Sen. Tim Kaine Thinks You’re A Racist

This email sent out by Sen. Tim Kaine is an insult to every Virginian. The long and short of it is, he thinks you’re a racist.

The Voting Rights Act was instituted in 1965 to ensure the end of literacy tests, grandfather clauses, poll taxes, and other methods that were used to systematically disenfranchise African-Americans in the South.

Now that law is under attack. The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments challenging the law, and some are erroneously claiming that critical parts of this landmark legislation are outdated and unnecessary. Justice Antonin Scalia even remarked that the Voting Rights Act amounts to “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

As a long-time civil rights lawyer, I know that the right to vote is sacred, and we have a lot more work to do to protect it. In fact, this case comes to the Court at the very same time that we’ve seen the most aggressive push in decades to limit the franchise – voter ID laws, egregious lines at polling places, and limits on early voting that make it more difficult for people to exercise their Constitutional right.

Will you join me and voice your support for the Voting Rights Act by adding your name?
This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In fact, Republican President George W. Bush worked side by side with Democrats to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2006.

People gave their lives to secure the right to vote in this country. And every American – regardless of race, religion or creed – has a right to exercise this core component of our democracy.

Please join me and stand in support of the Voting Rights Act.

Thanks for your help,

Tim Kaine

Paid for by Kaine For Virginia

As a long-time election lawyer, I agree with him that lines were too long on Election Day in many places, but that had nothing to do with the Voting Rights Act. That was a matter of technology, resources, scheduling, planning, an excited electorate, and human imperfection. This all happened even with the VRA in place. Better (and more) voting machines, better (and more) trained poll workers, and better logistics is the way to solve the problem of long lines. Sen. Kaine’s meaningless petition will not address this and is nothing more than blatant political theater that has as its sole purpose growing his list of email addresses to which he can send political material.

I do disagree with him about the notion of early voting and voter ID, though. Early voting basically abolishes “Election Day” and creates “Election Month.” Under his preferred scheme, voters would be voting without having been exposed to the full debate of issues and vetting of candidates. That allows for unscrupulous campaigns (on either side) to dupe voters into voting for their guy early in order to bank enough votes so that even if their candidate implodes, he can still win. That does a real disservice to the voters and democracy.

I have no problem with people casting an absentee ballot if they will be away from home or else cannot make it to the polls during the hours they are open. (On that note, let’s keep the polls open until 8 or 9 p.m. and maybe open them at 5 a.m. That alone will at least help to alleviate the problem.)

On the issue of voter ID, if we need an ID to buy alcohol or cigarettes, go to the movies, get a job, cash a check, open a bank account, rent an apartment, receive public benefits, etc., then why is it such a big deal to show an ID in order to vote? Most people already have some form of government-issued photo ID and the voter ID laws in place or that have been proposed actually make accomodation for those who do not posses one because they are financially unable to acquire one.

I served as an international elections observer in Mexico overseeing their 1997 federal elections.  I was assigned to the State of Yucatán and visited polling places throughout the day from the modern capital city of Merida to the poorest of villages near the Mayan ruins.  (Cancun is in another state, so there was no beachtime, only work.)  That was the first time in over 70 years that their nation’s ruling party lost their majority in the Mexican legislature.  Ever.

Every single voter not only had an ID (which was state of the art even by today’s post-9/11 standards incorporating not only photographs, but magnetic strips, holograms, and over a dozen more security measures), but each of them was PROUD to posses it because it said to them that they counted, that they had the right to vote.  If they could do this in Mexico 15 years ago with a much poorer population, there is no reason why we cannot make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote in the U.S. has some form of ID.

There are only two real reasons why people oppose voter ID — first, so people like Kaine have an issue to demagogue and second, so people can commit vote fraud. Just a week and a half ago, an Ohio woman — a poll worker of all people — was indicted on charges of vote fraud. She voted SIX TIMES in the 2012 election and is also charged with vote fraud for similar acts in 2011 and 2008.  In the city of my birth, Troy, NY (home to Sam Wilson a.k.a. THE “Uncle Sam”), several people have gone to jail for a wide-ranging vote fraud scheme.

The Ohio woman said, “Yes, I voted twice” and claimed she was worried her vote would not count.  Even if I believed her, which I don’t given that she was a poll worker, it really says something to me that mid-1990s Mexicans had more confidence in their electoral system than today’s Americans do.

