Thursday, August 27, 2015

Over 20 States Have Counties with More Registered Voters than People Alive

It would be a funny Zombie joke if it was not true and so impactful.   According to Public Interest Legal Foundation:

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put 141 counties on notice across the United States that they have more registered voters than people alive.  PILF has sent 141 statutory notice letters to county election officials in 21 states.

This is not just an academic exercise.  These zombie voters can have a real effect on elections and these disastrous messed-up voter rolls make vote fraud much easier.  As PILF’s J. Christian Adams commented:

“Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of PILF.  “Close elections tainted by voter fraud turned control of the United States Senate in 2009.  Too much is at stake in 2016 to allow that to happen again.”0

The vote fraud in 2008, which has been proven in scores of ways including a study published in the left leaning Washington Post, led to the passage of Obamacare. 

Even President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration agrees that the cleaning up of voter rolls is important. 

It is unfortunate that President Obama’s Justice Department does not.  As Public Interest Legal Foundation points out:

Lawyers for PILF have previously brought lawsuits against other counties that failed to clean up voter rolls after receiving a notice letter.  The notice letters also seek access to public information about voter roll maintenance efforts. The United States Justice Department also can bring lawsuits to fix corrupted voter rolls but has failed to do so during the Obama administration.

Until a new President is elected that actually cares about voter disenfranchisement, Zombie voting will not be a joke but a real problem.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EAC Gets it Right, Allows States to Fight Vote Fraud

Yesterday we highlighted a story about how Democrat leaders not only deny the existence of vote fraud but also reward those caught committing it.  This problem makes it so important that funding sources outside the local jurisdiction be made available to fight vote fraud.  Fortunately the Election Assistance Commission ruled that:

States are free to use federal grant money intended to improve how elections are run in order to pay for criminal investigations of potential voter fraud.

This ruling is significant as it was bipartisan and recognizes the importance of fighting vote fraud.  It should be a no-brainer since every fraudulent vote disenfranchises a legal vote. 

In a 3-0 decision, the commissioners agreed in an Aug. 13 advisory that Iowa's use of the money was "allowable, allocable and reasonable." The Help America Vote Act requires states to ensure that voter registration records are accurate and leaves to them "the specific choices on the methods of complying," the advisory said.

Of course the need for accurate registration and voting lists was even recognized by President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration.   Despite this and the unanimous bipartisan ruling, local Democrats and liberal groups were upset.  As is too often the case, they completely ignored that 16 people were charged with voting illegally in Iowa. 

While RNLA has been critical of the EAC in the past, the EAC’s allowing the use of HAVA funding to prosecute vote fraud is refreshing and praiseworthy.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dems Nominate Alleged Vote Fraudster as Registrar

As is often the case the case, the person caught committing the vote fraud is just the tip of an alleged larger effort to disenfranchise legal voters and steal elections.  A Democrat elected official was busted for 19 counts of vote fraud:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release. . . .

Christina Ayala was charged with eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

However the possible mastermind and Christina’s mother has not been charged and actually was nominated registrar by Democrat leaders after this scandal broke!

No action has been so far taken against Santa Ayala, who, despite being accused by the SEEC of possibly helping her daughter to break the law, was nominated by Bridgeport Democratic leaders this summer for another term as registrar and will appear on the November ballot.

This is really a bigger part of the story and part of a national trend.  From supporting talking heads such as known vote fraudster Al Sharpton to nominating local officials, Democrat leaders often seem to not only deny the existence of vote fraud but reward those who commit it.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Clinton Appointed Judge is Saying Clinton Violated “government policy."

Every day a new report comes out on Hillary Clinton’s emails and lies.  More and more classified emails have come out after her initial denial of any such emails.  The latest is dozens of emails were classified from the start.  However yesterday a damming single simple sentence was uttered by a judge that has been overlooked by some (emphasis ours):

After Justice Department lawyer Peter Wechsler argued that the open records law normally doesn’t allow for searches of government officials’ private accounts, the judge said he viewed it as an unusual situation because “there was a violation of government policy.”

The judge is U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan a Bill Clinton appointee.  In other words, a Clinton appointee is saying Clinton violated “government policy." 

Despite the Clinton campaign’s denials and the Department of Justice Department’s obstruction attempts this scandal continues to grow.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Provisional Ballot Mock Trial Entertains and Informs at RNLA Conference

The relatively early morning Saturday starting time did not deter one of the more informational and entertaining panels at the recently concluded RNLA Election Conference held last week in New York City. The Provisional Ballots Mock Trial simulation provided conference attendees an inside look at various scenarios and arguments that arise with sometimes-arcane provisional ballot protocols.

Voters cast provisional ballots when there is some question about eligibility. As the trial demonstrated, possibilities include questions about party registration, voting in the wrong precinct, voters moving to new precincts, or some other situation where they do not appear on the appropriate voting rolls. Provisional ballots themselves raise a series of questions when they are not filled out correctly, for instance, lack of appropriate signatures, missing affidavits, ballots not being sealed correctly, secrecy envelopes missing, and voters providing inappropriate ballots as instructed by poll workers.

As demonstrated through the mock trial all of these scenarios regularly happen in the provisional voting process and can make a difference in a close election.

