public Health Statistics.  The Association has a State and Territorial Exchange of Vital Events system with 20 state partners.

Florida is also taking a good step to clean its voter rolls by cross-referencing it with citizenship databases.  By taking the efforts to make sure voter rolls are more accurate, these states are helping cut down on vote fraud and ensure the integrity of the elections in the eyes of citizens.


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PRESS RELEASE: Virginia Governor McDonnell Signs Voter ID Bill & Challenges Obama Justice Department
Fri, May 18 2012 4:08 PM


The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) today issued the following statement concerning the voter identification legislation signed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:

“Governor McDonnell’s signature of this voter ID bill is a step in the right direction for the Commonwealth of Virginia and sends a message that the integrity of each and every vote matters,” said Michael Thielen, executive director of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).  “The RNLA applauds Governor McDonnell for his leadership and support for election reform.”

In addition to signing the voter ID bill, Governor McDonnell signed an executive order. 

Thielen added, “The executive order goes above and beyond addressing the concerns of opponents of voter ID, even though it has the support of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  Even liberal Democrats in Rhode Island and former President Jimmy Carter support measures such as this.  Should the Obama Department of Justice attack this common sense law much like it has in South Carolina and Texas, it would remove any doubt that Attorney General Eric Holder is anything but an ideologue bent on opposing election reforms irrespective of the law.”

The order does the following:

· Send every Virginia voter an identification card before Election Day;

· Engage in a voter outreach campaign between now and the November general election to educate voters about the changes to Virginia’s voter identification requirements; and

· Inform general registrars and electoral boards that they may contact individuals voting provisionally without an ID about the need to provide one.

For more information on this new law or voter ID generally, check the RNLA blog at




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Obomination: Refusing to Clean Voter Rolls
Fri, May 18 2012 8:45 AM

The Obama administration has refused to give Florida access to records for them to determine which voters are citizens.  This is part of a concerted effort by the Obama administration to refuse to clean voter rolls, a requirement of federal law.

Former Chief of the Voting Section Christopher Coates and Voting Section attorney Christian Adams testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights told the Voting Section that the Obama administration was not interested in enforcing provisions of federal law which require maintenance of voter registration lists. 

In 2009, the Obama administration dismissed without explanation a lawsuit against the Missouri Secretary of State over her failure to comply with Section 8.  Maryland, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Tennessee did not remove any dead voters from their rolls between 2006 and 2008, but the DOJ was not filing lawsuits against them.

The Department of Justice is abusing its discretion by letting political appointees decide which provisions of the law to enforce.  The Department of State is also participating in this cherry picking scheme.  These agencies should be upholding all parts of the law, not just parts they agree with.

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Voter ID Requirement at Democratic Caucus
Thu, May 17 2012 8:30 AM

Despite the Democratic Party’s pledge to fight voter ID laws, they themselves use them as a tool to prevent fraud.  Michigan Democrats require photo identification at their caucus. 

According to an e-mail this month from Democratic Michigan Field Director Erin McCann about the Michigan caucus to nominate Obama for president, caucus-goers must “Bring proof that you live in the area served by the caucus location -- photo ID is required.”

The Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has claimed that through voter ID laws that “Republicans across the country have engaged in a full-scale attack on the right to vote… Democrats refuse to stand by and watch this happen.”  Why are Schultz and other Democrats standing by and letting the Michigan Democrats use photo identification at their caucus? 

Michigan Democrats recognize the widespread fraud in their state and know that photo identification is a tool to prevent fraud.

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A Strong Case for Voter ID in Pennsylvania
Wed, May 16 2012 1:49 PM

As news reports come in, the case for voter ID in Pennsylvania remains strong.  A June 7, 2011 KQV Radio/Tribune-Review poll found that 86 percent of respondents said that “voters should be required to show photo ID.”  Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stated that 99% of Pennsylvanians already have government-issued photo ID.  For the 1% without IDs, the state is working with eligible voters to give them access to free identification.  With the public support for voter ID high and voter ID offering a way to protect the integrity of the vote, it’s no surprise the legislature passed and the governor signed this measure.

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DOJ's "Culture of Prejudice" Against Voter ID
Wed, May 16 2012 8:54 AM


The Justice Department will soon be reviewing the Mississippi voter ID law, as Governor Phil Bryant has said he will sign the bill passed by the legislature to implement a state constitutional voter ID amendment approved by 62% of voters.  Disturbing comments by a DOJ employee suggest the DOJ will not give it a fair hearing.

An analyst at the DOJ, Stephanie Gyamfim, wrote that Mississippi should change its motto to “disgusting and shameful.”    Mississippi Representatives Alan Nunnelee, Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo sent a letter to the DOJ questioning whether Mississippi would receive a fair review of voter ID.  They wrote, “It is clear tht Ms. Gyamfi lacks the objectivity to review matters as they relate to the state of Mississippi.”

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said, “there’s a culture of prejudice there in the Justice Department against Southern states and against Mississippi.”

The DOJ is pressured from groups who want the federal government to block state voter ID laws.  The attorney general has already pledged “aggressive” review. 

It’s no surprise the Mississippi legislature has supplied funds in the budget for the attorney general to conduct the voter ID litigation to get the law in place.


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