UPDATED: On Crossover Rob Bell’s Voter Fraud Bills Breeze Through House

Delegate Rob Bell scored major victories today for three key pieces of legislation designed to combat voter fraud.  They are:

House Bill 2331 – Gives the Virginia Attorney General independent authority to prosecute violations of election laws, instead of having to wait to be invited.  (83Y-17N)  This was the closest of the three votes and appears to have been controversial with 17 No votes because it removed a layer of bureaucracy.

House Bill 1764 – Requires Virginia to work with other states to ensure that no voter is registered in two states at the same time.  (100Y-0N)

House Bill 1765 – Requires the State Police to help identify felons among those who are registering to vote and to help the State Board of Elections to identify felons that are already on the voter rolls. (94Y-4N)  The 4 Nays here were Carr, Kory, McClellan, and Morrissey.

With these pieces of legislation, it will be easier to investigate and prosecute suspected voter fraud violations in the Commonwealth.  In 2008, there were 38 charges of voter fraud in Virginia. Most of these have resulted in convictions. In another 194 cases, the state police found likely evidence of fraud, but local prosecutors declined to prosecute.

UPDATED: Voter fraud while ‘nonexistent’ according to some, seems to be popping up again as the National Review reports. 

The Voting Dead — Voter Fraud In North Carolina?

What to make of this?

As of Oct. 22, there have been 899 people aged 112 who have voted early in North Carolina.  (70% of them are registered as Democrats.)

How many 113 year olds have voted?  None.

How about how many 111 year olds?  Just 6.

110 year olds?  Only 2.

In fact, you have to go down to age 102 before you find another group even in double-digits (22 as of the same time as the others.)

You don’t hit triple-digits for a voter age group until age 98 (122 as of the same time as the others.)

One must go back to the age group 20 YEARS THEIR JUNIORage 92 — before you find a group that has cast more ballots (945 total) than the 112 year olds.

Too bad there are apparently only 13 people verified to be age 112 in the world.

Virginia to Purge Voter Rolls of the Dead – Democrats to Sue

Dateline: RICHMOND

From a Story in the Virginian-Pilot Online today by Julian Walker:

“Local election officials around Virginia are in the process of purging 10,000 dead people from the state’s voter rolls as a result of an analysis of federal death records.

The Virginia State Board of Elections announced those plans Thursday, explaining that officials have checked about 15 million of the 60 million available records against the state voter list in search of matches.

So far, about 10,000 deceased voters have been found, according to a news release from the agency.”

 The Obama campaign and the George Soros funded “Voter Participation Project”, who has taken heat from the Romney campaign over alleged attempts to register, children, pets, illegal aliens, and the dead are both mounting law suits over this action.

A spokesperson from the Obama campaign who wishes to remain anonymous said, “This is yet another Republican attempt to take away the rights of people and suppress voter turnout in November. Republicans know that the dead are the largest and most reliable voting block that we have, and we will stand with the dead and defend their right to vote Democrat. Republicans will not get away with this attack on their rights.”

Editors note: The assertions of Democrats have been proven correct in virtually every instance. Dead voters are the most reliable block of Democrat voters; 100 percent of the voting dead, vote Democrat.

Romney Camp Calls On AG Cuccinelli To Investigate Soros-Funded Voter Registration Effort

We previously told you about George Soros‘ “Voter Participation Center” and their attempt to register someone’s dead dog to vote here in Virginia.  Well, more than a month later, the Richmond Times Dispatch has finally gotten on the ball with this story.  Mitt Romney’s campaign is calling upon Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate the group for attempted voter fraud.  And then we have this:

Justin Riemer, the State Board of Elections’ deputy secretary, said forms have been sent by the group to deceased infants, out-of-state family members, and non-U.S. citizens, among others.

In a letter this month, the State Board of Elections asked the group to cease pre-populating their forms and raised questions about how the group was obtaining lists of registered voters, citing the errant forms.

Riemer noted that pre-populating the forms violates rules set forth in the state code and the Virginia Constitution requiring that voters fill out their own forms.

Striking a Blow for Elections Integrity

Today Gov. McDonnell signed Virginia’s new Voter ID law requiring voters to produce one of several forms of acceptable identification to vote.  This law will be implemented ahead of this fall’s Electionmaggedon, and hopefully tamp down on at least some of the kinds of abuse that we’ve seen in the recent past.  It’s not actual PHOTO ID, which would all but eliminate the abuses, but it’s a step in the right direction.  Text of the press release is included below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 18, 2012

Contact: Jeff Caldwell

Phone: (804) 225-4260

Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Governor McDonnell Signs SB 1 and HB 9 and Issues Executive Order

Governor Directs State Board of Elections to Send Every Virginia Voter a Free Voter Card Between Now and Election Day

Ensures All Virginia Voters Will Have ID to Vote in November

Governor: “We will be sending every voter in Virginia a free voter card between now and Election Day to ensure they have at least one form of ID to bring with them to the polls. On Election Day this year, every Virginia voter will have at least one valid ID.”

