Voter Fraud in the US: Documented:
August 22, 2004: Voter-Registration Fraud in New York and Florida
Voting twice in an election is punishable by up to five years in prison. Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city [New York] and Florida, a shocking finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections, a Daily News investigation shows. Registering in two places is illegal in both states, but the massive snowbird scandal goes undetected because election officials don't check rolls across state lines. The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush.
Computer records analyzed by The News don't allow for an exact count of how many people vote in both places, because millions of names are regularly purged between elections. But The News found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. (Source)
Autumn 2004: Voter-Registration Fraud in Michigan
Barely a day has gone by in the run-up to the 2004 election without another outrageous story hitting the headlines. In Lansing, Michigan, the City Clerk's office complained in late September about 5,000 to 8,000 fraudulent voter-registration forms that had recently come in—courtesy, election officials believed, of the Public Interest Research Group, a liberal advocacy outfit. (Source)
Autumn 2004: Voter Fraud in California
Among the many abuses it has spawned, the Motor Voter law seems to have enabled illegal aliens to vote—for Democrats, evidence suggests. A 1996 INS investigation into alleged Motor Voter fraud in California's 46th Congressional district discovered that "4,023 illegal voters possibly cast ballots in the disputed election between Republican Robert Dornan and Democrat Loretta Sanchez." Dornan lost by fewer than 1,000 votes. (Source)
From 1994 to 2002, the CDE [California Department of Education] received approximately $331 million in federal funding for adult education programs, including English instruction. Forty-nine percent of this money went to so-called community-based organizations (CBOs). Assistant superintendent Cervantes was responsible for verifying that the CBOs were qualified to receive these funds. Many were not, including the one that received the most money, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, headed by Humberto “Bert” Corona, a politically well-connected left-wing militant. Immigration officials once allowed Hermandad to conduct citizenship interviews but stopped that practice in the wake of voter-fraud accusations surrounding the narrow defeat of Republican Robert Dornan by Democrat Loretta Sanchez in a 1996 Orange County congressional race. Hermandad registered 721 people who were not U.S. citizens, 442 of them voting illegally. (Source: July 21, 2006)
Autumn 2004: Voter-Registration Fraud in Missouri
In the 2000 election, as the Missouri Secretary of State later discovered, 56,000 St. Louis-area voters held multiple voter registrations. No one knows how much actual fraud took place, but it may have played a role in the Democratic defeats of incumbent Republican Senator John Ashcroft, who lost his seat by 49,000 votes, and gubernatorial candidate Jim Talent, who lost by 21,000 votes. (Source)
February 10, 2005: Voter-Registration Fraud in St. Louis
Nonaresa Montgomery was found guilty by a jury late today of perjury in a trial in St. Louis Circuit Court in the St. Louis vote fraud trial. She was found not guilty of evidence tampering. Nonaresa Montgomery, a paid worker who ran Operation Big Vote during the run-up to 2001 mayoral primary, was on trial this week in St. Louis Circuit Court on charges of perjury and tampering with evidence. Big Vote was part of a national campaign — promoted by Democrats — to register more black voters and get them to vote in the November elections.
Montgomery is accused of hiring about 30 workers to do fraudulent voter-registration canvassing. They were supposed to have canvassed black neighborhoods and recorded names of potential voters to be contacted later to vote in the Nov. 7 election. And they were paid by the number of cards they filled out. Instead of knocking on doors, however, they sat down at a fast-food restaurant and wrote out names and information from an outdated voter list.
The charges stem from about 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards that were turned in to the St. Louis Board of Elections on Feb. 7, 2001, the deadline for registering for the mayoral primary. Board employees realized that there was a serious problem with some of the cards when they spotted the name of longtime Alderman Albert “Red” Villa, who died in 1990. (Source)
2006: United States Election Assistance Commission Report on Outcomes of Court Cases of Voter Fraud
This document contains 197 pages detailing the facts of voter-fraud cases across the United States. (Source)
June 2006: Report of the Investigation into the November 2, 2004 General Election in the City of Milwaukee [Wisconsin]
This 67-page report examines evidence of widespread voter fraud in Milwaukee. (Source)
October 29, 2006: Voter Fraud in the Names of Dead People on Voter Rolls in New York and Chicago
The new [New York] statewide database of registered voters contains as many as 77,000 dead people on its rolls, and as many as 2,600 of them have cast votes from the grave. The [Poughkeepsie] Journal identified dead people on the voter rolls in all 62 counties and people in as many as 45 counties who had votes recorded after they had died.
One address in the Bronx was listed as the home for as many as 191 registered voters who had died. The address is 5901 Palisade Ave., site of the Hebrew Home for the Aged.
Democrats who cast votes after they died outnumbered Republicans by more than a 4-to-1 margin. The reason: Most of them came from Democrat-dominated New York City, where higher population produced more matches.
Inspectors estimated as many as 1 in 10 ballots cast in Chicago during the 1982 Illinois gubernatorial election were fraudulent for various reasons, including votes by the dead. (Source)
July 27, 2007: Voter-Registration Fraud in Washington State (ACORN)
Workers accused of concocting the biggest voter-registration-fraud scheme in [Washington] state history said they were under pressure from the community-organizing group that hired them to sign up more voters, according to charging papers filed Thursday.
To boost their output, the defendants allegedly went to the downtown Seattle Public Library, where they filled out voter-registration forms using names they made up or found in phone books, newspapers and baby-naming books. One defendant "said it was hard work making up all those cards," and another "said he would often sit at home, smoke marijuana and fill out cards," according to a probable-cause statement written by King County sheriff's Detective Christopher Johnson.
Prosecutors in King and Pierce counties filed felony charges Thursday against seven employees of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, claiming they turned in more than 1,800 phony voter-registration forms, including an estimated 55 in Pierce County.
Most of the alleged fraud took place in King County, whose Elections Canvassing Board on Thursday revoked 1,762 voter registrations filled out by ACORN canvassers. Most of the registrations used the addresses of Seattle homeless shelters. (Source) and (Source)
September 29, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida and New Mexico (ACORN)
The taxpayer-financed community group known for its fraudulent national voter registration drives has struck again, this time submitting forged applications in the key battleground state of Florida where it has signed up tens of thousands of new voters for the upcoming election.
Just last week the Chicago-based Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which incidentally endorses Barack Obama, got busted for submitting more than 1,000 fraudulent voter registration cards in New Mexico’s most populous county (Bernalillo).
ACORN is notorious for falsifying information to register new voters and has been caught doing so in Milwaukee, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado to name a few. Last year the group settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State after seven workers were caught submitting about 2,000 fake registration forms.
Its latest scam was discovered in two north Florida counties (Seminole and Orange) where ACORN staffers submitted multiple duplicate registrations on behalf of six separate voters. One individual had 21 duplicate applications, according to the Election Supervisor in Orange County. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 7, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Indiana (ACORN)
New voter registrations closed Monday in Lake County [Indiana] with possible record-breaking numbers and simmering allegations of fraud and racial discrimination. Elections board Director Sally LaSota said more than 12,000 voter registration forms are waiting to be processed from recent days before the county knows how many potential voters are ready to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election. “It may be a record,” she said. Porter County has processed at least 3,500 voter applications since the spring primary in May, officials there said. However, the large influx has brought new controversies.
LaSota said Monday representatives of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, a grassroots activist group conducting registration drives, dropped off 2,000 new voter applications last week in Lake County.
“About 1,100 are no good,” she said. LaSota said the flawed forms are incomplete or contain unreadable handwriting – similar to hundreds of other forms ACORN produced prior to this week. She said some ACORN vote canvassers apparently pulled names and addresses from telephone books and forged signatures. (Source)
October 8, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Missouri (ACORN)
Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states. Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.
“I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy,” Davis said. “We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all.” (Source)
October 10, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in Indiana (ACORN)
More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana's Lake County by a liberal activist group this week have turned out to be bogus, election officials said Thursday. The group – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN – already faces allegations of filing fraudulent voter registrations in Nevada and faces investigations in other states.
And in Lake County, home to the long-depressed steel town of Gary, the bipartisan Elections Board has stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony. (Source)
October 13, 2008: Voter-Registration Fraud in 13 States (ACORN)
The Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now has compiled an irrefutable record of voter registration fraud in recent elections. The non-profit is accused of submitting fraudulent voter registration applications in 13 states this election cycle. Seven of those states have already launched investigations into ACORN’s activities.
During the 2006 election cycle, ACORN submitted false applications to election officials in Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Several of their organizers have already landed in jail. Seven ACORN workers were indicted for voter registration fraud in Washington last year for submitting nearly 3,400 fraudulent forms in King and Pierce County, which included applications for “Veronica Mars” and the deceased Army Ranger and NFL player Pat Tillman. Three of the workers eventually pled guilty and ACORN was ordered to pay a $25,000 settlement fee. (Source) and (Source)
November 4, 2008: Voter Fraud in Milwaukee (ACORN)
Investigators found after an eighteen-month probe that in 2004 there had been an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of an election in the state of Wisconsin.” Among the problems it cited were ineligible voters casting ballots, felons not only voting but working at the polls, transient college students casting improper votes, and homeless voters possibly voting more than once.
Examples of incompetence included the fact that between 4,600 and 5,300 more ballots were cast than voters who were recorded as having shown up at the polls in Milwaukee. More than 1,300 registration cards filled out at the polls were declared “un-enterable” or invalid by election officials.
The report directly implicated the John Kerry campaign and allied get-out-the-vote organizations in widespread illegal voting committed by their campaign workers, many of whom came from out-of-state. The most common method they used was to abuse the state’s same-day voter registration law, which allowed anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. Local election officials who asked for proof of residence from these Kerry campaign staff members were often stymied when “other staff members who were registered voters vouched for them by corroborating their residency. More alarmingly, other staff members who were deputy registrars for this election simply registered these individuals as Milwaukee residents, bypassing Election officials altogether. The actions of the listed campaign and 527 staff members appear to be violations of State of Wisconsin law….”
The [Milwaukee Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit’s] report went on at length to detail how these paid, professional workers violated the law. Case #4 was an attorney who had lived in Washington, D.C., since 1999 but came to Wisconsin to help with the campaign and voted using an address in Milwaukee. Case #6 involved another attorney who was living in England before the 2004 election. After coming to work on the Kerry campaign in Milwaukee, the person registered and voted in the 2004 election using a Milwaukee address. The owner of that address was interviewed by investigators and “stated that #6′s sole purpose in coming to the state of Wisconsin was to work on the presidential campaign” and that the person returned to England after the election.
Investigators found that “two persons who had entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of Election Fraud within one year of the November General Election also were employed as Election Inspectors” when voting took place on November 2, 2004. A total of eighteen convicted felons were sworn in as deputy registrars in 2004. Of the fifteen felons who listed a sponsoring organization, eight named ACORN as their sponsor.
The investigators believed that at least sixteen workers from all levels of the Kerry campaign and the two get out-the vote groups “committed felony crimes.” But no prosecutors chose to pursue them, the report noted.
The police report found that Milwaukee had no system to prevent felons, who are blocked from casting a ballot under Wisconsin law, from voting, due to the same-day registration system: It determined that at least 220 ineligible felons voted in 2004. Because it listed someone as ineligible only if it found an exact match between a voter and an ineligible felon, the report noted “there is a strong probability that the number of felons illegally voting in November 2004 is higher.”
Milwaukee police also remarked that the city has a sad history of abusing homeless voters, with the most famous incident being the “Smokes for Votes” scandal in which a Park Avenue heiress flew in from New York in 2000 to offer cigarettes to the homeless if they voted for Al Gore. (Source)
March 2009: Voter Fraud in Milwaukee
In February 2008, the Milwaukee [Wisconsin] Police Department's Special Investigation Unit released a stunning report that should silence skeptics who say vote fraud is not an issue in Wisconsin. The investigators found after an 18-month probe that in 2004 there had been an "illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of an election in the state of Wisconsin."
Among the problems cited were ineligible voters casting ballots, felons not only voting but working at the polls, transient college students casting improper votes, and homeless voters possibly voting more than once. The report said the problem was compounded by incompetence resulting from abysmal record-keeping and inadequately trained poll workers.
One investigator, after examining Milwaukee's election system, was quoted as saying: "I know I voted in the election, but I can't be certain it counted."
Examples of incompetence included the fact that between 4,600 and 5,300 more ballots were cast than actual voters recorded as having shown up at the polls. Election officials declared more than 1,300 registration cards filled out at the polls were "un-enterable" or invalid....
The Milwaukee Police Department's report minced no words about what should be done to prevent future scandals: The state should end its policy of allowing people to show up at the polls on Election Day, register to vote and then immediately cast a ballot. (Source)
May 7, 2009: Voter-Registration Fraud in Nevada (ACORN)
Three members of ACORN in Nevada have been indicted for voter fraud. Along with those three members of ACORN, one of which was a regional director-type person, ACORN itself was indicted. The amount of fraudulent voter registrations for these three people is astronomical. The New York Times, hardly a conservative newspaper, reported out of 91,002 voter registration forms for Clark County, Nevada, only 23,186 turned out to be valid. That means barely over one out of four forms in a single county in Nevada was legitimate. (Source)
April 24, 2010: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
Wisconsin's story shows how high the stakes are. Late in March, a 72-page bill was suddenly introduced and rushed forward with only abbreviated hearings. The bill would have given "nationally recognized" community organizing groups access to the state driver's license database to encourage voter turnout. After the infamous registration scandals involving ACORN in 2008, this was clearly a strange priority. Requests for an absentee ballot in a single election would also become permanent (without requiring a legitimate reason, such as infirmity), and the ballots would be automatically mailed out in future elections.
Coercion and chicanery are made much easier by the excessive use of absentee ballots. Most of the elections thrown out by courts—Miami, Florida's mayoral election in 1998, the East Chicago, Indiana's mayor's race in 2005—involved fraudulent absentee votes.
Three decades ago absentee and early ballots were only 5% of all votes cast nationwide. In 2008, they exceeded 25%. Wisconsin's bill would also have allowed voters to register on the Internet without supplying a signature—thus removing a valuable protection against identity theft and election fraud.
In 2004, John Kerry won Wisconsin over George W. Bush by 11,380 votes out of 2.5 million cast. After allegations of fraud surfaced, the Milwaukee police department's Special Investigative Unit conducted a probe. Its February 2008 report found that from 4,600 to 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once. Much of the problem resulted from Wisconsin's same-day voter law, which allows anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. ID requirements are minimal. The report found that in 2004 a total of 1,305 "same day" voters were invalid. The report was largely ignored, and just before the 2008 election the police department's Special Investigative Unit was ordered by superiors not to send anyone to polling places on Election Day.
The Milwaukee Police Department's report on the 2004 election concluded "the one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of the fraud" would be to end same-day registration. Today, eight other states have some form of Election Day voter registration: Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wyoming. Montana began Election Day voter registration in 2006, North Carolina in 2007, and Iowa in 2008.
But Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat, has introduced federal legislation to mandate same-day registration in every state, claiming the system has worked well in his state. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is readying a bill to override the election laws of all 50 states and require universal voter registration—which would automatically register anyone on key government lists. This is a move guaranteed to create duplicate registrations, register some illegal aliens, and sow confusion. (Source)
September 25, 2010: Voter-Registration Fraud in Texas
Two weeks ago the Harris County [Texas] voter registrar took [True The Vote's] 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. Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Sean Caddle, who also worked for the Service Employees International Union before coming to Houston. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid.
The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures. (Source)
October 22, 2010: Voter-Registration Fraud in Arizona
Yesterday, the Yuma Sun reported that two organizations, Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona, submitted more than 3,000 voter registrations in Yuma County [Arizona] right before the deadline for registering voters. The groups submitted over 20,000 registrations statewide. Even more, they have signed up 43,000 people statewide for the permanent early voter list.
What the Yuma Sun did not tell you is that over 65% of these last minute registrations were invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, a wrong/invalid address, or a false signature. What they didn’t tell you is that voter fraud on a massive scale could be taking place, ostensibly to help Raul Grijalva keep the Congressional seat he holds by stealing the election.
These 3000 voter registration forms were all dropped off at once by the one group on the deadline to turn in voter registration forms. Almost all of the registrations were for the Democratic Party, a statistical improbability at best.
The Yuma Recorder’s office is checking the voter registration forms and have found that already more than 65% of them are invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc. (Source)
November 12, 2010: Suspected Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
Late last week, the Bucks County [Pennsylvania] Republican Committee made the sensible decision to withdraw its challenges to over 1,600 absentee ballot applications. The GOP's action was the right thing to do, since the ballots can't change the results of Tuesday's election. That should hardly end the matter, however. Any allegation of voter fraud must be taken seriously. Although the votes cast via absentee ballot no longer matter in this case, the integrity of the process has come under fire. (Source)
January 12, 2011: Voter Fraud in Nevada and Other States (ACORN)
A Las Vegas [Nevada] judge has spared senior ACORN executive Amy Adele Busefink jail time for her role in a notorious voter fraud conspiracy. Judge Donald Mosley sentenced Busefink to two years imprisonment but suspended the jail time provided that she abides by the terms of her probation. She was also fined a total of $4,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors had argued for a fine of just $1,000. Voter fraud, sometimes called electoral fraud, is a blanket term encompassing a host of election-related improprieties.
