Wake County Leaves Non-Citizens on the Voter Rolls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dead People and Non-Citizens Can Vote in NC – Do They?

Project Veritas, an organization formed by James O’keefe, paid a visit to North Carolina during the May 8 primary.  Watch the video to see discussions with non-citizens who are registered to vote in NC, UNC leaders and Board of Elections officials.  James O’Keefe is famous for exposing ACORN and formed Project Veritas, a 501(c)(3)organization, with the mission to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct.  As of late they have focused on election integrity and the voting processes in several states.

SC Attorney General: Hundreds of Dead Citizens Have Voted in Recent Elections

According to South Carolina’s Republican Attorney General,  recent South Carolina elections have featured hundreds of dead citizens voting. From the AP:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s attorney general has notified the U.S. Justice Department of potential voter fraud.

Attorney General Alan Wilson sent details of an analysis by the Department of Motor Vehicles to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

In a letter dated Thursday, Wilson says the analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In 71 percent of those cases, ballots were cast between two months and 76 months after the people died. That means they “voted” up to 6 1/3 years after their death.

The letter doesn’t say in which elections the ballots were cast.

The analysis came out of research for the state’s new voter identification law. The U.S. Justice Department denied clearance of that law.

Wilson told Nettles he asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate.

This follows an explosive video from New Hampshire which demonstrated the ease with which potential voter fraud can occur without voter ID.

But remember folks-Voter ID requirements are a solution in search of a problem.

Were ECSU Students Pressured to Vote by University Staff?

This story has been all but dismissed by the mainstream press.  Every article I have read contains a couple of paragraphs saying that the Pasquotank Board of Elections met to hear a complaint about Elizabeth City State University students being pressured to vote.  The  articles included a link to the Daily Advance article, but The Daily Advance online version requires a subscription.

ECSU has had its voting and voter registration problems before.  According to the most recent article, Elizabeth City Fourth Ward Councilwoman “Lena Hill-Lawrence said the allegations appear to validate concerns she has raised about ECSU students being told whom to vote for by off-campus groups.”

This particular incident is a good example of how Same-Day Registration (SDR) is open to misuse and abuse – its very existence invites fraud.  In this case the students are not to blame, they were clearly unaware of the requirements to vote and when the law was explained to them they decided not to vote.  According to this report, they were pressured again, this time in the parking lot, to go ahead and register and vote.

This is a transcribed version of the article emailed to me by a Daily Advance subscriber.

By Reggie Ponder – The Daily Advance – Monday, October 10, 2011

The Pasquotank Board of Elections heard allegations Monday that an Elizabeth City State University staff member pressured students to register and vote in today’s Elizabeth City municipal election.

The board took no action other than to hear a report on the incident and explain that the students — or anyone who feels they have been subjected to coercion in voting — have the right to file a complaint with the State Board of Elections.

Elections Director Linda Page said the incident apparently involved an ECSU student who had expressed some ambivalence during one-stop voting about whether to vote in Elizabeth City or in their permanent home county. The student allegedly returned to the parking lot without voting but then was instructed by an ECSU staff member to return to the elections office and vote.

Page said she did not witness the alleged incident. It was reported to her by another elections official who did witness it, she said.

“I wasn’t out there at the time it happened,” Page said.

During an election board meeting Monday afternoon, Deputy Elections Director Bonnie Godfrey described the incident in some detail.

Godfrey said that between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday, a group of young women who are ECSU students came in to the elections office to register and vote. She said that when they began to put their out-of-town addresses on the registration form, she explained they needed to use their campus address and school ID if they wanted to vote in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank elections.

Godfrey said the young women decided not to vote in Tuesday’s election. She said one of the students was met in the parking lot by a woman who threw her arms in the air and yelled “get in there and vote.”

When the students returned to the office, Godfrey said she asked them who the woman in the parking lot was. They told her they were cheerleaders and that the woman was “a coach,” Godfrey said. Godfrey said the students then filled out registration forms.

Lonnie Walton, an ECSU employee who had been in the car in the parking lot, then came inside the Board of Elections. When Godfrey asked him to leave the voting enclosure, she said he asked her for her name and then left.

Godfrey said that later, Mayor Roger McLean’s re-election campaign treasurer, Bert Birdsall, told her he had heard that she had advised students they had a choice about where to vote. She said she told Birdsall that that was correct.

Godfrey said she heard some students say a criminal justice teacher had advised students that they would receive a “100” if they voted. Other students commented that it was “mandatory” that they vote, she said.

Pasquotank Board of Elections Chairman Michele Aydlett explained that the board is not the “elections police” and can’t control what other people are doing.
Board member Betsy Meads agreed and said the only thing the board could do is make Godfrey’s report part of the record. She said it’s important to protect everyone’s personal liberties and she believes “some personal liberties were trounced upon Friday.”

“You have a perfect right not to cast a vote,” Meads said.

It’s important to educate students about voting options “and not force them to do something that they don’t want to do,” Meads said.

Elections board member William Skinner said the students Friday morning did have a choice, since according to Godfrey’s account two of them decided not to vote.
Meads said her concern was that teachers and coaches exert a great deal of influence over students. She said she wants students to know they have avenues if they face any consequences for not voting.

