The Left’s Felony Assault on Voting

PILF President J. Christian Adams takes to the pages of The Hill this week to expose Philadelphia’s willful protection of felons on its voter rolls:

A North Carolina election worker was arrested last week for allegedly hacking hundreds of voter records to switch the status of ineligible felons — potentially allowing them to vote illegally in 2016. While Joy Wilkerson’s attempted act of electoral sabotage is outrageous, it’s nothing compared to what’s happening in Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia, felons who are ineligible to vote remain on the rolls deliberately. Pennsylvania does not allow incarcerated felons to vote. Yet election officials regularly send absentee ballots to prisons for misdemeanor convicts. There is no voter ID in Pennsylvania, and convicted felons remain on the poll books used on Election Day in Philadelphia.

The astonishing circumstance in Philadelphia was discovered in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) seeking access to public election records. When the ACRU asked for records showing voter rolls maintenance regarding felons who lost their right to vote, Philadelphia election officials just laughed. There were no records because they do nothing about it.

Read more at The Hill.

J. Christian Adams’ Statement on Voter ID Ruling

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – April 10, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today responded to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas’ latest ruling on the photo voter identification law.

“As this case predictably advances through the appellate process, it will not be lost on the justices to come if Texas institutes its waiver program to assist voters without proper ID and finally conclude this left-wing misadventure,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

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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Attorneys Urge Sessions to Clean Up Civil Rights Division

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – March 28, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a copy of a letter it co-signed that offers guidance on how Attorney General Jeff Sessions should evaluate candidates for the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

The letter, co-signed by 25 civil rights attorneys, organization leaders, authors, and a sitting Secretary of State asserts that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department has strayed from its traditional role and was leveraged as a political tool for too long.

“During the Obama administration, the Division served purely ideological ends with rigidity unmatched in other federal offices. Entrenched federal bureaucrats jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas,” the letter argues.

The leaders also note that the DOJ needs to focus on new fronts in civil rights, rather than reliving the past century.

“Together, we have witnessed longstanding conventions held from the mid-20th century prove outmoded in recent years and discovered new fronts in need of protection where civil rights are concerned—with particular respect to voting. Discrimination, dilution, and poor processes will always be constants, yet the victims can vary in our contemporary era,” the letter adds.

The authors leveled three primary challenges to new incoming Justice Department leadership:

PILF President J. Christian Adams underscored the gravity of the staffing pick.

“The most important position General Sessions will fill in the DOJ is the AAG for Civil Rights,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “For years, a radicalized Civil Rights Division heavy-handedly advanced leftists causes with respect to voting, law enforcement, immigration, and others while constitutional Rule of Law was considered a nuisance. General Sessions has an opportunity to begin the course correction necessary to protect all Americans from civil rights abuses.”

The letter concludes with an understanding that “the road to reform will be a rough one requiring time and perseverance.” Advancing the status quo is not an option with respect to civil rights, the authors urge.

A copy of the letter 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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Letter to AG Sessions on Civil Rights Division by Public Interest Legal Foundation on Scribd

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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