Skip to comments.Weekly Update: Major Victory for Cleaner Elections in California
Posted on 01/05/2019 11:14:09 AM PST by jazusamo
Big JW Victory: California and Los Angeles County to Remove 1.5 Million Inactive Voters from Voter Rolls
Trumps HUD Keeps Obamas Funding for Radical Leftist Groups
The Obama-Clinton Administration Behind Syria Debacle
Good news for the voters in California and across the country.
We have signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and the County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid.
These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations from the voter rolls after two general federal elections (encompassing from 2 to 4 years). Inactive voter registrations belong, for the most part, to voters who have moved to another county or state or have passed away.
Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is Americas largest state, with almost 40 million residents.
We filed a 2017 federal lawsuit to force the cleanup of voter rolls ( Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948)). We sued on our own behalf and on behalf of Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin, and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County. We were joined by Election Integrity Project California, Inc., a public interest group that has long been involved in monitoring Californias voter rolls.
In our lawsuit, we alleged:
The lawsuit confirmed that Los Angeles County has on its rolls more than 1.5 million potentially ineligible voters. This means that more than one out of every five LA County registrations likely belongs to a voter who has moved or is deceased. We noted: Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country.
Our lawsuit also uncovered that neither the State of California nor Los Angeles County had been removing inactive voters from the voter registration rolls for the past 20 years. The Supreme Court affirmed last year in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Inst., 138 S. Ct. 1833 (2018) that the NVRA makes this removal mandatory.
The new settlement agreement, filed with U.S. District Court Judge Manuel L. Real, requires all of the 1.5 million potentially ineligible registrants to be notified and asked to respond. If there is no response, those names are to be removed as required by the NVRA. California Secretary of State Padilla also agrees to update the States online NVRA manual to make clear that ineligible names must be removed and to notify each California county that they are obligated to do this. This should lead to cleaner voter rolls statewide.
Prior to this settlement agreement, we estimated that based on comparisons of national census data to voter-roll information, there were 3.5 million more names on various county voter rolls than there were citizens of voting age . This settlement could cut this number in half.
Judicial Watch Attorney Robert Popper is the director of our Election Integrity Project and led our legal team in this litigation. We were assisted in this case by Charles H. Bell Jr., of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP; and H. Christopher Coates of Law Office of H. Christopher Coates.
This is only the third statewide settlement achieved by private plaintiffs under the NVRA and we were the plaintiff in each of those cases. The other statewide settlements are with Ohio (in 2014) and with Kentucky (2018), which agreed to a court-ordered consent decree.
You can take pride in knowing that we are the national leader in enforcing the list maintenance provisions of the NVRA. In addition to settlement agreements with Ohio and a win in Kentucky, we have filed a successful NVRA lawsuit against Indiana , causing it to voluntarily clean up its voting rolls, and we have an ongoing lawsuit with the State of Maryland .
We helped the State of Ohio successfully defend their settlement agreement before the Supreme Court. In North Carolina , we supported implementation of the states election integrity reform laws, filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court in March 2017. And, in April 2018, we filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Alabamas voter ID law . In Georgia , we filed an amicus brief in support of Secretary Brian Kemps list maintenance process against a lawsuit by left-wing groups. We won when the Supreme Court ruled in Ohios favor.
This settlement vindicates our groundbreaking lawsuits to clean up state voter rolls to help ensure cleaner elections. We are thrilled with this historic settlement, which will set a nationwide precedent to ensure that states take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.
If I were Barack Obama, I would be pleased to see that many of the schemes I set up to funnel money to left wing groups are still in place two years into President Trumps presidency. Our Corruption Chronicles blog illustrates how The Swamp plunders on.
The Trump administration has dedicated another big chunk of taxpayer money to a controversial Obama housing project and the latest allocation gives millions to a leftwing group that advocates open borders, organizes pro-illegal immigrant marches across the country and promotes a radical Chicano curriculum in publicly-funded charter schools nationwide.
