Florida NBC2 Investigative Reporter Uncovers Voter Fraud

The surprise isn’t that non-citizens are voting in our elections, its that a reporter for a mainstream media news organization is investigating, verifying and reporting on voter fraud.

It really is no surprise that there is voter fraud or that non-citizens register to vote and vote in the U.S. In Florida, as in North Carolina, there is no requirement to prove one’s citizenship in order to register and vote. As in Florida, North Carolina only asks a registrant to check a box, attesting to the fact that they are a citizen – it’s called the honor system.

In the NBC2 news clip, non-citizens admit to voting and one, though she claims she doesn’t know how she is registered, had voted six times. Another voter said that it was “their” fault that he was registered, but the reporter had a copy of his registration form that the voter had signed and it was clear that he had indicated that he was a U.S. Citizen with a check of a box.

Andy Pierrotti, the NBC2 reporter that headed up the investigation, used jury excusal forms and compared them to the voter rolls to find the illegal voters. Something similar was done in North Carolina in 2012.

The video includes a great segment of a “voter/actor” who was almost forced to vote although he kept insisting that he wanted to show his Columbian passport. The former director wanted an investigation into Project Veritas – not so much the illegal voters.

North Carolina took a step toward promoting integrity in elections in the last legislative session. They should now move to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

People of NC Agree with Voter Photo ID – AGAIN!

A recent poll out of Elon University confirms that North Carolinians “overwhelmingly support” voter photo ID legislation.  According to the News and Observer, “The Elon University Poll found that 75 percent support voter ID provisions in a bill being considered in the legislature and 80 percent think it is fair.”

The Elon poll corroborates Civitas Institute polls that consistently reveal huge support for voter photo ID.  In the December 2010 Civitas poll, 84 percent of respondents supported the idea. The breakdown of the Civitas Poll shows 96 percent Republicans, 86 percent unaffiliated voters and 73 percent of Democrats support a voter photo ID.  The breakdown further reveals that 89 percent of white voters and 68 percent of African-American voters support voter photo ID.  Civitas Polls and Elon University Polls differ in that Civitas only polls registered voters while Elon polls residents of North Carolina.

While opponents, extremely liberal groups (including the State Board of Elections and mainstream media outlets), want everyone to believe this is a partisan and racist issue, the people of North Carolina know better. The people of our State know that it only makes sense (C O M M O N – S E N S E) to ask someone for a photo ID before giving them a ballot.

Group Looks at N.C. Counties’ Suspect Voter Registration Numbers

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), headed up by J. Christian Adams, has sent statutory notice letters to 37 counties in several states – including North Carolina, informing them that they appear to not be complying with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).  Here is an example of the letter sent to election officials in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The PILF news release says that publicly-available data showed that the counties either had “more registered voters than eligible living citizens, or a number of registrants that is implausibly high.”

Below are the North Carolina counties receiving notices – the list includes the top five counties in terms of voter registration in the state. If you live in one of these 12 counties, now is a good time to get involved and contact the members of the local Board to see what is being done about these serious problems.

Brunswick
Buncombe
Cabarrus
Chatham
Dare
Durham
Forsyth
Guilford
Mecklenburg
Orange
Union
Wake

This isn’t the first time PILF has sent notices to counties around the country.

“In August 2015, PILF sent notice letters to 141 counties across the country with more registrants than people alive. PILF has since filed litigation in federal court against two of these counties whose voter rolls had become corrupted.  The first suit, against Clarke County, Mississippi, resulted in a consent decree that will force local election officials to begin removing ineligible voters prior to 2016 election. The other, against Noxubee County, Mississippi, is still pending.

The latest set of letters brings the grand total to 178 counties that may be violating federal law. Recent studies estimate the number of inaccurate or invalid voter registrations may exceed 20 million.”

The PILF release also stated that they had “also asked officials in New Hampshire and Wisconsin to provide information about efforts to detect non-citizens and prevent aliens from participating in elections in those states.”

I just wish they had asked the same question of North Carolina.

