A mailer signed by Bill Clinton provided unofficial, paper “voter
identification cards” to unregistered non-citizens in California, increasing
the potential for rampant voter fraud today in the battleground state with
the most electoral votes.
A 20-year-old Guatemalan legally residing in Los Angeles County received the
“Clinton card” just three days before the election. The
Party, which paid for the mailer, said yesterday that information about recipients was taken from voter files. Such files are open to candidates and political parties for campaign purposes. However, WorldNetDaily today confirmed that the woman is not registered to vote and therefore does not have a voter file, raising serious questions as to the party’s information source.
The Guatemalan woman and her mother, both of whom wish to remain anonymous, have struggled to obtain U.S. citizenship through the Immigration and Naturalization Service for the better part of decade, but to no avail. Surprised to have received the mailer congratulating her for registering to vote, the young woman contacted WND.
Though she does have a driver’s license, Department of Motor Vehicles records are sealed for privacy purposes, meaning the California Democratic Party could not have obtained its information from that agency. Nor could the party legally have obtained pertinent information, such as her address and birth date, from the 20-year-old’s confidential student record at the community college she attends in the Los Angeles. INS records are also sealed.
Tim Morgan, California’s Republican National Committeeman and an election law attorney, was hard-pressed to think of a legal source the CDP could have used to obtain the Guatemalan woman’s address and birth date.
“This is the stuff congressional investigations are made of,” he said. “It’s not clear to me at all how this could have happened. From the Dornan case, we know really how protected this information is. One is left to speculate.”
In 1996, former California Rep. Bob Dornan attempted to access INS records during his investigation into alleged voter fraud in the state’s 46th congressional district. His numerous efforts to obtain the records of certain voters, including a congressional subpoena, revealed the administration’s tight grip on INS information.
Morgan added that should any unregistered voter try to cast a ballot using the Clinton card or other form of identification, legally the ballot should be set aside as “provisional.” Provisional ballots are allowed in cases where voters’ names are not listed on a precinct’s voter roll and are not counted until registration is verified. That type of ballot is used most commonly among voters who have recently moved and not updated their registration.
The casting of a provisional ballot is the only case in which poll officials are legally allowed to verify a voter’s identification in California.
California Democratic Party officials did not return numerous calls requesting the party’s source of information for recipients of the Clinton mailer. However, a woman who identified herself as a volunteer became agitated at the question, saying she thinks the story is “crazy” and that she doesn’t believe it is true. “That’s just my opinion,” she added.
Deborah Phillips, chairman and president of the
Project, doesn’t think it’s crazy at all. While she said she couldn’t comment regarding the specific mailer in question, she does question activity that could mislead non-citizens into believing they can and/or should vote.
“I think that would be despicable to do that to people who work so hard to get here,” she said, stating her belief that most immigrants would be appalled if they knew they were being asked to do something illegal.
Phillips also noted reports she has received from Florida where immigrants are being allowed to vote using their green cards and passports, despite the protests of bystanders.
“There’s definitely activity going on which is extremely questionable,” she remarked.
Though it was rumored the
secretary of state’s office had sent a special alert to California’s 58 counties regarding the “Clinton card,” a spokesman for the secretary denied such an alert had been sent. In the meantime, Californians must rely on election officials to be aware of and follow laws regarding provisional ballots to prevent votes from unregistered participants from being counted.