A new report by a national watchdog organization found evidence of major voter fraud going on in Virginia and Pennsylvania, but the problems are likely affecting many more states, says the group’s leader.
The same organization that uncovered fraud in Virginia and in Philadelphia – the Public Interest Legal Foundation – is also filing lawsuits claiming voter fraud is taking place in Broward County, Florida, and in Wake County, North Carolina.
And, WND has learned, an investigation by a separate watchdog group in Maryland has uncovered major irregularities there.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation’s report found more than 1,000 instances of illegal immigrants or non-citizens being registered to vote in just eight Virginia counties. They cast nearly 200 ballots in elections before being purged from voter rolls.
The other 125 counties in Virginia did not provide data, so the problem is much more widespread than the small sample would indicate, said attorney J. Christian Adams, who represents the foundation.
“It’s not just these two states,” Adams said. “These are just the two states we focused on.”
Most states fail to purge their voter rolls of non-U.S. citizens – those here illegally and those here legally but who are not citizens, said Adams.
The problem is getting the data.
Refusing to crack down
Adams, a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who authored the book “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department,” said states have plenty of tools they could use to purge their voter rolls of fraudulent voters, but they refuse to use those tools.
One of the tools is the jury-duty process. Persons who register to vote get placed in the pool of jury duty applicants in most states, but it’s only when they get a notice calling them to serve on a jury that many will then admit they are not citizens. There are methods of cross-checking the jury duty rolls, as well as the driver’s license rolls.
“I wish Virginia was doing that,” Adams said. “The governor vetoed legislation last year that would have required it.”
So how were the illegal voters caught in Virginia?
“These people lied when they got a driver’s license, their license came up for renewal and then they told the truth and it set off a flag,” Adams said.
Basically, they turned themselves in.
The foundation’s report shows the majority of fraud consists of non-citizens lying on voter registration forms, saying they are U.S. citizens when they are not. Federal law makes this a felony, but offenders are rarely prosecuted.
States all use the same voter registration form, which places them on the “honor system,” essentially taking the word of the applicant that he or she is a U.S. citizen when they check the box declaring their citizenship, Adams said.
“We have to be on the honor system because of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, also called the motor voter law,” Adams said. “It’s a federally mandated form.”
Trump not prepared
Adams said he does not believe the presidential campaign of Donald Trump is prepared to counter the problem of fraudulent immigrant voters casting their ballots for Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t think they quite understand the nature of the problem or the solutions. It’s not easy stuff,” he said. “The solution is not something that’s done in October before an election; it’s something done in January in the state legislatures and throughout the year, to make sure the states use all the tools available to purge their voter rolls, and Virginia and Pennsylvania aren’t doing that.”
“States everywhere are not using all the tools that are available to them,” he added.
He refused to speculate on why states were failing in this area other than a lack of will.
“In Virginia, they tried to conceal the information, and in Philadelphia they didn’t care about the information,” he said. “Philadelphia doesn’t even care now. They don’t ask for the information. They don’t try to figure out who the ineligible people are on their voting rolls, and in Virginia [most counties] won’t even give us the information; they’re hiding it.”
The conclusion to the foundation’s report states:
“The problem is real and the solutions are simple. What is happening in Virginia is happening in every other state. Your vote is at risk and elected officials must act. You can help. Please contact your local election officials to ask what they are doing to ensure voter lists are accurate and free of ineligible voters.”
It also includes a list of recommendations on how states can curtail voter fraud.
Maryland analysis finds dirty dealing in Baltimore
A separate group of activists has also found irregularities in Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore.
Lewis Porter is a Maryland resident who in 2013 started Maryland-20-20 Watch, a watchdog organization concerned with upholding the integrity of Maryland’s voting rolls. Specifically, the group has requested ballot data from the city of Baltimore, which is Maryland’s largest voting district with a whopping 296 precincts.
The State Board of Elections took more than 75 days to respond to an open records request seeking ballot information on the April 26 primary election,
“They’re supposed to respond within 30 days and give you an idea of when they can comply, in a timely manner,” he said. “And they didn’t do any of that.”
He said he had to contact the attorney general’s office to get the Board of Elections to respond to his request. When they did, what he found shocked him.
