Update: January 4, 2018
President Trump has dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and has referred investigation of voter fraud to the Department of Homeland Security.
I would point out that the ability to refuse to grant data to a national security arm of the Federal government is much lower than refusing an inquiry from a panel such as the one VP Pence was leading.
Litigation will no doubt ensue, but courts will be less likely to grant injunctions blocking data requests when they are issued under the imprimatur of national security (excluding judges in Hawaii and the 9th Circus who demonstrate zero concern with the safety of the public).
This move puts us in a much much stronger position to make an impact and restore election integrity.
Buckle up, because this is going to be EPIC.
Kris Kobach likes the move:
…Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, said President Trump’s decision to nix the panel and ask Homeland Security to pick up the investigation will actually move much faster, and will still be able to look at critical issues such as the extent of noncitizens who register to vote — and in many cases actually cast illegal ballots.
Mr. Kobach said the panel, officially known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, had gotten bogged down in legal challenges filed by Democrats, liberal groups — and even one Democratic member of the commission itself…
…Now, he said, the probe will go on, but it will no longer be done through public meetings, and Democrats — who had five seats on the voting commission — will now be shut out as the investigation moves to the executive branch bureaucracy….
Update: January 3, 2018: 27 states are now signed up with ERIC Db, and mirabile dictu, California has joined as well.
The long awaited ERIC Database enactment here in AZ has been announced. This Db cross checks with 21 other states’ Voter Registration data and helps maintain clean voter rolls.
Under the agreement, the SoS of AZ agrees for the first two years to send out notices to everyone in AZ eligible to register to vote. It is expected that in September of 2018, one million postcards will go out notifying residents they are eligible to register.
This contractual obligation is only in effect for the first two years of the program, and eligible voters are only required to be notified once.
All fifteen AZ Counties and county boards agreed to join the program. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the fee to join.
This Database crosschecks Voter Registration data against other states’ MVD/DMV records as well as Social Security records to remove deceased voters (Dems hardest hit) and post office change of address records.
With this Db we should be able to greatly reduce the risk posed to electoral integrity by people who register to vote in multiple states (Massachusetts students hopping border to NH with its same day registration and voting twice)(I have my suspicions about the NV Senate race, which saw buses coming over the border from California in the dead of night and remote polling places held open after midnight to accommodate these voters).
Three guesses what western state has refused to join the program?
If you said California and Jerry Moonbeam Brown you win the prize.
FROM SoS Reagan:
Arizona’s fifteen counties have unanimously decided to have Arizona become the 22nd state to participate in the Electronic Registration Information Center. The Center, commonly referred to as ERIC, is a non-profit organization that assists states improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens.
ERIC was developed to address the challenges in maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records, many of which still rely on paper forms and postal mail. It is estimated that 1 in 8 records in the country needs to be updated.
“Our participation in ERIC will decrease provisional ballots as well as reduce the number of voters on the rolls who don’t live in Arizona anymore,” said Secretary Reagan. “Our counties work hard to ensure the registration database is accurate and this tool will enhance their ability to keep our data as accurate as possible.”
ERIC compares official data provided by participating states as well as U.S. Postal Service addresses and Social Security death records to identify out-of-date records because they have moved, changed their names, or died. The results data is then shared with member states allowing election officials to update their voter registration rolls.
“This agreement represents another layer of protection against manipulation of the state’s voter data,” Secretary Reagan said. “In light of the numerous cyberattacks the country experienced in 2016 we are upgrading security protocols and will remain vigilant against hackers trying to gain access to voter data.”
ERIC Explainer video: http://go.azsos.gov/ERIC
The Left has been very busy planning for 2018 and 2020.
Luckily for us, Hillary Clinton cannot miss an opportunity to try to keep her name alive in the party for 2020 (hubris, it’s what’s for dinner) and she has given us a window into their activities that we might otherwise have missed.
She tweeted out links to the following election related activities by the left nationwide:
- The organizers at @iVoteFund worked with partners on the ground to get automatic voter registration on the ballot in Nevada.
450 brand-new civic leaders and activists attended the very first @ArenaSummit — and they’re on track to train 5,000 people by the end of 2018.
At @alliance4youth, young people are using local organizing to address economic inequality, attacks on voting rights, and more.
The team at @latinovictoryus is working to elect more Latino candidates at every level of government.
More than 400 students and leaders met last month at the @votolatino Power Summit to share resources and tools for national advocacy.
And with the help of @collectivepac, 23 African-American candidates have been elected to local, state, and federal offices since August 2016.
Along with @IndivisibleTeam, @ColorOfChange, @EmergeAmerica, @swingleft, and @runforsomething, I know these groups will continue to do the incredible work of making our democracy stronger in 2018, and I’m proud to be on their team.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Onward Together in our first year — we’re only able to support these great groups because of you. Let’s do even more in 2018. Onward!
Yes Hillary, onward into the penitentiary for you, onward into irrelevance. The country has finally MOVED ON from Clinton and Obama and we have been and will continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN with President Donald J. Trump!!!
In order to MAGA, we need to be AWARE of the ongoing activities of the left in the Election Integrity arena, and we need to GET ACTIVE to ensure nothing like what we see on this list is enacted here in Arizona.
To that end, I will be posting on all the election related bills coming out of our legislature, and I will also have a write up on the Democrat running against SoS Michele Reagan.
Preview: He is an absolute nightmare, supports Automatic Voter Registration and compares Voter ID laws to slavery.
We also need to stay active and AWARE as these groups roll out their plans and prepare the battlespace for 2018, which is the left’s test run for 2020.
In recent happenings:
The Maricopa County Recorder has sent out a call for all Deputy Registrars to register voters for the CD8 election.
THE LEFT IS GOING TO TRY AND TAKE THIS SEAT.
Let’s pick the strongest candidate we have, get through our primary, and then throw everything we have behind whomever emerges the victor on the GOP side.
We absolutely cannot afford to lose ANY seat or ANY office as we head into 2020.
Thank you for being part of preserving Election Integrity. You are all a blessing.
Together, we can help ourselves, our family, our country and President Trump by preserving the RED state of Arizona for 2018, 2020 and hopefully forever.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!