This isn’t the first time Busefink was involved in shady electoral dealings. Even while under indictment in Nevada she ran the 2010 national voter drive for Project Vote, which was President Obama’s employer in 1992. Project Vote and ACORN have long been indistinguishable. Project Vote still operates out of ACORN’s offices in Washington, D.C.
Busefink also ran ACORN’s fraud-ridden 2008 voter registration drive. In that drive, officials chucked an astounding 400,000 bogus registrations. (Source)
March 31, 2011: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Colorado
Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.
Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican Ken Buck.
Colorado conducted the study by comparing the state’s voter registration database with driver’s license records. (Source)
June 11, 2011: Voter Fraud in New Mexico
New Mexico State Police will review a staggering 64,000 voter cases to determine if any fraud has occurred in recent elections.
Public Safety Director Gorden Eden outlined the scope of the investigation during an interview last week. He said the voter files were turned over to state police by Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Duran, a Republican, publicly told legislators in March that her staff had uncovered 37 instances of possible voter fraud, though she said her investigation had only begun. That small stack of what Duran called "questionable" cases has turned into a mountain of files for police to pore over. Duran said her staff had flagged tens of thousands of voter records that needed "further review" by criminal investigators.
New Mexico has about 1.16 million registered voters, so the cases Duran has sent to police could account for more than 5 percent of the total. (Source)
August 10, 2011: Voter-Registration Fraud in Nevada (ACORN)
A Nevada judge on Wednesday gave ACORN, the defunct grass-roots community organization, the maximum fine for its illegal voter-registration scheme in that state. District Court Judge Donald Mosley was blunt and unsparing in his criticism of the discredited activist group. Citing the long history of voter registration fraud allegations that engulfed ACORN across the country, he slapped the group with a $5,000 fine for violating Nevada election law during the 2008 presidential election.
Mosley, reading the pre-sentence report, listed a series of voter registration fraud allegations against ACORN workers. He said that if the claims have been true, then "It is making a mockery of our election process. If I had an individual in this courtroom...who was responsible for this kind of thing, I would put that person in prison for 10 years, hard time, and not think twice about it," he said. "To me this is reprehensible. This is the kind of thing you see in some banana republic, Uruguay or someplace, not in the United States."
In Nevada, ACORN pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful compensation for registration of voters, stemming from an illegal voter registration scheme in its Las Vegas office during in the 2008 race.
The group paid a bonus to workers to sign up 21 or more voters per shift, calling the program "21," or "Blackjack." It is illegal in Nevada to pay bonuses to register voters.
The case was the first and so far only prosecution of ACORN itself. The previous ACORN cases that made headlines nationwide, included numerous convictions of ACORN employees for voter registration fraud.
Allegations ranged from trying to register dead people and making up fictitious voters, to plucking names out of the phone book. (Source) and (Source)
October 16, 2011: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
A group that monitors elections in Minnesota and roots out fraudulent votes is warning ballot fraud is on the rise across the nation, and if unchecked, the ultimate consequences would be an electorate that simply doesn’t believe the system works and refuses to participate – “a total breakdown in the cohesion of American society.” That’s from spokesman Dan McGrath of the Minnesota Majority, which advocates for traditional values in state and federal public policy through grassroots activism. The group also contributes to the work of ElectionIntegrityWatch.com to focus specifically on elections and voter fraud.
Minnesota Majority reported that its investigations of fraud allegations arising from the 2008 general election in the state so far have resulted in 113 convictions. Another 200 or so cases are being processed or are pending but might not be completed because the statute of limitations expires next month, three years after the election.
And a stunning 2,800 or more cases cannot be prosecuted because of the wording in the state law that essentially requires voter fraud participants to admit they knew what they were doing was illegal in order for a conviction to be obtained, the organization said.
The organization’s report on voter fraud said the convictions appear to be the highest number since a scheme in Jackson County, Mo., in 1936 resulted in 259 individuals convicted of voter fraud.
A more recent effort by the U.S. Department of Justice that encompassed five years resulted in just 53 convictions, the group said. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
January 12, 2012: Voter Fraud in South Carolina
[South Carolina] State officials are calling for an investigation after records determined that more than 900 people listed as deceased also have recently voted, calling into question the integrity of the state's election system.
What is unclear from the analysis released Wednesday to a House Judiciary Committee panel from the state Department of Motor Vehicles is whether voter fraud was committed by people assuming the identities of the deceased, or if poor record keeping has resulted in South Carolina residents being classified as deceased. (Source)
January 17, 2012: [Thousands of] Unverifiable Voters in Minnesota’s Elections
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January 30, 2012: Voter Fraud in West Virginia
Lincoln County [West Virginia] Sheriff Jerry Bowman and Clerk Donald Whitten will plead guilty to charges that they attempted to flood the 2010 Democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots, becoming the latest southern West Virginia officeholders ensnared by an investigation into election fraud, federal and state officials announced Monday.
Bowman has agreed to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. He is accused of trying to stuff the ballot box in his favor while running for circuit clerk, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said. Whitten will plead guilty to lying to a retired FBI agent hired by Tennant to investigate the influx of absentee ballots in that primary.
A judge later threw out more than 300 contested absentee ballots, reversing Bowman's initial victory and securing the nomination for incumbent Circuit Clerk Charles Brumfield. Bowman and Whitten have agreed to resign by the time of their plea hearing, which are not yet scheduled, and have already begun cooperating with investigators. Their plea agreements, filed Monday, mention but do not identify co-conspirators. (Source)
February 14, 2012: Almost 2 Million Dead People Registered to Vote
A new report by the Pew Center on the States finds that more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote. And 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate. The Pew study found that almost 3 million people are registered to vote in more than one state. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
February 16, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Maryland
An analysis of 7,000 Montgomery County [Maryland] voter registrations found that 5,400 registrations contained irregularities. (Source)
February 29, 2012: Fraudulent Recall Petition Signatures in Wisconsin
"True the Vote," in conjunction with the "Verify the Recall" volunteers, recently completed its data input and analysis of [Governor Scott] Walker Recall Petition signatures. (The link to actual data can be found at: http://www.truethevote.org/reports/walker-exec-summary.pdf.) Here's a brief breakdown of the numbers:
* Total number of signatures submitted was approximately 800,000.
* Number of pages (of recall petitions) submitted: 152,508
* Number of records processed: 1,382,058
* Blank lines (on petition pages): 557,469
* Unique records: 819,233
* Incomplete/undecipherable records: 36,127
* Signed w/date out of range: 14,763
* Out of state: 4,718
* Duplicate signatures: 5,356
* TOTAL INELIGIBLE SIGNATURES: 55,606
* TOTAL SIGNATURES FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION: 228,940 (These signatures were partially marked through, illegible, possibly false, mismatched, or otherwise compromised.)
* TOTAL ELIGIBLE SIGNATURES based on data available: 534,685 (Source)
March 9, 2009: Voter Fraud in Iowa
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Friday he is pursuing a number of cases of voter fraud, proving the need for his now-stalled voter ID bill. Following an appearance at Cafe Diem in Ames, Schultz said there could be “hundreds” of such cases but he could not elaborate on specific cases.“Because they are at the investigation level, and those cases were specifically referred to county attorneys, once the county attorneys have determined whether they can prosecute then it will be public,” Schultz said. Schultz also said the number of cases is an estimate. “We’re not sure (how many cases there are),” he said. “We’ve got to verify that information.” (Source)
May 4, 2012: Voter Fraud in Philadelphia
In the 1960s [in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], a Democratic ward leader took shoe boxes full of quarters to the polls in poor neighborhoods – "to pay off voters," a veteran election lawyer recalls.
In 1993, a judge overturned a pivotal State Senate race because of hundreds of bogus absentee ballots.
In last year's primary, dozens of polling places mysteriously recorded more votes in some races than the number of voters who'd signed in. (Source)
May 7, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
The NBC2 Investigators have uncovered hundreds of convicted felons registered to vote in Florida.
When you're found guilty of a crime in the state of Florida, you lose your right to vote, but NBC2 Investigator Andy Pierrotti found, drug traffickers, murders and rapists remain on the voter rolls.
Our investigation uncovered 414 inmates who were registered to vote, after matching names of felons in the Department of Corrections with Floridians voter registration records. (Source)
May 9, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico
The state's investigation into potential noncitizens registered to vote has nearly doubled. It's an update to an exclusive NBC2 investigation we first broke on Monday, showing state election supervisors were now investigating non-citizens registered, and in some cases, casting ballots in elections.
Originally, 1,251 voters were discovered. The Division of Elections now says it's at 2,671. Miami Dade [Florida] County's Elections Supervisor's office confirms says the state has identified nearly 2,000 potential non-citizens registered in its county alone.
Amid an increasingly partisan dog fight, Florida elections officials say the number of potential non-citizens they’re examining on the state voter rolls is far higher than what was initially reported: 180,000.
By the end of the process, the state could send counties as many as 22,000 names to check, one election source indicated, in a state with more than 12 million total voters. Right now, supervisors have been sent nearly 2,700 names, about 2,000 of which are in Miami-Dade, Florida’s most-populous and most-immigrant heavy county.
Some Democrats accuse the Republican-appointed Secretary of State Ken Detzner of engaging in a type of “voter suppression.”
The effort in Florida was inspired by Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who said last year that he initially identified a pool of 16,000 potential non-citizen voters in his state. New Mexico — also run by a Republican Secretary of State — searched and found 104. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
May 16, 2012: Voter Fraud in Michigan
A state audit showing about 1,500 votes cast by dead people and prisoners during a period of less than three years ignited a debate Tuesday over whether voter fraud is a serious problem in Michigan.
The Secretary of State's Office, which supervises Michigan elections, said every example cited in a new report by Auditor General Thomas McTavish involved clerks accidentally crossing incorrect names off voter lists, and not one example was the result of someone voting using another person's identity.
But dead people and prisoners aren't supposed to be on voter lists, and critics say such sloppiness can undermine the system's integrity. They say further outside investigation might be needed to determine whether fraud was a factor in what McTavish found. (Source)
May 17, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
[Florida's local election] supervisors, meeting at their annual summer conference, peppered state election officials with questions about the list of more than 2,600 people who have been identified as being in Florida legally but ineligible to vote. That list was sent to supervisors recently, but state officials have also said there may be as many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be citizens.
The questions about voter eligibility surface as the state continues its months-long efforts to scrub the rolls, including asking supervisors to remove more than 53,000 dead people discovered by comparing voter rolls to federal Social Security files. This was the first time the state checked the files.
Florida law requires voters to be a U.S. citizen residing in the state. Florida also does not allow someone to vote if they are a convicted felon and have not had their civil rights restored.
The state has been responsible for helping screen voters since 2006 when it launched a statewide voter registration database. The state database is supposed to check the names of registered voters against other databases, including ones that contain the names of people who have died and people who have been sent to prison.
Prior to the launch of the database, Florida had come under fire for previous efforts to remove felons from the voting rolls, including a purge that happened right before the 2000 presidential election. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
May 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida
Just last month Florida election officials were denied help by the feds to confirm citizenship status (and voter fraud) for an estimated 180,000 illegal immigrants already registered to vote in Florida. That’s 180,000 votes in just one SWING state in an election that is going to boil down to, as Mrs. Obama said, a “few thousand votes.”
According to state records, Florida election officials have determined that massive voter fraud is taking place and that as many as 180,000 non-residents are registered to vote in the sunshine state, and it only came to the attention of state election officials early last year when the state’s DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information. Upon sampling the data and running some preliminary checks, officials narrowed their estimate of illegally registered voters to 180,000.
Florida’s Motor Voter Act of 1993 (which most states have some form of) PROHIBITED even asking immigration status when an individual filled out their voter registration form while FAILING to require proof of citizenship. One Naples voter admitted to NBC-2 Tampa reporter Andy Pierrotti that she was not a U.S. Citizen NOR A LEGAL IMMIGRANT – election records show she voted six times in the past eleven years. (Source) and (Source)
June 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in Wisconsin
A Madison City Clerk has told a Wisconsin radio host that turnout for the area is expected at over 100%, up to 119%.
Heavy turnout in Madison, a liberal stronghold, would likely benefit Democrat Tom Barrett.
Progressives shrug the 119% figure off as evidence that people are registering at the polls to vote. Considering that Wisconsin has oddly relaxed voter ID laws and a judge granted an injunction against measures that would have protected people's votes, is it any surprise? (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
June 5, 2012: Suspected Voter Fraud in New Jersey
New Jersey Democrats Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman – facing one another in a primary election after their districts were merged as a result of redistricting – exchanged heated accusations of dirty politics in the hours before voting got underway on Tuesday.
Rothman's team complained about possible irregularities and had a county elections superintendent impound 2,000 absentee ballots they found suspicious. Late Monday night a judge ruled that decision went too far and ordered the ballots be counted.
Pascrell called the effort "the most pathetic thing I've ever seen in politics" when he went to vote Tuesday morning. His campaign manager, Justin Myers, said the effort "rings eerily similar to Republican efforts across the country to impede people's rights to vote."
"To deny people the right to vote, to manufacture a reason why votes are not counted, it's worse than Jim Crow," Pascrell said.
Rothman sought to impound the ballots after 680 postcards mailed to people who registered to vote in Passaic County (were Pascrell was running registration drives) were returned as undeliverable. "People aren't there. This raises serious questions about potential voter fraud by the Pascrell campaign," said Rothman spokesman Paul Swibinski. (Source) and (Source)
July 15, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Texas
Greg Abbott [the Texas attorney general], defending the state’s stalled voter identification law, said in a Fox News interview on July 15, 2012: "What we have proved in Texas is that voter fraud exists. We have more than 200 dead people who voted in the last election – and we proved that in court in addition to the fact that the voter ID law will have no disenfranchisement effect on the voters in the state of Texas."
To our inquiry, Abbott spokeswoman Lauren Bean passed along a fact sheet from Abbott’s office related to the just-completed trial. By email, Bean said an official with the Texas Secretary of State’s office, which oversees elections, testified that it had found 239 people who voted in the May 2012 primaries "who were actually dead when they supposedly voted."
Bean told us a list presented by the Justice Department at the trial identified 57,718 registered Texas voters as deceased. Bean said the comparison of that list to reports of who voted in the 2012 primaries revealed that 239 voter identification numbers belonging to deceased registered voters were used to cast ballots. (Source)
July 18, 2012: Voting Irregularities in Philadelphia County, 2012 Primary Election
See this detailed 27-page PDF report on voter fraud in Philadelphia, released by Al Schmidt – City Commissioner of Philadelphia. (Source) and (Source)
July 25, 2012: Vote-Buying in Kentucky
Voter fraud has a shocking new meaning in eastern Kentucky. That is where in some cases, major cocaine and marijuana dealers admitted to buying votes to steal elections, and the result is the corruption of American democracy. The government continues to mete out justice in the scandal, as two people convicted in April in a vote-buying case face sentencing this week, and another public official pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy.
"We believe that drug money did buy votes," Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said of a separate vote-buying case.
He described a stunning vote-buying scheme that includes "very extensive, organized criminal activity, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in many cases that involves drug money."
In Clay County, according to court testimony, some of the funds to purchase votes came from massive cocaine and marijuana drug trafficking operations.
"They did use drug money to buy votes, and drug dealers felt they would be protected," Harvey said.
Prosecutors say more than $400,000, part of it drug proceeds, was pooled by Democratic and Republican politicians over several elections, and spent to buy the votes of more than 8,000 voters, usually at $50 apiece. One voter was even able to bid up the cost of his vote to $800.
In the Eastern District of Kentucky alone, more than 20 public elected officials and others have either been convicted or plead guilty in various vote-buying cases just in the last two years.
On Tuesday, former Breathitt County School Superintendent Arch Turner pleaded guilty to conspiracy during the 2010 primary election, admitting he handed out money to buy votes. On Thursday, two others will be sentenced after they were convicted of vote-buying-related charges in the same contest. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
July 26, 2012: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
A felon living in Louisa County [Virginia] registered to vote illegally and then cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election after filling out and submitting a voter-registration form she received by mail from the Voter Participation Center, a State Senator who prosecuted the case confirmed Wednesday.
The case is the first known instance of voter fraud that resulted from voter registration mailings by the Voter Participation Center, a nonprofit that has distributed 5 million third-party registration forms across the country and nearly 200,000 in Virginia this year targeting Democrat-leaning voting blocs, such as unmarried women, young people and minorities.
State election officials and local registrars say hundreds, if not thousands, of the forms have been sent to ineligible voters, including dead relatives, children, non-U.S. citizens, already registered voters, and pets. The voting group, which has ties to progressive organizations, fills in the documents with the names and addresses of the people they are trying to reach.
