By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Sometimes the margin makes it inconsequential insofar as the final result is concerned, Save Jerseyans, but sloppy, antiquated or in some cases downright corrupt vote tabulation procedures are costing the GOP in close contests.
The 2012 presidential election provided its own examples, but you’ve also been following the drama down in LD2 right here at Save Jersey.
That’s not all. Check out the latest development in Passaic County (h/t Bergen Record):
“Sherine El-Abd, the superintendent, said volunteers from the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization have spent the weeks since Election Day combing through voter logs and checking signatures beside ballots that were cast. Although that probe is not complete, El-Abd said Republicans have identified “more than 10,000” ballots that contain purported voter signatures that bear little resemblance to the handwriting found next to voters’ names in previous elections.”
If that’s the case, then it’s easy to see why Republican Assembly candidate Joseph Scarpa in LD38 (who lost by 54 votes with one Passaic town in his district) thinks a recount is warranted. The usual convenient Democrat response is that “every vote should be counted.” Of course! If it’s actually a vote. Isn’t that the one million dollar question? A fraudulent vote does just as much to disenfranchise citizens as does a non-vote.
There’s no easy solution. A legal fix to tighten up voting standards (including a common sense voter ID law) is unlikely with a Democrat legislature, but if we’re ever going to win these tight ones in the future, Save Jerseyans, the GOP needs to immediately and vastly expand and improve its Election Day poll monitoring operations AND work much harder to get Republican county clerks elected. We’re getting killed out there and it’s a threat to our democratic process that should concern everyone regardless of party affiliation…
Democrats Apply Different Standards to Bullets Than Ballots
By Irwin M. Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog
(Author’s note: I believe in asking for ID when someone wants to vote and wants to buy a gun to prove that they are who they say they are, and calling out hypocrites and BSers for what they are.)
Remember a few months ago, Save Jerseyans, when Democrats kept telling us that it was racist and discriminatory to ask for ID?
Sure you do. Republicans nationwide were looking to pass common sense voter ID laws to ensure that whole “one person, one vote” clause in the 14th Amendment still had teeth and to prevent less-than-scrupulous citizens from voting multiple times under different names, an almost untraceable crime.
Opinion: U.S. Governments Should Do More to Foster Voter Participation
By Scott Alexander | The Save Jersey Blog
President Obama last night announced the creation of a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. He tapped Democrat lawyer Bob Bauer and Republican lawyer Ben Ginsgberg to co-chair the commission. I agree that we need to do all we can to make sure our “God-given rights are protected here at home.”
The sad reality is that the United States is 138th out of 169 countries in terms of Representative voter turn-out versus the voting age population. We are 12th out of 16 countries in North America, behind Canada for registered voter turnout.
Voter turnout growth as a percent of registered voters and total population is flat. Our Democracy is weaker because the voice of all citizens is not being heard. Though it is a right and responsibility of citizens to vote the complexity of life and built up disdain for Government and its processes has created the environment of not prioritizing the need to vote.
It is the responsibility of Congress to enable and foster our Constitution, and in this case be innovative to make sure all voices are heard at the polls. We are the lead proponent of democracy through action and funding in the world, but when it comes to our own country our turnout results don’t represent our international actions.
An interesting new Monmouth University Poll suggests a strong majority of Americans consider voter fraud to be a problem.
The catch? They’re oblivious to it in their own backyards:
Just over a third (36%) of registered voters feel that voter fraud is a major problem in the United States and 33% say it is a minor problem, while 20% report it is not a problem. Another 12% have no opinion on this issue. This level of concern drops when voters are asked about fraudulent voting in the area where they live. Just 10% say it is a major problem locally and 28% say it is a minor problem, while nearly half (45%) say it is not a problem. Another 17% have no opinion.”
Can you really blame them, Save Jerseyans?
Mainstream media outlets routinely ignore voter fraud stories. The American people have heard more on their nightly news broadcasts about Big Bird, tax returns and binders than, for example, the great work performed by James O’Keefe.
People are smart, but there’s a lot of learned ignorance out there. The poll didn’t ask about voter id laws; Americans nevertheless instinctively know they makes sense.
Click here to view the full poll results and data tables.
Logic be damned, Save Jerseyans!
This is politics, and when judges get political, democracy suffers.
Moments ago, we learned that the Pennsylvania voter id law is officially off the table for Election 2012. I suppose that’s why the PA Supreme Court remanded; otherwise, they would have just affirmed the original ruling and been done with it (via AP):
The decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID could be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The law could go into full effect next year, under Simpson’s ruling.
However, Simpson based his decision on guidelines given to him days ago by the high court justices, and it could easily be the final word on the law just five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.”
The Court’s decision DOES, however, allow the law to go into effect next year…
…after Barack Obama has carried Pennslyvania.
