In a major effort to crack down on vote fraud, the state of Indiana is launching a program to verify voter addresses, prompting the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over the issue.
The non-profit government watchdog Judicial Watch said Thursday the dismissal ended two years of litigation it brought on behalf of the group True the Vote.
Indiana officials admitted at least one in eight voter registrations contains inaccurate information.
In response, a postcard campaign was launched with messages to 4.4 million registered voters to “identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.”
A second mailing will follow if needed, state officials said.
Because of that, and other changes, the lawsuit over voting procedures was dismissed.
“We are pleased that our lawsuit forced the state of Indiana to fix its broken system for protecting the integrity of the electoral process,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It took a federal lawsuit to spur the state legislature to reform Indiana’s electoral process and force Secretary of State [Connie] Lawson to finally clean the badly outdated Indiana voter rolls.”
Fitton called it a “major victory for Hoosier voters as well as voters nationwide.”
“From the public interest perspective, it would have been counter-productive to continue to battle after Indiana gave us what we wanted,” he said. “We will, nevertheless, remain vigilant in case Indiana officials again violate the law and put Indiana’s elections at risk. And it is shameful that President Obama’s politicized Justice Department won’t do its job and force states to clean up voting lists.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, said that “despite the length of time this litigation took to come to an acceptable close, Indiana voters can now rest assured that common-sense voter roll maintenance procedures are in place and working in the interests of all.”
“True the Vote hopes this episode serves as a strong example for the power that regular citizens have in demanding their rights as voters be protected.”
WND has reported on a wide range of allegations of voter fraud over recent years, including a claim by a poll watcher in Pennsylvania that votes reverted to Obama by default, no matter who the voter selected.
The incident took place in the state where officials claimed regarding the 2012 presidential election Obama received a total of 19,605 votes in 59 voting divisions to zero for Mitt Romney and not far from the 100 precincts in Ohio in which Obama got 99 percent of the vote.
With evidence mounting that the vote tabulation did not reflect the true choices of voters, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh declared: “Third-world, tin-horn dictators don’t get [these percentages]. I mean, the last guy that got this percentage of the vote was Saddam Hussein, and the people that didn’t vote for him got shot. This just doesn’t happen. Even Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] doesn’t get 100 percent or 99 percent of the vote.”
It was in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pennsylvania, where an auditor, Robert Ashcroft, was dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election Day 2012. He said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”
Fitton said instead of voter fraud cases being pursued, Attorney General Eric Holder and his allies “are fanatically focused on attacking commonsense election integrity measures such as voter ID.”
“What a disgrace it is that Judicial Watch and True the Vote [are] required to do basic law enforcement work to clean up elections that the Eric Holder’s Justice Department won’t do because of the administration’s misguided racial politics and radical ideology,” he said “The Obama Justice Department is a clear and present danger to the integrity of our nation’s elections.”
The organizations reported that in addition to cleaning up voter registration lists, Indiana has made other gains in voter protection.
For example, there now is a provision empowering the Indiana secretary of state to break ties and decide matters whenever the Election Division co-directors “are unable to resolve a dispute between themselves regarding” the Indiana Election Division’s budget.
Also, there is a plan for county officials to remove the names of deceased persons from the voter rolls “after receiving a copy of an obituary, notice of estate administration, or other notice of death” published in a newspaper.
Several other plans also have been adopted to make sure deceased voters are not listed as active and addresses are kept up to date.
The state changes were made after U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence said Judicial Watch and True the Vote had standing to bring the legal action. It was the first federal court decision granting citizens and non-government groups the ability to sue in federal court to enforce Section 8 of the National Voters Registration Act, Judicial Watch said.
Pew has reported that nearly 2 million dead people are registered to cast ballots across America, and there are 3 million eligible to vote in two or more states.
WND columnist Barry Farber wrote that a “single fraudulent vote is an ‘attack’ on our democratic system.”
“Massive voter fraud is a massive attack. The website Watchdog.com tells us that a group known as the Virginia Voters Alliance counted 44,000 voters registered in Maryland as well as Virginia. An additional 40 to 60 thousand dead voters were found to be on the active voters list in that one state of Virginia, according to the Social Security Administration. It’s not just Chicago any more,” he wrote.
He related a joke about voting rolls and procedures.
“In the days before voter fraud became unfunny, they told about the two men from a Democratic clubhouse in Chicago out in a graveyard late one night copying names from tombstones for voting purposes. One of the men noticed the other was falling row after row behind. ‘Hurry it up, pal,’ he said. ‘What’s wrong?’
“His buddy replied, ‘This is one of those tough Polish names. I’ve got to figure it out.’
“‘Forget about that one,’ stage-whispered his friend. ‘Just skip it and move on to the next one,'” Farber wrote.
“‘Whaddaya mean, ‘Move on’?’ he answered indignantly. ‘This guy has as much right to vote as all the rest in here!'”