In 2010, then Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas A. Garrett Jr. — now a State Senator — prosecuted Bonnie Nicholson, 57, on felony charges of illegally registering to vote and unlawfully casting a ballot in the 2008 general election. (Source)
July 27, 2012: Voter Fraud in Maryland
A Maryland group with loose ties to a tea party organization in Texas says it has found evidence of ballots cast at polling places in the state long after the voters were listed as deceased, but has not decided what to do with the information.
Election Integrity Maryland has turned over information to state and county election board officials on 9,000 people listed on voter rolls in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore city who, it says, are deceased or have an improper address.
Asked whether the group has found evidence of voter fraud in the state, Election Integrity Maryland President Cathy Kelleher said it has.“We have evidence of it we've not made public yet because we're quintuple verifying,” she said. “We have evidence of voters voting long after their deaths.” (Source)
August 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
All is not well in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The state has announced the shocking preliminary results of an extensive police investigation of voter registration "irregularities" – a polite word for the ugly reality of voter fraud.
As the Richmond Times-Dispatch has reported, the investigation has resulted in charges filed against 38 people across the state, with a warrant issued for a 39th person who can't be found. " According to reports, most of those cases have resulted in convictions, while 26 more cases continue to be investigated "nearly 3 years after the Board of Elections forwarded more than 400 voter and election fraud allegations from 62 cities and counties to the Virginia State Police for individual investigation." And Richmond, the city with the highest minority population in the group, had the largest number of election "irregularities" referred for prosecution.
The scam in several jurisdictions involved left-wing voter advocacy groups asking convicted felons to register to vote even though their felon-status prevented them from casting a legal ballot. These liberal groups would convince the felons that they could register to vote and that their voting rights had been or would be restored. "Don't worry," they essentially said, "just register and we'll take care of the legalities." In the end, Virginia officials now believe, the felons cast illegal votes, which effectively diluted and nullified the votes of law-abiding Virginians. (Source)
August 6, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia
Virginia election officials decided Monday to not take action against a D.C. group that sent voter registration cards to dead people, children and pets and prompted calls for an investigation from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Virginia Board of Elections said it was already working with the Voter Participation Center to improve the group's registration practices so ineligible voters would not be targeted in the future.
Romney's campaign recently called for an investigation of the group, which targeted minorities and young voters when it sent out 200,000 registration cards. The campaign said it was satisfied with the board's decision.
"The Voter Participation Center has already admitted its misconduct, and we are glad that the State Board of Elections quickly convened a meeting on the issue," said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. "Even in the absence of a formal investigation, we are heartened that the group is being forced to stop mailing misleading, [partially completed] voter registration forms in Virginia."
The Voter Participation Center's effort led to about 15,000 legal registrations, though the group admitted that many ineligible voters also inadvertently received cards. State election officials said they received hundreds of complaints about the group's latest mailing. (Source) and (Source)
August 8, 2012: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
In the '08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken [in Minnesota]. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.
Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman's lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.
During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons – all ineligible to vote – who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.
Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted – not just accused, but convicted – of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
August 9, 2012: Dead People on the Voter Rolls in Virginia
Around 10,000 deceased people were recently found on Virginia's voter rolls by the State Board of Elections. (Source)
August 11, 2012: Voter Fraud in Iowa
An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent has been assigned to work full-time with Secretary of State Matt Schultz's office to look into allegations of voter fraud, the Republican election chief's top cause, state officials confirmed Friday.
Schultz's office said it will spend up to $280,000 in tax dollars over the next two years for the services of Special Agent Daniel Dawson, who has been reassigned from the major crimes unit to work exclusively on voting and election fraud issues. DCI assistant director Charis Paulson said Dawson is already looking into about 2,000 possible voter fraud violations identified through data matching performed by Schultz's office. (Source)
August 12, 2012: Cases of Election Fraud Since 2000
The nation has 2,068 cases of alleged election fraud since 2000. By category, Unknown had the highest percentage of accused at 31 percent (645 cases), followed by Voters at 31 percent (633 cases). The most prevalent fraud was Absentee Ballot Fraud at 24 percent (491 cases). The status of most cases was Pleaded at 27 percent (558 cases). Responses to requests for public records varied from state to state. Some state and local officials were quick to respond by sending available records; others failed to provide a single document. (Source)
August 20, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in New Hampshire
Back in 2000, as many as 1,700 UNH students illegally registered to vote in Durham, New Hampshire, and very likely voted here illegally as well.
UNH is not the only college, nor is Durham the only college town in New Hampshire. And this is why New Hampshire Democrats have been watering down same day voter registration rules, domicile or proof of residency rules, object to voter ID, and put in place regulations to limit challenging voters. They wanted tens of thousands of same-day-registration voters and all those out-of-state college students who vote Democrat. (Source)
August 30, 2012: Election Fraud Across the United States
A new database from News21 provides an extensive examination of election fraud cases in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since 2000. So far, this research has found 2,068 cases of election fraud. The top-two most common types of accusations are absentee ballot fraud at 23.7 percent and voter registration fraud at 19.3 percent. The remaining 57 percent comprise a variety of types, including non-citizens casting ineligible ballots, making up 2.7 percent of the accusations, and the 10 cases of voter impersonation fraud, comprising 0.5 percent of the accusations, among others. (Source)
August 31, 2012: Voter Rolls with Large Numbers of Ineligible Names
Months after Judicial Watch warned election officials in a key battleground state to remove ineligible voters from its rolls JW has uncovered an alarming case that proves the integrity and legitimacy of the electoral process is not being ensured as required by federal law.
The story, out of Florida, is almost unbelievable but JW has all the documentation to prove it. JW obtained publicly available data that indicates voter rolls around the country—including key swing states—contain the names of individuals who are ineligible to vote. They include Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, California, and Colorado. JW found that there appear to be more individuals on voter registration lists in these states than there are individuals eligible to vote, including dead people. (Source)
September 4, 2012: Ten Counties in Colorado Where Registered-Voter Rolls Are Larger Than the Total Voting-Age Population
A review of voter registration data for ten counties in Colorado details a pattern of voter bloat inflating registration rolls to numbers larger than the total voting age population. Using publicly available voter data and comparing it to U.S. Census records reveals the ten counties having a total registration ranging between 104 to 140 percent of the respective populations.
Counties such as Gilpin and Hinsdale have 110 percent of their populations registered to vote. Gilpin County has a total population of 5,441 with 17.4% of the population below the voting age, making the highest possible number of registered voters 4,494. Currently Gilpin County has 4,909 registered voters. Hinsdale County has a total population of 830 with 20% of the population below the voting age, making the highest possible number of registered voters 664. At 110 percent registration, that means that there are 515 excess voter registrations in Gilpin county and 68 excess registrations for Hinsdale.
When Media Trackers requested comment on the voter bloat in Gilpin county, Chief Deputy Gail Maxwell explained that “This is just a reminder Gilpin is a Gaming Community. The voters come and go!”
While these voters come and go, they manage to turn out to vote. Records show Gilpin County had 61 percent voter turnout in the 2010 election and Hinsdale County had an astounding 92 percent voter turnout. This is far above the Colorado average turnout of 48 percent, and the national average of 41 percent.
All ten counties investigated by Media Trackers reported voter turnout greater than the national average. Nine out of ten also showed voter turnout well above the Colorado average. Mineral and San Juan counties, which have voter registration numbers of 126 percent and 112 percent respectively, had voter turnout of 96 and 83 percent respectively.
Jackson, Summit, Cheyenne, and Elbert counties have 111, 107, 105, and 104 percent of their population registered to vote, while managing 71, 44, 71, and 63 percent voter turnout.
Rounding out the ten counties looked at by Media Trackers are San Miguel county, which topped the list at 140 percent of the population being registered to vote and 52 percent voter turnout, and Ouray county, which had 119 percent of the population registered to vote and a whopping 74 percent voter turnout.
While Ouray County has a total population of 4,356, with 17.8 percent of the population below the voting age, the county has 4,246 people registered to vote. The highest possible number of voting age residents in the county is 3,581, which is 775 less than the actual registered total.
San Miguel County has a total population of 7,359 with 19.2 percent of the population below the voting age, making the highest possible number of registered voters 5,946. If the census numbers are to be trusted, that results in the possibility of up to 2,390 individuals on the voter rolls who should not be.
In a separate analysis done by the Franklin Center, it was found that seventeen of Colorado’s sixty four counties have registration greater than 100 percent of the US Census voting age population. (Source) and (Source)
September 5, 2012: Nearly 30,000 Dead People Are Still Registered to Vote in North Carolina
A Raleigh-based [North Carolina] group devoted to reducing the potential for voter fraud presented the N.C. Board of Elections on Friday with a list of nearly 30,000 names of dead people statewide who are still registered to vote. The Voter Integrity Project compiled the list after obtaining death records from the state Department of Public Health from 2002 to March 31 and comparing them to the voter rolls. (Source) and (Source)
September 16, 2012: Registered Voters in Ohio Who Should Be Ineligible to Vote
More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote. In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population: Northwestern Ohio’s Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it’s a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible.
Another 31 counties show registrations at more than 90 percent of those eligible, a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts. The national average is a little more than 70 percent.
Of the Buckeye State’s 7.8 million registered voters, nearly 1.6 million are regarded as “inactive.” That generally means either they haven’t voted in at least four years or they apparently have moved. (Source) and (Source)
September 19, 2012: Non-Citizens Who Are Registered to Vote in Michigan
Michigan Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Tuesday that an estimated 4,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in her state. Her announcement came a day after voting rights advocates and labor unions sued her in federal court Monday over the question of whether she can legally require voters to affirm their U.S. citizenship at their polling places.
Plaintiffs in the case say the question of legitimate citizenship is irrelevant, because voters affirm their citizenship when they register in the first place. Johnson’s revelation Tuesday, however, demonstrated that thousands have been deemed eligible to vote despite being citizens of other countries.
“If someone is legitimately trying to misrepresent themselves as a citizen in order to interfere with our elections, then what’s to say they won’t misrepresent themselves a second time at the ballot box?” election attorney Jocelyn Benson asked the Detroit News.
Johnson’s estimate of illegal voters in Michigan is based on the state’s access to citizenship information for one-fifth of the population, she told the newspaper. A study of 58,000 driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards uncovered 963 non-citizens who were registered to vote. Michigan Department of State employees also determined that 54 of those 963 already have a voting history, and have voted a total of 95 times. (Source)
September 25, 2012: Ineligible People on Voter Rolls in Ohio
County elections officials dismissed a slate of voter-registration challenges yesterday, the most recent skirmish in a national battle over voter rolls. The Franklin County [Ohio] Board of Elections voted 3-0 to reject a request to remove 308 people from the county’s list of registered voters for reasons as varied as providing incomplete address information, being registered at a vacant lot — or being dead.
Carol Bicking, 62, of Blacklick, submitted the challenges this month. Bicking worked with the Ohio Voter Integrity Project to compile the request. The project is the state arm of the national True the Vote group that has issued similar challenges across the country. (Source)
September 26, 2012: Dead People on Voter Rolls in North Carolina
Forsyth County [North Carolina] has 550 dead people on its voter registration rolls, according to a Raleigh-based group dedicated to rooting out potential voter fraud.
The Voter Integrity Project delivered to the N.C. State Board of Elections the names of 27,561 people who the group says are registered voters who are dead. That list included 550 people in Forsyth, Coffman said.
The N.C. State Board of Elections looked at the same databases examined by the group and came up with 4,946 names of people who might be dead and still on the voter rolls. (Source)
September 26, 2012: Voter Fraud in Florida and New York
A national group looking to expose voter fraud announced Tuesday that it has unearthed more than 30 cases of absentee ballot fraud in Florida and New York. True the Vote, an advocacy group seeking to “restore integrity” in the U.S. electoral process, affirmed that it provided state and federal election officials with more than 31 cases detailing how individuals cast votes in two separate states in the same federal election.
Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for True the Vote, told Fox News that the group analyzed Florida’s entire voter registration roll and evaluated it against 10 percent of New York’s voter roll. In its study, the organization pinpointed 1,700 people with voter registrations in both states. Of those people, 31 purportedly cast ballots in both states during the same election cycle. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
September 28, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in South Carolina
In September 2004, Terrence Hines appeared to register voters in the city of Florence, South Carolina, at a fast pace. Paid for each completed card by the South Carolina Progressive Network, Hines submitted 1,800 registrations. But it turned out that the signatures were forged. One easy clue for election officials was that Hines had signed up Frank Willis, who was then the town's Mayor. (Source)
September 30, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Maryland
In Prince George’s County alone, the group identified nearly 500 dead people still on active registration rolls. Several hundred voters were found to be registered twice – primarily in Maryland and another state, and 400 voters listed vacant lots or businesses as their residential addresses.
In Montgomery County, Election Integrity challenged over 4,000 voter records in two different submissions, the first in February and the second in July. There was a large number of deceased in the first batch, the vast majority coming from nursing home addresses, Kelleher said.
The second submission produced a report from the Montgomery County election board which concluded that 26% of its 1,115 challenges were found to be associated with nursing homes. As a result, election board staff was assigned to address “nursing home and assisted living facility residents.”
Kelleher and her research partners dedicate much of their days to finding fraudulent voter registration information. Just last week she concluded a report which shows 42 dead people on the state’s active voter rolls – all with the same nursing home address in Montgomery County… (Source)
October 1, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in 12 States
Seventy ACORN employees in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud and a Congressional report revealed that more than one-third of the 1.3 million registrants submitted by the group in the 2008 election cycle were invalid. (Source) and (Source)
October 2, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Numerous States
True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today announces new research findings of voter fraud in Ohio, Florida, New York and Rhode Island. The Offices of Florida, Ohio and Rhode Island Secretaries of State, the New York State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice were formally notified of ballots cast simultaneously in both states for federal elections.
“Our initial belief that we had uncovered only the tip of the iceberg continues to be reinforced,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Pew Research’s finding that 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state continues to ring true. Unfortunately, we keep seeing more people possibly voting illegally. It’s important for voters to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction. While some will no doubt commit the same fraud this year, we can find them in a matter of months. True The Vote calls on Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio and federal officials to investigate and confirm our latest research.”
Ohio & Florida
Similar to last week’s findings of voters committing interstate absentee ballot fraud, True The Vote cross-referenced entire voter registration lists between Ohio and Florida and alerted appropriate authorities to voters with matching full names, birthdates, addresses and voting histories demonstrating ballots cast in multiple states in a single federal election.
True The Vote found more than 19,000 Ohio voters claiming Florida mailing addresses, according to state records. More than 6,390 people hold registrations in both states. True The Vote identified 534 individuals allegedly casting ballots in both Ohio and Florida. Today 34 cases were turned over to federal and state authorities.
“To his credit, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has indicated he is taking steps to address the situation with respect to voter roll maintenance,” Engelbrecht said. “However, these findings are particularly troubling given Ohio’s wholesale approach to dispensing absentee ballots for all this year. This combination of poor voter roll maintenance, emerging evidence of interstate fraud and Ohio’s new policy of absentee voting for all could create a perfect storm. The last thing we want is a repeat of the 2000 Election – this time by mail.”
New York & Florida
True The Vote offers new findings of absentee voter fraud between New York and Florida. Citing a new sample of less than one (1) percent of upstate New York voters, TTV found 48,630 voters claiming Florida mailing addresses. Of that sample, more than 19,000 are registered to vote in both states. Today federal and state officials were alerted to 32 new cases of interstate fraud between the Empire and Sunshine States.
Rhode Island & Florida
True The Vote also reports instances of voter fraud between Rhode Island and Florida. After the comprehensive cross-reference process, TTV found 53 Rhode Island voters claimed Florida addresses. More than 15 are currently registered in both states, with two (2) having voted.
Federal and state laws were potentially violated as a result of these activities. Ohio, New York, Rhode Island and Florida each require voters to cast ballots corresponding with their permanent residential addresses. Federal law, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(e) clearly states that voters cannot cast more than one ballot in the same election. (Source)
October 2, 2012: Disenfranchising Members of the U.S. Military
If you are a member of the U.S. military on deployment, and you hail from the state of Wisconsin, please know that you have the heartfelt thanks of every patriotic American for your service … but you might not be able to vote in the 2012 election. That’s because, as reported by the MacIver Institute, “At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45 day deadline, according to former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, and he’s demanding the Government Accountability Board address the problem immediately.”
The deadline was calculated using the estimated length of time required to send, complete, and return absentee ballots. This creates a strong risk that military ballots won’t be returned in time to be counted in the election. The deadline was not an idle suggestion – it’s part of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act.
“This violation is particularly unsettling in light of the fact that, only six months ago, a federal court entered a consent decree against Wisconsin and the Government Accountability Board for similar violations of military voting rights,” Principi pointed out. He said these violations “may deprive service members of their fundamental right to vote.” (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 2, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
A mover and shaker in Arizona politics is now under investigation, accused of voter fraud in Florida involving hundreds of voter registration cards.
