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Posted on 10/16/2018 12:07:07 PM PDT by jazusamo
Full title: Maryland Implies Judicial Watch Has Ties to Russian Agents in Shameful Effort to Hide Voter Rolls Mess
Maryland officials have resorted to desperate measures to avoid giving Judicial Watch voter registration recordsas required by federal lawby suggesting Judicial Watch is connected to Russian government agents. The absurd implication was made in a federal court document involving a lawsuit filed last summer as part of a national Election Integrity Project to clean up voter rolls. Maryland is one of 11 states with more registered voters than citizens of voting age, according to U.S. Census Bureau data examined as part of Judicial Watchs ongoing investigation.
In notice-of-violation letters Judicial Watch warned it would sue the 11 states if the problems werent fixed. In Marylands case, there are more registered voters in Montgomery County, the states most populous, than citizens over the age of 18. Besides threatening legal action, Judicial watchs notice letter to election officials requested access to Montgomery County voter registration lists to evaluate efforts to ensure the accuracy of eligible voter rolls during the past two years. Section 8(i) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ( NVRA ) authorizes and entitles Judicial Watch to inspect and copy the requested voter lists. Maryland officials refuse to provide them, claiming that state law restricts the release of voter registration information to Maryland registered voters. The NVRA trumps any reservation the state may have and Judicial Watch is confident it will obtain the records.
Nevertheless, Judicial Watch had to sue in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to gain access to the voter registration lists under federal law, noting that Section 8(i) of the NVRA contains no requirement that only an individual person or a registered voter may request the documents that the statute describes. Accordingly, Section 8(i) authorizes and entitles Judicial Watch to inspect and copy the requested voter lists. Maryland officials have chosen to dodge the law, refusing to provide the records and stonewalling with outlandish assertions during the pretrial discovery process. In a federal court document filed on behalf of State Administrator of Elections Linda H. Lamone, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh tries to associate Judicial Watch with Russian government agents.
Here is the excerpt straight from the interrogatory filed in court by Marylands attorney general: Identify any Russian nationals or agents of the Russian government with whom you have communicated concerning this lawsuit, Judicial Watchs request for a copy of the list of registered voters in Montgomery County, Maryland, the purposes for which you are seeking a copy of the list of registered voters in Montgomery County, Maryland, and/or any broader effort to obtain copies of similar lists from other jurisdictions of which Judicial Watchs request for a copy of the list of registered voters in Montgomery County, Maryland, is a part. This shows that Maryland officials are using a baseless allegation to retaliate against an organization and its supporters because of their conservative political views, a violation of the First Amendment.
This week Judicial Watch responded to the plainly frivolous request as part of the pretrial process. There is not a shred of evidence or allegation in any pleading, document or even news report of any communications or associations between Judicial Watch and Russian nationals or agents of the Russian government. Maryland officials knew that when they made the egregious request for documents they believed did not exist solely to associate Judicial Watch with an inflammatory, partisan fight making national headlines. This reflects negatively on Lamone and the Maryland State Board of Elections and both should be ashamed. Its completely outrageous, said Robert Popper, director of Judicial Watchs Election Integrity Project and a former deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. A government agency is taking Democratic talking points to beat someone up for suing them.
Other states that Judicial Watch is forcing to clean up voter rolls include Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. In California, Judicial Watch found more registered voters than voting-age citizens in 11 counties, including Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%). Under Section 8 of the NVRA, states are required to make a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters from official lists due to the death of the registrant or a change in the residence of the registrant, and requires states to ensure noncitizens are not registered to vote. Many states dont bother conducting reasonable voter registration list maintenance as mandated under the NVRA.
“...Maryland is one of 11 states with more registered voters than citizens of voting age, according to U.S. Census Bureau data...”
The smell of rotten Democrats fills the air...
RATs come up with the darnedest things to try to skirt the law.
You may be dead, but you live on forever in the trunks of used cars in ballot form for fifty more years as a democrat.
The smell of rotten Democrats fills the air...
Maryland is perma blue. The statehouse is dominated by Democrats. The voting districts have been gerrymandered into a joke.
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“..Maryland is perma blue. The statehouse is dominated by Democrats. The voting districts have been gerrymandered into a joke....”
It is what the RATS do. I know, been a resident of Kalifornia most of my life....watched it all happen here too.
Russia Russia Russia...what would the Democrats do without Russia?
The Maryland governor is a Republican, and believe it or not he’s probably going to get re-elected, but the Dems have him boxed in.
Takes a mighty big box these days...
No matter how ridiculous they act and sound. No matter how despicable they are with their speech and actions. No matter how hypocritical they are in everything they say and do. No matter how abusive, violent and malicious they are.
It never ceases to amaze me how corrupt they are in their quest to maintain their grip on power and use human beings as pawns in their games. They know they cannot win the battle of ideas.
So, they have two options.
1. The courts and the activist judges that work in them. Although, they know that ride is coming to an end with President Trump. And they also know that when he gets re-elected he will be able to stack the court for 30 years, ending the Left’s ability to use the courts as a weapon.
2. Flood the voting booths with ineligible people, after promising them the world, knowing that they’ll toss out scraps once in a while, all in an effort to maintain seats of power. They don’t care how they get to those seats. As long as they get them.
>>The Maryland governor is a Republican, and believe it or not hes probably going to get re-elected, but the Dems have him boxed in.<<
Hogan is a RINO and that description is being kind to him.
You’re right of course.
They’re worried about the courts and it looks like we’ll maintain the majority in the House and could pick up some Senate seats.
I believe we’ll make some real progress in closing the border and cracking down on voter fraud, there’s a huge fight coming up over that.
Marylanders have been aware of this since at least the 1990s. In 1994, Parris Gledening, a Democrat, beat Ellen Sauerbray, a conservative Republican, by about 6,000 votes. There were apparently about 9,000 votes that were fraudulent.
What would the state say if a Maryland citizen — or several — asked for these records?
Craig Wolf for Attorney General.
Yep. Craig Wolf for AG. We also need some additional state senators.
And — an undiscussed issue — this incoming legislature will be the one that redistricts the state. Look at the 2nd an 3rd CDs and you have an additional reason to re=elect Governor Hogan. If the redistricting gets too egregious, we’ll want him in Annapolis to veto it.
Not entirely. Governor Hogan has done some good. He’s managed to get some tax cuts, including getting rid of the rain tax.
I just worry about four years from now, when he’s term-limited out.
Before Governor Hogan, the last Republican governor was Bob Ehrlich, a one-termer elected in 2002. Before Ehrlich, it was Spiro Agnew.
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