Governor’s Executive Order is Available Here

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell signed today legislation that the General Assembly sent him that will expand the forms of acceptable identification for voting, and change the procedure when someone votes without presenting identification, requiring them to vote provisionally and later present an approved ID to their local registrar through email, fax, mail, or hand delivery.  Governor McDonnell also issued an executive order today directing the State Board of Elections to take a number of steps to implement this legislation.  Among other things, the executive order directs the State Board of Elections to send every Virginia voter a voter card, a valid form of ID under state law, before Election Day, so that every registered Virginia voter has a valid ID to present at the polls.

Virginia’s Voter ID law has been in place since 2000. This legislation only deals with individuals who do not bring an approved form of ID with them to the polls when voting.

“Open and secure elections are the cornerstone of a free democracy and are essential for citizens to have faith in their government,” McDonnell said.  “Every qualified citizen has the right to cast one vote. Not two votes; not zero votes. It is our duty as a democracy to ensure that is always the case. For a dozen years, Virginia has already required voters to bring identification to the polls.  This legislation does two things. It increases the forms of identification that can be used for purpose of voting, while helping to further prevent voter fraud and ensuring Virginians that they can have faith that votes have not been fraudulently cast.”

The executive order issued by the governor directs the State Board of Elections to take a number of steps regarding implementation of this legislation.  First, the State Board of Elections will issue voter cards to every Virginia voter between now and Election Day.  Second, the State Board of Elections will coordinate a public education campaign to help raise awareness about the need to bring an approved ID to the polling place on Election Day, and the process for obtaining a free voter card if someone does not have a form of ID.  Third, the State Board of Elections will make clear that localities may contact voters who vote provisionally without an ID about the need to provide ID prior to noon on Friday after the election.  Lastly, the State Board of Elections will collect data regarding provisional ballots cast and the number of voters who vote without an ID.

“The additional steps my administration will take to implement this legislation will ensure that no voter is overly burdened by the provisions included in this legislation,” Governor McDonnell continued.  “Some have argued that there are voters who do not have any form of ID to bring to the polls.  For that reason, we will be sending every voter in Virginia a free voter card between now and Election Day to ensure they have at least one form of ID to bring with them to the polls. On Election Day this year, every Virginia voter will have at least one valid ID.”

On April 9, 2012, the governor submitted a number of proposed amendments to the General Assembly to improve the legislation, and most were approved.  One set of amendments would have created a system for simple signature comparison that would have allowed someone’s vote to be cast without any follow up action required on the part of the voter; however, the General Assembly regrettably did not accept this set of amendments.

“While I think the legislation would have been improved with the signature comparison provision that would have virtually eliminated the need for nearly anyone to have to return with an ID later in the week, the legislation returned to me, coupled with the above additional steps to be implemented by executive order, is an important step in securing our elections and preventing any possible fraud,” Governor McDonnell remarked.  “I was pleased that the General Assembly approved my remaining amendments, particularly my proposal to extend the time a voter has to transmit or present their ID after Election Day until Friday at noon after the election.”

Virginia first implemented a voter identification requirement in 2000.  Virginia has never required, nor does this legislation require, photo identification to vote.

Under this legislation and existing law, the following are acceptable forms of ID for voting:

·         Virginia voter registration card

·         Social Security card

·         Valid Virginia driver’s license

·         Any other identification card issued by an agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States

·         Any valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher education

·         A valid identification card issued by an employer containing a photograph of the voter

·         A copy of a current utility bill

·         A copy of a bank statement

·         A government check

·         A paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

Virginia’s current voter ID law commands broad compliance. While comprehensive statewide statistics are not available, a survey of localities from the last presidential and gubernatorial elections in 2008 and 2009 indicate a compliance rate of well over 99%. Only a handful of voters per precinct, on average, do not bring an approved ID document. The intensive voter education initiatives contained in this Executive Order will increase compliance and continue Virginia’s tradition of honest elections. The Governor strongly encourages all voters to register and vote in the important elections this year.

