Voter Fraud in Virginia Abetted by ACLU

by Hans Bader on October 9, 2008 · 30 comments

in Global Warming, Legal, Personal Liberty, Politics as Usual

People openly boast about fraudulently registering to vote in Virginia, a swing state, even though they actually live, and are registered to vote, in other states.  The Norfolk, Virginia election board tried to do something about that, by making sure that people registering to vote in Virginia actually do live in the state.  One way it did that was to send questionnaires to students who came from out-of-state to attend Virginia colleges, and then registered in Virginia, to see if those students really qualify as Virginia residents.   It had every right to do that under federal court rulings, which hold that it is perfectly OK to require such proof of domicile (permanent residence) from everyone, students included.

However, the Obama campaign protested this, even though the Norfolk, Virginia election board is comprised primarily of Democrats, and represent a liberal stronghold.   In response, state officials appointed by Virginia’s liberal governor, Tim Kaine, ordered the Norfolk election board not to send any more questionnaires to confirm students’ domicile, even though state election law requires domicile as a condition for voting and registration.  The Norfolk board has followed this order under protest, even though it believes it violates state election law.

Now, the ACLU is bombarding local election officials (such as voting registrars) with letters falsely claiming that the Supreme Court has ruled that students can register to vote, no questions asked, based on their temporary student residence — even if they are from out-of-state, have out-of-state license plates, pay taxes out-of-state, and recently registered to vote in another state.

Similarly, the Obama campaign is telling students that if they attend school in one state, but have a permanent residence in another, they can register in either state of their choosing — a virtual invitation to commit vote fraud.

The ACLU’s claim about the Supreme Court’s rulings is just wrong.  It’s certainly contrary to my understanding of the law, and as a lawyer, I’ve handled Supreme Court cases, including successful voting rights cases.  It’s also contrary to the understanding of George Mason University law professor Michael Krauss, who explains how the ACLU and others are misleading the public about what the courts held in Symm v. United States.

If out-of-state students can register in Virginia, despite not really living in the state, they may be able to parlay that into claiming lower in-state tuition rates — thus costing Virginia colleges and state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I earlier chronicled strange things happening in Virginia, like Obama’s get-out-the-vote effort calling non-existent people in my household, as well as my infant daughter, to urge them to vote.

The left-wing activist group ACORN is active in registering voters in swing states, including imaginary people and minors.  It has a long history of vote fraud and financial fraud, and registering the same people to vote multiple times.  But little is being done about that, perhaps because it has close ties to liberal lawmakers, especially Obama.

Hans Bader October 9, 2008 at 6:59 am

For example, I was one of the attorneys who helped write the briefs for the prevailing party in Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, a case arising under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. See Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, 528 U.S. 320 (2000); Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, 520 U.S. 471 (1997).

Hans Bader October 9, 2008 at 11:40 am

Here are some of the Supreme Court cases I worked on.

I worked on the brief for the prevailing party in the voting-rights case of Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board, described in the comment below.).I was “on the brief” for the prevailing party in the landmark federalism case of United States v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598, 600 (2000).I filed an amicus brief on behalf of economists and scholars in support of the prevailing party in Watters v. Wachovia Bank, 127 S.Ct. 1559 (2007).I filed an amicus brief on behalf of the prevailing party in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 127 S.Ct. 2738 (2007).I also handle cases at the trial and appellate level, such as Coalition for Economic Equity v. Wilson, 122 F.3d 692 (9th Cir. 1997), a case that upheld against a constitutional challenge the ballot initiative sponsored by my clients.

Rob October 13, 2008 at 8:36 am

I wonder why you are not raising the same questions to Liberty University who is encouraging out of state students to register there so they can vote in Virgina, a "swing" state. Let's see, wonder if the majority of students who attend Liberty will vote for a Democrat? You partisan people are all alike, hypocrites.

Mary October 15, 2008 at 11:52 am

First of all, we should petition an appropriate judge to issue a cease and desist order to the ACLU barring them from all political activity until after the election. Second, we should prosecute them to the max. Third, publicize this! I realize that may be impossible, given the Obama-foot-licking nature of our media. Fourth, we should take action to prevent these students from voting–for starters, widely publicize the penalties for voter fraud, and the requirements for legal registration. Then, we should begin to prosecute students who have registered fraudulently. I would be willing to give them a suspended sentence–but do give them something so they will learn and abide by the requirements of legal voting in the future!

Nancyf October 16, 2008 at 8:11 am

Are we just looking for an excuse to throw away millions of democratic votes or are there actually some people who have registered as Republicans in that mess?

jennysmith November 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Most recently, election officials in Lake County, Indiana, found more than 2,100 fraudulent voter registration applications that were filed at the deadline by ACORN. According to a CNN report, at least one of ACORN’s applications in Lake County attempted to register a dead man.———————————————-Jennysmithvirginia drug rehab

adolfoceli December 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Such states as Indiana and Connecticut enacted laws giving escaped slaves the right to jury trials on appeal. Vermont and New York assured fugitives the right of jury trial and provided them with attorneys. Other states forbade state authorities to capture and return fugitives. After the Compromise of, most Northern states enacted further guarantees of jury trials and punishment for illegal seizure.————————adolfoconnecticut drug rehab

Alan January 4, 2009 at 4:15 am

RE: If out-of-state students can register in Virginia, despite not really living in the state, they may be able to parlay that into claiming lower in-state tuition rates — thus costing Virginia colleges and state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.Oh my God!!! The end of the world!!!!

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