Known as Choice Neighborhoods , the program aims to transform slums into desirable middle-class neighborhoods. The costly experiment was the centerpiece of a broader Obama initiative to convert poverty-stricken neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income areas with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools. It was launched as a collaboration between the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services (HHS) to help attract private investment necessary to transform distressed areas.
During Obamas tenure, Choice Neighborhoods received a breathtaking $375 million, according to HUD figures. A substantial portion$120 millionwas rewarded as a parting gift in 2016, the HUD numbers reveal and the largest chunk$122.27 millionwas allocated in 2010 when Obama launched the program. Like many of the former presidents initiatives, large sums of cash went to leftist nonprofits and community groups that aligned with his liberal agenda.
Back in 2012 Judicial Watch reported that the administration paid half a million dollars to study the effectiveness of Choice Neighborhoods, including the challenges of bringing healthy food options to poor areas and the characteristics of the neighborhoods being targeted for transformation.
Instead of cutting back on these dubious programs that give huge sums of taxpayer dollars to leftist groups, the Trump administration keeps filling their coffers. This month HUD announced more than $60 million in grants for Choice Neighborhoods and other housing counseling grants. Among the recipients is the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which recently changed its name to UNIDOS US. The renowned open borders group that specializes in promoting the Mexican La Raza (the race) agenda is getting approximately $2.6 million, according to government records .
Other like-minded groups getting cash include the Refugee Family Assistance Program ($32,000) and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods ($16,000), which lists the Mutual Housing Association of New York (an Association of Community Organizations for Reform NowACORNoffshoot) as a partner. The centers board chair, Herbert Sturz, is a senior advisor to the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the deeply politicized groups billionaire George Soros uses to promote his radical leftist agenda worldwide. Read all about it in a Judicial Watch investigative report .
Earlier this year Trumps HUD gave Choice Neighborhoods a $5 million infusion to promote a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods struggling to address the interconnected challenges of distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital, according to a HUD statement. Los Angeles California, Lewiston Maine and Philadelphia Pennsylvania got the biggest portions, $1.3 million each. Chicago Illinois, Huntington West Virginia and Cleveland Ohio each got $350,000 to revitalize poor neighborhoods. The goal is to replace distressed public housing with high-quality, mixed-income housing and improve residents employment, income, health and education. Ultimately this is supposed to create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods. Three of the awardees received an additional $950,000 for action activities to build momentum and attract additional investment, according to HUD. The extra cash can be used to recycle vacant properties into community gardens or farmers markets or for community arts projects that beautify an area.
Weeks earlier HUD gave dozens of leftist groups that purport to fight housing discrimination $37 million . The biggest allocation$999,962went to a nonprofit that attacked Trump for terminating an Obama program that protects hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Shortly before getting its money the Washington D.C. group, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), bashed the president over a contentious policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that shields nearly 800,000 illegal aliens under the age of 31 from deportation and lets them obtain work permits and drivers licenses. An administration that continues funding leftist housing programs carried out by groups hostile to the president makes you wonder if Trump knows whats going on under his nose?
Controversy is nothing new at HUD. The agency has been embroiled in a multitude of serious scandalsunder both Democrat and Republican administrationsover the years involving leadership, low-level employees and field directors. Problems go back to the Ronald Reagan administration, when an influence-peddling scandal led to the conviction of 16 people, including top aides to then HUD Secretary Samuel Pierce. Bill Clintons housing secretary, Henry Cisneros, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about payments to his former mistress. George W. Bushs HUD secretary, Alphonso Jackson, was ousted after the feds launched an investigation into his plots to enrich himself and his friends by giving them lucrative government contracts. Obamas second HUD secretary, Julian Castro, misspent the agencys federal funds as mayor of San Antonio.
This week the media assumed their usual posture of hysteria over President Trumps decision to withdraw our troops from Syria. Of course, I suspect they would have reacted the same way had he decided to send more troops there.
