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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reuters Lied about Trump in NC

I’m a cynical old conservative who’s seen a lot, and even I am taken aback when I see the news media lying about something I’ve seen with my own eyes.

A Reuters report is headlined on CBS: “Black Lives Matter protestors cut off Donald Trump in North Carolina.”

A single vulgar word is the most accurate response, but in a perhaps vain attempt to uphold some standards, I’ll only say: that report can only be a deliberate attempt to mislead Americans.

I was there. I was even much closer to Trump than the official media representatives. The Reuters account is wrong.

At several points, some jerks with signs interrupted Trump by shouting. They were booed by the crowd — but the booing was less angry that what you will hear at most sporting events.

First, it is one more indication that Black Lives Matter is a proto-fascist movement. The street fighters and mobs are merely the first symptom that democracy is under attack. Some people wanted to hear Trump, many, I would guess, out of curiosity. If he was truly a bad man, the Left should want him to open his mouth more often so people could discern the truth about him.

So the demonstrations showed:

  1. Black Lives Matter is inherently anti-democratic. They do not believe that ordinary people can or should make their own judgements.
  2. Trump must be a real threat to them. The protests only underscored Trump’s claims. That they cared enough only added to his credibility.

As I wrote on my own blog, it also highlights the incompetence of the Left. The protests only added a bit of drama to the scene that underscored Trump’s messages, and fired up the crowd.

The Reuters report said he got annoyed. Frankly, I think he gets annoyed a lot anyway. Most of the time, he just grinned smugly while the protestors were hustled out. Rather than break up his talk, the interludes gave him time to rest. His voice was hoarse, and apparently he is not a person who switches easily to a soft tone.

If his remarks were shorter than usual, it may be that he just wanted to conserve his vocal chords.

Anyway, among other things, Reuters doesn’t grasp what it is Trump does. He doesn’t have a set talk; he riffs on events, throwing out a lot of his tag lines. There’s no structure; there’s no timeline. He’s, obviously, not your typical pol. He is there to galvanize supporters, not bore them with PowerPoint presentations. He’s more like a comedian or musician who comes out, plays some of his big hits, improvises a little, does an encore or two, then get on the bus for the next show.

BTW, Trump called this in advance. He said the media would make a big deal out of the protestors, and that they would mock him no matter what he did: as scary if he threw them out, as weak if he didn’t.

In other words, this report is bogus. It’s plainly a deliberate attempt to distort the news. I was there, however. I can assure you this report is a fraud.

How the Liberal Left Reacts to Voter Fraud in NC

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

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

Election Loser: Myth of Early-Voting Suppression

This update of an earlier post is being written before the votes from Tuesday’s primary are counted, but there’s one clear loser: the myth that vote reform would suppress turnout.

According to the State Elections board, one-stop early voting concluded Saturday, May 3 with 259,590 votes cast over the 10-day period.  Turnout in the 2010 primary totaled 172,972 votes cast over a 17-day period. A greater proportion of registered voters participated in 2014 (3.98%) over 2010 (2.83%).

To sum up, though the voting period was shorter in terms of days, the reform clearly failed to discourage voters: Turnout, rather than slumping, increased by 86,618.

To reap what we wrote previously on this blog, in light of the final early-voting tally: Vote totals are convincing evidence the progressive-left was wrong when they claimed shortening the in-person, early voting period would suppress the vote. Plus, the results also show that an early voting window of 17 days was excessive to say the least, especially when we take in account that all 100 counties were held to the same time standard. It’s also good to know that, for the primary, 38 counties received approval to lessen the number of hours they were open during one-stop voting. No doubt the news that North Carolinians are more than able to budget their time in order to vote will surprise liberals, but that is what appears to have happened.

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

Progressive-liberals will likely continue to scrounge for signs the Republicans who championed the bill only did so because they wanted to stifle African-American voters’ ballots. But this election and the ones that follow will prove them wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida NBC2 Investigative Reporter Uncovers Voter Fraud

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

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

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

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

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

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

The “Press” Teams Up on NC’s Election Reform Bill

In an article from The Insider, written by Michael Biesecker of the Associated Press and Jodi Leese Glusco of WRAL, it was reported that Gov. Pat McCrory was not familiar with some provisions in the landmark election reform bill, HB 589 Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), passed by both the state Senate and House last week.

