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Cruz: Amend Motor Voter To Require Citizenship

From the Politico:

Ted Cruz amendment would allow voter ID

By BURGESS EVERETT | June 17, 2013

Ted Cruz didn’t wait long to mount a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling against Arizona’s voter registration rule.

An amendment submitted by the Texas senator on Monday afternoon to the Senate’s immigration bill would “permit states to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for federal office.” Cruz’s measure would amend the National Voter Registration Act.

“Today #SCOTUS ruled federal ‘Motor Voter’ law preempts AZ proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration,” Cruz said on Twitter. “I’ll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters & close this hole in fed statutory law.”

Cruz worked quickly: About two hours later, his amendment had already been filed — it’s one of several dozen that lawmakers are trying to get attached to the immigration overhaul as Senate leaders negotiate which ones get time on the Senate floor. It is Cruz’s first amendment to the immigration bill and the proposal didn’t initially garner any co-sponsors.

That’s how much our political leaders care about the sanctity of the voting box.

Meanwhile, we are constantly told vote fraud is a ‘Republican myth.’ And yet every day there are news reports about vote fraud cases, like this one from Fox News:

Indiana Dem official sentenced to prison for ’08 ballot fraud in Obama-Clinton primary

By Eric Shawn | June 17, 2013

As Hillary Clinton prepares for a possible presidential run in 2016, it appears that she could have knocked then-candidate Barack Obama off the 2008 primary ballot in Indiana.

If anyone, including her campaign, had challenged the names and signatures on the presidential petitions that put Obama on the ballot, election fraud would have been detected during the race. But at the time, no one did.

And, yes, petitions are different from voter registration. But the same groups who do these ballot petitions are the same groups who also do voter registration drives. (Like ACORN.)

On Monday… the four defendants who were convicted or pleaded guilty in the state’s presidential petition fraud scandal were sentenced. Only one received prison time for the illegal scheme that touched the race for the White House.

Naturally. Stealing elections just isn’t that big of a crime. As long as it’s Democrats doing the stealing.

"If there is a victim here, it is probably the Democratic Party," said St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John Marnocha…

Right.

The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged — an estimated 200 or more — that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, "the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn’t have been on the ballot for the primary." …

And we will later hear that this fraud was not "caught" by the election board officials, or even the news media. It was caught by a college student.

In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time…

"When you do something like this, we are going to find out and you’re going to be held accountable," declared Levco. He called the sentences "appropriate." …

Again, they were found out almost by accident. And their light sentences are far from accountability.

The election fraud was first uncovered by Yale University junior Ryan Nees, who wrote about the scheme for the independent political newsletter Howey Politics Indiana and the South Bend Tribune.

Nees has told Fox News that the fraud was clearly evident, "because page after page of signatures are all in the same handwriting."

He also noted that no one raised any red flags about the forgeries, and that the petitions sailed through the Board of Elections without any problems, "because election workers in charge of verifying their validity were the same people faking the signatures."

"The most amazing part about this voter fraud case involving the highest office in the United States is the fact that such a few number of people, because of laziness, arrogance or both did not do their job and thus could have affected the outcome of the election," noted St. Joseph County Republican Party Charwoman Dr. Deborah Fleming.

And if it happened once, you can bet it has happened hundreds of times.

Morgan was accused of being the scheme’s mastermind who ordered the petition fraud. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is the 2nd Congressional district, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704.

Prosecutors said that in President Obama’s case, nine of the petition pages were apparently forged. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible total of 90 faked names, which could have brought the Obama total below the legal limit that was required for him to qualify for the ballot.

Prosecutors said 13 Clinton petitions were apparently forged, meaning up to 130 possibly fake signatures.  Even if those names had been challenged, Clinton would still have been left with enough signatures to meet the 500-person threshold comfortably…

Former Board of Registration worker and Democratic Party volunteer Lucas Burkett told them he forged signatures and was part of the forgery plan at first, but then became uneasy about what was going on and quit.

Burkett told investigators that "there were meetings at which several people explicitly agreed to forge these petitions," and that it was his job to "forge petitions for candidate Barack Obama." He told authorities that Shelton "was assigned to forge petitions for candidate Hillary Clinton" and Blythe "was assigned to forge petitions for candidate John Edwards."  When Edwards dropped out of the race at the end of January 2008 and Burkett refused to continue the forgeries, Burkett said Morgan ordered Blythe to take over his job and forge the Obama petitions.

Numerous voters told Fox News that they never signed them… Even a former Democratic governor of Indiana, Joe Kernan, told Fox News that his name was forged…

Being a Democrat, he was probably tickled pink.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Cruz: Amend Motor Voter To Require Citizenship”

  1. Noyzmakr

    I wonder if Superior Court Judge John Marnocha broke his ruler slapping everyone on the wrist?




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