Are ‘Ballot Taxes’ the Best Way to Improve Voter Turnout?

PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell reports in Breitbart News today on a bill in the New York Assembly that would levy a fine on anyone who fails to vote:

Manhattan-based Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick (D) filed a “compulsory voting” bill, requiring all eligible New York residents to register and cast ballots, or face a $10 fine unless they can provide “a valid excuse” for not voting. The current bill text does not give guidance on what kind of reasons for failing to vote would be acceptable.

Assemblywoman Glick writes in the bill’s summary memo that “mandatory voting would drastically increase civic participation and transform the political arena by making politicians more reflective of the constituents that elected them.” Her reasoning closely echoed former President Barack Obama’s 2015 pitch for a federal plan, noting “it would be transformative if everybody voted … the people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups,” according to CNN.

Despite claims of hoping to advance civil rights by promoting redistricting reform, automatic voter registration, a national popular vote, or even ballot taxes, the contemporary Democrat Party at all levels simply appear to be still trying to get their collective Cousin Pookie to the polls—or risk a prolonged residence in the political wilderness.

Read the full article, here.

The ‘Dirty Work Behind Clean Elections’

Election Assistance Commission Chairman Matthew Masterson writes in The Washington Times about the tough, but valuable work required to maintain voter rolls according to federal standards.

As the White House prepares to set up a commission focused on potential voting irregularities, election officials from across the nation are busy conducting statutorily required voter list maintenance to ensure their rolls are ready ahead of the next vote. It’s an important part of protecting the integrity of our nation’s elections and saving vital taxpayer dollars.

Voter list maintenance is not a new concept born of recent controversies and allegations. In fact, the sustained list maintenance effort to improve the accuracy of voter registration rolls traces back to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly referred to as the “motor voter” law. NVRA not only facilitates the ease of voter registration at motor vehicle offices and public assistance offices, but it also prescribes the process for updating and proper removal of outdated voter records via data shared between counties, across states, by departments of health and motor vehicle offices, the United States Postal Service and a variety of other data sources.

Read more, here.

Fracktivist Gets Jail Time for Ohio Voter Registration Fraud

The Daily Caller has the latest on what happens when an anti-fracking activist feels a financial pinch for not meeting voter registration quotas:

An Ohio-based environmentalist whose group once accused energy companies of election fraud was sentenced this week on charges she falsified voter registrations.

Rebecca Hammonds, an activist with Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC), a wealthy anti-fracking grassroots organization, was sentenced to 180 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to 13 felony counts of election fraud in January. She originally faced 35 counts.

 

Her legal troubles are ironic considering OOC claimed in 2015 that election fraud stymied the Community Bill of Rights initiative, a ballot proposal that would allow communities to ban fracking in their towns. A hand recount eventually found that their proposal failed on its own merits.

Hammonds apparently believed flubbing the voter registration numbers would convince OOC to continue bankrolling her position.

“I felt like I needed to keep the numbers up because it was stated that if there weren’t very many numbers then they would pull the funding, which would mean not only my job but eight other peoples’ jobs,” Hammonds said.

Read more, here.

Texas Shows What Can Happen When Election Fraud Becomes Entrenched

An article in Breitbart Texas today demonstrates how rampant, illegal actions in elections can corrupt even the most basic government services in the process:

Tuesday morning, 43-year-old Noe Abdon Olvera went before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez and pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official. Olvera is set to be sentenced in May at which time he faces up to 15 years in prison.

The case against Olvera revealed that in October 2014, Olvera took $1,000 in exchange for names and addresses of residents in his postal route that received absentee ballots during the previous 2014 Democratic Primary. According to prosecutors, Olvera’s role was tied to the 2014 Hidalgo County Sheriff’s race.

The mailman was reportedly working with a local “politiquera” who would say or do just about anything to rustle up votes for their candidate-employer:

Noe rode with me a few times to to go talk to people. He was making promises to a lot of people. He told one lady that he was going to help her get her citizenship papers in return for for her vote for Mayor Salinas. Another man we picked up was mentally disabled, and Noe Olvera promised him money for his vote. After taking the man to vote, Noe did not pay him. Noe had given him a card with Mayor Salinas’ name on it so that he would know who to vote for. On several occasions, I would drive behind Noe while he was on his mail route. He would call me and tell me when he would deliver a mail-in ballot at a home. I would write down the addresses or I would stop by and talk to the people. Another day, he called and told me that they had received a lot of mail-in ballots and that he was going to write all the addresses down for me.

PILF President J. Christian Adams noted in the piece that Texas could do more to protect absentee voters from ballot interception and manipulation attempts.