They quoted McCrory as saying; “There is plenty of opportunity for voter registration — online, offline, through many methods.” And then the writers go on to proclaim that “North Carolina has never allowed voters to register online.”

Mr. Biesecker and Ms. Glusco might be embarrassed to know that they got this little piece of information in their “gotcha” article wrong.

In mid-February this year, Civitas released a study that documented how State Board of Elections (SBOE) bureaucrats conspired with a private company, working for the Obama campaign, to facilitate a form of online voter registration for the 2012 General Election – in violation of state law.

 “In a blatantly partisan move, the staff of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBE) successfully subverted state law to facilitate online voter registration in North Carolina by the 2012 Barack Obama campaign. In doing so they coordinated with partisans behind closed doors, lied about the NC Attorney General’s Office concurring with the SBE staff on the issue, and dodged oversight by their own board and the legislature. The end result was to add thousands of people to the North Carolina voter rolls illegally.”

Evidently, Biesecker and Glusco aren’t aware that the legislature took steps in HB 589 to prohibit this kind of online voter registration. NCGS 163-82.6(b) was rewritten to make sure that the SBOE will not allow such an end-run around the  law to happen again. Part 13 of the legislation was named “Wet Ink” on Voter Registration Forms and makes it very clear that only state generated forms and forms included in Article 21A of the North Carolina election code (Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act) can include an electronically captured signature.

In their article, Biesecker and Glusco went on to point out that the Governor wasn’t familiar with the provision that would put an end to registering 16- and 17-year-olds. The real question is: Who else would be familiar with this law but the ultra-liberal organizations who pushed this legislation through the legislature in 2009 in order to obtain personal information about teenagers that they couldn’t get anywhere else?

HB 589 brings quite a few changes to North Carolina’s election law – most of which will not been reported on by the mainstream media. And, we can be sure that any reporting they do will come straight from the liberal-left’s talking points.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NC State Board of Elections – Happy Investigators for Democracy NC

According to this AP article in the Virginia Pilot (online), as a result of a complaint filed by the liberal advocacy group Democracy NC, a majority of North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) members are interested in opening a campaign investigation into political donations from the operators of sweepstakes games during the 2012 election.

The five member board is set to meet by teleconference on Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m. to discuss this issue. It is a public meeting; to access the meeting call:  1-213-289-0012   use:  Access Code:  639160343.

While the current SBOE may call for an investigation into campaign contributions, it is doubtful that they will hear evidence, seeing that their terms are set to expire on May 1, 2013 or whenever their successors are appointed.  According to NCGS § 163‑19

The State Board of Elections shall consist of five registered voters whose terms of office shall begin on May 1, 1969, and shall continue for four years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The Governor shall appoint the members of this Board and likewise shall appoint their successors every four years at the expiration of each four-year term. Not more than three members of the Board shall be members of the same political party. The Governor shall appoint the members from a list of nominees submitted to him by the State party chairman of each of the two political parties having the highest number of registered affiliates as reflected by the latest registration statistics published by the State Board of Elections. Each party chairman shall submit a list of five nominees who are affiliated with that political party.

After the Governor’s appointments are made, they will then be required to appoint a Director.  Gary Bartlett, the current director, has been in the job for 20 years. (NCGS § 163‑27)

As always the liberal media refers to Bob Hall and his group as “Watchdogs.” Seeing that Michael Biesecker, one of the reporters for the AP article, was formerly a reporter for the News and Observer, he knows very well that Hall is a liberal activist, registered lobbyist and executive director of a group that was an original member of the now infamous Blueprint NC organization. You will remember that Blueprint NC was the source of a recently leaked strategy memo that exposed the game of how a coalition of liberal non-profits will “attack” elected officials in North Carolina. Hall’s work with Bartlett and the SBOE has produced a collection of some of the most liberal laws in the land.

It is fitting that one of the last actions this Board will take is initiated by Bob Hall.  He has been a behind-the-scenes driving force at the State Board of Elections (SBE) – even to mapping out partisan attacks on Republican legislators to the extent that it is hard to tell where the SBE ends and Democracy NC begins. As you read more about this case it will help to remember that Bob Hall won’t be happy until all of North Carolina’s political campaigns are financed by the government – that is – your tax dollars.

Two questions

  1. Will Gary Bartlett stay or will he go? It will be up to the new SBOE.
  2. What will Bob Hall do without the majority of the SBOE members and the Director in his back pocket?

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

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

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

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