Voter Fraud Indictments In Richmond

Ten felons have been indicted in Richmond for registering and voting in 2008.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring said the charges stem from a statewide investigation by the Virginia State Police into allegations of fraud in 2008.

Herring said each of those indicted spoke with a solicitor who was trying to get people to register to vote. In most cases, the person told the solicitor that he or she was a felon, and some of those indicted told a solicitor they therefore could not vote.

Herring said the solicitors told each person they could vote, which wasn’t true. In some cases, Herring said, a solicitor told the felon that new legislation had restored the felon’s right to vote or that if he or she was going through a process to have voting rights restored, he or she could vote.

Each of the felons indicated on a form that he or she was not a convicted felon, Herring said.

Anyone want to bet who these solicitors worked for in 2008?  Obama for America?  ACORN?

Why I Believe Democrat Voter Fraud Is A Real Problem

Voter fraud ‘a normal political tactic’ in upstate NY city

Two veteran Democratic political operatives in Troy said voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.

. . .

Anthony Renna, another longtime Democratic operative and party committeeman, admitted to forging an absentee ballot application. He said the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.”

“I knew that the actual voters had not voted the ballots or signed the envelopes, but that did not concern me. I am not the ballot police,” Renna said in a statement to police. “I have been present when ‘ballots were voted correctly’ by party operatives. Voted correctly is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”

Ah, the city I was born in (which I prefer to note was the home of Sam Wilson a.k.a. Uncle Sam.)

Eric Holder Suddenly Interested in Vote Suppression

Early famous for his embarassing leadership of the Justice Department’s utter disregard of documented voter intimidation outside of a Philadelphia voting location in 2008, President Obama’s Attorney General expressed sudden interest yesterday in potential vote suppression over the concept made law in many states that one need a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot in 2012…

AUSTIN, Tex. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections.

Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.”

The speech by Mr. Holder could inflame a smoldering partisan dispute over race and ballot access as the 2012 campaign cycle intensifies. It comes as the Justice Department’s civil rights division is scrutinizing a series of new state voting laws that were enacted — largely by Republican officials — in the name of fighting fraud.

Mr. Holder spoke here at the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The act enables the civil rights division to object to election laws and practices on the grounds that they would disproportionately deter minority groups from voting — even if there is no evidence of discriminatory intent — and to go to court to block states from putting the laws in place.

Mr. Holder also laid out a case for replacing the “antiquated” voter registration system by automatically registering all eligible voters; for barring state legislators from gerrymandering their own districts, and for creating a federal statute prohibiting the dissemination of fraudulent information to deceive people into not voting.

His remarks came against the backdrop of a huge turnout of young and minority voters in the 2008 election that helped propel President Obama to victory. In the 2010 election, when voting by such groups dropped off and enthusiasm among more conservative groups surged, Republicans won sweeping victories, winning or expanding control of many state legislatures and governorships.

This year, more than a dozen states enacted new voting restrictions. For example, eight — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — imposed new laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification cards. Previously voters were able to use other forms of identification, like bank statements, utility bills and Social Security cards.

Proponents of such restrictions — mostly Republicans — say they are necessary to prevent voter fraud that could cancel out the choices of legitimate participants. Opponents — mostly Democrats — say there is no evidence of meaningful levels of fraud and contend that the measures are a veiled effort to suppress participation by hundreds of thousands of eligible voters who lack a driver’s license.

Mr. Holder quoted with approval a speech by Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and longtime civil rights activist, who recently declared that voting rights were “under attack” in “a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”

Read more here.

WWE shirts intimidate voters, but nightsticks don’t.

The Democrat Secretary of State in Connecticut is banning World Wrestling Entertainment garb from polling places because it supposedly is political advertizing.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101022/ap_on_el_se/us_connecticut_senate_wwe_3

But, when the New Black Panther Party is filmed intimidating voters while wearing paramilitary uniforms, and wielding nightsticks, the Democrat controlled US Justice Department drops the case.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/22/AR2010102203982.html?wprss=rss_politics

ACORN Proves Its Value to Democrats

For those who have any lingering doubts about whether ACORN and other organizations like it can actually tip a close election toward the Democrat, a new study published today should put those doubts to rest.

The study, by the conservative-leaning Minnesota Majority, conclusively proves that the number of convicted felons that voted illegally in the 2008 Minnesota Senate race is greater than the number of votes by which Al Franken eventually prevailed over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. These illegal votes, coming from heavily Democrat-leaning precincts in the twin cities, quite likely put Franken in the U.S. Senate and had a huge impact on the balance of power in Washington by, for a time at least, giving Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

ACORN itself bragged about having registered over 43,000 Minnesota voters in the 2007-2008 election cycle. Although exposure like this is what eventually forced ACORN to disband, its successor “community” organizations will no doubt take heart from this report that their efforts really do matter, and will likely be even further energized for 2010 and, especially, 2012.