The Mainstream Media (led by The Associated Press) attack voter id law initiatives by claiming that voter fraud is imaginary (even though President Obama’s website has asked supporters to report it?). Other arguments are even dumber; a recent editorial posited that it’s unlikely to occur because of the lengthy prison terms associated with being caught.
You aren’t fooled, Save Jerseyans. You know fraud is real. You’ve seen it. We’ve written about it, but if you need statics and case studies to satisfy your curiosity, I highly recommend reading anything by the prolific John Fund.
We even saw two examples this week.
Did you know that there was a conviction in a 2007 New Jersey voter fraud case, yesterday afternoon, right here… in New Jersey? I’m sure you didn’t; only PolitickerNJ.com and The Sacramento Bee bothered to report on it.
The MSM is bothering to report on an alleged case in Florida involving Republicans; this uneven, openly-partisan scrutiny verifies their liberal bias, but it also validates James O’Keefe’s thesis that it’s easy to perpetrate regardless of who is trying to do it.
To the extent voter fraud is underreported/prosecuted, consider how voter fraud victims are typically (1) low income citizens in urban areas, (2) relatively new citizens and (3) senior citizens. Voter fraud is also voter “exploitation.” The rest of us aren’t without tools to fix this problem (or at least significantly limit it). The first logical protection for our nation’s most vulnerable voters — besides rescuing the failed public education system with school choice — are common sense voter id laws; unfortunately for those who could benefit most from voter id laws, proponents like yours truly are labeled as racists by politicians who benefit from leaving the problem unaddressed.
It’s frustrating, Save Jerseyans.
Still, we cannot give up. There’s no more important task for a republic than to safeguard the democratic process by ensuring the integrity of its elections. We’ll know any day now whether Pennsylvania’s law survives. I’ve been pushing for a bill here in New Jersey. Don’t let me go it alone!
Voter ID is quite the hot button issue this year. Democrats across the country claim that it is some diabolical scheme to ensure Republican victory in the fall. Republicans say that it will cut down on people who are not eligible to vote from going to the polls and canceling out legitimate votes.
What has always been most amusing to me is that both Democrats and Republicans are right on this issue. The GOP is correct that requiring a photo ID to vote would certainly cut down on voter fraud. And Democrats are correct that if voter fraud is squashed, Republican candidates will likely improve their chances of victory at the polls, because voter fraud, especially in cities like Philadelphia, which will be enforcing this new law for the first time this year, tends to favor Democrats.
A poll from earlier this month on voter ID laws by the Washington Post confirms that common sense is actually alive and well in the United States, despite what many believe. 74 percent of respondents agreed that voters should be required to show a government issued ID to vote. In a follow up question, over 80 percent of respondents agreed that voter fraud is a “problem” in the US, with nearly 50 percent calling it a “major” problem. (click image to enlarge).
With polls like this, the Romney campaign and the GOP need to start making an issue out of this. Let voters know that the Obama administration is actually suing states (and succeeding in some cases, such as Texas) to block these common sense voter ID laws. They need to let the American people know that the Obama administration is for voter fraud, and completely against the mainstream.
Save Jersey has been covering this issue and will continue to push for it here in New Jersey. Read our Save Jersey Voter ID archives here.
Are you paying attention, Republican legislators?
It’s been reported that Assemblycrats John McKeon (the same guy who blames taxpayers for high taxes) and Mila Jasey (a horrible liberal in her own right) will conduct an Essex County presser later today condemning voter ID laws.
I guess it’s starting to hit a little close to home for our homegrown liberals, Save Jerseyans, after our neighbor Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was upheld yesterday morning!
Save Jersey has consistently argued for the adoption of a similar law right here in the Garden State. Ironically, the news report cited above failed to mention that two companion pieces of voter ID legislation — sponsored by Republicans – continue to languish in the Democrat legislature. Why isn’t the GOP caucus defending its own proposals?
Good news today from across the Delaware River, Save Jerseyans.
Pennsylvania Judge Robert E. Simpson issued a 70-page decision denying an application for an injunction against Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. The key part of his ruling? Judge Simpson declared that the ACLU-led petitioners had failed to establish that “disenfranchisement [of PA voters] was immediate or inevitable.”
Duh! Minority turnout INCREASED in Georgia after their voter ID measure went into effect.
Now roughly 8.2 million registered voters in the Keystone State will be required to present state-approved photo identification at this November’s polling stations. It’s a beautiful thing, a logical move and, most importantly, it’s good for the health of our democracy. And everyone I’ve talked to says they expect the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to agree with Judge Simpson on appeal (if that happens).
The next move is yours, Trenton…
Regular Save Jersey readers know that I’ve argued for a similar law here in the Garden State. In fact, two companion pieces of legislation continue to languish in the Democrat legislature. You can click here to visit our extensive “voter ID” archives, check out my own proposal (based on the PA law) and get caught up to speed. Then click here to find your legislators’ contact information and DEMAND action on a New Jersey voter ID law!