Ironically, the anti-Trump media gave Judicial Watch a chance to highlight the truth about the corrupt role of the Obama-Clinton administration in fostering war and terrorism in Syria on the heels of their Libya mess.
In 2015, we published some of the most important documents we have ever uncovered, and I dont say that lightly. These documents show that Obama was well aware that arms were going to the conflict in Syria out of Benghazi. They also show that the Obama administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were warned about the rise of ISIS. And, they were supporting terrorists in the internecine warfare in Syria.
This was a Defense Intelligence Agency report. And you know who ran the DIA then: General Michael Flynn. No wonder Obama didnt like him. No wonder he was pushed out and ultimately prosecuted.
This mess was created by the Obama administration, and it led to massive refugee flows. The reason were in Syria is that Obama and Clinton allowed the destruction of Libya. They turned Libya over to the terrorists, and it became a funnel for terrorists to enter into the Syrian conflict. And that led to the rise of ISIS. Its for exposing this that I believe Flynn has been on the Obama naughty list.
The truth will ultimately out. Indeed, I discussed this issue in our Weekly Update video last week and again on Tucker Carlson Tonight this week on Fox News.
Until next week
I’d love to see them take action against ballot harvesting.
These are 1.5M inactive voters. I fail to see the significance. Now if it was 1.5M illegal voters, that’d be something.
Off the Wall Ping!
Contact to be added.
Yep, I pray that’s on their to do list.
Now the next step is to stop the practice of using the Census total population figures to dole out Congressional Districts. In Los Angeles County alone, if the illegal population was discounted, it would loose as many as six Congressional Districts. Probably similar numbers in states like AZ NM and TX which have large illegal populations.
I just wished there was a way to but Tom Fitton where he had some governmental authority to clean up our country. Judical Watch is really doing the work that our Just Us Department should be doing. But since it’s corrupt to the core, it’s actually in court working against JW in a lot of their suits. I guess, sad to say Tom is where he needs to be for the present.
Doesnt ballot harvesting mean that otherwise inactive Democratic voters, including undocumented Democrats, for 2018 midterm elections are still on the voter rolls, while patriots who didnt understand the significance of supporting PDJT-supporting candidates in 2018 elections have been removed from the rolls?
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Without voter ID, anyone can walk into a polling station, look at the names of those who have not voted, and claim to be one of them. A busload of activists could go around a district and hit every polling place, voting the inactive rolls, and turn the election.
The Judicial Watch settlement is a good start. Now we need voter ID, because we do not know how many registered voters are only active because fraudsters have been voting in their place.
California has made ballot harvesting legal. And we saw how well that worked for them. So this won’t hurt the cheating left at all.
Now would any of us be surprised if the only rolls that get expunged happen to all be designated as Republicans? I sure wouldn’t.
As far as I know, EVERY registered ‘voter’ will get a vote-by-mail ballot. So this crap needs to END.
Go back to click the “Documents” link in the article tonight. Bttt!
There were supposedly another 1.5 million illegals in CA who voted. The number talked about was that California had 3 million illegal votes in the 2016 election and that the Queen didn’t win the popular vote that she brags about. The midterms were another example of voter fraud. And, yes, ballot harvesting is the “organized” scheme of the CA Marxists who must be prosecuted and sent together to prison.
No one should be confidant and say “oh, that’s just CA.” This Marxist corruption is spreading all over the country. CA, New York, and IL are their prototypes. And, yes, look at Soros involvment in all this.
California voters didn’t make ballot harvesting legal. The corrupt Marxist Assembly crooks did that themselves.
Time to clean up the voter rolls...One of my friends said that me, my parents and my late brother are on the rolls...my parents moved to Florida in 1988, I moved in 2004 and my late brother died in 1986 (before he was old enough to vote).
We need federal legislation outlining a US wide system that applies to all states to use for federal elections. Specifying who can vote.Requiring citizenship and residency verification registration performed by bi-partisan canvassed confirmation. And No provisional, mail in, or same-day ballot issuance permitted. .
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