California, Virginia Refuse To Cooperate With Trump Voter Fraud Probe
“California and Virginia on Thursday refused to comply with a request from President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission to provide personal information about registered voters.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement that Trump’s voter fraud commission’s request of personal voting data on every American voter “is a waste of taxpayer money” that aims to ratify a false claim that millions voted illegally. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the probe “politically motivated and silly.”
California, which had more than 19.4 million registered voters as of February, was the first state to announce it will not comply with the commission’s request. Virginia soon followed. Trump’s commission on Wednesday asked all states to provide personal information about registered voters. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that millions voted illegally in last year’s presidential election.
″I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally,” Padilla said.
“California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by” Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Kris Kobach, vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Padilla continued. “The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections.”
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Sale of Voter Registration Data Raises Questions, Objections
|| NBC San Diego
“If you’re a registered voter, are you aware that what you write on your registration form is publicly available?
“Commercial” interests are barred from that data.
But all sorts of other people have legal access to it.
A lot of people think only government agencies can access voter registration information – the courts, for instance, to summon you for jury duty.
But it can be purchased for purposes such as scholarly and journalistic research, and for use in “elections” and “politics”.
Buyers are only a phone call away from you.
“So I received a phone call and was invited to be paid to share my political opinions,” says Jennifer Armour, a voter registered in the city of San Diego. “And I was told the reason I was being called was because of information that was tied to my voter registration.”
Armour was being solicited for a political focus group — under state law, an appropriate cause to which county voter registrars can sell voter registration information ‘at cost’.
But the telemarketer, whose phone number Armour eventually tracked to a local research firm, wouldn’t tell her who was behind the request.
And that just didn’t seem ‘cricket’.
“The marketing firm that represents a political organization is not the political organization themselves,” Armour said in an interview Thursday. “So that is another entity that was given my information that maybe should not have.”
She filed a complaint with the registrar’s office, where voter forms say your information is protected against “commercial use”.
Purchasers of that data have to fill out forms certifying they’re qualified to receive it.
But ‘gray areas’ seem to abound.
“Those definitions are going to be defined and investigated by the Secretary of State’s office to determine whether or not it meets the letter of the law,” says Michael Vu, San Diego County’s registrar of voters, whose office handled about 160 voter data requests last year.
Voters need not disclose their phone numbers on the registration forms, so that’s one way to ward off calls from telemarketers.
Vu says the last four digits of Social Security numbers and drivers’ licenses are never publicly revealed.
Armour offers this suggestion: “If they just give out a list that has however many voters that are registered in San Diego County and say ‘Have fun looking for the people you’re interested in contacting’ — even that would make me feel a little bit better.”
Changes like that are the province of the Legislature, and no doubt there’d be pushback from various interest groups — especially the folks who send you those election-cycle mailers.”
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Alien Invasion: Thousands of Foreigners Registered to Vote (and Voting) in Virginia
|| PJ Media
“Some inside the Beltway are in a froth about foreign influence in our elections.
Yet I’ll wager they won’t say a word about real foreign influence in elections — even when actual evidence exists.
A new report released today documents that in Virginia alone, 5,556 voter registrations were cancelled because of citizenship defects. Many of those cancelled had gotten on the voter rolls despite saying on their voter registration form that they were an alien and not eligible to vote.
Voter history records also show that many thousands of ballots were cast by registrants removed for citizenship defects.
Only Americans should be electing American leaders, but that isn’t happening.
Even worse, the report documents the extensive efforts by state and local election officials to conceal the extent of noncitizen registration and voting.
These efforts include internal emails that revealed an intent to alter public records to hide the full extent of noncitizen cancellations.
The report, titled “Alien Invasion II: The Sequel to the Discovery and Cover Up of Non-Citizen Registration and Voting in Virginia,” notes that the 5,556 removed for citizenship defects in Virginia are only the tip of the iceberg. These 5,556 were only caught by accident after each told a state agency of his or her alien status after previously registering to vote. Had they never provided an inconsistent answer to citizenship status, they never would have been detected.
The report released by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, of which I am president, can be accessed here.
PILF originally asked in 2016 for election records demonstrating registrants removed from the voter rolls for citizenship defects. Under federal law, all list maintenance records are subject to public inspection. You would have thought election officials would be transparent and keen to comply with federal disclosure laws.”
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