Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"Desperate times, desperate measures, you know the drill"

Its time for a national election again, and that means the voter fraud stories start rolling out to be ignored or downplayed by the big media and the federal government to do next to nothing about it. Since Democrats are facing a horrific bloodbath in November, you can guess that all the fringe extremist groups are going to pull out all the stops to help them as much as possible.

First on the table is testimony (pdf file) by Christopher Coates, US Department of Justice official, former chief of the Voting Section and former ACLU lawyer. The primary thrust of this testimony was about the Black Panthers voter intimidation case in 2008, but also in it was this bit of information which Verum Serum highlighted:
In June 2009, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) issued its bi-annual report concerning which states appeared not to be complying with Section 8′s list maintenance requirements. The report identified eight states that appeared to be the worst in terms of their non-compliance with the list maintenance requirements of Section 8 [of the Voting Rights Act]. These were states that reported that no voters had been removed from any of their voters’ list in the last two years. Obviously this is a good indication that something is not right with the list maintenance practice in that state. As Chief of the Voting Section, I assigned attorneys to work on this matter, and in September 2009, I forwarded a memorandum to the CRD Front Office asking for approval to go forward with Section 8 list maintenance investigations in these states.
Eight states are in violation of federal voting laws by failing to clear fake registrations, duplicate registrations, and deceased voters from their rolls. Coates requested his department look into this.
During the time that I was Chief, no approval was given to this project, and my understanding that approval has never been given for that Section 8 list maintenance project to date. That means that we have entered the 2010 election cycle with eight states appearing to be in major noncompliance with the list maintenance requirements of Section 8 of the NVRA, and yet the Voting Section which has the responsibility to enforce that law has yet to take any action. From these circumstances I believe that Ms. Fernandez’s statement to the Voting Section in November 2009 not, in effect, initiate Section 8 list maintenance enforcement activities has been complied with.
Those eight states are still in violation of the law, and are carrying people who are dead, duplicated, or fraudulent, among other categories. When he brought this to his superiors in the Obama administration he was told that "the Obama Administration was not interested in that type of issue." He also noted this significant bit of information:
A number of the jurisdictions that have bloated registration lists are where there are sizable minority populations and are Democratic strongholds.
J Christian Adams as I noted a few weeks ago, has notified 16 states in violation of voting laws of his intent to file suit if they do not clean up their voting rolls, and the Obama administration knows about these violations... but doesn't care. Why? Well they have their unstated reasons but its hard to avoid the appearance that they want these areas to remain fraudulent to help their party.

Hans von Spakovsky (also a former Justice Department Voting Rights division worker) writes at National Review Online:
...the Obama administration had dismissed without explanation a lawsuit filed against Missouri Democratic secretary of state Robin Carnahan during the Bush administration over her failure to comply with this provision of the NVRA. This happened only a month after Carnahan announced she was running for the Senate. Besides the obvious political motivations, I know from sources inside the Civil Rights Division that the Obama political appointees have no intention of enforcing this provision.
There's a clear pattern here: violating voting laws is not a problem if it helps the Democrats. That may not be the Obama administration's intent but it sure looks that way. von Spakovsky also points out that there are several states (he lists South Dakota, Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, and Indiana and notes that there are others) which have more people registered to vote than are eligible.

To take one more specific example, consider Houston, Texas. In this city, a citizen's group found evidence of rampant voter fraud. Ed Barnes writes for Fox News:
“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”

Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening -- and that it was happening everywhere.
So they started to look around and see what other fraud was out there. What they found astounded them:
“The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them" Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. "Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .

"But we came across one with 24,000, and that was where we started looking."

It was Houston's poorest and predominantly black district, which has led some to accuse the group of targeting poor black areas. But Engelbrecht rejects that, saying, "It had nothing to do with politics. It was just the numbers.”
“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters."

Their work paid off. Two weeks ago the Harris County voter registrar took their work and the findings of his own investigation and handed them over to both the Texas secretary of state’s office and the Harris County district attorney.
Who was behind this? It turns out that the majority were the work of an organization called Houston Votes, run by (drum roll please)... Sean Caddle, former SEIU worker. 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations Houston Votes submitted appeared to be valid. Keep SEIU in mind, they seem to be replacing ACORN as "most corrupt leftist group."

BlogHouston looked more closely at Texans Together, which runs Houston Votes, and found out some interesting things:
So, too, is the composition of the board of Texans Together: James Aldrete (Dem consultant based in Austin), Christopher Ashby (appointed by Bill Clinton to an ambassadorship, donor to Dems), Ann Del Llano (lobbyist, consultant, and activist for Progressive change), John Donisi (aide to former Governor Ann Richards, Dem supporter), Cris Feldman (Dem Party attorney who pursued action against Tom DeLay), Rita Lucido (Progressive/Dem donor, onetime board member of Planned Parenthood), Keir Murray (Dem consultant), Andres Pereira (self-described "longtime Democratic activist"), Keith Wade (Dem consultant).
Technically this is a nonpartisan group as all nonprofits are supposed to be but the results of their work and the obvious hard left Democrat composition of its membership speaks volumes.

Oh it gets worse. The day after the findings were announced, a fire destroyed almost all of Harris County's voting machines. So now, the Houston government has six weeks to create a whole new voting system and in the mad rush and process to get it done, no investigation can look into that process and the system can be set up to protect people involved.

Texas Democrats have fought continuously to prevent any step such as requiring photo ID to vote, and want the Obama Justice Department to step in and monitor the election this November. This is the department run by Eric Holder who thought the Black Panther case should be dismissed.

This sort of thing has happened all over the country the last decade or two as the result of Democrat "vote drives" to register as many people as possible, regardless if they exist or not. The response of the left tends to follow a pattern: well if they don't vote, how does that affect the election? How is it voter fraud if they don't vote, huh? Huh?

Putting aside the obvious examples of Washington State in 2004 and Minnesota in 2008 where extra ballots to help the Democrat kept being found in trunks and under bridges, it is still voter fraud to register false people. It's a violation of federal voting laws, it is electoral fraud. And if you think those people don't vote, ask Christine Gregoire or Al Franken.

Lastly we have this little tidbit from New Jersey from the Associated Press:
Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small and the others told a judge on Monday they knew they risked long prison sentences if they're convicted.

Prosecutors said "autograph parties" were held in which absentee ballots were steamed open and replaced or destroyed.
Get that? They're accused of steaming open absentee ballots and replacing them with their own version of ballots. Not that corruption in New Jersey is exactly unprecedented but how much of this is going on that we haven't heard about?

The last time I heard about this level of corruption by a government official was when Tom Daschel was involved with Native American tribes who were filling out ballots (for Democrats).

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