“At a minimum, mail voters should be required to provide identification proofs like seen in Kansas. That added safeguard better protects voters when their ballots are wrongfully intercepted,” Adams added.

Read the full article at Breitbart Texas, here.

Fox News: J. Christian Adams Discusses Left’s Plan to Block Trump’s Nominee for Deputy AG

Show clip available via Fox News Channel.

Christian Adams on the Impacts of AG Sessions’ Recusal, Wiretapping

PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams made multiple, recent appearances on the Fox News Channel to explain AG Jeff Sessions’ recusal, FISA courts, and general wiretapping procedure.

Statement in Support of Trump’s Decision Ending Texas Voter ID Opposition

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 27, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today celebrated the Trump Administration’s decision to end the federal government’s opposition to Texas’ photo voter identification law.

“Texans are one step closer to having a common-sense voter protection that has been demanded for years,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Since the Obama Administration’s initial filing, the federal government’s position has only grown weaker. The Texas Legislature is on its way to implementing the adjustments called for by the 5th Circuit to help voters in need, while the doomsday scenarios pitched by voter ID foes have proven to be a farce. We are seeing early reminders of what a Justice Department looks like when it drops the ideological pet projects and follows the law.”

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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Public Interest Legal Commends Ohio for Pursuing Noncitizen Voting Cases

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 27, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today offered its support for the Ohio Secretary of State’s continued investigation into potential noncitizen registration and voting, now subject to prosecution.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s ongoing effort to identify, remove, and refer to law enforcement individuals identified ineligible to vote for reasons related to citizenship now totals 821, with 126 casting ballots before discovery.

“This is a good first step to detect and clean aliens from the rolls,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “This latest finding continues to build the case for legislative reform that requires proof of citizenship as a component to voter registration. We need a system that protects electoral integrity at the point of registration with proof of citizenship, not years down the road with a chance discovery.”

The State of Ohio compared attestations of U.S. citizenship on voter registration forms to Bureau of Motor Vehicle data. The State noted in its announcement that more cases are likely left undiscovered due to a “lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government.”

These findings echo similar work done by PILF to better quantify reported noncitizen voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The organization’s 2016 report found more than 1,000 registered aliens removed from voter rolls with roughly 20 percent casting ballots before discovery. The Public Interest Legal Foundation will update its report with additional findings in 2017.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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Public Interest Legal Backs Texas Voter ID Upgrade

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today backed a bill to improve Texas’ photo voter identification law.

Senate Bill 5, authored by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Harris County), would make permanent the voter ID “safety net” allowing voters without proper ID to attest to the reason for their noncompliance and cast a regular ballot thereafter.

“Senate Bill 5 is a necessary step to improve and protect Texas’ voter ID law,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Making permanent the ‘safety net’ like the bill calls for will help those in genuine need and place strict penalties for those that wish to abuse it.”

Days before the bill was filed, various county election officers told the Associated Press that “hundreds” of voters misused the voter ID affidavit, admitted their refusal to follow existing law. Senate Bill 5 notes that a “false statement” on the form would be a third degree felony.

A copy of SB 5 can be accessed here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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Lawsuit to Clean Wake County, NC Voter Rolls Advances

(RALEIGH, NC.) – February 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a statement applauding the court’s decision to proceed with its client’s case against the Wake County Board of Elections to clean voter rolls (Voter Integrity Project NC v. Wake County BOE).

Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Voter Integrity Project NC, denying motions to dismiss its case brought against the Wake County Board of Elections over allegations that voter rolls were not being properly maintained and disclosed on February 21.

“This is a welcome, but expected development in the case to clean Wake County’s voter rolls,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “No county should have more registered voters than eligible residents, especially to the tune of 105 percent registration. Wake County is leaving multiple tools on the table to better serve its voters – now even the court is beginning to show signs of agreement. PILF will continue to press for close examination of apparent breakdowns in maintenance procedures and transparency guidelines.”

Below is a summary of observations made by Judge Britt in his decision to deny dismissal of the case.

VIP-NC’s methodology for determining whether Wake County’s voter rolls had become bloated in violation of federal law is ‘reasonable’.

“Considering VIP-NC’s allegation that the number of registered voters in Wake County has exceeded, and continues to exceed, the number of eligible voters, which allegation is in turn supported by reliable data and WBOE’s failure to use available jury excuse information, a reasonable inference can be drawn that WCBOE is not making a reasonable effort to conduct a voter list maintenance program in accordance with the NVRA.”

Wake County cannot shift maintenance burdens to the State.

The court rejected the argument that legal action with respect to maintenance can only be directed at states, a key element of the defendants’ position to dismiss the suit.

A copy of the ruling, entered on February 21, 2017 has been made available, here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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