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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

CITIZEN'S ENFORCEMENT

"I see dead voters..."

The last episode of the TV series Seinfeld was one of the best ever produced to end a series. It featured the four main members of the cast traveling to Paris for a vacation when mechanical problems force the plane to land in Latham, Massachusetts. There, they witness a minor crime and do nothing but mock the victim from across the street, then go on to find a hotel. They are then arrested in a violation of a Good Samaritan law violation in which you have a duty to help those in need, and the hilarity just keeps climbing as the show's previous episodes are brought up with witness after witness showing what a batch of selfish, shallow, insensitive jerks all four are.

Aside from a humorous statement on modern culture (which much of the show really was - it wasn't actually about nothing, it was about New York life), the show brought up something serious about culture. We all have a responsibility to do good around us, and to fight bad where we find it. Even if no laws enforce this principle, being a good citizen and common virtues compel us. And that's what Pajamas Media writer J. Christian Adams is taking very seriously.

He's looking at the upcoming election and the Motor Voter bill and is taking personal action. Part of that legislation empowers individual citizens to bring suit against states if they do not properly act according to the law. The lawsuits he's bringing are based on section 8 of the bill: list integrity. Every state has a legal duty to clean up its voter roles, eliminating dead voters, people who've moved, illegal aliens, felons, and any errors. They have to do so before the November general election and file a report with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Many have not:
The latest report is troubling. South Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Indiana report in excess of a dozen counties with more registered voters than living people old enough to vote. Having more voters than living humans tells you something is wrong. In West Virginia, one county reported 113% of the voting age population was registered to vote. Baltimore, Maryland, reported 104% of voting age citizens on the rolls. Iowa and North Carolina also reported counties with more voters than living citizens of voting age.
So Abrams has sent them letters of intent to file suit if they do not take action. And for many states who have filed, the notifications show serious flaws with their efforts:
Ponce de Leon wasted his time looking for the fountain of youth in Florida — he should have gone to Maryland, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oregon, or Tennessee. These states report that they didn’t remove a single dead voter from 2006 to 2008. Some of the dead registered voters were resurrected on election day and cast ballots.

These states also received a notice letter.

Many counties in other states also have amazing longevity. Large numbers of counties in Alabama, Rhode Island, and Virginia report removing no dead voters in two years. Whatever they are drinking there, I’d like some quick.
As he points out, there's not a lot of reason to trust the Holder justice department to take any action whatsoever here, given their belief that deliberate voter intimidation is no particular cause for concern with the Black Panthers incident in 2008.

Its good Adams is doing this, but he shouldn't have to. This is the duty of the federal government, and they're simply not interested in following through on it.

And, given the deliberate effort for several years in the Soros-backed Secretary of State project to get Democrats in SoS positions to influence narrow elections, the need for a trustworthy and accurate voter registration count is even more vital. We've already seen in Minnesota and Washington State how close elections turn out under this effort.

As I've said before, we have to trust the electoral system or the US is doomed; democracies cannot survive without a trustworthy vote.

Oh, and as Instapundit points out, the problems with voter rolls just keeps getting more troubling.

1 Comments:

Anonymous JoelAT said...

What can we, as concerned citizens, do to help? This is indeed serious problem and one that anyone who is truly concerned with the future of the republic should be involved in.

11:38 AM, September 07, 2010  

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