Voter Identification

Voter Identification


Prior to the 2008 election  there were accusations leveled against ACORN,  which was investigated for voter registration fraud.  Congress, who had been providing a large percentage of their funding, voted to defund the organization.  There were criminal charges and convictions with ACORN insisting that there was no actual voter fraud, just voter ‘registration’ fraud.   There were other violations in this basically corrupt organization, embezzlement by the founder, Wade Rathke’s  brother one of the most visible, and the group was disbanded.  But these people don’t disappear into the earth or suddenly become infused with integrity.  They broke up into many smaller groups, and reassembled in much the same way ACORN was organized.  It is not a coincidence that Barack Obama was associated with ACORN in Chicago.  Wade Rathke also helped found Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 100.  It has been reported that bus loads of SEIU members have been bussed to other states to agitate and intimidate public officials. and even to register and vote in elections such as the Governor Scott Walker recall election.

Rathke began his career as an organizer for the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) in Springfield, Massachusetts. After working with the NWRO, he left for Little Rock, Arkansas to found a new organization designed to unite poor and working-class families around a common agenda. And ACORN was born.

In an article written by Jon Cassidy in April of 2013…

Two dozen left-leaning groups have written the state House Elections Committee in opposition to three bills aimed at preventing voter fraud.

Ironically, one of the April 8 letter’s two authors has multiple voter fraud convictions herself.

corrupt organization, embezzlementwho signed the letter as the deputy director of Project Vote, was convicted in 2010 in Nevada on two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters.

Busefink was in charge of ACORN’s infamous 2008 voter registration drive, in which only 450,000 of some 1.3 million claimed registrations turned out to be legitimate new voters. A full 400,000 of those registrations were thrown out; the rest were duplicates or voters who’d moved.

Busefink and supporters such as the ACLU of Texas, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Texas AFL-CIO, were writing in opposition to three bills. Two bills were sunk in committee — one to reduce early voting from 14 days to eight and another to install video cameras at polling stations. A third bill, Rep. Stephanie Klick’s HB 2372, would have Texas join 22 other states in cross-checking voter registrations to make sure voters aren’t registered in multiple states. It was reported favorably out of committee last week.

The cross-check system, which compares first and last names and dates of birth, has already found 308,579 potential duplicate registrants. Yet Busefink’s group argues that “the technology has not matured to a point where this program could be done without improperly removing otherwise eligible voters.”

In Frederick County, Maryland, an election watchdog group is suing the over alleged voter fraud.  The plaintiffs in this suit are pioneering a new approach to determining the potential for fraud . It is a system that can be used to find voter fraud in every county in the country.

Here’s how it works. The plaintiffs compare  data from disparate databases that record the interactions of both citizens and non-citizens with their county government. Big Data tools increasingly within reach of ordinary citizens are empowering citizen journalists and activists to identify ineligible voters.

They used Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain a list of county residents excused from jury duty after they swore under oath that they were non-citizens. The list of excused jurors was then compared to the voter registration rolls. A match indicates one of two possibilities, a non-citizen is illegally registered to vote, a citizen registered to vote lied to evade jury duty, (both crimes).

Every vote cast by someone not legally registered to vote is a vote stolen from someone else.  We must have integrity in our elections if we are to have any faith in the outcome.  Voter ID should be required in all 50 states.

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