As anyone who worked the polls in Northern Virginia on election day 2008 can tell you, those types of groups now have Virginia firmly in their sights. Republicans and others interested in election integrity are going to have their work cut out for them over the next couple of years.

رای من کو؟ (Rah-ee-eh man coo) – Where Is My Vote?

I’m sure a lot of Virtucon readers are following closely the developments in Iran regarding the most recent election.  I have several friends who have family in Iran that say the crowds protesting are reaching 1979 numbers.   There are multiple reports of protesters being shot and most recently Mark Levin had a person on his show saying that people had axes taken to them.  Sometimes, though, writing and news reports only give a fraction of the story.

The Big Picture is a website that is devoted to photojournalism from around the world.  They recently have been focusing on the post-election scene in Iran.  If you want to see a great visualization of what it looks like there, I highly suggest it.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/06/a_troubled_week_in_iran.html   (some of the photos are NSFW and Not Safe for Children)

*I’ve taken about a year of farsi(persian), so to read the text above, you must first remember to read right to left, NOT left to right.  The first word is pronounced rah-ee-eh and is persian for “vote”.  The second word is pronounced “man”.  In this sense it is being used as a possessive “my”.  The last word is pronounced “coo” and is the question word “where is”.  the last word is actually a shortened form of کجاست“coojast”, which will appear on some of the larger banners.

In the ten days since Iran’s disputed presidential election, street demonstrations have taken place every day. Iranian citizens, supporters of opposition candidates, continue to take to the streets and document what they encounter there, despite explicit government bans, the danger of arrest (many hundreds placed in custody), or possible physical harm (at least 19 deaths so far). Iranian officials maintain their stance that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the undisputed winner, and have increased restrictions and pressure on opposition members, protesters, foreign media and communication networks as they work to regain control. President Barack Obama recently stated that the government of Iran should “recognize that the world is watching.” Many of the photographs here were taken and transmitted at great risk in the past week, in the hopes that others would be able to see and bear witness.

Dems Latest Vote Fraud Scheme

It figures that a Chicago Democrat would introduce something like this.

H.R.1729 : To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for the treatment of institutions of higher education as voter registration agencies.
Sponsor: Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] (introduced 3/26/2009) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Administration; House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Sure, let’s turn colleges into voter registation agencies. Let’s make it easier for kids to register and vote in two places, both at home and at school. We should be applauding one’s commitment to Democracy to vote not just once, but twice.

Idiot.  (And the Republican who is the sole cosponsor of this legislation is a double-idiot.)

“Blood will run in the streets” — Not Unless America Is Already A Banana Republic

With the stir about voter fraud created by the multiple state investigations of ACORN; a presidential candidate talking about “spreading the wealth” to large crowds of supporters that might make you think you’re in Venezuela or some other Third World socialist country; and now liberal authors warning “If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me,” — the U.S. is rapidly approaching banana republic status.

If violence does occur following next week’s election — regardless of the outcome…  If significant voter fraud is evident based upon all the facts known…  If chanting mobs take to the streets…  Fundamental change will have come to America as Barry Obama is promising, but it won’t be for the better.

In fact, we are already at a point where our electoral system is less secure than that of Mexico.  That’s right.  Mexico.

In July 1997, I served as an international observer of Mexico’s federal elections.  It was regarded as the first legitimately free and fair elections held in Mexico in over 70 years.  The congressional elections held that year marked the first time that Mexico’s long-reigning ruling party, PRI, lost their majority in the Mexican legislature to the conservative PAN party.

So, how did they ensure free, fair and open elections?  Simple.  They required voter ID.

Every single eligible Mexican voter was issued a voter ID card by the government that contained nearly two dozen built-in security measures.  The IDs had many of the security features of your average U.S. driver’s license — photo, signature, hologram, magnetic strip, plus others that I do not recall at this point.  Citizens did not have to pay for their voter ID cards.  And they certainly did not feel slighted that they had to present one to vote.  In fact, most Mexicans that I met with described having these ID cards as bestowing upon them a sense of pride.  It was an honor to have one.  It meant that their voice matter.  It meant that their votes were assured to be counted.  (Plus they could also use it in other instances where a valid form of ID was required, such as bank transactions.)

