Monthly Archives: December 2013

NYC Dept. of Investigations Reveals Ease of Voting in the Name of Ineligible Voters

Press release: “DOI’s operations also revealed that there are names of ineligible voters (e.g. felons and people no longer City residents), and deceased voters, on the BOE voter rolls, some for periods of up to four years. Accordingly, DOI investigators posing as a number of those ineligible or deceased individuals were permitted to vote in 61 cases, with no challenge or question by BOE poll workers. Investigators were turned away in 2 other cases. No votes were cast for any actual candidate or on any proposal during the course of the DOI operation. Investigators were not questioned by BOE poll workers, even when undercover investigators said they no longer resided in the City, or when there were obvious disparities between the ages of the investigators, some in their 20s and 30s, and the ineligible individuals in the voter rolls, some who would have been in their 80s and 90s.”

Coverage from NY Daily News, NY Post, John Fund.  So far I don’t see any NYT coverage.

There is no evidence any criminals engaged in any real world attempt to commit such fraud on a scale large enough to affect an election, in NYC or any other place of which I am aware, at least since the 1980s.

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“WyLiberty Attorneys File Petition with the United States Supreme Court”

Press release: “Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court today, requesting the Court hear an appeal of the case Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). Free Speech, a small grassroots group of three Wyomingites, sued the FEC in 2012 for maintaining vague and overbroad regulations that prevent political engagement. The case was dismissed by the Wyoming Federal District Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its ruling.”

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ELB Vacation Quick Hits

Dan Balz writes on red state law and blue state law in the polarized states.

The Lawyers’ Committee (and Perkins Coie) bring suit against Arizona for the addition of two at-large seats in a community college district.

New York says is wrongly decided and wants to keep its contribution limits to independent expenditure committees.

Political Maryland writes on a campaign finance “loophole.”

Harold Simmons, the large donor connected with the “Swift Boat” ads, has passed away.

WSJ considers blurred lines when lobbyists invest in the industries they represent.

Marc Caputo describes public corruption in Miami-Dade, including quite a few election law activities.

The Concord Monitor editorializes in favor for 17-year-old primary voting.

 CPI gives a Harper’s-like Money-in-Politics Index for 2013.

NYT considers a socialist on the Seattle city council.

WaPo canvasses new state election laws.

AND former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White loses his voter fraud appeal based upon ineffective assistance of counsel.

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