Porter says widespread irregularities were found, especially with so-called provincial ballots, which are ballots cast by voters outside of their home precincts.
“They stuff the ballot box with provincial ballots,” he said.
The state has very clear rules, set by law, on how provincial ballots are to be treated. They are supposed to be stored in a secure place and only opened and reviewed after the election, when a panel decides if they are to be accepted or rejected.
He said many voting sites in the city opened the paper ballots and placed them in the counting machine.
“Some of the precincts reported 100 percent turnout, which is insane. In Baltimore, there are 296 precincts, and we think this is part of the problem, an over-abundance of precincts per capita. So we tabulated and divided it out and put the pieces back together, and what we found out was that certain precincts had an extreme number of errors.”
The most egregious errors were found in one precinct where Maryland 20-20 found a 57 percent error rate, meaning for every 100 ballots that were entered for a tabulation, 57 contained irregularities.
“This was the highest. The next highest precinct was 41 percent, and another had 28 percent and down from there. There were 10 or 11 precincts that had corruptions rates of 10 percent or higher, he said.
Nearly 80 percent of the precincts had at least a 1 percent error rate, Maryland 20-20 reported.
“The explanation was the poll workers didn’t know that they were not supposed to be opening these provincial ballots and counting them until after the election,” Porter said. “It’s over-the-top ridiculous. The law is written. It’s clear. You’re supposed to fill out the provincial ballot, fold it over. It’s put into a bag, and it’s supposed to be put in locked storage and not touched again until after the election. The bags were just sitting out in the open, unlocked.”
Maryland 20-20 contends that these ballots were not only open and counted but they also destroyed ballots in some precincts.
“They either entered and counted these provincial ballots when they shouldn’t have or they could not explain the absence of a paper ballot,” Porter said. “The mainstream media have not spoken on this issue in Maryland.”
Porter said he’s been going around speaking to groups about his findings. When he asks his audiences what level of tainted ballots would be acceptable, he inevitably is told “zero.”
“The bottom line is, when I ask how many inconsistencies or irregularities are acceptable, everyone says ‘zero.’ They are supposed to give an explanation for these irregularities, and they cannot explain it. Baltimore city rules Maryland’s votes because of its corrupted elections. It does it for the presidential elections, for senators, some of the congressional elections. It all goes into a corrupted process. At a minimum, we’re saying it’s unexplained inconsistencies. The contamination rate is way too high.”
“All of the driver’s licenses, voter registration forms, financial aid forms, everything, it’s just ‘check, check, check,'” said Ann Corcoran, another immigration watchdog in Maryland who blogs at Refugee Resettlement Watch.
How Trump can clean up the fraud
Robert Romano, senior editor of Americans for Limited Government, recently wrote that Trump, if elected, should make cleaning up the nation’s voter rolls a national priority.
“Donald Trump has promised to tackle the issue of illegal immigration as a central plank of his platform. Should he win the election in November, he might also wish to address the critical issue of non-citizen voting,” Romano writes in an article for NetRightDaily.com.
All Trump would have to do is enforce existing laws, Romano says.
For starters, since it is already illegal for non-citizens to either vote or register to vote, and under 18 U.S. Code § 371 it is illegal for two or more persons to conspire to break any federal law, Romano says a new administration “could force states to purge their rolls by providing them a verifiable list of eligible and ineligible voters in every state using existing birth, immigration, naturalization, marriage and state motor vehicle records.
“The federal government could then issue a regulation based on those laws and utilizing that data to compel states to purge voter rolls of ineligible non-citizens.”
If the states refuse, Romano notes, they would then be participating in a criminal conspiracy to commit election fraud and state officials could be prosecuted and imprisoned for each count — “one for every non-citizen voter they refused to purge from the records.”
“I venture to guess those state voter rolls would be cleaned up in a jiffy.”
“The issue boils down to maintaining integrity in our electoral processes, and to ensure our democracy cannot be overtaken by foreigners outside the franchise. And by creating a very real penalty when laws against non-citizen voting are violated.
“Only citizens should vote, and perhaps, for the first time, a Trump administration could make sure that’s the case.”