Elections

Michigan official once honored by Dems now facing election fraud charges

A Michigan official who earlier this year received an award from the state’s Democratic Party is now facing six felony charges for allegedly forging records and falsely marking absentee ballots as invalid during the 2018 election. Sherikia Hawkins, 38, city clerk for the city of Southfield, was arrested Monday after the Oakland County Clerk’s office noticed discrepancies in voter counts while certifying absentee ballots from Southfield. State police investigated and found that records had been altered so that nearly 200 voter files were improperly listed as invalid. “Our elections are the foundation of our democracy, and under my and Attorney General [Dana] Nessel’s administration there will be no tolerance for any actions that undermine that foundation — anywhere, anytime, by any person or official,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement. According to court documents, Michigan police found that 193 absentee voter files were changed in the city’s computer system to say they either had no signature or no return date, when they had both valid signatures and return dates. Police stated that after Oakland County Election Director Joseph Rozell found that Hawkins had submitted altered reports, his staff found the original ones in a trash can at the election division office. Benson insisted that the alleged fraud did not affect the outcome of the election. “All valid votes in the election were ultimately counted and the final official vote total was accurate,” she said, according to The Detroit News. Hawkins’ arrest comes just months after she was honored May 18 at the Michigan Democratic Party’s Legacy Dinner, where she received the Dingell/Levin Award. In 2017, she was listed among the “40 under 40” by the Michigan Chronicle, according to a government bio from her previous role as Pontiac city clerk. Hawkins was charged with falsifying records in violation of state election law, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime. The top count carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. She was arraigned on Monday and released on $15,000 bond, according to a state press release. Hawkins has a probable cause conference set for Sept. 30, and another hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.

Another corrupt Democrat busted.  Ms. Hawkins is, of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty.  And, we will wait til she’s had her day in court.  However, if she IS guilty of this, she should be made an example of and sentenced accordingly.  That said…  Isn’t it curious how often we hear Dems say there isn’t any voter fraud?  And yet, we see example after example of voter fraud happening all the time!  Thankfully this one didn’t mean a change in the outcome of the election.  But, sometimes voter fraud DOES affect the outcome, which of course, is the goal of such fraud..  With that in mind, we support voter ID laws and other efforts to ensure voter fraud doesn’t happen, and that each legitimate, valid vote is counted….but not the votes of dead people, dogs, and illegal aliens.

Los Angeles County agrees to purge up to 1.5 million voters from its rolls in settlement

Los Angeles County has agreed to conduct a purge of its voting rolls, in a move that could strip perhaps 1.5 million inactive voters from the lists of those eligible to cast ballots. The county made the deal in a settlement last week with Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest firm, saying that under a recent Supreme Court ruling, it has a duty to remove names of people who appear to have either died, moved from the county or lost interest in voting. The county committed to mailing hundreds of thousands of voters already deemed inactive to see whether they are still eligible voters, and to removing names of people who don’t respond to notices and who miss two subsequent federal elections. The county also agreed to try to weed out dead people still on the rolls. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who was also part of the settlement, committed to send notices to all registrars informing them that they, too, must take steps to cancel voters who miss voting in repeated elections and fail to respond to follow-up notices. Judicial Watch called the settlement, involving both the nation’s biggest state and the biggest county, a significant win for conservatives who have been trying to harness the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, better known as “Motor-Voter,” to try to clean up voter rolls even as Democrats use the law to expand voter access. “This is a major NVRA victory — probably the biggest in the history,” said Robert Popper, the Judicial Watch lawyer who fought the case. He said he expects most of the more than 1.5 million names on the county’s inactive voter list will end up being removed.

