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2008 Election &Conservatives &Virginia politics Richard Falknor on 28 Oct 2008 06:36 pm

AG Backs Military Voters|”Litigation Election”|RSC on Fraud

UPDATE OCTOBER 29! “STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO COUNT PREVIOUSLY DENIED FEDERAL WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS”  Click here for Elections Board release.

Readers who have been following our recent post “Fairfax County Rejecting Military Absentee Ballots?” and updates here will be delighted to learn here that —

“[Virginia]Attorney General Bob McDonnell released a formal opinion today concluding that federal absentee ballots from overseas military voters lacking the printed name and address of a witness must be counted. The opinion affirms that federal law preempts state law, thus clarifying the state and federal statutes regarding the issue. The confusion centered over whether a state law requiring a witness’s printed name and address controls federal absentee ballots or the federal law governs this issue. The opinion was requested by Delegate Bill Janis (R-Henrico). Click here to read it.
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“Approximately 100 Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots have been set aside in Fairfax County pending a legal conclusion regarding the discrepancy between state and federal law. Additional Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots may also have been received in other jurisdictions. The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is most commonly used by members of the military who are stationed overseas and have not received a state absentee ballot. It is a means by which service members can be guaranteed a vote in federal elections.”

(H/T National Defense Committee)

Apart from the Fairfax military-voting matter now presumably settled, there remain, in our view, unresolved voting controversies in Virginia, notably in the Tidewater here.

We wonder, for example, why a Tidewater state legislator did not ask the Virginia Attorney General for an opinion on the State Board of Election’s direction here to the Norfolk general registrar to halt “the practice of sending a questionnaire to anyone applying to register from a college campus.”

“The Norfolk Electoral Board agreed to that but said in a statement: ‘This compliance is with the understanding that the Board strongly feels that by doing so, we are out of compliance with Virginia Election Laws.'” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

And of course the potential Ohio registration fraud here apparently remains unaddressed.

Moreover the House of Representatives Republican Study Committee has just published here an updated brief on possible vote fraud in several states including Virginia.

Consequently readers will also want to read all of Quin Hillyer’s important column “The coming cataclysm: election by litigation” posted yesterday here in the DC Examiner:

The legal battles have already begun. Witness the case in Ohio that I wrote about last week, in which Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner refused to provide voter verification information to local elections officials despite acknowledging that 200,000 new registrations include “discrepancies” – discrepancies Brunner wants the local officials to just overlook.
 
In his newly revised book “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy,” John Fund of The Wall Street Journal explains that we are on the verge of “election by litigation,” and that our civil sacrament of free and fair elections is at risk.
 
“You can lose your vote through voter fraud as surely as you can through voter intimidation,” Fund writes. Then, in page after page, Fund details voluminous evidence of voter fraud that has been growing in recent years across the nation – in recent elections occurring, for instance, in Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Miami, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, among other places.
 
And these aren’t Fund’s own conclusions, but those of official investigations. Consider Milwaukee, 2004, where – much too late to change the reported outcome of the race – an 18-month official probe found an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of an election in the state of Wisconsin.”
 
Fund reports that Democrats alone have 10,000 lawyers ready throughout the country to press for every advantage they can find.”

Hillyer echoes Fund’s warning:

“As Fund warned in his book – which he wrote before ACORN started making national news last month, so clearly not as an effort to piggyback on any candidate’s current political strategy – “ACORN is pledging to spend $35 million this year registering voters—both real and fictive.”
 
The goal is simple: Create so much confusion that the law gets thrown overboard and the vote counting become an exercise in raw political power.”

We’ll continue our watch on any voting irregularities in Maryland and Virgina.

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