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Posted on 07/19/2009 3:12:25 PM PDT by NorwegianViking
Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia
Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process
Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justices denial of preclearance of Georgias voter verification process
Atlanta - The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgias already implemented citizenship verification process shows a shocking disregard for the integrity of our elections. With this decision, DOJ has now barred Georgia from continuing the citizenship verification program that DOJ lawyers helped to craft. DOJs decision also nullifies the orders of two federal courts directing Georgia to implement the procedure for the 2008 general election. The decision comes seven months after Georgia requested an expedited review of the preclearance submission.
DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgias elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicants citizenship status or whether the individual even exists. DOJ completely disregarded Georgias obvious and direct interest in preventing non-citizens from voting, instead siding with the ACLU and MALDEF. Clearly, politics took priority over common sense and good public policy.
This process is critical to protecting the integrity of our elections. We have evidence that non-citizens have voted in past Georgia elections and that more than 2,100 individuals have attempted to register, yet still have questions regarding their citizenship. Further, the Inspector Generals office is investigating more than 30 cases of non-citizens casting ballots in Georgia elections, including the case of a Henry County non-citizen who registered to vote and cast ballots in 2004 and 2006.
It is important to underscore that not a single person has come forward to say he or she could not vote because of the verification process. Further, while DOJ argues that the process is somehow discriminatory, the historic voter turnout among Hispanic and African-American voters in the 2008 general elections clearly says otherwise.
This decision provides a specific example of the inherently illogical and unfair nature of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. It is a sad day for the rights of our state and for the integrity of our elections. I remain committed to continuing the fight for citizenship verification. In the coming days, I will consider every option available to the state, including the possibility of legal action.
As required by law and ordered by federal courts in October 2008, the eligibility of new applicants to register and vote is checked against the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Social Security Administration databases to ensure that individuals registering to vote report similar information. If information in these databases does not match information reported on the voter registration form, the applicant is asked to clarify the information. Additionally, if the applicant previously reported to DDS that he or she is not a U.S. citizen, that person is asked by a registrar to provide proof of citizenship.
Prior to the November 2008 General Election, Secretary Handel sent letters to 4,771 voter registration applicants whose records at DDS indicated they were not U.S. citizens, asking them to provide documentation of their citizenship. As of March 2009, 2,148 of these applicants still have chosen not to resolve the question about their U.S. citizenship.
In the November 2008 General Election, county election officials reported that 599 individuals cast a challenged ballot because the voter had previously indicated to DDS that he or she was not a United States citizen and had not resolved their status with county officials at the time of the election. Of those, 369 ballots were accepted because the voter provided documentation of their citizenship after the election; and 230 were rejected because the individual chose not to confirm his or her citizenship status.
On October 10, 2008, activist organizations including the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit to attempt to prevent Georgia from verifying the eligibility of applicants to register and vote in the November General Election, including whether those individuals were citizens of the United States.
On October 16, 2008, U.S. District Court Judge Jack Camp denied the motion by MALDEF and ACLU; directed the State to continue the verification process; and acknowledged the States requirements to verify information under the Help America Vote Act. In his order, Judge Camp stated:
HAVA requires that Defendant Handel match information in the statewide voter registration database with information from the Georgia DDS and the SSA databases to the extent necessary to enable each such official to verify the accuracy of the information provided on the applications for voter registration.
Judge Camp also stated:
Since the possibility of fraudulent and inaccurate voting could significantly injure and diminish the publics respect and confidence in the electoral process, the States ability to maintain reliable voter lists is paramount to a temporary and minor inconvenience to a few individuals.
On October 27, 2008, a U.S. District Court three-judge panel again directed the State to continue its voter registration verification process and challenge ballot procedures through the November General Election.
The 2008 elections were the largest in Georgias history, featuring record turnout among minority voters with the citizenship verification program in place. The figures below represent voter turnout statistics among Hispanic/Latino, African-American and White voters from the 2004 and 2008 General Elections.
Voter Demographic 2004 Total Number of Votes Cast 2008 Total Number of Votes Cast Percentage Increase in Votes Cast
Hispanic/Latino 18,000 43,000 140%
African-American 834,000 1.2 million 42%
White 2.3 million 2.5 million 8%
Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of State's office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the offices wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.
This should be appealed.
Any conservatives will be attacked outside of voting booths.
Welcome to Obama's AMERIKA 2009.
Brought to you by the folks behind “Yes, We Can” and “Change You Can Believe In.”
This is why I go ballistic when I hear people say that Jim Thompson “wants to toss out the results from the last election”. Our elections have become no different than those held in Havana, Tehran or in Saddam’s Baghdad. They are an absolute joke. The votes cast mean absolutely nothing. It’s the way the votes are “counted” that put Communists and Marxists into office.
the bomb must be stopped.....
Obviously America is dead!
According to Obama.
