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ONE MONTH'S WORTH...

06/26/14

Low election turnout points to flaws in CA voting records


By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org

Embarrassingly low voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary highlights problems with the Golden State’s voting rolls.

Only 13.19 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles County participated in the primary, according to the L.A. County registrar.

While the Los Angeles Times attributed the low participation rate to contented voters, voter integrity groups say voters believe their ballots don’t matter because…Read the full story »

Underage voters, duplicate ballots among LA County's voting woes


By Joel Grover | NBC4

Some voters will be able to vote more than once Tuesday when the polls open for the important California primary election, an NBC4 I-Team investigation has found.

The I-Team has uncovered what appear to be perhaps thousands of mistakes on the voter rolls in Los Angeles County…Read the full story »

Thousands of mail-in ballots too late to count in California elections


By Michael R. Blood | Associated Press

Thousands of mail-in ballots are being invalidated in California elections because they arrive too late to be counted, government officials and political experts said Monday.

In the state’s June 3 primary, Los Angeles County received about 2,400 mail-in ballots after the election-day deadline, the close of polls, making them ineligible to be tallied…Read the full story »

Voter fraud trial to begin for former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon


By Soumya Karlamangla | Los Angeles Times

Nearly four years after they were initially charged, former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon are to stand trial Thursday, accused of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for office.

Opening arguments are set to begin in the felony perjury and voter fraud case against Alarcon, who until last year represented the 7th Council District, which includes Sylmar, Pacoima and other parts of the northeast San Fernando Valley...Read the full story »

6.9 million multiple voters in 28 states, report finds


By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

Some 6.9 million Americans are registered to vote in two or more states, according to a report obtained by Watchdog.org.

“Our nation’s voter rolls are a mess,” says Catherine Engelbrecht, president of the election-watch group True The Vote…Read the full story » 
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05/27/14

New report: California’s election system
wide open for corruption

Non-compliance with federal and state election laws, deficient poll worker training,
no voter ID, and negligent officials open doors to voter fraud.

Election Integrity Project (EIP), a citizen-funded nonpartisan election oversight group, has released a report on California’s election system, titled The Doors Are Wide Open for California Election CorruptionThe report provides an analysis of the state’s noncompliance with federal and state election statutes, including poor voter registration list maintenance and how lack of compliance results in suspected voter fraud.
 
California is the only state without a statewide voter registration list, as mandated by the Help America Vote Act. For reasons outlined in the report, this critically-needed database will not be completed until mid-2016, and EIP’s report casts doubt on whether it will ever be built. Meanwhile, in a high tech state with 55 Electoral College votes and 53 U.S. House seats, California’s “official” state list is an agglomeration of 58 county lists using 1993 technology. Each county maintains its own rolls, resulting in lack of uniformity across the counties. In some counties, there are clear violations of another federal law, Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, that requires accurately and timely voter list maintenance.
 
List maintenance deficiencies are illustrated in a chart which shows over 81,000 list irregularities (duplicate registrations, deceased, double voting) in just nine counties reported by EIP to election officials in 2013. Given the large numbers of list irregularities, the report questions whether the state is complying with laws that require regular checks against state databases for voters that have died, moved, etc.
 
The report also shows that EIP has submitted over 3,200 suspected unlawful voters (suspected double voters, deceased voters) to election officials in just nine counties. In a state with no voter ID, messy lists can result in voting fraud since duplicated and deceased persons are easy to impersonate. This is especially true in California, the report shows, since poll workers are not sufficiently trained on polling place check-in procedures.
 
The EIP report also highlights a disturbing trend in the responses of election officials to EIP’s findings. While some county officials are serious about election integrity, many, including Secretary of State Debra Bowen, refuse to answer EIP’s lawfully-submitted questions about whether irregularities have been cleared and whether unlawful voters have been referred to law enforcement.
 
“It is very concerning that the officials we entrust with the integrity of our elections simply ignore some laws and dismiss the expressed concerns of citizens,” said EIP President Linda Paine. “The citizens of California deserve to have confidence that our elections are compliant with the law and that our officials are serious about preventing the corruption of the system that EIP has exposed.”
 
Your contributions to EIP are needed to help us continue the work necessary to expose—and correct—deficiencies in California’s election system. Please consider donating to EIP today!


Linda Paine
President and Co-founder
Election Integrity Project
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