Nine counties in Florida said hundreds of voter registration cards Nathan Sproul's firm turned in are suspicious. They said they're noticing things like names not matching up to similar handwriting on different cards. (Source)
October 11, 2012: Potential Voter Fraud in Colorado
Of [Colorado's] 3.4 million registered voters, 1.2 million are considered inactive, providing an “opportunity for voter fraud,” said Earl Glynn, a special projects coordinator and researcher at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, who conducted the analysis.
The analysis found 31,655 Colorado voters last cast a ballot in 2000 or before. That number rises to 265,680 when looking at 2006 or before.
And 592,292 voters show no voting history at all. Of those, 10,492 registered to vote in 2000, 121,569 in 2006 or before and 189,878 in 2011 or this year, and have not yet voted in a Congressional or presidential election. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Deal People on Voter Rolls Nationwide: The Pew Research Center, an impeccably liberal organization, estimated there are 2 million dead people on the rolls today. (Source)
October 12, 2012: Invalid or Error-Plagued Voter Registrations Nationwide: The Pew Research Center estimates one out of eight—one out of eight!—voter registrations in this country are either invalid, or contain major errors. (Source)
October 22, 2012: Election Fraud in Michigan
More than 800 absentee ballots have not made it to voters in Auburn Hills [Michigan] and are missing, stumping Clerk Terri Kowal. Kowal says Monday that she learned of the missing ballots last week when only about 650 of the more than 1,400 mailed to in early October to registered voters were returned completed. (Source)
October 23, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Colorado
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says 300 more suspected noncitizens have been found on the state's voter rolls. They were among more than 3,900 people who received letters in August questioning their citizenship. Gessler's office previously said another 141 people who received letters appeared to be noncitizens, based on a federal immigration database. (Source) and (Source)
October 24, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Indiana
The Democrat party chair is asking the federal government to get involved in the wrongful purge of 13,000 voters in La Porte County [Indiana] last year. Chairman John Jones said in a press release that he will be asking the U.S. Department of Justice Election Integrity Task Force to investigate exactly how the purge happened, which he said was an "effort led by Republican voters' appointee Donna Harris, the wife of county Republican chairman Keith Harris."
Originally some 800 inactive voters were supposed to be purged in 2011. Voters are inactive if they fail to vote over two federal election cycles, meaning they have not voted since before the 2008 election that seated President Barack Obama in office. But the 13,303 who were canceled included voters who voted in Obama's election.
Jones went on to say that "federal law is clear that voters can only be purged if they have not voted in two federal election cycles. Yet Ms. Harris began a systematic effort to wipe off the voter rolls over 13,000 voters even though they had voted in 2008 but not voted in 2010 and 2011. Well, 2011 was city elections and that doesn't count for purposes of a purge. This was wrong and Donna Harris and Keith Harris should have known better."
Republican Party Chairman Keith Harris said he does not believe this was a partisan effort to eliminate Democrat voters, pointing out that it was the Republican co-director Donna, his wife, who developed the plan to correct the problem, and then led the effort to have it resolved. (Source)
October 24, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Colorado
Six weeks ago, the [Colorado] Secretary of State sent a mass mailing to suspected illegal voters hoping to snare a large group engaging in voter fraud. When news that his 3,903 mailers generated a response from just 141 people who shouldn’t be on the rolls, Republican Scott Gessler was roundly criticized for wasting resources and engaging in a witch-hunt of minorities.
Not to be deterred, Gessler continued, announcing Tuesday that another 300 non-citizens were identified by the Department of Homeland Security. That’s 11 percent of his original list, which was compiled with the help of DMV records. Anyone who wants to obtain a driver’s license and ID card in Colorado must provide proof of lawful residence or obtain a waiver. (Source)
October 26, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in North Carolina
With the upcoming presidential election promising to be a close one, thousands of extra votes in a swing state ain’t pocket change. In North Carolina alone there are about 782,000 “inactive” voters, many of whom are either dead, living elsewhere, or otherwise unlikely to vote in November. In seven counties, the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens by a total of 4,500.
Those inactive and phantom voters, revealed by Watchdog Labs sister organization of Watchdog.org, pose a risk to the electoral system. “Most of the registration lists in the United States are abysmal. North Carolina is near the bottom of the list, but is hardly unique,” said Robert Pastor, director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University.
How is it possible to have more voters than people? Because when a registered voter moves to a different county or state, or dies, the county’s election board is supposed to remove that individual from the voter rolls. (Source)
October 29, 2012: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
[Dan] McGrath, [executive director of Minnesota Majority] counted 113 convictions for illegal felon voting during the 2008 [Minnesota Senate] election, and he said many more felons – 1,099 – voted while still ineligible in 2008, but were not charged because the law says the act must be intentional. Voting by ineligible felons might have "tipped" the 2008 U.S. Senate election to Democrat Al Franken. (Source)
November 2, 2012: Dead People on Voter-Registration Rolls in North Carolina
[Jay] Delancy [director of the Voter Integrity Project], compared a list of North Carolina residents who died over the past 10 years with a list of registered voters. His investigation prompted state election officials to do the same. The state found 20,500 matches – people who were possibly dead.
Eyewitness News dug deeper and learned 20 of those dead people showed some voter activity after they died. Six of them may have early voted and died before Election Day. (Source)
November 5, 2012: Voter Fraud in Pennsylvania
The Community Voters Project is a "non-partisan" lefty organization whose mission is to register people to vote, with a particular emphasis on minorities. In the 2008 election, they had offices in 10 states and registered around 300,000 minority voters. This year, however, it seems they aren't registering everyone who wants to vote. Outside a CVP office in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania], for example, they shredded and threw away numerous registration forms. A number of these were for people trying to register as a Republican.
A citizen-journalist came across a large bag of trash outside the CVP office in Philadelphia. Glancing at it, the citizen saw what looked like shredded registration forms. The pictures in this post are from CVP's trash. The photo above clearly shows that the voter who submitted the shredded registration form was registering as a Republican. The picture below will give you a sense of the scale of CVP's fraud. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Minnesota
We all know that there was a very contentious Senate race in 2008 in Minnesota between former Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken. In a very close race, Norm Coleman won on election night. There were recounts, he won those, but they kept recounting. After eight months of legal wrangling and court cases, the seat was finally declared Al Franken's by 312 votes. He went to Washington, he became the 60th Democratic Senator in 2009, and he became the 60th Senator for Obamacare. They needed 60 votes to break the Senate filibuster. We would not have Obamacare today if Al Franken had not been there.
Now, months after Obamacare passed, a watchdog group, called Minnesota Majority, found irrefutable evidence that 1,100 felons had voted illegally in that election: 1,100. We cannot be sure how they voted, but Mike Plant from Fox News went around to a bunch of people and asked them how they voted; they were the felons who had voted illegally. Nine out of ten said they had voted for Al Franken.
We cannot be sure how felons vote; it is a secret ballot. But when they register to vote, and in over half the states they register by party, the answer is 75-80% – I leave it to you to figure out which party that is. So the reasonable assumption is Al Franken took his seat because of illegal votes.
You could not prosecute any of those people unless you could prove intent to commit the crime: that is the legal standard. So you basically had to have felons who were stupid enough to do the following: confess that they had voted illegally, admit they knew it was wrong, and basically said, What's it to you, copper There were 198 of them, at least, who were stupid enough; and they have all been convicted of felony voter fraud in the Minnesota election which elected Al Franken. 66 more cases are in the pipeline, and dozens more are being investigated. We may yet end up with more people convicted of felony voter fraud in the Al Franken election than Al Franken's victory margin. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Voter Fraud in Ohio and Wisconsin
Cleveland [Ohio] and Milwaukee [Wisconsin] have had long histories of voter fraud. A 78-page police report by the Milwaukee Police Department's Investigative Unit a few years ago found an organized conspiracy that tried to steal the 2004 Presidential Election. They found there were 6,000 people, for example, who had registered to vote at the polls on Election Day. They voted, their ballots were counted, but when the mail went out to their addresses to give them their voter registration card, 6,000 of them came back: there was no such address, or it was a vacant lot, or the person had not been there for years. (Source)
November 6, 2012: Dead People on Voter-Registration Rolls in California
An NBC Bay Area Investigation reports today that thousands of California voters who died years ago remain on the state’s voter rolls. (Source) and (Source)
November 8, 2012: Voter Fraud in Colorado
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) unveiled a study last year showing that almost 5,000 illegal aliens cast votes in the U.S. Senate election in that state in 2010. (Source)
November 9, 2012: Possible Voter Fraud in Florida
Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County, Florida on Tuesday. Barack Obama won the county.
When faced with the astronomical figures, Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for St. Lucie County, said she had no idea why turnout was so incredibly high. She was flabbergasted, saying, "We've never seen that here."
Coincidentally (or not), St. Lucie County is also in Allen West's district, where 6,000 votes mysteriously "shifted" from Mr. West to his challenger. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
November 12, 2012: Election Fraud in Florida
Seven days after the election ended, and two days after the results were unofficially certified, Broward [Florida] elections workers Monday said they had found 963 unaccounted-for ballots in a warehouse.... "We searched every nook and cranny, high and low,'' said Ed Solomon, director of election planning and development." These are the additional ballots we found in several sweeps.'' (Source)
November 19, 2012: Dead & Ineligible People on Voter Rolls in California
An NBC Bay Area investigation has uncovered thousands of California voters who remain on the voter rolls despite having died several years ago. NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 questionable names still on the state voter rolls. A closer look at the data revealed that some of the dead people were not only registered, but somehow, even voted, several years after their death. Sometimes, clerks say the mistake can purely be a clerical error, such as a misplaced signature or an outdated registration list that hadn't been purged. Other times, though, the voting turns out to be fraud, clerks say, where family members vote on their dead relatives' behalf.
Our findings came as no surprise to Bill Morrison of Palo Alto. For Morrison, every trip to the mailbox during election season brings constant reminders of his late wife, Carol Morrison, who died in 2004 after battling cancer. Morrison continues to receive election materials including voter guides, pamphlets, and even ballots for his late wife. “It angers me and it hurts because she’s dead,” Morrison said. According to state records, Carol has voted in the last two presidential elections, despite having passed away. Morrison has made several attempts to notify the county that his wife died, including sending back her ballots with “DECEASED” marked on the envelope.
NBC Bay Area found several other examples, too. People like Sara Schiffman of San Leandro who died in 2007 yet still voted in 2008, or former Hayward police officer Frank Canela Tapia who has voted 8 times since 2005, though he died in 2001.
NBC Bay Area gave Contra Costa County Clerk and Recorder Steve Weir a list of more than 100 voters in his county who may have passed away. Around half a dozen of these voters have recorded votes since their death.
Barry Garner serves as the registrar of Voters in Santa Clara County where NBC Bay Area found the names of 83 people who are dead and still have active voter registration files. (Source)
November 23, 2012: Voter-Registration Fraud in Colorado
Colorado's Secretary of State Scott Gessler maintains that voter fraud is a serious problem – and after launching initiatives to prevent illegal ballots from being cast, his office says that exactly 518 voters were removed from the rolls due to non-citizenship – more than expected. Some may have taken themselves off the list after being contacted by his office, while others were likely taken off by county clerks.
One of the biggest loopholes in Colorado's registration system according to the Secretary of State's office is that immigrants who aren't allowed to vote can sometimes easily sign up on the voter rolls. That means that if they vote on Election Day, it would be an act of fraud. (Source)
May 19, 2013: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Washington, DC
Washington, DC has failed to remove from its voting rolls as many as 13,000 former residents who years ago moved to Prince George’s County and cast ballots there, making fraud by voting in two jurisdictions as easy as going to the polls in their old neighborhoods, The Washington Times found in a review of records.
In dozens of cases, names are listed as voting in both jurisdictions in the November presidential election. Provided a subset of the names, the District pulled paper records and said most did not vote, but that other voters accidentally associated their ballots with the former residents’ names instead of their own.
For others listed as voting in both jurisdictions, they had no such explanation.
Democrats who have been deeply active for decades in the community of black, middle-class residents — who, by the tens of thousands have left the District for its eastern neighbor, though are still active in the District or employed by its government — said Prince George’s County residents using their former DC addresses to cast votes there is an open secret. (Source)
May 23, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
In what was one of the 2012 election cycle’s most important battleground states, “voter fraud does exist,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted acknowledged in a report on Thursday. “But it is not an epidemic.”
Husted, a Republican and the state’s chief elections official, said at a news conference and in an accompanying report that based on a survey of all of Ohio’s 88 counties conducted in the wake of last November’s election, 625 possible voting irregularities were reported across the state and 135 of them have been sent to law enforcement for further investigation.
Of the 135 investigated instances of fraud in Ohio, a state where President Obama beat Mitt Romney by some 166,214 votes, 20 of them involved voters who cast ballots in both Ohio and another state and will be referred to the Ohio Attorney General.
“Our effort to look into irregularities and root out voter fraud sends a strong message that no amount of fraud is acceptable,” Husted said in a statement. “If you cheat, you will be caught and held accountable.”
Other “irregularities” that surfaced in the post-election survey included double voting, standing in for another voter, and voting from an address from which an individual was not eligible, according to the Secretary of State’s report.
Before Election Day in 2012, a federal judge blocked new voting laws proposed by Ohio Republican lawmakers that were aimed at reducing voter fraud by restricting early voting. Ohio requires voters provide proof of identity at polling places such as a driver’s license, bank statement or utility bill. (Source) and (Source)
June 17, 2013: Ballot Fraud in Indiana
As Hillary Clinton prepares for a possible presidential run in 2016, it appears that she could have knocked then-candidate Barack Obama off the 2008 primary ballot in Indiana. If anyone, including her campaign, had challenged the names and signatures on the presidential petitions that put Obama on the ballot, election fraud would have been detected during the race. But at the time, no one did.
On Monday, there was some closure to the case, though, as the four defendants who were convicted or pleaded guilty in the state's presidential petition fraud scandal were sentenced. Only one received prison time for the illegal scheme that touched the race for the White House.
The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged – an estimated 200 or more – that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, "the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn't have been on the ballot for the primary."
In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time.
Former St. Joseph County Board of Voter Registration Democratic board member Pam Brunette and Board of Voter Registration worker Beverly Shelton previously pleaded guilty and testified for prosecutors against Morgan and Blythe. They both received two years of probation. (Source)
June 19, 2013: Election Fraud in Virginia
A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to forging thousands of signatures in trying to get former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on the ballot in the state’s 2012 presidential primary, an NBC affiliate in Charlottesville reported.
In December 2011, Adam Ward, 28, collected more than 11,000 signatures, according to prosecutors, but investigators could not verify more than 4,000 of them, WVIR reported. Mr. Ward has pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury. (Source) and (Source)
August 6, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in Ohio
Thirty Cincinnati-area law enforcement officers used the police stations where they work — rather than their home addresses — to register to vote, a felony punishable by up to a year in prison, Cincinnati.com reports. It's not clear whether the false registration was intentional or based on a misunderstanding of voting law. The officers may have used their work addresses so as not disclose their home addresses in public documents. And elections officials also identified more than 250 other residents of surrounding Hamilton County who were improperly using commercial addresses such as post offices and UPS stores for voter registration. The county will issue warning letters ordering residents, including the cops, to change their registrations rather than pursuing criminal charges. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
August 14, 2013: Voter Fraud in FL, MD, NY, and RI
The organization [True the Vote] has identified 173 cases of alleged interstate voter fraud, or double voting, in Florida and Maryland, the group announced Monday.
Each case represents a single person voting in both states during the same federal election cycle, dating to 2006. “The 173 cases does not mean 173 illegal votes,” said Logan Churchwell, communications director for True the Vote, a nonpartisan voters’ rights and election integrity group. “It means at least double that.”
The group used updated 2012 voting data to cross-reference Florida and Maryland registration lists. Maryland is the latest state under review in what Churchwell described as the “snow bird” project.
Using names, dates of birth, residential addresses and federal voting information, True the Vote has already identified potential double voting abuses in Florida by way of Ohio (534 cases), New York (32) and Rhode Island (2), as of October last year. (Source)
September 6, 2013: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
A voting watchdog group says that election data revealing nearly 500 instances of alleged voter fraud in North Carolina dispels claims that voter fraud [in] the state is “insignificant.”
This week, the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina released a North Carolina Board of Elections document showing that from 2008-2012 there have been 475 cases of alleged voter fraud in the state referred to district attorneys’ offices.
The type of fraud included in the tally includes double voting, impersonation, vote buying or selling, ineligible voting, voter registration issues and absentee voting issues. (Source) and (Source)
September 9, 2013: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
In Mississippi last Wednesday, the American Civil Rights Union won a significant victory for election integrity when a federal judge approved a consent decree in which Walthall County agreed to finally clean up its bloated voter-registration list. The county has more registered voters than the Census says it has eligible voters. Walthall County will have to remove felons, noncitizens, decedents, and voters who have moved away from its registration list.