The mock trial focused on Office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in fictional Broadway County, Pennsylvania. RNLA Board of Governor member Katie Goldman represented one candidate and RNLA Southeast Pennsylvania Chair Linda Kerns represented the other. Ron Hicks, RNLA Counsel, represented the County as Solicitor. The Election Board consisted of Christine Svenson, RNLA Illinois Chapter Chair, this writer, and Joseph Nixon, Co-Chair of RNLA’s Texas Chapter.

Ms. Goldman and Ms. Kerns took opposing sides as each deftly navigated the various pitfalls associated with provisional ballots. Mr. Hicks argued in each case the votes should remain uncounted following the official decision of the County’s Election Bureau Manager. In each instance counsel had to balance the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) 52 U.S.C. §21082 enacted to encourage voting and the consequences of administrative error that sometimes occurs with elderly or inexperienced poll workers against fealty to state laws meant to ensure the integrity of the process.

When the often-spirited arguments concluded after each voting scenario the Election Board decided which votes would be counted. Reflecting real-life circumstances, the Board often struggled to reach consensus with most votes ending as 2-1 to accept or reject the particular ballot.

Adding to the drama the solicitor found unexpected “surprises” in envelopes once opened like missing inner “secrecy” envelopes forcing counsel to reargue votes they thought had already been decided.

The audience enjoyed the spectacle often interrupting the proceedings to ask questions and inquire about different scenarios. The participants too shared anecdotes throughout the proceeding to enrich the experience further.

Overall both participants and audience members rated the mock trial high on both the educational and entertainment aspects. It will hopefully provide a more knowledgeable base of Republican lawyers to fight for Republican ballots in future provisional voting contests.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vote Fraud: Parent and Child Edition

The Chronicle Tribune of Ohio has been following an election recently decided by one Provisional Ballot for a Democrat primary in Lorain County.  The case has uncovered a few interesting tidbits of the Voter Fraud mind.  There is this one (emphasis ours):

Bail bondsman Tony Horn admitted on the stand Thursday that he didn’t live at 924 W. Seventh Court, which he listed as his current address when he cast a provisional ballot in the May Democratic primary.

But he said that he used to live there and continued to receive mail at that address, which he believed met the criteria for a current address
. . . .

Flores and his attorney, Gerald Phillips, contend that Tony Horn rigged the election in favor of his son. They have argued throughout the trial before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski that numerous voters cast ballots using addresses where they didn’t live.

Phillips said after the hearing that Horn effectively admitted to breaking the law by signing provisional ballot paperwork claiming he lived where he didn’t.

Tony Horn was a Dad allegedly trying to steal an election for his son.  Keep in mind that Tony’s illegal vote was part of an alleged effort to organize more illegal votes.  

Another illegal vote involving parents and children happened with a  daughter visiting her mother

Ashley Marie Robinson told election officials that she lived at 2008 Oakdale Ave. in Lorain when she cast a provisional ballot in the May Democratic primary, but her mother testified Friday that wasn’t the case.

 “She comes and goes, but she hasn’t lived there,” Evelyn Vasquez told Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski.

Regardless of what happens in this case, this shows the potential importance of voter ID.  Voter ID with an address would eliminate the problems of where does a person intend to reside by taking out the guesswork of reading the intentions, honest or dishonest, of the voter.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hillary's "Watergate?"

Last Friday RNLA was privileged to hear former U.S. Attorney General and RNLA Board of Advisory Member Judge Michael Mukasey speak on the Iran deal and its legal/security implications.  While that is legally a bit of sticky wicket, General Mukasey explains in an Op-Ed that the issue of Hillary Clinton’s email is rather an easier question and also an issue of common sense. 
The question of whether Hillary Clinton’s emails were marked top secret isn’t legally relevant. Any cabinet member should know that.  Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct public business while serving as secretary of state, followed by the deletion of information on that server and the transfer to her lawyer of a thumb drive containing heretofore unexplored data, engages several issues of criminal law—but the overriding issue is one of plain common sense.
If you have a Wall Street Journal subscription, the article is well worth the read beyond the first paragraph quoted above and publicly available. 

Bob Woodward, obviously an expert on political cover-ups, sums up the political issues and his words should scare all of Hillary’s supporters (emphasis ours).

Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on Monday compared the email controversy engulfing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

"Follow the trail here," Woodward said. "There are all these emails. Well, they were sent to someone or someone sent them to her. So, if things have been erased here, there's a way to go back to these emails or who received them from Hillary Clinton. So, you've got a massive amount of data in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes: Thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his."

"It's extraordinary," Woodward said. "Again, it's the volume: 60,000 emails and Hillary Clinton has said 30,000 of them, half, were personal and they were deleted. Who decided that? What's on those emails? I would love to have all 60,000, read them. It would be a character study about her personal life and also what she did as secretary of state. And step back for a moment. The big question about Hillary Clinton is, who is she? Is she this secretive hidden person or is she this valiant public servant? Look at those 60,000 emails and you're going to get some answers."

Woodward added, "This has to go on a long long time; the answers are probably not going to be pretty."

Whether you look at this issue from a legal, common sense, or political point of view, it all leads to trouble for Hillary Clinton.