Next: Pres doesn’t have to be an American
So why doesn’t the Governor and Atty.Gen. grow some and tell the DOJ to fu*k off.
“So what? *yawn* But when they come for my guns, THEN they’re gonna be sorry!”
I love this the Rev. Manning,
He hits the nail on the head.
Its time to take the motherfkkkr back
This is insane.
Lock and load!
Why not ignore them and let the games begin?
Except the military ballots of course.
They are already doing this through ACORN.
Obama has to go.
So tiring to hear this crap.
WWI veterans "Bonus Army"
American Indians many times over
So you are going to make a difference.
There it goes. It Acorn and Illegal immigrant vote fraud occurring, Zero knows we will never be able to dethrone him and his cohorts.
None dare call it conspiracy.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Then the GA poll workers must aggressively ID everyone who turns out at the polls on election day, regardless of what those POSs in the fed government have to say about it. Let it be an issue... please.
“So you are going to make a difference. “
I’m old. I have little left. I am ready.
Have you forgotten? That is why we are armed.
If illegals can already get driver licenses and are allowed to vote, why in the hell would they ever want to become U.S. citizens and have to pay taxes? Doesn’t make much sense to me. I guess they aren’t as bright as the DemocRATS are telling us they are.
The list, ping
Me too. I am armed. I believe in the American Constitution as it was written.
Enjoy your federalist freedom Georgia!
My thought too.
He’s a non-natural born citizen sitting in the WH.
I think that Georgia ought to tell DOJ to go pound sand.
Obama is throwing this crap out there to confuse or distract us so we won’t concentrate on one thing. He doesn’t have the power to do this.
We have our priority and that is a free America.
“This should be appealed.”
It will be.
Exactly. The authorities in Georgia should tell Obama and Holder to take their unconstitutional edict and shove it up their mama’s behind.
When the attacks start, it's time to bump it up a notch...
Every person in a precinct in GA needs to ask the County Election board for the voter list for their precinct and check out everyone that voted on the list in 2008. It takes awhile but then you petition to have non-legitimate names removed and then take it to the DA if they won’t comply and if DA is a RAT, take it to the GA Attorney General.
Only the Court can issue this ruling as every AG ruling can be appealed. We need to play smart and start locally and move it up through the channels. Motor Voter needs tossed out the window because it requires no proof of citizenship.
DOJ is a tool of the Administration and have no legal standing once it gets in the Court. It is time all of America saw that this Administration wants illegals and none US citizens to vote.
I’m not much into online petitions, but Karen Handel has one and says: “Bring it on!”
I have harped ad nasueum since the last election UNTIL WE GET VOTER FRAUD AND STOLEN ELECTIONS FIXED......
there is NO point in giving money to candidates, working for candidates or even voting!!!
All the grassroots work will be WORTHLESS UNTIL WE GET THIS MESS CLEANED UP!!!
The ‘rat playbook for stealing the 2010 & 2012 elections.
Open the borders wide open, entice illegals with free 0bamacare & free welfare then have Acorn bus them to the election booths by the millions.
this is old news...
High Court wont hear voter ID appeal; 2nd suit active
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal to the oft-challenged Georgia law that requires voters to show photo ID before they vote.
The move on Monday means a January 2009 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the states voter ID law is final.
Critics have long tried to block the law, claiming it places an undue burden on poor, disabled people and minorities.
But Gov. Sonny Perdue called the decision a victory for ensuring fair elections.
Secretary of State Karen Handel says the voter ID law helps prevent voter fraud.
Todays denial of yet another challenge to our common-sense photo ID law represents a long-fought victory for Georgia voters and the security of our elections, Handel said.
She noted that nearly 4 million residents cast ballots last year with the new law in place.
Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU voting rights project, said the courts decision was no surprise: The Supreme Court doesnt hear many cases in the first place and recently upheld a similar case from Indiana.
The next step for voter ID opponents would be legislative, McDonald said, but that would have to take place in Congress.
I dont think the state of Georgia will change its mind, he said.
A second lawsuit over voter ID is still in the state courts. The Georgia Democratic Party sued Handel before the 2008 election, but a Superior Court judge denied the partys request for an injunction.
Which was exactly their intention!
Obviously the bambi administration is acting unconstitutionally and apparently thinks it's all some kind of joke or game. The clown Holder also let off those black panther thugs so their idea of voting and elections in the USA is the same as that of a banana republic.
It is becoming a clear choice between freedom and tyrany!
Smpart people will probably make their choice and do what needs to be done!
USA can’t fall in a kind of south-american tyrany
Is there any appeal possible of this decision?
They don't and they won't! That is another damn lie! They aren't going to pay any taxes, period! Most of them are paid CASH under the table anyway! How does the government THINK they are going to force anyone to report that?!
Hell, I may even see how much cash I can get paid if this crap continues! NO TAXES!
USSC will become involved in this soon.
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