The Voter Integrity Project (VIP), a local citizens’ group concerned with election integrity, released a report on Wednesday that it finally obtained from the North Carolina Board of Elections “after repeated requests.” The report shows that there were 475 cases of election fraud that the Board “believed merited a referral” to prosecutors between 2008 and 2012. The fraud included double voting, impersonation and registration fraud, and illegal voting by noncitizens and felons. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 10, 2013: Voter-Registration Fraud in 22 States
More than half of states are now working in broad alliances to scrub voter rolls of millions of problematic registrations, identifying people registered in multiple states and tens of thousands of dead voters who linger on election lists
The efforts are already finding massive numbers of outdated or problematic registrations. This year, the Kansas project identified some 5 million potential duplicate registrations across 22 states and also identified some people who voted in multiple states, according to officials. The newer project — known as the Electronic Registration Information Center — identified hundreds of thousands of other registrations that need updating, including 23,000 people who were dead.
The larger system identified more than a dozen people who voted in Kansas and another state, said Kansas Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and those identifications could lead to prosecution. He said the expansion of the checks and awareness of the program will hopefully deter others from double-voting. (Source)
October 30, 2013: Voter Fraud in New York
Evelyn E. Burwell's family was surprised to learn she voted in the 2012 general and primary elections. They knew she was an avid voter, but she's been dead since 1997. Burwell is one of about 6,100 deceased people still registered to vote in Nassau County [New York], a Newsday computer analysis shows. The former Wantagh resident, who died at age 74, is also among roughly 270 people that records show voted in Nassau County after dying, a group that includes a man who voted 14 times since his death.
Newsday's analysis of voter registration and U.S. Social Security Administration death records found more deceased registered voters in Nassau County than any other New York county, accounting for nearly a quarter of the 26,500 on the rolls statewide. Suffolk County has about 2,490 deceased people registered to vote, with roughly 50 listed as voting after their death.
Seven states recently formed the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which uses Social Security, vehicle registration, change-of-address and voter-list data to identify ineligible voters. The program, which costs states about $50,000 per year, found 900,000 potentially ineligible voters among its states in its first year, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, which helped start ERIC.
Another group of 27 states take part in a program known as Crosscheck, which uses registration data to identify voters who have moved across state lines. The free program found 5 million potentially invalid registrations this year, according to its most recent report. (Source) and (Source)
November 7, 2013: Voter Fraud in Florida
More than 1,000 registered voters in Broward County [Florida] unlawfully listed United Parcel Service (UPS) boxes as the address where they live, official records show.
According to Florida Statute 97.053, voter applicants must provide their “legal residence address.” The official Florida Voter Registration form specifically asks for “Legal Residence-no P.O. Box.” On the Broward Supervisor of Elections website, citizens are told valid applications must include, “Full Name, Date of Birth, Address of Legal Residence (address where you live), Florida Drivers License number or Florida ID card, or the last four digits of Social Security number and signature.”
Despite the clear instructions, a Media Trackers Florida investigation found 1,128 registered voters in Broward County listed a UPS box as the place where they live. (Source)
December 18, 2013: Voter Fraud in Ohio
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election – and has referred the case for possible prosecution.
Husted also found that 274 non-citizens remain on the voting rolls.... [E]lection officials discovered that more than 257,000 dead people were still listed as active voters. (Source)
January 17, 2014: 24 Million Voter-Registration Errors Nationwide
As you may recall, as part of our Election Integrity Project, JW investigators found that voter rolls in a number of states contained a great number of registrations for individuals who were ineligible to vote. The Obama Justice Department, which is more interested in registering Obama’s Food Stamp Army (with all the attendant fraud) and opposing voter ID, has zero interest in enforcing laws to ensure clean elections.
Judicial Watch notified a dozen states that they must clean up their voter registration lists or face lawsuits. Judicial Watch and True the Vote subsequently filed lawsuits against election officials in Indiana and Ohio, and prompted the state of Florida and other states, without litigation, to remove thousands of ineligible voters from state registration lists. According to independent research published by Pew Charitable Trusts in February 2012, approximately 24 million active voter registrations throughout the United States – or one out of every eight registrations – are either no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. (Source)
January 17, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in MO, PA, & TX
Of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis [Missouri], only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.
Pennsylvania state election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found “clearly fraudulent” signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud.
In Harris County, Texas, nearly 10,000 ACORN-submitted registrations were found to be invalid, including many with clearly fraudulent addresses or other personal information. (Source)
January 17, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Ohio
Wood County, Ohio (which Obama won) has a voting age population of 98,213, but somehow 106,258 voters were registered to vote on Election Day. (Source)
January 23, 2014: Voter Fraud and Voter-Registration Fraud in Multiple States
This first report of fraudulent activities is taken from the Republican National Lawyers Association website and includes only the last 12 months. There are 151 entries logged and it should be noted that some of the entries contain multiple fraudulent events that occurred on the same date.
This week, the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina released a document showing that from 2008-2012 there have been 475 cases of alleged voter fraud in North Carolina referred to district attorneys’ offices.
Florida and Maryland state election authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice were formally notified of 173 cases of voters casting ballots simultaneously in both states during federal elections. The notification resulted from an investigation by True the Vote, the nation’s leading election integrity organization.
They also discovered 6,390 people registered in both Florida and Ohio. Of those, 534 appear to have voted twice in the same federal election. The examination also discovered at least 19,000 people registered in both New York and Florida. A voter may only declare domicile in one place for each election. (Source) and (Source)
February 5, 2014: Voter Fraud in Multiple States (ACORN):
AR – 1998: A contractor with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote was arrested for falsifying about 400 voter registration cards.
CO – 2005: Two ex-ACORN employees were convicted in Denver of perjury for submitting false voter registrations.
– 2004: An ACORN employee admitted to forging signatures and registering three of her friends to vote 40 times.
CT – 2008: The New York Post reported that ACORN submitted a voter registration card for a 7-year-old Bridgeport girl. Another 8,000 cards from the same city will be scrutinized for possible fraud.
FL – 2009: In September, 11 ACORN workers were accused of forging voter registration applications in Miami-Dade County during the last election. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office scoured hundreds of suspicious applications provided by ACORN and found 197 of 260 contained personal ID information that did not match any living person.
– 2008: Election officials in Brevard County have given prosecutors more than 23 suspect registrations from ACORN. The state's Division of Elections is also investigating complaints in Orange and Broward Counties.
– 2004: A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said ACORN was “singled out” among suspected voter registration groups for a 2004 wage initiative because it was “the common thread” in the agency’s fraud investigations.
IN – 2008: Election officials in Indiana have thrown out more than 4,000 ACORN-submitted voter registrations after finding they had identical handwriting and included the names of many deceased Indianans, and even the name of a fast food restaurant.
MI – 2008: Clerks in Detroit found a "sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent [voter] applications" from the Michigan branch of ACORN. Those applications have been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office for investigation.
– 2004: The Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents.
MO – 2008: Nearly 400 ACORN-submitted registrations in Kansas City have been rejected due to duplication or fake information.
– 2007: Four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City for charges including identity theft and filing false registrations during the 2006 election.
– 2006: Eight ACORN employees in St. Louis were indicted on federal election fraud charges. Each of the eight faces up to five years in prison for forging signatures and submitting false information.
– 2003: Of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis, only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.
MN – 2004: During a traffic stop, police found more than 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of a former ACORN employee, who had violated a legal requirements that registration cards be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of being filled out and signed.
NC – 2008: County elections officials have sent suspicious voter registration applications to the state Board of Elections. Many of the ACORN submitted applications had similar or identical names, but with different addresses or dates of birth.
– 2004: North Carolina officials investigated ACORN for submitting fake voter registration cards.
NM – 2008: Prosecutors are investigating more than 1,100 ACORN-submitted voter registration cards after a county clerk found them to be fraudulent. Many of the cards included duplicate names and slightly altered personal information.
– 2005: Four ACORN employees submitted as many as 3,000 potentially fraudulent signatures on the group’s Albuquerque ballot initiative. A local sheriff added: “It’s safe to say the forgery was widespread.”
– 2004: An ACORN employee registered a 13-year-old boy to vote. Citing this and other examples, New Mexico State Representative Joe Thompson stated that ACORN was “manufacturing voters” throughout New Mexico.
NV – 2009: Nevada authorities indicted ACORN on 26 counts of voter registration fraud and 13 counts of illegally compensating canvassers. ACORN provided a bonus compensation program called “Blackjack” or “21+” for any canvasser who registered more than 20 voters per shift, which is illegal under Nevada law.
– 2008: Nevada state authorities raided ACORN's Las Vegas headquarters as part of a task force investigation of election fraud. Fraudulent registrations included players from the Dallas Cowboys.
OH – 2008: ACORN activists gave Ohio residents cash and cigarettes in exchange for filling out voter registration card, according to the New York Post. Some voters claim to have registered dozens of times, and one man says he signed up on 72 cards.
– 2007: A man in Reynoldsburg was indicted on two felony counts of illegal voting and false registration, after being registered by ACORN to vote in two separate counties.
– 2004: A grand jury indicted a Columbus ACORN worker for submitting a false signature and false voter registration form. In Franklin County, two ACORN workers submitted what the director of the board of election supervisors called “blatantly false” forms. In Cuyahoga County, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote submitted registration cards that had the highest rate of errors for any voter registration group.
PA – 2009: Seven ACORN workers in the Pittsburgh area were indicted for submitting falsified voter registration forms. Six of the seven were also indicted for registering voters under an illegal quota system.
– 2008: State election officials have thrown out 57,435 voter registrations, the majority of which were submitted by ACORN. The registrations were thrown out after officials found "clearly fraudulent" signatures, vacant lots listed as addresses, and other signs of fraud.
– 2008: An ACORN employee in West Reading, PA, was sentenced to up to 23 months in prison for identity theft and tampering with records. A second ACORN worker pleaded not guilty to the same charges and is free on $10,000 bail.
– 2004: Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
TX – 2008: In Harris County, nearly 10,000 ACORN-submitted registrations were found to be invalid, including many with clearly fraudulent addresses or other personal information.
– 2008: ACORN turned in the voter registration form of David Young, who told reporters “The signature is not my signature. It’s not even close.” His social security number and date of birth were also incorrect.
VA – 2005: In 2005, the Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law.
In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. "Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia."
WA – 2007: Three ACORN employees pleaded guilty, and four more were charged, in the worst case of voter registration fraud in Washington state history. More than 2,000 fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted by the group during a voter registration drive.
WI – 2008: At least 33,000 ACORN-submitted registrations in Milwaukee have been called into question after it was found that the organizations had been using felons as registration workers, in violation of state election rules. Two people involved in the ongoing Wisconsin voter fraud investigation have been charged with felonies.
– 2004: The district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper. (Source)
February 26, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
Q: How many cases of voter fraud have there been in North Carolina in the past 10 years, and how many people have been prosecuted? – J.H., Fayetteville
A: We don't know how many people have been prosecuted or convicted per se, but the N.C. State Board of Elections released last year an analysis of voter fraud cases that were investigated. State election officials identified a total of 631 fraud cases between 2000 and 2012.
According to the state report, those cases "merited a referral" to the district attorney's office where the fraud occurred.
The state report shows 11 types of fraud, such double voting, vote buying/selling, illegal voter assistance and voter impersonation.
Over the 12-year period, the most common fraud type, with 377 cases, was felon voting.... The second most common type of voter fraud, according to the state list, was voting twice, with 91 cases. Third-highest on the list was a noncitizen registering or voting, with 58 cases. (Source)
March 11, 2014: Voter-Registration Inaccuracies in New York
Newsday's analysis found more than 842,000 registered New York voters who records show haven't cast a ballot in 10 years. Harvard University professor of government Stephen Ansolabehere, an expert on voter list issues, said those registrations are likely not current. (Source) and (Source)
March 18, 2014: Voter-Registration Inaccuracies in Maryland
Maryland’s voter registration rolls are bloated with names of dead people – an estimated 20,000 as revealed by a 2013 study from the state Republican party.
Preserving a dead voter on the voter rolls can lead to fraud during elections. From 2004 to 2008, at least two dead voters cast their ballots, according to watchdog group Election Integrity Maryland. That led to the group filing a complaint with the Board of Elections. (Source) and (Source)
March 19, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida
It is an article of faith on the Left that voter fraud does not exist beyond the imaginations of racist right-wingers, hell-bent on imposing "unconstitutional" voter ID laws fashioned to "suppress" minority turnout in elections. These objections are race-baiting nonsense; they're unsupported by both empirical evidence and Supreme Court precedent. The high court upheld Indiana's law in a 6-3 decision in 2008. The ruling was authored by uber-liberal Justice John Paul Stevens. And after Georgia implemented its own law in 2007 (which survived a legal challenge), minority voter participation increased in the next two election cycles. ABC News has called voter fraud a "rare but real" phenomenon, evidenced by a number of relatively high-profile convictions in recent years. Congress defunded the left-wing group ACORN (for whom Barack Obama once organized) over widespread voter registration fraud and other outrages. The watchdog group True the Vote – whose founder's businesses and family have been harassed by the IRS and other federal agencies – documents voter fraud prosecutions in 46 states since 2000. Which brings us to a report that aired earlier this month on NBC's local affiliate in Ft. Myers, Florida. WBBH-TV reporter Andy Pierrotti managed to track down dozens of local residents who were (a) both non-US citizens and (b) registered to vote in the swing state. Many of them had illegally voted in recent elections.
"We don't know how widespread this problem is because elections offices don't keep track of where non-citizens live," Pierrotti reports, "So we decided to do something that they'd never tried to do before: We found them on our own." The investigation began by examining state forms on which residents had declined jury duty by checking a box indicating that they weren't US citizens, and were therefore ineligible to serve. Pierrotti then cross-referenced those results with local voter rolls, identifying at least 94 people who were registered to vote in the state of Florida. Next, he visited some of these people at their homes, where they admitted that they weren't citizens and professed ignorance as to how they were registered to vote in the first place. But voting records confirmed that they'd exercised their "right" to vote that, as non-citizens, they do not actually possess. The NBC 2 team interviewed a number of these illegal voters on camera, including a Jamaican national who simply attested that he was a US citizen on a voter registration form, and – voila! – he joined the American electorate. It was a felony, but it was that easy. And if a news crew hadn't connected the dots, no one would have ever known. This passage in the report is crucial:
REPORTER: County supervisors of elections tell me they have no way to verify citizenship. Under the 1992 "Motor Voter" law, they're not required to ask for proof.
HARRINGTON: We have no policing authority. We don't have any way of bouncing that information off of any other database.
REPORTER: The only way supervisors of elections can investigate voter fraud is if they get a tip, so that's what our list became.
HARRINGTON: It could be very serious. It could change the whole complexion of an election.
Here's the problem: This handful of wrongs are now being looked at and dealt with, but it took an enterprising and creative journalist to uncover them. These are 94 cases he uncovered in his own backyard alone, using just one narrow method. How many people in this country are registered to vote, and actually do vote, who are not US citizens? We don't know. It is lunacy that election supervisors "have no way to verify citizenship" in many places, even at the point of registration. It's further lunacy that we would not require every potential voter to produce valid proof of citizenship before casting a ballot, from coast to coast. These steps are so basic, so fundamentally fair, and so rudimentary that it's difficult to accept that an entire political party is dead-set against these voter integrity efforts for reasons that are not nefarious. Only US citizens are allowed to participate in US elections under the law. Citizens who don't have proper identification ought to be able to obtain them quickly and easily. That's the reasonable recourse for the "suppression" non-problem. But every single person who wants to vote should prove that they're doing so legally.
A quick calculation, as a point of reference. This local reporter [Andy Pierrotti] found 94 illegally registered voters in one small region using one narrow verification method. If you extrapolate his number over Florida's 67 counties, that's nearly 6,300 people. (Source)
March 25, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Iowa, Colorado, and Washington DC
Iowa, Colorado and the District of Columbia have one thing in common — they have more registered voters than people eligible to vote. In 24 Iowa counties, more people were registered to vote than were eligible in 2012. In 2010, there were 10 such counties. In Colorado during the same two-year period, the number of counties with uneven rolls rose from 10 to 22. (Source) and (Source)
March 26, 2014: Election Fraud in New York
Three former campaign workers for [New York City] Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo were officially charged with fraud Wednesday. Betty Julien, Elbin Lopez and Luis Vargas were quietly arrested Tuesday night — eight months after being accused by the elected official of forging signatures for her reelection petitions. The trio of hired staffers were fingered by the Councilwoman after volunteers for her primary challenger, Julio Pabon, noticed names such as Derek Jeter Jr. and Kate Moss on the rolls....
