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On His Way Out, Obama Moves To Make National Elections Less Secure
Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/10/2017 | Staff

Posted on 01/11/2017 5:55:37 AM PST by IBD editorial writer

Voting: In yet another move by the Obama administration to stick its thumb in the nation's eye on the way out, it has decided to have the federal government meddle in state and local elections. It's yet another terrible decision that Donald Trump is going to have to undo.

With almost no notice, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced that his department was designating the nation's elections system as "critical infrastructure," thereby giving DHS greater control over how states run their own elections.

This is a classic example of a government solution in search of a problem, one that will itself end up creating actual problems.

There's been no evidence of any foreign government tampering with election outcomes — although there were reports of attempts to gain access to registration databases.

And, given the fact that election systems are highly decentralized — there are 9,000 separate jurisdictions in a presidential election that vary throughout the country — there's little hope that such a plan could be carried out on a wide scale.

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KEYWORDS: dhselections; elections; infrastructure; nationalsecurity; obama; obamaelections

1 posted on 01/11/2017 5:55:37 AM PST by IBD editorial writer
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The Federal Government has NO BUSINESS being involved in our elections at the State level. Our system of Government was set up the way it was for a reason. We have 50 STATES for a reason


2 posted on 01/11/2017 5:59:36 AM PST by 48th SPS Crusader (I am an American. Not a Republican or a Democrat)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Trump will overturn it.


3 posted on 01/11/2017 5:59:42 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("A is A. A thing is what it is." Ayn Rand)
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I’m divided. I do support states rights and I do see elections as a state issue, so I do think Obama is out of line, as usual.

But I also do want to see photo IDs required in elections, and purple ink, and voter roll purges, and mandatory penalties for voter fraud.


4 posted on 01/11/2017 6:05:45 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Abortion is what slavery was: immoral but not illegal. Not yet.)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Oh no. We can’t have that! President Trump will correct this.


5 posted on 01/11/2017 6:06:04 AM PST by jch10 (President Trump, President Trump, President Trump! I just love saying that!)
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To: FrdmLvr

I pray that Trump will overturn EVERYTHING Obama’s minions have done to Federalize previous State’s right issues. But will he be able to root out all those who will stay loyal to Obama and who will work to undermine everything Trump is planning on doing? We must be vigilant.


6 posted on 01/11/2017 6:06:45 AM PST by originalbuckeye ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Voter ID is a states’ issue. The Federal gov’t needs to stay out of it.


7 posted on 01/11/2017 6:07:49 AM PST by jch10 (President Trump, President Trump, President Trump! I just love saying that!)
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To: jch10

What you say is true. So I’m not going to argue.

But I have to point out that the states with the problems (CA, MI, PA, NY, etc) are certainly NOT going to require photo IDs. They like the fraud. The fraud keeps them in power. They are no longer capable of self-correction.


8 posted on 01/11/2017 6:11:06 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Abortion is what slavery was: immoral but not illegal. Not yet.)
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To: IBD editorial writer; All

The solution to voter fraud is — Any federal election MUST require a VALID ID that requires proof of citizenship in order to obtain/cast a ballot.

If states wish to continue this BS for local elections fine, but any election that involves a candidate for federal office will at a minimum require a VALID ID that requires proof of citizenship in order to obtain/cast a ballot.

The NEW and IMPROVED Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Retired Marine General John Kelly can UN-F this. And as soon as we get a replacement for Justice Scalia the Supreme Court can make it the LAW.

Elections BETTER have consequences...Otherwise, why vote!?!


9 posted on 01/11/2017 6:12:22 AM PST by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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So now we know why this incessant harping about the Russians. What if this was all part of the set up to get Americans to accept the federal government, DHS, to step in and take control of elections and away from states? What if?


10 posted on 01/11/2017 6:14:34 AM PST by Obadiah
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Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson

Another black mark against the worst eight years in our presidential history.

11 posted on 01/11/2017 6:19:35 AM PST by tomkat
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I like the term “critical infrastructure”, because in the right hands, it can be justification for any number of improvements, such as:

1) National Voter ID. We keep being told that there is no voter fraud problem. Our answer now: “Maybe so, but since voting is now CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE we must be absolutely sure that there never can be voter fraud in the future.”

2) Proof of Citizenship to Register to vote, and in-person Registration. We keep being told that Illegals don’t vote. Our answer now: “Maybe so, but since voting is now CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE we must be absolutely sure that Illegals will always be prevented from voting in the future.”

Lots more related.

