It is absolutely essential for elections to have integrity for our form of government to work. This is not the old Soviet Union where the joke was made that, “someone broke into the Kremlin and stole the results of the next election.” This is the United States, where the free vote with accurate and honest counting is not only to be expected, but is essential.
Unfortunately, this is not the universal experience. Chicago has been the butt of jokes about holding crooked elections for decades. And that’s not the only place where the validity of the vote counts are in question. California, with all of its illegal migrants, was accused of being a rich source of voter fraud in this past election.
We can also add another state to the list of jurisdictions where the integrity of the vote is in question.
Governor McAuliffe of Virginia has been a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. He has also been a big supporter of bending the rules to adjust those who are eligible to vote in his state. He has already allowed convicted felons to vote, in contradiction to a court ruling.
Now he has vetoed a bill that would have required election officials to determine why there are more votes cast in some precincts than there are those registered to vote. It seems like a problem in obvious need of investigation. Grade school math would tell you that the number of votes cast must be equal to or less than the number of persons eligible to vote. Apparently Mr. McAuliffe doesn’t see a problem with this.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would require investigations of jurisdictions in the state whose voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote.
The bill, first introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, was prompted by a report that shed light on eight Virginia counties that had more registered voters on their voter rolls than eligible voters.
Obenshain’s bill would require “the local electoral boards to direct the general registrars to investigate the list of persons voting at an election whenever the number of persons voting at any election in a county or city exceeds the number of persons registered to vote in that county or city,” according to its summary. “The Department of Elections is required to provide certain data to any general registrar conducting such an investigation for the registrar’s use during the investigation. The local electoral boards are required to make reports of the findings to the State Board. These reports are public documents.”
McAuliffe, who vetoed the bill on Friday, claimed that the bill “would increase the administrative burden on local election officials” in his veto statement.Advertisement - story continues below...
Amazing. A Democrat concerned about increased spending. Doesn’t the good governor know that to check voter rolls will provide jobs for needy Virginians? Where is this man’s sense of compassion?
Of course, McAuliffe’s problem isn’t that this will cost money to fix. It’s that the likely result is a reduction of votes for Democrats. Damn the voter integrity issue, the need to run up the votes for Democrats takes precedence. And that last thing he needs is an investigation into a system that is doing the job for him and his political allies.
But there are those who are working to hold McAuliffe’s feet to the fire on this issue.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based group that litigates to protect election integrity, released the report last year that sparked Obenshain’s bill.
PILF’s report found 1,046 aliens who were illegally registered to vote in a small sample of eight Virginia counties that responded to its public records requests.
Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the group, said it is reasonable to ask questions about voter rolls with more voters than citizens.
“It is entirely reasonable to ask questions when a voting jurisdiction has more registered voters than citizens,” Churchwell told the Washington Free Beacon. “The Justice Department for the past eight years refused to perform similar studies using powers it was already vested with. Virginia lawmakers and private parties like PILF were forced to pick up the slack. It’s astonishing to see a sitting governor calculate political blowback when voter roll integrity is at stake.”
No, it’s not “astonishing to see a sitting governor calculate political blowback when voter roll integrity is at state.” This is standard operating procedure for politicians, especially liberal ones with connections to people like the Clintons. It will require a lawsuit before a judge with integrity to fix this problem. Get rolling.
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