Arroyo, who went on to win both the primary and general elections, was nearly booted from the ballot for lack of legitimate signatures.... A staggering 81% of the 3,339 signatures filed by the campaign were deemed invalid.... Lopez testified before the Board of Elections that he was paid $1 per signature and that he reported directly to Arroyo’s nephew. (Source)
April 1, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued a joint statement Wednesday in response to more alarming evidence of voter error and fraud discovered by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
State elections officials said Wednesday that they’re investigating hundreds of cases [and potentially thousands] of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths.
North Carolina’s check found 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to match registered voters in other states on their first names, last names, dates of birth and the final four digits of their Social Security numbers. Those voters appear to have voted in North Carolina in 2012 and also voted in another state in 2012.
The crosscheck also found 35,570 voters in North Carolina who voted in 2012 whose first names, last names and dates of birth match those of voters who voted in other states in 2012, but whose Social Security numbers were not matched.
Additionally, the analysis found 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and final four Social Security number digits match voters registered in other states but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere. That last group, Strach said, was most likely voters who moved out of state without notifying their local boards of elections. "Those may be voters we need to remove because they've left North Carolina."
Strach also said a "10-year death audit" found 13,416 deceased voters who had not been removed from voter rolls as of October 2013. Eighty-one of those individuals, she said, died before an election in which they are recorded as having voted. Strach cautioned that about 30 of those 81 voters appear to have legally cast their votes early via absentee ballot and then died before Election Day. However, she said, "There are between 40 and 50 [voters] who had died at a time that that's not possible."
"I think the big bombshell today is that you have documented voter fraud that has occurred," said Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. "We have over 36,000 people who apparently voted in this state illegally and committed felonies." Moore said he believes at least 36,000 people committed voter fraud in 2012. (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
April 8, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Florida and North Carolina
The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina today released the results of their year-long research effort that found 5,167 people who appeared to be registered to vote in both Florida and North Carolina, and 147 people who “were involved” in voter fraud. They gave the information to election officials in both Florida and North Carolina, in addition to a member of the North Carolina Senate committee responsible of election law. (Source)
April 23, 2014: Voter-Registration Fraud in Virginia and Maryland
A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday.
“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections. (Source) and (Source)
June 27, 2014: Voter Fraud in Mississippi
The Chris McDaniel campaign identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots were cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted. The McDaniel campaign has already found 1,000 examples in one county of Democrats who voted in the June 3rd primary as Democrats and then crossed over into the Republican primary this week. This is illegal and their votes should not be counted.
Lindsay Krout, a volunteer working in Mississippi, was barred from reviewing voter rolls in Lafayette County Mississippi Friday morning. Lindsay said when she went to the Lafayette County courthouse this morning and was forced to wait for an hour. Then the county clerk told her the Secretary of State’s office said the county had to redact the Social Security number and addresses from the voter rolls. The clerk said it will take until Wednesday to redact the information. And, the county will charge McDaniel supporters for the extra work. (Source) and (Source) and (Source)
October 22, 2014: Election Fraud in Colorado
According to a Winston-Salem Journal report, the State Board of Elections discovered the potential illegal voters Tuesday night when the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles ran a search for DACA licenses. The 145 DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] recipients whose names appear on the SBOE’s voting rolls will be sent letters requesting documentation that they are citizens, the report noted.
DACA beneficiaries in North Carolina are able to obtain drivers licenses, but they are not able to vote.
The Journal notes that it is likely more ineligible people may still remain on the voting rolls. Nearly 10,000 names on the rolls are tagged by the DMV as "legally present," according to elections and transportation officials. But that doesn’t mean that all 10,000 are ineligible to vote at this time. These are license holders who were not U.S. citizens when they got a license. They may have been green-card holders, foreign workers or foreign students, for example. Most have become U.S. citizens since getting a license, according to an estimate by elections officials based on a sample of the overall list.
According to the report, earlier this month the SBOE officials did a sample cross-check of 1,600 of the 10,000 “legally present” names against a Department of Homeland Security database and found that 94 percent were U.S. citizens and eligible to vote. However, that still meant that six percent were ineligible, meaning if the ratio held for the whole 10,000, [six hundred] people would be ineligible. Mike Charbonneau, a DMV spokesman, told the Journal that it is now cross checking all the names.
"Nobody should be on the voter rolls if they are not eligible," said James Johnson, president of NC FIRE, an advocacy group based in Cumberland County that supports the enforcement of immigration laws at the state level. “One shouldn’t be there,” Johnson said. “That’s what we were afraid of when they started issuing DACA licenses.” In the U.S., more than 550,000 younger immigrants, raised mostly in the U.S. but who did not have authorization to be in the country, have qualified for DACA, according to August statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They paid a $465 fee to USCIS plus about $500 to $1,000 in attorney fees to apply for the program, which was implemented by President Barack Obama’s administration two years ago on Aug. 15, 2012....
“We want to know how such a large number of non-U.S. citizens were ever registered to vote in the first place,” Jay DeLancy, executive director of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, told Watchdog.org. “There is clearly a system failure here and we need the Board of Elections and the DMV to help the Legislature and the public understand where the problem lies.” (Source) and (Source)
October 22, 2014: Voter Registration Errors in New York
A single Bronx voter listed in official records as being 164 years old led Board of Elections officials to review their files — where they turned up another 849 New Yorkers who were supposedly alive when Abe Lincoln was president. The stunning discovery came after The Post reported last week that the birth date of Luz Pabellon, a spry 73-year-old who has been living and voting in The Bronx since the 1970s, was recorded as Jan. 1, 1850. This week, a search of the records in all five boroughs found 849 more voters with the same wacky birth date.
Board officials chalked up the implausible age snafu to previous practices that allowed residents not to provide their exact birthdays when registering to vote.
Some of the new voters — mostly women — simply wrote that they were “21+” — above the legal voting age.
There was a reason to be vague. Voter registration records are open to the public, so anyone with the inclination can discover the real age of anyone in the files. “It’s a leftover vestige from a bygone era,” explained Board of Elections executive director Mike Ryan. “They were all listed as age 164. This was no accident. It’s a little quirk in the system. It’s not widespread,” he added, noting there are more than 4 million registered voters. The board switched to computerized databases in 1999 and 2006.
To comply with state rules, election officials were required to write in a specific date of birth for all voters — or remove them from the rolls. Officials twice sent out notices imploring the 164-year-olds to provide their real birth dates. Most ignored the requests. (Source)
October 27, 2014: Study Reveals Significant Number of Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections
In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races. Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010. For the 2008 CCES, we also attempted to match respondents to voter files so that we could verify whether they actually voted. How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.
If you were a non-citizen who was unlawfully participating in the US electoral system, would you be willing to admit that fact in a phone conversation with a stranger? Me neither. Logic and human nature dictate that if anything, this report understates the prevalence of this form of voter fraud. Second, the researchers say that the numbers call into question the efficacy of voter ID laws, which are often touted by conservatives as a policy solution to safeguarding the integrity of elections. According to the data, nearly three out of four illegal voters in these surveys were asked for ID prior to casting ballots, then managed to do so anyway. A few points in response: (a) I think it's much more likely for someone to misremember whether they were asked for photo ID than the act of voting itself. (b) ID laws undoubtedly mitigate this problem to some degree if enforced seriously, and at a minimum serve as a deterrent for others.
These are complex problems that may require complex solutions; denying the problem isn't an option for anyone committed to fair and representative elections. The professors also say that the statistics strongly hint that many of those non-citizens who do vote aren't aware that they're breaking the law; they suggest emphasizing 'public information' as a remedy. The task of preventing ineligible and illegal ballots from being cast probably requires a combination of public warnings and education against unlawful voting, regular purging of ineligible people (deceased, felons, non-citizens, etc) from voter rolls, as well as voter ID laws. The Left opposes all of these steps as "voter suppression." (Source)
October 29, 2014: Voter Fraud in Illinois
A Chicago alderman may be in hot water after she offered people the chance to win prizes if they vote.
Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston has since pulled the post off her Facebook page, but not after it caught the attention of the Cook County State's Attorney.
FOX 32 News went to the Southside office of Hairston to see if they're really handing out prizes for voting.
The post on the alderman's Facebook page went up Monday telling residents they could win raffle prizes if they go to the polls.
Hairston's instructions: “Vote--you're eligible no matter the candidate, then put their name and contact information on the back of their voter receipt.... And stop by the Fifth Ward office and drop it off.”
Among the raffle prizes were gift cards from area businesses, including Walgreens, Potbelly's and Starbucks. Plus, $100 visa gift cards.
FOX 32 showed the Facebook post to election attorney Burt Odelson.
"[This is] not okay. Not legal. It violates Article 29-1 of the election code," Odelson said.
Article 29-1 bans the practice of vote-buying, and carries a class four felony.
"That section is very specific that you cannot offer anything, money or anything of value, to entice someone to vote one way or another, or just to vote," Odelson added.
FOX 32 News caught up with the Alderman at City Hall on a break from budget hearings.
FOX 32's Dane Placko: "You offered gift cards for people who came in with a voting slip."
Ald. Leslie Hairston: "Well, that is not exactly it."
Dane: "How am I wrong?"
Hairston: "The post is now gone."
Dane: "Well the post was up for some time."
Hairston: "And now it's gone."
Indeed, the raffle post had disappeared from Hairston's Facebook page by early afternoon.
Dane: "Do you understand why people became alarmed about this?"
Hairston: "When we found out we took it down."
Later, Hairston issued the following statement:
"...my only intent was to encourage people to exercise their right to vote... There was no subterfuge involved at any time. It may not have been well thought out, but it was well intentioned."
"It is a throwback to the old hinky dink days to tell you the truth when it was commonplace to buy a person's vote. When it was a big joke. But this is Chicago," Odelson said.
A spokesperson for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez told FOX 32 News their election fraud unit was made aware of the post and has opened an investigation. (Source)
October 30, 2014: Voter Fraud in Maryland (Massive Voting by Non-Citizens)
An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.
The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.
It is a federal crime to cast votes if you are not legally eligible to vote. Non-citizens, whether in the country legally or not, are prohibited from voting in most local and all state and federal elections. Yet the VVA investigation found that hundreds of non-citizens have been voting in Frederick County, Maryland. One in seven Maryland residents are non-U.S. citizens.
“The lawsuit is the equivalent of the lookout spotting the iceberg ahead of the Titanic,” state Del. Pat McDonough told the Tatler. He added that the group’s investigation found a voter fraud “smoking gun.”
Maryland state law makes it easier for non-citizens, both those present legally and those in the country against the law, to vote. Maryland issues drivers licenses to legal and illegal aliens. Driver’s licenses in turn make it easier under the Motor Voter law to register to vote. Maryland also offers copious taxpayer-funded social programs to non-citizens in the state.
The group filed suit in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court on Friday. They are suing the Frederick County Board of Elections and the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Del. Pat McDonough (R-Baltimore and Harford Counties) detailed the alleged fraud in a Maryland press conference today. He is calling for a special state prosecutor because the fraud may be taking place statewide, with significant impact on Maryland elections. Maryland currently holds 10 electoral votes in presidential elections. McDonough is also proposing legislation including voter ID to close the loopholes that he says non-citizens are using to cast votes.
In a statement, Del. McDonough says: "There are frequent allegations in America and Maryland about the existence of voter fraud. In the case I am presenting today, there is documentation and a track record. The numbers and facts from the records in Frederick County are the tip of the iceberg. When these numbers are multiplied by including the other subdivisions in Maryland, the potential number is alarming and could change the outcome of a close statewide election." (Source)
October 30, 2014: Voter Fraud in North Carolina
A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken’s 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.
North Carolina features one of the closest Senate races in the country this year, between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. So what guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe, the man who has uncovered voter irregularities in states ranging from Colorado to New Hampshire, has learned in North Carolina is disturbing. This month, North Carolina officials found at least 145 illegal aliens, still in the country thanks to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, registered to vote. Hundreds of other non-citizens may be on the rolls.
A voter-registration card is routinely issued without any identification check, and undocumented workers can use it for many purposes, including obtaining a driver’s license and qualifying for a job. And if a non-citizen has a voter-registration card, there are plenty of campaign operatives who will encourage him or her to vote illegally.
O’Keefe had a Brazilian-born immigrant investigator pose as someone who wanted to vote but was not a citizen. Greg Amick, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), was only too happy to help.
Greg Amick: Here’s a couple of things you can do. You do not have to have your driver’s license, but do you have any sort of identification?
Project Veritas investigator: But I do have my driver’s license.
Amick: Oh, you do. Show ’em that and you’re good.
PV: But the only problem, you know, I don’t want to vote if I’m not legal. I think that’s going to be a problem. I’m not sure.
Amick: It won’t be, it shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Amick: As long as you are registered to vote, you’ll be fine.
But North Carolina officials shouldn’t be “fine” with Amick, who appears to be afoul of a state law making it a felony “for any person, knowing that a person is not a citizen of the United States, to instruct or coerce that person to register to vote or to vote.” (Source) and (Video Source)
December 2, 2014: Senator Mary Landrieu's Chief of Staff Encourages Voter Fraud
A Louisiana mayor whose son is Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's chief of staff told voters at a private event to vote twice, speaking to a partisan crowd 24 hours before Election Day last month. Video of Opelousas, Louisiana Mayor Don Cravins Sr.'s Nov. 3 remarks show him telling a crowd in his home town that "if you 'early voted,' go vote again tomorrow. One more time’s not going to hurt." Louisianans, like Americans in many states, had the option of either voting 'early' or showing up on Election Day. Taking advantage of both options would be a crime.
And for voters worried about criminal fraud charges, Cravins said he had an insurance policy – the re-election of a Democratic district attorney. "Tomorrow we’re gonna elect Earl Taylor as the D.A. so he won’t prosecute you if you vote twice," Cravins said.
Taylor won a fourth term on Nov. 4.
Cravins' remarks were met first by laughs and then by wild cheers as he told the crowd to 'vote number 99' – Mary Landrieu's ballot-line number. (Source)
July 14, 2015: Don’t Think Voter Fraud Happens? Here Are 5 Cases From 2015 That Will Make You Think Again
Despite being only six months into 2015, there have already been a slew of sometimes bizarre stories about voter fraud across the country. They show just how far some people will go to cheat the system. Here are a few of the most outlandish stories:
1. Madison County, Ga.
Mohammad Shafiq of Madison County, Georgia, was none too happy with Madison County sheriff candidate Clayton Lowe.
So Shafiq started campaigning for the other candidate by submitting fraudulent voter registration cards supposedly for new voters, apparently intending to eventually vote under those registrations.
When the fraud was detected, he coerced a couple to sign affidavits falsely saying they had registered themselves.
He was charged with two counts of voter identification fraud, two counts of perjury, and three counts of tampering with evidence.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation and a fine of $6,750.
2. Magoffin County, Ky.
During the November 2014 election for county judge-executive, Larry Perkins of Magoffin County, Kentucky, saw fellow resident Simon Marshall with a crisp, new $50 bill.
When Perkins asked Marshall—who had limited intellectual ability—where the money came from, Marshall replied, “It is Election Day.”
A judge threw out the results of the election, which was decided by only 28 votes, citing evidence that “people sold their votes” as well as numerous other violations of election rules, including a lack of required information on applications for absentee ballots, precinct officers failing to document how they identified voters and improperly helping people vote, and residents casting early ballots when there was no Republican election commissioner present as required.
The judge ruled the election was the result of fraud and bribery.
3. Turkey Creek, La.
In a close election, Mayor Heather Cloud of Turkey Creek, Louisiana, was voted out of office by a margin of only four votes.
It was later revealed, however, that a campaign employee working for challenger Bert Campbell had paid $15 each to four mentally impaired individuals in exchange for their promise to vote for Campbell.
Following Cloud’s challenge to the results of the election, a Louisiana Court of Appeals ordered the four votes struck and a new election held.
In the aftermath, Cloud won the election and the campaign employee pleaded guilty to illegal electioneering.
The guilty plea carried with it a six month suspended jail sentence, 18 months probation, $500 fine, and $2,000 in restitution to Mayor Cloud.
4. Fort Worth, Texas
Hazel Woodard, a Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate in Fort Worth, Texas, was concerned that her husband would not make it to the polls to vote for her.
So, she simply had her teenage son vote in his place in an election in 2011 before the state’s new voter ID law was in place.
The impersonation at the poll went unnoticed until the husband showed up at the same polling place later that day and tried to cast a second ballot in his name.
Hazel recently pleaded guilty to impersonation fraud at the polls, and was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication probation.
5. Perth Amboy, N.J.
A lot of elections between candidates are close—but New Jersey politician Fernando Gonzales won his seat on the Perth Amboy City Council by only 10 votes.
A judge found that his wife, Democratic Chairwoman Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez, took advantage of nursing home residents, including a blind man, a resident who could not remember her address or voting, and others who testified Dominguez-Rodrigues coerced them into voting for her husband.
A Superior Court judge overturned the election results and ordered a new election be held.
Sandoval County, N.M.
One prosecution resulted from a voter trying to show how easy it is to commit voter fraud.
To prove his point, Eugene Victor of Sandoval County, New Mexico, voted twice. Victor first voted at the polls under his own name, and then waited until the next day to do the same thing under his son’s name.
