This column by ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams was published October 19, 2016 by PJ Media.
Give the Devil his due. John Podesta here, as in many other cases, is the Devil.
Podesta seems to have figured out that, because of vulnerabilities in our election system, foreigners can get registered to vote and get voter ID at the same time.
He has revealed one of the biggest vulnerabilities in American elections, one that exists entirely because of the Motor Voter law.
Wikileaks emails show Podesta reaching this conclusion — and wanting to exploit it:
John Podesta: I think Teddy’s idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated.
On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections.
Podesta’s right. Alien registration and voting is the next big battle for election integrity, because federal mandates created vulnerabilities in our election process.
Here’s how it works.
Under Motor Voter, registrants can get registered to vote while they get their driver’s license or “photo ID.” How? Well, getting registered to vote is as easy as marking “YES” to the question: “Are you a citizen of the United States?”
As Podesta notes, when you attest you are a citizen, you get registered. It’s automatic. It’s mandated under federal law.
The registrant then signs the form, stating under “penalty of perjury” that the answers are correct. It’s an honor system — but only four states engage in citizenship verification.
And three of those four states are currently entangled in litigation with leftist groups trying to end that verification: Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia.
These leftist groups have allies in the Justice Department, which has also fought citizenship verification measures ferociously.
Now we may know why. Alien registrants lie in enormous numbers, and are now on American voter rolls. Naturally, Democrats and the media do all they can to minimize the scope of the problem, because the former benefit from it.
Don’t states check if the answer to the citizen question is truthful? Don’t they make sure that only citizens are registering when they get their driver’s license/photo ID?
No and no. It isn’t happening.
That’s what Podesta means when he writes: “when you attest that you are a citizen” you have a right to vote. Courts — as recently as today in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals — have largely agreed with Podesta’s view.
I am involved in litigation right now in multiple locations regarding failing to use all the tools available to verify citizenship. Most election officials do absolutely nothing to verify citizenship.
Moreover, the Public Interest Legal Foundation conducted a scratch-the-surface investigation into a small number of Virginia counties, and found over 1,000 registrants were removed from the rolls for citizenship problems. These were people who didn’t tell the truth when they registered to vote and said they were a citizen.
They had photo ID.
Hundreds of ballots were cast from these voters.
Remember, this was only eight counties out of over 130 — and just in the state of Virginia. Election officials in Virginia are concealing the full extent of the problem. Worse, these registrants were only caught because they told the truth when they renewed their driver’s license.
These are federal felonies — yet there hasn’t been a single prosecution by the Obama Justice Department despite the names of aliens who registered and voted routinely appearing in the media.
Podesta would be pleased.
If you want to see how far the Washington Post will go to cover over the scale of the alien voting registration problem, look here.
It’s important for those who care about election integrity to be ahead of the curve, not behind it. Voter ID is important. Free and easy voter ID should be the law in fifty states. But it’s increasingly likely that voter ID is yesterday’s fight, at least to Democrats.
There is a much more plentiful harvest to be had in the fields of alien voting. Sadly, federal law, namely the no-verification provisions of Motor Voter, makes the harvest all too easy.