On Election Day, my partner observer (who coincidentally was and still is the senate office scheduler for Sen. John McCain) and I traveled around the state of Yucatan.  We visited polling places in the capital city of Merida, the various suburbs and far out into the countryside.  No one dictated where we could go or who we could talk to.  Whether it was the well-off in a wealthy suburb or people living in near abject poverty in a small rural village near the jungle, they all had the same experience.  After waiting in line, they’d present their ID to the person at the check-in desk.  (Most places had poll watchers from all the major parties present.)  The person checking them in would then compare their ID to the voter book which had printed copies of the IDs in them so exact matches were easy to make.  Very simple.  No muss.  No fuss.  They then went in, voted and went home knowing that they had participated in the democratic process.

If Mexico can do this, why can’t we?  Instead, we wind up with all manner of accusations and allegations.

The U.S. should move towards a similar system — only then will no qualified voter be denied the right to vote nor will they face the possibility of having their vote cancelled out by fraud or an ineligble voter.  While we’re at it, we need to repeal Motor-Voter.

Think about it for a minute.  We’ve put the DMV in charge of the vast majority of voter registrations.  THE DMV.  Think about the last time you had to go there and then recall the employees working there.  Do you really trust them to be the last line of defense for democracy in America?  Just the other day I saw a news story about a woman from Sweden who is here legally in the U.S. on a green card, but is facing deportation because she registered to vote in 2004.  No one told her it was illegal to do so.  In that same story, the reporter who was at a DMV office found a woman from China, also here on a green card, who had almost registered to vote because the DMV official had told her it was okay to do so.  It was only intervention by the reporter who saved this woman from a similar fate.  And a recent study, reported on in the Fairfax Times, indicates that an increasing number of people called for jury duty are being dismissed because they are not U.S. citizens.  Guess where the jury pool is selected from — the voter rolls.

We have a long way to go towards making our elections run smoothly and restoring the confidence that we should all have in it so we don’t hear such incendiary comments as “Blood will run in the streets.”  Once something of that nature happens, we will have truly become a banana republic.  Let us pull back from the brink and institute real reforms that protect the right of every eligible American to vote.  Motor-Voter was well-intentioned, but is a disaster.  Likewise, vote by mail and lengthy early voting periods have undermined our electoral process with millions of people casting ballots before events fully play out.  Of course we should have absentee balloting, but aside from that, we still call it Election DAY and we should keep it that way for the vast majority of voters.

Students Registering, Voting In Two States

**Kaine Administration/Obama Campaign Manipulating Virginia Election
Policy**

**

Thousands of Students Found Registered In Two States at the Same
Time**

 An ongoing analysis of data matching voter registration lists in
other states with the list of newly registered voters in Virginia has
confirmed that there are thousands of students who attend college in
Virginia who are registered here as well as in their home state. Even
more alarming, some of these students have applied for absentee
ballots in their home state after having just registered to vote here.

 In just eight localities in Pennsylvania, over 350 individuals were
registered to vote both in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and 40 of these
individuals have applied for and/or received absentee ballots. The
analysis is continuing.

 “Every Virginian should be concerned about the potential for fraud
on a scale we have not witnessed before in Virginia, said Mike Wade,
Third District GOP Chairman. “I am pleased that Secretary Rodrigues
and the State Board of Elections is taking this seriously and has
turned the names of those applying for ballots in other states over to
the State Police.”

 Wade continued, “It is vital this year that every Virginian be
vigilant and aware and report suspected fraud to the proper
authorities.”

 This situation is a direct result of the intervention by Governor
Kaine’s office in the policymaking process, supported by pressure
from the Obama campaign directed toward both the State Board of
Elections and local Registrars. In early September, election policy
was changed to shift responsibility from the local Registrar to the
student him/herself for determining whether or not they are a resident
of Virginia. Registrars were further instructed to not inform an
applicant for voter registration about such things as the requirement
under state law for an individual to contact the DMV and obtain a
Virginia Driver’s License within 60 days of becoming a resident of
Virginia.

 “The unprecedented involvement of the Governor’s Chief of Staff,
in directing policy and personally editing communications to
Registrars for the sole purpose of benefitting one candidate in one
race, has cast doubts on the entire policymaking process,” Wade
added. “The result is the alarming situation we now find ourselves
in.”

Links to media on this subject:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/10/state-gop-leader-faults-kaine-aides-involvement-push

http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com/

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Authorized by the Republican Third Congressional District Committee.