After getting away with impersonation fraud without being detected, he turned himself into the authorities.
Victor pleaded no contest to the felony charge of false voting, and is currently serving 18 months probation.
September 2, 2015: Eight Texas Counties List More Voters Than Residents
No law prevents localities from having more registered voters than voting-age residents, and eight Texas counties do. Now a vote-watch group accuses the counties of violating the National Voting Rights Act by failing to purge dead and ineligible voters. “We are deeply concerned (that) voter rolls contain substantial numbers of ineligible voters,” True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht stated in a letter to the eight Texas counties.
The counties — Loving, Brooks, McMullen, Roberts, Irion, Jim Hogg, Culberson and Polk — list a combined 52,298 registered voters. But the latest U.S. Census data show only 49,457 voting-age residents in those counties.
County officials told Watchdog.org they are reviewing their voter lists in response to TTV’s threat of legal action.... TTV spokesman Logan Churchwell said some of the bloating of voter rolls could be due to simple clerical errors. “Duplicate registrations occur when there are slight differences in names — such as ‘McDougle’ versus ‘Mc Dougle,’” he noted. (Source)
September 3, 2015: Guilty Verdict in Alabama Vote Fraud Case
A Houston County jury found Olivia Reynolds guilty Wednesday afternoon for her role in a voter fraud case.
Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith said the jury found 66-year-old Olivia Reynolds guilty of 24 felony counts of absentee ballot fraud. Smith said the jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning with the guilty verdicts.
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Reynolds in May 2014. She was one of three women charged who worked on the 2013 campaign for District 2 City Commissioner Amos Newsome.
In the August election, Newsome beat challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes. Newsome received 119 of the 124 absentee votes that were cast. Danzey received more votes than Newsome at the polls.
Reynolds is the third suspect in the election fraud investigation to go to trial.
Smith argued to jurors during his closing Wednesday morning that investigators with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office found evidence of widespread voter fraud during the District 2 race for the City of Dothan election in the summer of 2013.
Smith said some of the voters testified at trial how they never wanted to vote for Newsome yet their ballot was cast for Newsome anyway.
“This case is about the sanctity of the ballot,” Smith said. (Source)
May 23, 2016: Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast from Grave Year After Year in Southern California
A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County... CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters. Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone. The numbers come from state records that show votes were cast in that person’s name after they died. In some cases, Goldstein discovered that they voted year after year. Across all counties, Goldstein uncovered 32 dead voters who cast ballots in eight elections apiece, including a woman who died in 1988. Records show she somehow voted in 2014, 26 years after she passed away. It remains unclear how the dead voters voted but 86 were registered Republicans, 146 were Democrats ... (Source)
September 15, 2016: State Police Investigating Voter Registration Fraud
The Indiana State Police are investigating what they say are fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks counties.
The forms are among more than 28,000 submitted to county registration offices by a little-known group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project.
"We have determined at least 10 voter registration forms are confirmed to have fraudulent information," said Dave Bursten, a State Police spokesman...
Shortly after IndyStar reported Thursday on the suspicious registrations, employees arriving for work at the group's Meridian Street office were told it was abruptly closing for the day.
A worker standing outside the office said employees had been sent home and declined to give further information.
Another worker speaking with an IndyStar reporter was cut off by a woman who told him he wasn’t authorized to talk with press. She told the remaining workers “we have a canceled shift for the day.” (Source)
September 24, 2016: Dead People Voting in Colorado
Local officials in Colorado acknowledged "very serious" voter fraud after learning of votes cast in multiple elections under the named of recently-deceased residents.
A local media outlet uncovered the fraud by comparing voting history databases in the state with federal government death records. "Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast," El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman told CBS4 while discussing what he called a "very serious" pattern of people mailing in ballots on behalf of the dead.
It's not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it "found multiple cases" of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations...
El Paso County officials found 78 deceased people on their voter rolls after the CBS4 report was published, according to the Post, but they have previously removed 448 people from the registered voter list since 2012. (Source)
September 29, 2016: FBI Investigating More Dead People Voting In The Key Swing State Of Virginia
- Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate
- More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters
- Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state
Arcan Cetin, the 20 year old Turkish citizen who recently killed 5 people at the Cascade Mall in Washington, somehow managed to vote in the past 3 election cycles despite not being a U.S. citizen. When asked about the news, Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, simply said "we don’t have a provision in state law that allows either county elections officials or the Secretary of State's office to verify someone’s citizenship."
The FBI is investigating how exactly 19 dead people were recently re-registered to vote in the critical swing state of Virginia. A few months ago Virginia Governor, and long-time Clinton confidant, Terry McAuliffe's willingness to go to great lengths to hand his state's 13 electoral votes to Hillary by registering 200,000 felons to vote. (Source)
October 3, 2016: Voter Fraud: It’s Here, It’s Happening, It’s Easy
More than 1,000 non-citizens registered to vote in Virginia during the 2008 and 2012 elections, according to a watchdog group...
Only three states ask for citizenship proof at registration: Alabama, Kansas, and Georgia. Only Kansas was enforcing the law, until it was blocked temporarily by a federal judge in mid-September...
In the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, the FBI and local officials are investigating the registration of 20 people who had died...
1,046 cases of non-citizens registering in eight Virginia localities were uncovered. About 200 voted. Before the phony voters were uncovered by election officials, most of the fraud occurred in the 2012 election. The second-highest instance of such fraud happened in 2008. Both times, President Obama won Virginia — a key swing state. (Source)
October 5, 2016: Illegal Voters Uncovered in Philly Are ‘Tip of the Iceberg’
At least 86 non-citizens have been registered voters in Philadelphia since 2013, and almost half — 40 — even voted in at least one recent election, according to a legal group that sued to get voter registration records...
Philadelphia makes no effort to proactively remove non-citizens or incarcerated felons, who also are ineligible to vote under Pennsylvania law. Philadelphia becomes the latest jurisdiction that the Public Interest Legal Foundation has revealed to have irregularities in the voter rolls. The group recently found 1,046 non-citizens who had been registered to vote in eight Virginia counties and that nearly 200 cast ballots between 2005 and 2015.
Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney with the Public Interest Legal Foundation said the legal foundation encountered indifference and outright hostility when lawyers began seeking information. The group made a request under the Help America Vote Act in January. After the city ignored the request, the firm sued. The information that the city ultimately provided shows that:
- The city canceled 23 registered voters in 2015. Of that group, seven voted in past elections, and three had been registered for more than a decade.
- The city canceled 30 registered voters in 2014. Of that group, 18 had voted in past elections, and eight had been registered for at least a decade.
- The city canceled 33 registered voters in 2013. Of that group, 15 had voted in past elections, and six had been registered for at least a decade.
According to the report, 59 of the ineligible voters were Democrats, six were Republicans, and 21 were members of minor parties or unaffiliated.
In the rare instances in which people are found to have illegally voted, prosecutions are rare. Vanderhulst said he is not aware of a single instance in which Philadelphia elections officials referred a case for prosecution. (Source)
October 6: State Police Raid Indy Office in Growing Voter Fraud Case
Indiana State Police investigators on Tuesday searched a voter registration agency on Indianapolis' north side as they look into a voter fraud case that spans nine counties...
Police said the growing number of involved counties leads investigators to believe that the number of fraudulent records might be in the hundreds. The possible fraudulent information is a combination of fake names, addresses and dates of birth with real information. (Source)
October 7, 2016: When Election Officials Ignore Voter Fraud, We Need More Oversight
According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, one out of eight American voter registrations is inaccurate, out-of-date, or a duplicate. Some 2.8 million people are registered in two or more states, and 1.8 million registered voters are dead.
Even though that’s a rich vein of potential mischief for fraudsters, the Obama administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit in eight years demanding that counties clean up their voter rolls, as they are required to do by the federal “motor voter” law. I’ve spoken to three Justice Department lawyers who attended a meeting on Nov. 30, 2009, in which they claim then-deputy assistant attorney general Julie Fernandez said the DOJ would not be enforcing that provision of the motor voter law because it ran counter to the law’s overall goal of “increasing turnout.”
J. Christian Adams, who previously worked in the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Section and attended the 2009 Fernandez meeting, now heads the Public Interest Law Foundation. He has forced several counties in states such as Mississippi and Texas to clean up their voter rolls. But in many other states, his efforts have run into outright obstructionism. He was able to get voter-registration records from eight of Virginia’s 133 cities and counties, and found 1046 illegal aliens who were illegally registered to vote. In the decade between 2005 and 2015, a number of those aliens had voted some 300 times. Their presence on the voter rolls was only discovered if, in renewing their driver’s licenses, they corrected their past false claims of citizenship.
Adams’s group also discovered systemic problems in Philadelphia, where 86 illegal aliens had their voter registrations canceled from 2013 to 2015, 40 of whom had voted in at least one election. Philadelphia’s voter rolls are so sloppily managed, according to the group’s report, that it’s hard for undocumented immigrants to have their names removed even when they ask, and officials make no attempt to ensure voters who are incarcerated for felonies get removed from the voter rolls.
Asked how ineligible voters could be registered in Philadelphia, a city elections official, who won’t identify himself, says, “I have no idea what they’re talking about. No, there aren’t,” before abruptly hanging up the phone.
Sometimes the reaction of city officials to revelations that they are presiding over a flawed system can become an effort to silence critics. In 2013, New York City’s Department of Investigations dispatched undercover agents to 63 polling places. The agents assumed the names of people who had died, moved out of town, or were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, they were allowed to vote, because no photo ID was required.
The DOI published a searing 70-page report accusing the city’s Board of Elections of incompetence, waste, nepotism, and lax protocols. But far from launching an internal probe, the Board approved a bipartisan resolution referring DOI investigators for prosecution. It also asked the state’s attorney general to determine whether DOI had violated the civil rights of voters who had moved or are felons, and it sent a letter of complaint to Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Source
October 13, 2016: Voter Fraud Is Real. Here’s The Proof
In Colorado, multiple instances were found of dead people attempting to vote. Stunningly, “a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.” In Virginia, it was found that nearly 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.
In Texas, authorities are investigating criminals who are using the technique of “vote harvesting” to illegally procure votes for their candidates. “Harvesting” is the practice of illegally obtaining the signatures of valid voters in order to vote in their name without their consent for the candidate(s) the criminal supports. (Source)
October 17, 2016: No, Voter Fraud Isn’t a Myth: 10 Cases Where It’s All Too Real
1. Dead people voting in Colorado.
A CBS affiliate’s evidence of voter fraud in Colorado in September sparked an immediate investigation by Secretary of State Wayne Williams. A report in Denver exposed multiple incidents in recent years where dead Coloradans were still voting. A dead World War II veteran named John Grosso voted in a 2006 primary election, and a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Mrs. Sosa’s husband Miguel died in 2008, but a vote was cast in his name one year later.
2. Illegals found voting in Virginia; only discovered after they self-reported.
A study by the watchdog Public Interest Legal Foundation found in just eight Virginia counties, 1,046 alien non-citizens successfully registered to vote. These aliens were only accidentally caught because when they renewed their driver’s license and self-reported, telling authorities they were a non-citizen. This study doesn’t even include the metropolises of Fairfax County and Arlington. Moreover, the FBI opened an investigation in the state after 20 dead people turned in applications to vote.
3. Some Pennsylvania citizens voting twice.
Last year, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state admitted data showed more than 700 Pennsylvania voters might have cast two ballots in recent elections, yet said she’s powerless to investigate or prosecute double voters.
Nearly 43,000 voters in Pennsylvania had potentially duplicate registrations in either Pennsylvania or other states, data researcher Voter Registration Data Crosscheck found.
4. Illegal voters uncovered in Philadelphia; half had previously voted.
At least 86 non-citizens have been registered voters in Philadelphia since 2013, and almost half of them have cast a ballot in a recent election, watchdog Public Interest Legal Foundation noted this month. The number was only turned up after officials received specific requests from the voters themselves to remove their names from the rolls.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Joseph Vanderhulst, the watchdog’s attorney, told LifeZette on Oct. 5. “Who knows how many are on and don’t ask to be taken off?”
5. Voter rigging triggers probe in Texas.
This week, allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant County, Texas, prompted a state investigation. The suit focuses on mail-in ballots, which allows for people to vote from their homes without any ID or verification of identity. There’s concern of so-called “vote-harvesting” were political operatives fill out and return other people’s ballots, without their consent.
6. Indiana voter fraud investigation grows to 56 counties.
According to a local NBC report, Indiana State Police are in the midst of a statewide investigation into possible voter registration fraud.
“Police believe there could be hundreds of fraudulent voter registration records with different combinations of made up names and addresses with people’s real information,” NBC 12 reported.
7. Three under investigation in Oklahoma for voting twice in the presidential primary.
An investigation is underway into three Comanche County, Oklahoma, residents who voted twice in last week’s Presidential Preferential Primary, according to the local ABC 7 News station, KSWO.
“All three submitted absentee ballots before showing up to their polling place on March 1 and voted again in person,” the report said. “The Comanche County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case and will interview all three of them before handing the case over to the district attorney.”
8. Election fraud in Kentucky.
A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Pike County man in June on multiple felony counts of election fraud in connection with last month’s statewide primary.
Keith Justice, 50, has been charged with four counts of intimidating an election officer and one count of interfering with an election officer in Pike County.
9. Underage voters found voting in Wisconsin’s presidential primary.
Brown County election officials in April found six cases where underage voters cast a ballot in the state’s presidential primary. County Clerk Sandy Juno told a local reporter that six 17-year-old students registered and voted. Despite five of the students presenting a valid ID, poll workers never looked at the date of birth on them or on the registration forms they filled out, Ms. Juno told local news website wearegreenbay.com. In one case, the student used a report card as identification.
10. Voter registration cards sent to illegals in Pennsylvania.
In September, the secretary of state’s office in Pennsylvania mailed about 2.5 million voter registration postcards to people who are not registered voters, but are licensed drivers. Secretary of State Pedro Cortes admitted to the House of Representatives that seven people had reported that they received voter registration cards in error, self-reporting.
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican who chairs the State Government Committee, said in September testimony that there’s several problem’s with the state’s voter registration system.
“There’s certainly the potential for hundreds, if not thousands, of foreigners here legally and illegally to be on our voter rolls, and a certain percentage who are casting ballots,” Mr. Metchalfe told LifeZette. “We’ve got a lot of integrity issues that need to be addressed.” (Source)
October 18, 2016: Top Indiana Election Official Alleges More Voter Fraud
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump repeats his message that the general election process is "rigged," the top election official in the home state of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said she has found thousands more incidents of what she characterized as potential "voter fraud."
Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said her office has found voter registration forms containing first names and birth dates different from what voters provided. She said she has handed those altered records over to the Indiana State Police for review.
Lawson said the discrepancies were discovered when voters checked online with the Statewide Voter Registration System to see whether they were registered and could not gain access because their names or birth dates had been changed.
“These records were changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online,” Lawson said in a news release.
Logging in to make registration changes requires only a voter’s driver’s license number. That information is contained in a copy of every county’s voter database, a public record already in the hands of political parties, campaigns, the media and others, Bangert reported. (Source)
October 18, 2016: "We Now Have 4 Million Ineligible and Dead Voters on American Voter Rolls" (Video)
Elections expert J. Christian Adams told FOX and Friends on Tuesday morning there are 4 million dead people on US voter rolls.
Adams, who was the Voting Section Attorney at the US Department of Justice, filed six suits in the past year against Philadelphia and Broward County, Florida where the voter rolls are corrupted.
Adams said he had one case in Texas where the person died in 1944.
Far left groups continually sue to keep the voter rolls the way they are. The Obama administration has no desire to clean up these voter rolls.
J. Christian Adams: Dead people are voting and it’s something this administration does not want to do anything about. They must like it. They must like who they are voting for… Now we have four million, four million Steve, ineligible and dead voters on American voter rolls according to the Pew Charitable Trust. (Source)
November 3, 2016: California man finds dozens of ballots stacked outside home
Jerry Mosna was gardening outside his San Pedro, Calif., home Saturday when he noticed something odd: Two stacks of 2016 ballots on his mailbox.
The 83 ballots, each unused, were addressed to different people, all supposedly living in his elderly neighbor’s two-bedroom apartment.
“I think this is spooky,” Mosna said. “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.”
His wife, Madalena Mosna, noted their 89-year-old neighbor lives by herself, and, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”
They took the ballots to the Los Angeles Police Department, but were directed to the post office. They felt little comfort there would be an investigation, and called another neighbor, John Cracchiolo – who contacted the Los Angeles County Registrar's office.
A spokeswoman for the Registrar said the office will investigate. Both Cracchiolo and Jerry Mosna told FoxNews.com they think they stumbled upon a case of fraud.
“Yes, there is voter fraud. We saw it with our own eyes,” Cracchiolo said. (Source)
January 25, 2017: 42 reports of voter fraud in Tennessee in 2016
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett confirmed Tuesday there were more than three dozen reported instances of potential voter fraud in the three major 2016 elections, but said he remains confident in the integrity of the current voting system.