Tucker Carlson: Accepting election outcomes you don’t like is something only Republicans are required to do

It’s been more than a week since the last votes were cast in the 2018 midterms, that was last Tueday. but still several key races remain unresolved. In the state of Florida, a recount is ongoing, and we’ll have more on that in a moment. It’s a pretty weird story. But perhaps strangest of all is what’s happening in Georgia. The race for Georgia governor was tight for months, you probably followed it, but it finished in the end pretty much exactly where the polls predicted it would finish: The Republican Brian Kemp defeated Democrat Stacy Abrams by about one and a half percentage points. In a big state, that is an awful lot of votes. For reasons she hasn’t really explained though, Stacey Abrams has refused to accept those results. Her allies are now claiming the election was stolen. Here’s what some of them are saying: OHIO SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D): If Stacy Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it. It’s clear. It’s clear. NEW JERSEY SEN. CORY BOOKER (D): Stacey Abrams’s election is being stolen from her, using what I think are insidious measures to disenfranchise certain groups of people HILLARY CLINTON: I know Stacey well, she was one of my really strong surrogates in the campaign. If she’d had a fair election, she already would have won. Election fraud! That’s what they’re saying. — By the way, is there anyone more fraudulent than Cory Booker? Think about that. But back to election fraud. It’s a serious charge. And it’s telling that nobody making that charge has provided any evidence that it actually happened. No detail at all. Most remarkable of all though is that Hillary Clinton is one of the voices in this chorus. We keep track and we remember Hillary’s view just two years ago. Here’s what she thought of losing candidates who claim the election is rigged in October 2016: “That’s horrifying! You know, every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims, whatever it is, it’s rigged against him. … That is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. … He is denigrating, he’s talking down our democracy. And I, for one, am appalled.” She’s appalled. You got to accept the outcomes you don’t like. But it turns out that accepting outcomes you don’t like is something only Republicans are required to do. Richard Nixon had an entire presidential election stolen from him by JFK in 1960. Liberals applauded when Nixon chose not to contest that election. But Democrats do not apply the same standard to themselves. When Democrats lose, there is always a reason, a reason that has nothing to do with alienating voters or getting fewer votes. It’s Putin rigged the machines. The Macedonians hacked Facebook. Roger Stone sent unapproved tweets, or the perennial favorite, you’re racist, all of you who didn’t vote for us, you’re racist, you’re immoral bigots. And, of course, that’s what we’re hearing once again now. By the way, it’s a lie. America is not a racist country. It’s a kind and decent country. But the left hopes that by calling you enough names they’ll bully you into giving them more power. They always try that and sometimes it works. It might work this time. The question is what’s the cost to the country?

Exactly..  Well said, Tucker.  Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET).

Donald Trump Taunts Florida Democrats for Nominating Socialist Andrew Gillum

President Donald Trump celebrated Wednesday that the Republican nominee for Florida governor was facing a radical socialist in the election. “Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream,” Trump marveled on Twitter. “A failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city.” Gillum surprised the Democrat establishment in Flordia with a primary victory. He was endorsed by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and ran on a platform of universal health care, a $15 an hour minimum wage, abolishing ICE, and repealing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” gun defense law. “This is not what Florida wants or needs!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Gillum was endorsed by liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros and published a video calling for Trump’s impeachment.

Names of non-US citizens increasingly found on voter rolls

Non-American citizens are increasingly found on voter rolls thanks to covert registration methods, with nothing actually stopping them from casting a ballot in an election. Elizaveta Shuvalova, a Russian citizen who became a U.S. citizen only last year, was registered as an eligible voter in 2012 and added to the San Francisco voter rolls, the Washington Times reported. She was perplexed to find herself in the voter rolls, saying she wasn’t an American citizen and didn’t even register to vote. “I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life,” Shuvalova told the paper. “This is news to me.” The woman’s voter log shows that she signed up as a Democrat in July 2012. In 2016, her registration was canceled after she informed election authorities that she wasn’t eligible to vote because she wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen. “This is definitely a shocker to me. It is like an identity fraud because this is not coming from my end,” the woman, who identifies as a Democrat, said. “Like I told you, I haven’t even been a citizen during that time frame. So what can we do about it?” But the case of Shuvalova is part of a larger concern some groups have when it comes to the integrity of elections. They claim that stories like hers are a common occurence in many parts of the country. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in election integrity, found that non-Americans are being added to voter rolls in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. The group says that a large portion of the non-citizens even managed to cast their ballots in elections as well. For instance, in 2017, the group found that nearly 5,600 people on the voter rolls in Virginia were deemed as non-citizens, with a third of them voting in previous elections. “Our voter registration system masks non-citizens and allows the opportunity to vote until they decide to self-report at their own peril. All of this could have been prevented if states actually verified citizen eligibility upfront,” Logan Churchwell, communications and research director for the foundation, told the Times.