Aydlett said she, too, knows coaches have a lot of influence over students.

“Our office is following the letter of the law,” Aydlett said. “That’s the bottom line. We want fair and equal elections.”

Jackie Latson, a citizen who attended Monday’s meeting, said she believes it is up to ECSU Chancellor Willie Gilchrist to ensure university staff are following correct electioneering procedures.

Aydlett said she believes Gilchrist has been very conscientious about election rules.

Page said the elections board already had a meeting scheduled Monday to review absentee ballots. Elections officials decided to hear the allegations about coerced voting during the meeting, she said.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Lena Hill-Lawrence attended the election board’s meeting Monday.

Hill-Lawrence said the allegations appear to validate concerns she has raised about ECSU students being told whom to vote for by off-campus groups.

“That was my concern,” she said in an interview Monday afternoon. “That’s the tragic part of all this. That’s the part I think is just wrong.”

Hill-Lawrence said pressure on ECSU students needs to end.

“My thing is it just needs to stop,” she said. “If it’s wrong it just needs to stop. This is a moral and ethical issue and we have to treat it morally and ethically.”
Meads said the students themselves have done nothing wrong.

“The students were the ones who were wronged here,” Meads said.

2010 Absentee Vote Turnout (as of 10/28/10)

Early Vote Highlights.

Visit Civitas Vote Tracker for more information on early voting turnout.

Data is downloaded from the State Board of Elections website.

voter_party_code Votes Change from previous
Total 734454 101014
DEM 335989 48848
REP 273215 35274
UNA 124578 16806
LIB 672 86

 

county_desc #voters change from previous
WAKE 58521 none
MECKLENBURG 54495 none
GUILFORD 36090 none
BUNCOMBE 26063 none
FORSYTH 21889 none
NEW HANOVER 18696 up 1
BRUNSWICK 18610 down 1
DURHAM 18149 up 1
CUMBERLAND 17998 down 1
HENDERSON 15282 none
race #voters
NOT ENTERED 2494
AMERICAN INDIAN or ALASKA NATIVE 2364
ASIAN 2162
BLACK or AFRICAN AMERICAN 142113
OTHER 5093
TWO or MORE RACES 1339
UNDESIGNATED 5317
WHITE 573572
446 more 110 year olds voted yesterday the total for that age group is now at 2660 and is included in the >75 group category
age #voters
<26 24390
26-35 38456
36-45 74553
46-55 132158
56-65 197690
66-75 165635
>75 101574

110 Year Olds Vote Strong in NC

So far in early voting 110 year olds have  made a pretty good showing; 2214 of them have voted either by mail or at a one-stop site (214 by mail and 2,000 at early voting sites).  There are 1,420 Democrats in this group, 717 Republicans and 77 Unaffiliated voters.

Nothing against very old voters, but it is funny that these 110 year olds live in only 34 counties and 87% of them live in 4 counties –  Guilford has voted 681 of them so far, Forsyth – 581, Cumberland – 427 and Davidson voted 230.

Some more facts about these older voters:  1,923 of this year’s group also voted in the 2008 General Election during early voting – they were only 108 back then.  In 2008 a total 9,688 108 year olds voted early.

And just in case you thought 110 was pretty old, Gaston County data shows that  a 154 year old voter has cast a ballot and Granville County’s data reflects a voter who is 160 years old.

Absentee data is available for download from the State Board of Elections website.

US Justice Department Meddles in Kinston Elections

Two years ago, the city of Kinston, North Carolina passed legislation via referendum making municipal races non-partisan.  The US Justice Department does not agree with the voters in Kinston that non-partisan elections are a good idea and overturned the results.

In the city, where the population is 2/3 black, the referendum passed with nearly 2/3 of voters voting in favor.  Black voters made up less than half of those voting in three out of the last four elections in Kinston and it is the implied position of the Justice Department that these voter turnout numbers invalidate the election because it is not representative of the population of the municipality.  Principally, the Justice Department argues that because blacks rely on a number of straight Democratic white voters to elect preferred candidates that non-partisan elections will ensure that black candidates do not win.

The position of the US Justice Department is preposterous.  In a free, fair and certified election two years ago, the voters of Kinston decided by a large margin to use the non-partisan election method for the city.  The Justice Department overturned the decision, essentially, because it argues that without partisan elections, blacks will not be able to rely on white Democrats to vote for black candidates and, as a result, those black candidates will not win.

First, the assumption here is that blacks only run as Democrats and that they only vote Democratic.  Another assumption is that voters select their officials on the basis party identification and race and do not take into account the other personal characteristics of the candidates such as integrity and stances on salient issues.  Furthermore, the implicit assumption is that blacks do not vote proportionally to their percentage of the population because of some reason other than the individual decisions of blacks whether to vote.  Perhaps the Justice Department assumes that the people of Kinston are not smart enough to select the best candidate without the aid of party labels; essentially that voters are stupid.

The US Justice Department derived its authority to invalidate the election from the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The spirit of the legislation is the ensure that no individuals are systematically disenfranchised of their right to vote.  If voters were systematically disenfranchised in Kinston, where is the evidence for these violations?  It appears that the Justice Department has decided that it is necessary to use the legislation to save the voters of Kinston from themselves by overturning the results of a free, fair and certified election.