Hargett said on Wednesday there were 42 reports counted after the November election of voter fraud over the entire year, including convicted felons casting ballots, reports of double voting and "registration concerns," he said in a statement.
A breakdown of the 42 reports provided by Hargett's office shows the following, which were collected over all of 2016, which includes the March SEC primary, August state office elections and the November general:
- 18 instances of felons voting
- 9 instances of double voting
- 9 instances of residential issues
- 2 instances of fraudulent voter registration
- 2 instances of voters who are currently under investigation
- 1 instance of fraudulent absentee voting
- 1 instance of non-citizens voting (Source)
January 26, 2017: Survey Shows Likelihood That 38,000 to 2.8 Million Non-Citizens Voted in 2016 Elections
Hillary Clinton garnered more than 800,000 votes from noncitizens on Nov. 8, an approximation far short of President Trump’s estimate of up to 5 million illegal voters but supportive of his charges of fraud.
Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting, and this week he posted a blog in response to Mr. Trump’s assertion.
Based on national polling by a consortium of universities, a report by Mr. Richman said 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. He extrapolated that that percentage would have added 834,381 net votes for Mrs. Clinton, who received about 2.8 million more votes than Mr. Trump.
Mr. Richman calculated that Mrs. Clinton would have collected 81 percent of noncitizen votes. “Is it plausible that non-citizen votes added to Clinton’s margin? Yes,” Mr. Richman wrote. “Is it plausible that non-citizen votes account for the entire nation-wide popular vote margin held by Clinton? Not at all.”
Still, the finding is significant because it means noncitizens may have helped Mrs. Clinton carry a state or finish better than she otherwise would have.
Mr. Trump’s unverified accusation to congressional leaders this week, as reported by The Washington Post, has sent the issue skyward.
He apparently was referring to all types of fraud, such as the “dead” voting or multiple votes from the same person. But the thrust of his estimate appears to be that illegal immigrants and noncitizens carried the popular vote....
In the absence of detailed accounting, the only scientific way to make an estimate is by post-vote polling.
Mr. Richman relies on a one-of-a-kind poll: the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey. Every two years, a consortium of 28 universities produces a detailed report on voters and their views based on polling by YouGov.
Tucked inside the lengthy questionnaire is a question on citizenship status: A significant number of respondents anonymously acknowledged they were not citizens when they voted.
Three professors at Old Dominion University — Mr. Richman, Gulshan A. Chattha and David C. Earnest — took these answers, did further research and extrapolated that of a 19.4 million estimate of adult noncitizens, about 620,000 were illegally registered to vote in the 2008 presidential election.
Using other measuring tools, they said, the actual number of noncitizen voters could be as low as 38,000 and as high as 2.8 million.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2012 that there are 22 million noncitizens in the country. The group comprises illegal immigrants and people in the U.S. legally on a visa or permanent resident green card. Of this 22 million, 20 million were 18 or older, the U.S. voting age requirement. (Source)
February 11, 2017: Mexican woman in Texas sentenced to 8 years in prison for voter fraud
A Mexican citizen living in Texas was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014.
Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times between 2012 and 2014.
A jury sentenced her Thursday to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The Dallas News reported Ortega voted in the November 2012 election and May 2014 GOP primary runoff in Dallas County.
According to Fox 4 News, Ortega’s identity came into question after she tried to register to vote twice in Tarrant County. Both applications were denied.
She had voted in five elections in Dallas before her registration was canceled in April 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton – for whom Ortega voted in 2014 – assisted in the prosecution. (Source)
February 28, 2017: Ohio Official Finds 82 Noncitizens Had Cast Votes Illegally
Secretary of State Jon Husted on Monday said his latest review of Ohio’s voter registration rolls uncovered 385 more noncitizens, 82 of whom have apparently cast illegal ballots.
Mr. Husted plans to refer the 82 who voted to county prosecutors for possible felony prosecution, but will give the other 303 the opportunity to voluntarily remove themselves from the voter rolls.
Since Mr. Husted began these reviews of the registration rolls four years ago, he has discovered a total of 821 citizenship discrepancies, including 126 noncitizens who allegedly voted illegally and were referred for possible prosecution. (Source)
May 18, 2017: Voter Fraud in Texas
What is being described as one of the biggest voter fraud investigations in Texas history is currently unfolding in Dallas. For the past couple of months prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office have been looking into allegations of voter fraud. Their investigation accelerated last week when more criminal and voter fraud allegations stemming from the May 6 election emerged. The D.A.'s office last week filed a notice of investigation of criminal conduct which reads in part: "The Dallas County Elections Department has in excess of 700 'Mail-In Ballots' that are directly linked to applications assisted by 'Jose Rodriguez,' or are suspicious in nature. Workers say the volume of complaints about questionable mail-in ballots has been “off the charts.”
“It’s totally frustrating,” said Dr. Pat Stephens of West Dallas. “You know, we all feel violated.” Stephens is speaking out. She is still bothered about her signature being forged on an mail-in ballot application. She's among the 60 to 90 Dallas residents who investigators say have come forward over the past month, saying they received mail-in ballots which they did not request.... "There have been persistent rumors of voter fraud and messing around with mail-in ballots for years. But to the extent that I’ve been involved in Dallas County, this is off the charts," Assistant District Attorney Andy Chatham said.
Dallas County prosecutors have been trying to discover the identity of the man who signed perhaps hundreds of the mail-in ballots, the mysterious “Jose Rodriguez.” Now a whistleblower has come forward, saying he knows who the culprit is. Before the election, Sidney Williams, 33, made secret audio recordings of his interactions with Jose Barrientos, a campaign worker who suggested on tape that he pay off someone inside the county elections office to find out when mail-in ballots get sent out. "He's not supposed to but yeah," Barrientos told Williams. "But then you've got to drop a hundred or two or three. Whatever it is. He can't do it for free." Barrientos also suggested in a phone call with Williams that he was the mysterious Jose Rodriguez, admitting that the signatures on the absentee ballots look just like his own. "You're talking to the master, bro," he boasted.
Williams shared the tape with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and WFAA ABC. According to his Facebook page, Williams also had an interview with the FBI. Barrientos back-pedaled furiously when asked for comment: "I don't do that stuff. I know that looks bad, me and Sidney talking s*** or trash. That looks bad. And I know it does, but that's just talk,” he told WFAA. (Source)
May 30, 2017: More than 5,500 illegals registered to vote in Virginia in last decade; 1,852 actually cast ballots
... Ms. Erickson was one of more than 5,500 noncitizens who were registered to vote in Virginia this decade, and were only bumped from the rolls after they admitted to being ineligible. Some 1,852 of them even managed to cast ballots that were likely illegal, though undetected, the PILF, a conservative voter integrity group, said in its report.
Just as troubling, the PILF said, was Virginia’s efforts to try to hide the information from the public — a problem foundation President J. Christian Adams said began at the very top, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
“At the instruction of Governor McAuliffe’s political appointees, local election officials spent countless resources to prevent this information from spilling into the open,” Mr. Adams said in a statement releasing the report. “From NoVa to Norfolk and all urban and rural points in between, alien voters are casting ballots with practically no legal consequences in response.” ...
The most ineligible voters counted in any year in Virginia by the PILF were 1,065 votes cast during the 2008 presidential election year.
No academic analysis has documented that large a problem — though voting integrity advocates say that’s partly because nobody is looking very hard.
The new PILF report is meant to put some numbers behind the scope of fraud. (Source)
June 22, 2017: Millions of Non-Citizens May Have Voted in 2012
Voter fraud and immigration are the third rails of Democrat politics. You can touch anything, but not those. We have a pretty good idea about the latter, but the effect of the former on our politics remains a mystery. Our system of elections is filled with irregularities. Fraud is routine, especially in political machines, and comes in many forms. There is little in the way of real enforcement.
So we're in a political twilight zone and we can only grope about for the truth:
As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.
Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are noncitizens and are thus ineligible to vote...
For 2012, Just Facts said, 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted.
Mr. Agresti lays out his reasoning in a series of complicated calculations, which he compares to U.S. Census Bureau figures for noncitizen residents. Polls show noncitizens vote overwhelmingly Democratic. (Source)
June 22, 2017: Study Supports Trump: 5.7 Million Noncitizens May Have Cast Illegal Votes
A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.
As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.
The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.
Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are noncitizens and are thus ineligible to vote.
Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem nonexistent.
In one camp, there are groundbreaking studies by professors at Old Dominion University in Virginia who attempted to compile scientifically derived illegal voting numbers using the Harvard data, called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
On the other side are the professors who conducted the study and contended that “zero” noncitizens of about 18 million adults in the U.S. voted. The liberal mainstream media adopted this position and proclaimed the Old Dominion work was “debunked.”
The ODU professors, who stand by their work in the face of attacks from the left, concluded that in 2008 as few as 38,000 and as many as 2.8 million noncitizens voted.
Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on much higher numbers. He estimated that as many as 7.9 million noncitizens were illegally registered that year and 594,000 to 5.7 million voted.
These numbers are more in line with the unverified estimates given by President Trump, who said the number of ballots cast by noncitizens was the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Last month, the president signed an executive order setting up a commission to try to find on-the-ground truth in illegal voting. Headed by Vice President Mike Pence, the panel also will look at outdated voter lists across the nation with names of dead people and multiple registrants.
For 2012, Just Facts said, 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote, and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted.
Mr. Agresti lays out his reasoning in a series of complicated calculations, which he compares to U.S. Census Bureau figures for noncitizen residents. Polls show noncitizens vote overwhelmingly Democratic.
“The details are technical, but the figure I calculated is based on a more conservative margin of sampling error and a methodology that I consider to be more accurate,” Mr. Agresti told The Washington Times.
He believes the Harvard/YouGov researchers based their “zero” claim on two flawed assumptions. First, they assumed that people who said they voted and identified a candidate did not vote unless their names showed up in a database.
“This is illogical, because such databases are unlikely to verify voters who use fraudulent identities, and millions of noncitizens use them,” Mr. Agresti said.
He cites government audits that show large numbers of noncitizens use false IDs and Social Security numbers in order to function in the U.S., which could include voting.
Second, Harvard assumed that respondent citizens sometimes misidentified themselves as noncitizens but also concluded that noncitizens never misidentified themselves as citizens, Mr. Agresti said.
“This is irrational, because illegal immigrants often claim they are citizens in order to conceal the fact that they are in the U.S. illegally,” he said.
Some of the polled noncitizens denied they were registered to vote when publicly available databases show that they were, he said.
This conclusion, he said, is backed by the Harvard/YouGov study’s findings of consumer and vote data matches for 90 percent of participants but only 41 percent of noncitizen respondents.
As to why his numbers are higher than the besieged ODU professors’ study, Mr. Agresti said: “I calculated the margin of sampling error in a more cautious way to ensure greater confidence in the results, and I used a slightly different methodology that I think is more accurate.”
There is hard evidence outside of polling that noncitizens do vote. Conservative activists have conducted limited investigations in Maryland and Virginia that found thousands of aliens were registered.
These inquiries, such as comparing noncitizen jury pool rejections to voter rolls, captured just a snapshot. But conservatives say they show there is a much broader problem that a comprehensive probe by the Pence commission could uncover.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which fights voter fraud, released one of its most comprehensive reports last month.
Its investigation found that Virginia removed more than 5,500 noncitizens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who had cast more than 7,000 ballots. The people volunteered their status, most likely when acquiring driver’s licenses. The Public Interest Legal Foundation said there are likely many more illegal voters on Virginia’s rolls who have never admitted to being noncitizens. (Source)
September 7, 2017: More than 5,000 out-of-state voters may have tipped New Hampshire against Trump
More than 6,500 people registered to vote in New Hampshire on Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, and since then the vast majority have neither obtained an in-state license nor registered a motor vehicle.
Since Election Day, Republicans have charged that a significant number of nonresident Democrats, principally from Massachusetts, flowed into New Hampshire to vote illegally, tilting a close race to their party.
“Having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious. This morning, on this show, is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence,” White House policy adviser Stephen Miller told ABC News in February.
Though Mr. Jasper’s findings don’t prove those accusations, they do corroborate them. The numbers read this way:
⦁ 6,540 people registered and voted on Nov. 8, based on presenting out-of-state licenses.
⦁ As of Aug. 30, about 15 percent (1,014 of the voters) had been issued New Hampshire driver’s licenses.
⦁ Οf the remaining 5,526, barely more than 200 (3.3 percent) had registered a motor vehicle in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire law gives drivers 60 days upon establishing residence to obtain a state license.
But more than 80 percent of voters who registered on Nov. 8 using out-of-state driver’s licenses, or 5,313 of them, neither had a state license nor registered a motor vehicle almost 10 months later.
Double voting is illegal, and 196 people are being investigated for casting ballots in New Hampshire and in other states.
In the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Republican Donald Trump in New Hampshire by 2,736 votes. In an even tighter race, for the Granite State’s U.S. Senate seat, Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte by 1,017 votes.
Logan Churchwell, spokesman for Public Interest Legal Foundation, which investigates voter fraud, said Mr. Jasper’s numbers bolster his group’s findings that many people vote in New Hampshire without proof of residence. (Source)
September 9, 2017: Chicago reported thousands more votes than voters in 2016, GOP official says
The head of the Chicago Republican Party is claiming the city reported thousands more votes cast than voters in the 2016 election -- sparking a battle with Chicago officials who call the allegations overblown.
First reported by the Chicago City Wire, the Chicago GOP filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago Board of Elections in January for a list of voters who had cast ballots in November. According to the party, the board responded with a list of 1,101,178 individuals, though its website reflects 1,115,664 votes cast.
“There should be never be more votes than voters—every ballot cast should be recorded against a registered voter,” Chairman of the Chicago GOP Chris Cleveland told Fox News, explaining that after receiving the data, the party “immediately” contacted the board for “clarification.” “This is either massive fraud or massive incompetence, but we have no way of telling the difference because they won’t give us the data.”
The discrepancy totals more than 14,000, though Cleveland claims it could be as high as 16,000.
Cleveland told Fox News he filed a number of FOIA requests—the original in January, and “several follow ups” for updated numbers.
“They ignored them,” Cleveland said. “They have been stonewalling us for six months.”
But spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections Jim Allen told Fox News the Chicago GOP’s claims are “patently false,” saying the data was not complete.
“They’re looking at a preliminary report from January, and just recently, in the last week, they’ve filed a request for an updated report,” Allen said. “They’re looking at incomplete data.”
Cleveland told Fox News he did send another FOIA request last week.
Allen said the initial data from January “didn’t include” a “post-election review of paper ballot applications.”
“Now that those are entered, the difference is like 30—and that’s the best accountability we’ve ever had,” Allen told Fox News. “Their claim is false and ridiculous.” (Source)
October 24, 2017: Pennsylvania finds 544 possibly illegal ballots since 2000
Pennsylvania election officials say noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years in the state.
Department of State official Jonathan Marks told the state House State Government Committee on Wednesday that the agency conducted an analysis covering 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017.
The number of ballots potentially cast by the noncitizen immigrants is one in every 172,000.
The department says those votes were apparently cast by noncitizen immigrants who later reported themselves as having mistakenly registered, though it also said it cannot guarantee the figure is accurate yet. (Source)
December 20, 2017: Illegal Voters May Have Flipped Virginia Legislature to Democrats
The Public Interest Legal Foundation has uncovered records of 221 noncitizens who registered to vote there from 2011 until May 2017. Of that group, 71 voters cast a total of 279 ballots during those years.
Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the voter-integrity organization that conducted the study, said it is highly likely that ineligible voters made the difference in the House race given the closeness of the results and the fact that Virginia has not changed how it conducts voter registration and elections.
On Election Day, [Democrat] Simonds finished 10 votes shy. A recount gave her an apparent victory by a margin of 11,608 to 11,607. But then a three judge-panel Wednesday examined a ballot that had been thrown out as an "overvote" because it appeared to mark both candidates in the House race. A Republican recount observer raised the issue after explaining that he had felt pressured by a Democratic official not to count the ballot. (Source)
February 27, 2018: Oops! 100,000 Non-citizens Registered to Vote in Pennsylvania
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against the Pennsylvania Department of State for failing to disclose a reported 100,000 noncitizen registered voter records under federal law (PILF v. Torres et. al. 1:18-cv-00463).
In summary, the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) refused the PILF's rights to inspect or be furnished documents related to noncitizen registered voters either reporting their own unlawful activities or discovered thanks to a joint study with the Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The latter effort has reportedly revealed 100,000 cases of noncitizens currently registered to vote in the Commonwealth. The DOS' actions constitute an apparent violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
A core concern for the lawsuit stems from a report by City of Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 2017, which detailed how a DOS/PennDOT study of noncitizen driver's license holders matched records belonging to roughly 100,000 current voters in the statewide registration database. (Source)