For more of this shocking story, click on the text above.

Supreme Court rules state law banning political apparel at polls is illegal

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political apparel to the polls, saying it was too draconian in stifling Americans’ First Amendment rights. The 7-2 decision said it may be possible for states to restrict stridently political T-shirts and buttons, but the justices said Minnesota didn’t justify why its law needed to be so broad. Minnesota’s ban covered any “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” a voter might wear. Andrew Cilek, a state voter, challenged the law after he was told he couldn’t vote in 2010 because he was wearing a T-shirt with the emblem of a local tea party group and had a button asking for poll workers to check his ID. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing the majority opinion, said the law left it up to poll workers to decide what was political, creating the potential for conflicting or mischievous decisions over whether something is political. He wondered whether someone wearing a Boy Scout uniform would have to cover it up. “A rule whose fair enforcement requires an election judge to maintain a mental index of the platforms and positions of every candidate and party on the ballot is not reasonable,” the chief justice wrote. Mr. Cilek said the ruling meant free speech and the Constitution prevailed in his legal fight. “It’s ridiculous that the state would dig in its heels to the point we had to take them to the highest court in the nation,” he said. “Well, we showed that our right to free speech doesn’t stop at the polling place. Our Framers would be proud.” The lower courts had sided with the state, which argued the law was meant to avoid campaigning and disturbances near the ballot box. Thursday’s ruling overturns that decision. Justice Roberts said they weren’t striking down other state laws, saying there may be room for states to impose reasonable restrictions that can meet constitutional muster.

Agreed!  A well thought-out decision…and a decision in support of free speech.  For more on today’s ruling by the Supremes, click on the text above.   🙂

GOP keeps control of Virginia House of Delegates as Yancey defeats Simonds in drawing

Virginia Republicans will retain their control of the state House of Delegates after incumbent GOPDel. David E. Yancey held his 94th District seat after defeating Democrat Shelly Simonds in a rare random drawing Thursday in Richmond. After several recounts election officials said the November vote was an exact tie, with the GOP’s 18-year control of the state’s lower house hanging in the balance. The race literally came down to the luck of the draw and Mr. Yancey’s name was pulled out of a blue ceramic bowl by a member of the Virginia State Board of Elections, ending at least for now a political saga that started to unfold after Democrats made stunning gains in the November election, which was widely viewed as a rebuke of President Trump. “The winner of House District 94 is David Yancey,” said James Alcorn, chair of the state board of elections. It was much needed good news for Republicans who had seen their 17-seat majority in the House of Delegates the House of Delegates whittled down to a single seat and a bitter pill to swallow for Democrats who have served in the minority since the 1999 election. With Democrat Ralph Northam winning the governorship, Democrats were on the verge of seizing a much bigger share of power in Richmond. The last time a tie was decided by “lot” in Virginia was for a House of Delegates seat in 1971, but this tie-breaker was seen as more crucial because control of the chamber was up for grabs. “As everybody knows voting is the civic sacrament of democracy and this election has certainly shown the importance of every vote and the power of one single vote,” Mr. Alcorn said minutes before pulling Mr. Yancey’s name. “This election certainly will be a reminder for everybody that every vote counts and we encourage all eligible Virginians to participate in elections.” Mrs. Simonds attended the event. Mr. Yancey did not. The drawing came a day after a three-judge panel in Newport News refused to reconsider the decision it made regarding a contested ballot, paving the way for the high-profile tie-breaker. “This election has certainly shown the importance of every vote and the power of one single vote,” Mr. Alcorn said minutes before pulling Mr. Yancey’s name.

Crazy..  Next time someone says, “my vote doesn’t matter,”…have them read this.  To see a video of the drawing of Mr. Yancey’s name, click on the text above.