How the Liberal Left Reacts to Voter Fraud in NC

James O’Keefe is in town and talking to campaign workers at early voting – the results are chilling. His video illustrates that the progressive Left accepts voter fraud as a “given” in elections and their poll workers are their to advise and accommodate anyone willing to cheat. Remember every illegal voter disenfranchises a legal voter.

The most remarkable thing about this video is – not one person even raises an eyebrow when they are told that the person they are talking to is a non-citizen/illegal and wants to vote!

Opponents of Election Reform and Voter Integrity Got It Wrong on Early Voting

Already progressive fictions about voting reform are being dispelled by hard numbers from state government.

Today (April 29, 2014) data from the State Board of Elections revealed that as of yesterday (eight days out from Election Day) 95,257 people had voted early. Also, 90,031 of those voters had voted at an early voting one-stop location. That’s after five days of in-person early voting. In 2010 (the comparable election year), at the same time (eight days out from Election Day) 85,255 people had voted. Of those 81,323 had voted at one-stop sites. The difference: In 2010, at eight days out from Election Day, voters had been voting for 12 days already.

This is proof positive that the progressive-left was wrong when they claimed shortening the in-person, early voting period would suppress the vote. Plus, it also proves that an early voting window of 17 days was excessive to say the least, especially when we take in account that all 100 counties were held to the same time standard. It’s also good to know that, for the Primary, 39 counties received approval to lessen the number of hours they were open during one-stop voting. No doubt the news that North Carolinians are more than able to budget their time in order to vote will surprise liberals.

The progressives in the legislature and those working in Z. Smith Reynolds’ collective of Blueprint NC organizations focused on several key provisions in the law that do the most to protect everyone’s vote. In-person early voting is one of the provisions they have attacked. The Voter Information Verification act (VIVA) shortened the length of the in-person, early voting window from 17 days to 10 days, but it also inserted a provision to maintain the total number of hours each county allotted for the previous equivalent election. The left bemoaned the loss of “the first week” of early voting, suggesting that the VIVA’s proponents were suppressing the voters that vote in the first week of early voting. Sounds silly doesn’t it? But that is one of their arguments.

As progressive-liberals continue to scrounge to find evidence that the Republicans who championed the bill only did so because they wanted to stifle African American voter’s votes, this election and the ones that follow will prove them wrong.

Time is on the side of the overwhelming majority of voters in North Carolina who believe that our vote is worth protecting. The next few elections will demonstrate that the new elections reform law will only help re-establish integrity in our election process and begin to reassure voters that their votes really do count.

This all being said, the Left’s challenges to early voting should be thrown-out altogether knowing that every voter can vote in the comfort of their own home by requesting a ballot by mail. The Left’s arguments against shortening the time to vote early in-person are diminished immediately when we understand that early voting really begins at least 50 days ahead of an election – when absentee voting by-mail begins.

Voter Watchdog Group Claims Nearly 400 Dead People Remain on Voter Rolls

(RALEIGH) – The Voter Integrity Project is demanding the Wake County Board of Elections clear its voter rolls of 386 deceased citizens. The group says it matched the voter rolls against the same official death records the state Department of Health and Human Services provides to the State Board of Elections each month.

“North Carolina election law mandates a monthly process for election officials to remove the dead people from the rolls,” says project spokesman Jay DeLancy. “One of the big loopholes in our fraud-friendly election laws is that nobody is held accountable if it doesn’t get done,” he says.

Voter Integrity Project research director John Pizzo says he found similar problems in 2010 in Congressional District 13, which includes Wake County. Pizzo says the election officials were notified and given the names of the deceased found on the rolls then. His team was surprised to find 74 of the names of the deseased given the officials were still on the rolls two years later.

“There may be some other explanation,” says Pizzo, “and I would be interested in hearing it, but I’m beginning to think somebody in that office dropped the ball.”

Volunteers working with the Voter Integrity Project filed similar challenges in two other counties. They notified the Alamance County Board of Elections about 123 names of dead people still on the rolls. Volunteers came up with 77 deceased citizens on the rolls in Halifax County. Similar challenges could be filed in other counties in the coming weeks.