I think we’ve just been handed a gift. The problem is that our side probably won’t figure it out.


12 posted on 01/11/2017 6:20:44 AM PST by BobL (In Honor of the NeverTrumpers, I declare myself as FR's first 'Imitation NeverTrumper')
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To: ClearCase_guy
Presidential Elections Only.....No more early voting or mail ins. Absentee ONLY when actually out of state or confined.

Polls to be open on the first Saturday, Sunday & Monday after the first Monday in November - 7 am to 7 pm in every state.

Here we have books with registration signatures and I have to sign in. We need something similar for every state.

13 posted on 01/11/2017 6:20:45 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: IBD editorial writer

By declaring elections “critical infrastructure” homeland security can say they must be “gun free zones”.

Some states ban guns at polling places. Others do not.

The practice seems to have started with the New York Sullivan act, designed to disarm political foes while allowing the Tammany gang to keep its enforcers armed.


14 posted on 01/11/2017 6:23:21 AM PST by marktwain
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To: IBD editorial writer

On His Way Out, Obama Moves To Make National Elections Less Secure

Say bye, bye
To the turd in a tie.


15 posted on 01/11/2017 6:28:02 AM PST by JayAr36 (Lets just reneame the Democrats to DRATS. I think the description is accurate.)
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Here’s more of that smooth transition.


16 posted on 01/11/2017 6:32:43 AM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: areukiddingme1

Well said, Chief.


17 posted on 01/11/2017 6:43:24 AM PST by lakecumberlandvet (APPEASEMENT NEVER WORKS.)
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To: IBD editorial writer

...and yet another way in which the so-called Patriot Act (which is anything BUT patriotic) is being used to subvert the Constitution.


18 posted on 01/11/2017 6:52:03 AM PST by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired... Army snipers: Reach out and touch someone)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“I’m divided. I do support states rights and I do see elections as a state issue, so I do think Obama is out of line, as usual.

But I also do want to see photo IDs required in elections, and purple ink, and voter roll purges, and mandatory penalties for voter fraud.”


I feel the same way...and there IS a solution.

The Congress passes a law, and Trump signs it, which indicates that in a representative republic such as ours, it is utterly critical that the people of the nation have confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. A critical part of that is to make sure that:

1) Only those eligible to cast ballots are permitted to do so.
2) The person showing up at the polls to vote is ACTUALLY the person registered to do so; and
3) That each eligible voter only votes once in each election.

Mandate such things as the purging of dead people off of voter rolls within a few days of their death (EASY to do, Social Security gets this information from each county or state health department as a death certificate is produced), purging a voter from his/her old state when they show up to get a drivers license in their new state; coordinating with the INS (or whatever it is called these days) to make sure that no non-citizens can even register, etc., etc. THEN the feds have to pay the states back whatever the costs associated may be.

This will, I believe, pass Constitutional muster - it is something that deals with interstate commerce (people move, and immigrants come in from other nations and also move around the nation), but leaves up to the states who is eligible in their own jurisdiction. Also, the feds won’t be seeing, let alone touching, any voter rolls, inspecting IDs, etc.


19 posted on 01/11/2017 7:29:45 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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With almost no notice sounds like his next job will be with the media.


20 posted on 01/11/2017 10:35:02 AM PST by Vaduz (women and children to be impacted the most.)
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To: jch10

Clearly an unconstitutional power grab. The courts WILL strike it down, provided the SCOTUS goes the right way.


21 posted on 01/11/2017 11:21:32 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ClearCase_guy; null and void; aragorn; EnigmaticAnomaly; kalee; TWhiteBear; WildHighlander57; ...

I do support states rights and I do see elections as a state issue, so I do think Obama is out of line, as usual.

But I also do want to see photo IDs required in elections, and purple ink, and voter roll purges, and mandatory penalties for voter fraud.

22 posted on 01/11/2017 11:56:19 AM PST by LucyT (>>>> "You're not paranoid, they want you dead." <<<<)
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To: ClearCase_guy
But I also do want to see photo IDs required in elections, and purple ink, and voter roll purges, and mandatory penalties for voter fraud.

Of course, that is the last thing Obunghole had in mind with this power grab.

23 posted on 01/11/2017 12:32:14 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: LucyT

**But I also do want to see photo IDs required in elections, and purple ink, and voter roll purges, and mandatory penalties for voter fraud**

Ditto!


24 posted on 01/11/2017 12:59:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BobL

Thanks for the feedback


25 posted on 01/12/2017 11:00:46 AM PST by IBD editorial writer
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