Here’s One for the “There is No Voter Fraud” File

John Fund tells us in his National Review article  about, what the left would probably call, “just a little creative voting” in Cincinnati, Ohio during the 2012 General Election.

It seems that a poll worker (Democrat Melowese Richardson) proudly announced (to a TV station no less) that she had voted twice in her own name.  She also says she voted absentee ballots for her daughter and her brother, among others.  Richardson’s daughter also cast a ballot in person.

Richardson told Channel 9 that she had done nothing wrong and that she will fight the charges for President Obama. Ms. Richardson said, “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.”

Gov Perdue Decides on State-Federal Health Exchange

Governor Bev Perdue today said it was her intent to form a state-federal partnership to run a health exchange under Obamacare. It was one of three choices, the others being a state run exchange or letting the federal government run it. She told a press conference she couldn’t speak for Governor elect Pat McCrory but the incoming executive said he had been talking to Perdue about a decision. Perdue said her decision would give the state a say…

Update: Governor elect Pat McCrory released a statement on Perdue’s announcement.

“Governor Perdue’s decision leaves flexibility for North Carolina in the future when it comes to the delivery of health care. I will be discussing this with more governors today, and will continue those discussions in the coming weeks to ensure the best results for North Carolina.”

Update: Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following response Thursday to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s press conference declaring her intent to establish a state-federal partnership exchange.

“Let’s set the record straight – it is not necessary or appropriate for Gov. Perdue to prematurely declare her intent to establish a state-federal partnership exchange.  The initial deadline for the state to make this declaration is February 15, 2013 – three months from today.  The voters elected a new legislature and governor last week and policy decisions of this magnitude should be left to them.”

Berger said he thinks it was reasonable for Perdue’s administration to apply for federal grants to keep the state’s options open, as long as it does not frivolously spend the tax dollars until the new leaders determine the next steps.

State House Speaker Tom Thillis spokesman Jordan Shaw sent an email with the Speaker’s position on Perdue’s decision.

Speaker Tillis had a conversation with Gov. Perdue about this latest step in a long process.  He looks forward to working with Governor-elect McCrory, Sen. Berger and other officials over the months ahead to make the best decision for North Carolina taxpayers.

That leaves the door open for the new Governor and the legislature to make the final decision on the health exchange and the possible expansion of Medicaid. Legislative leaders said during the last session of the General Assembly they did not want to expand Medicaid. So those decisions will be important priorities when the new session begins in January.

McCrory had not released a statement at the time this was posted. When he does we will update this post.

Wake County Leaves Non-Citizens on the Voter Rolls

It sounds as if Jay Delancy of Voter Integrity Project (VIP) was a bit disappointed after the hearing at the Wake County Board of Elections yesterday.  You will remember that VIP had discovered hundreds of “citizens” who claimed to be citizens when they registered to vote and then claimed to be non-citizens when they were called to jury duty in Wake County.  VIP compared the list they received from the Wake County Clerk of Court’s office and matched, to the best of their ability, the names to voters on the rolls.  They then challenged the voter registrations of those people who said they were not citizens to the jury summons and said they were citizens on the voter registration form.

Delancy admitted to being frustrated – and who could blame him?

Laura Leslie (a reporter from WRAL) asked Delancy, “Sir doesn’t the law say that they have to presume (because it’s a constitutional right to vote) they have to presume that these people that they are legit unless there is proof they are not?”  Delancy replied, “If someone provides a document to the clerk of court that they are not a citizen – to me that is proof, but obviously to this board, (Wake County Board of Elections) it is not.

When asked by another reporter, “Why should the average voter (who is a citizen) be concerned about what’s going on?  Delancy answered; “The average voter should be afraid because we have a lot of people walking around North Carolina right now who are not citizens who are registered to vote (we just found a few of them) and the board of elections has made it clear they want to take them on the voter roll – I fear for our elections .”

No doubt, speaking on behalf of that the State Board of Elections, Bob Hall interrupted Delancy’s interview by saying “You have wasted the taxpayer’s time.”  Hall is Director of the ultra-liberal advocacy group Democracy NC and works closely with the State Board of Elections.  He admonished Delancy for researching the voter rolls to find people who are registered illegally and proceeded to suggest possible scenarios as to why the people in question might not be illegal voters.

Hall finally exited Delancy’s interview by saying that “I agree with you, we don’t want citizens to be voting.”  (Hall frequently resorts to silliness when he is talking to someone with whom he disagrees)  Outside of the State Board of Elections, only the old liberal media look to Bob Hall for his opinions.  Hall should read NCGS 163-85, he would see that the statute reads: Any registered voter of the county may challenge the right of any person to register, remain registered or vote in such county. Reporters like Laura Leslie like to call Hall a watchdog,  but really he is just a lapdog for the liberal left and funders like George Soros and even Capitol Broadcasting’s Chairman, Jim Goodmon – reporter Leslie’s boss.

North Carolina’s voter rolls are a mess.  Non-citizens populate the voter list along with the deceased and absolutely no law prevent them from voting.  VIP is doing their best to identify names that should not be on the rolls, both dead and non-citizens.  You see, they must do this work, because the State Board of Elections will not and in doing this work VIP has emabarrased Gary Bartlett, Director of the State Board of Elections – that is why Bob Hall popped into the interview.

And on that note – there is some good news – it looks like the work VIP has done in several counties to identify deceased voters has shamed the Board of Elections into at least looking like they are attempting to look for the deceased in the rolls.  I received the email below yesterday – it’s from the State Board of Elections to the County Board’s Directors.   The email directs the counties to work with a new audit report to identify voters who have died and should be removed.  (The list consists of people who died between 2002 and August 2012).

VIP is making a difference and you can too, don’t let bullies like Bob Hall stop you.

Exlcuding Unaffiliateds a Bad Idea

It appears that there are some within the NC GOP that want to go back to the days of excluding unaffiliated voters from the party’s primary elections.  This would be a bad idea for a number of reasons.

1. The numbers of voters registering as unaffiliated is exploding.  Just in the past month, new unaffiliated voter registrations were 3.5x that of Republicans and Democrats combined.

2. As Republican registration has plateaued, there is a growing need to for it to appeal to unaffiliated voters to win elections.  If unaffiliated voters are excluded from the primary process it allows the Democrats to begin building a relationship and appealing to those voters earlier.  If the Democratic primary is open to unaffiliated voters, Democrats will pursue those votes and unaffiliateds could begin to form a comfort level in voting for Democratic candidates, a relationship that Republicans would not have.  Thus, Republicans would have more ground to make up with unaffiliated voters when they really need them — in Novembers.

Just look at the numbers — only 31.75% of voters are registered Republican.  Republicans must get 18.25% of the vote from somewhere else.  The most logical place being unaffiliated voters.

3. They don’t change election outcomes.  McCain didn’t win NC the NC primary because of unaffiliateds  — neither did McCrory win the gubernatorial primary because of them.  The unaffiliateds that would choose to vote in Republican primaries aren’t all that different ideologically from Republicans.  In a poll we conducted in April 2008, before the primary election, we asked unaffiliated voters if they would be choosing to participate in the Republican or Democratic primary.  Those that chose the Republican primary were just as conservative ideologically as registered Republicans.

4. A significant portion of the growth of unaffiliated voters over the past two years are disaffected Republicans fed up with their party.  These are people the Republican party need to bring back into the fold, not push further away.

5. Roughly 40% of unaffiliated voters consider themselves conservative, according to our polling.  Those are going to be the voters who choose to participate in the Republican primary, and the ones that would be excluded under the proposal.

6. Unaffiliateds represent a very small portion of the primary vote.  In the 2004, 2006, and 2008 primaries unaffiliateds comprised somewhere between 8-12% of the voters in the Republican primary.  Fact is, unaffiliateds generally don’t turn out to vote in primaries.  While there may be more unaffiliated voters overall, they are still less likely that a registered R or D to vote in a primary.

I’m all for electing people to office that will uphold conservative values, but alienating a very large (and growing) segment of voters is not the way to win elections.  Excluding unaffiliateds may actually be a way to for Republicans to ensure they are a minority party in North Carolina for the foreseeable future.