April 17, 2020 · OPINION
Va. approves “no excuse” early voting just in time
By Max N. Hall
As we all know, the Coronavirus has touched many facets of our lives. We are all more cautious right now, with most of us practicing safe social distancing.
There’s one area of concern that I’m glad our legislature, along with the governor, have addressed — “no excuse” early voting. We have joined 38 other states in offering early voting, and from my perspective, we’ve done so just in time.
Our new law will go into effect with the 2020 presidential election this November. Thank heaven, we will not need to go through the debacle we recently witnessed in Wisconsin. We have several months to ensure all voters are educated on the deadline, process, and proper procedures.
While we can be hopeful, none of us know for sure what the status of Covid-19 will be this fall. Early voting ensures ALL of us can safely participate in our democratic process.
As Americans, that’s something we can all celebrate. Thanks to Gov. Northam and the Virginia legislature for passing this important legislation.
AmericanPatriot · May 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm
One qualified, identified, citizen = one vote on one day. Election day.
Unlike what some poorly educated, delusional people think, our electoral college, CONSTITUTIONALLY, elects our president.
Jeffersonian American · May 5, 2020 at 5:28 pm
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin
Fellow Constitution Conservatives, Big Government Republican Establishment supporters, and other more Traditional Americans, you may wish to sue in the Courts and appeal to the Supreme Court, ad infinitum, but sadly, you are not going to get a peaceful revolution in this country against the current tyranny. The Fix Is In (and has been "In" across Democrat-controlled counties in Virginia for several decades now, with the current Northam Regime working overtime with a shameless Democrat legislature to subvert lawful, traditional Election Day Only and lawfully counted Absentee Ballot voting in Virginia, among dozens of other Radical Left voting legislation itemized below in prior posts.
Both Lenin and Mao happily started civil wars in Russia and China because they were Committed Marxists. The Communist Left has been fighting a civil war for over a century across our American continent with the goal of imposing a Leninist tyranny. They are now succeeding in controlling who votes; when they vote (well before and even after Election Day as itemized in their legislative bills below); and how those votes are counted, among other brazen measures from this current legislative session.
Now fellow Traditional Americans, get your heads in the game. You/We are dealing with Stalinists, pure and simple- and they laugh at the so-called "court system" here in Virginia. To make matters even worse, the Big Government Republican Establishment Party not only is hapless to stop this undermining of the vote in Virginia- wherever there is no hand-picked Big Government Republican Establishment Candidate on hand in selected legislative districts, they are deliberately not running candidates for legislative seats every election cycle- and are indeed part of the growing problem handing/ceding control of our State, one of the best-run states in the nation just a few decades ago- to the Democrat Party with disastrous consequences for all law-abiding citizens who favor limited government; less spending and taxation, and the Traditional American Dream.
DonkeyFarmer · April 27, 2020 at 12:11 pm
The author of this piece is Max Hall. The political director of the Democrat Party of Fauquier is named Max Hall. I'm sure he wouldn't be promoting anything that was not good for the Democrat party.
Jerome Fields · April 26, 2020 at 9:18 am
So Trump won the election with the outcome of the electoral college. That still doesn't mean he should REMAIN POTUS. Even though I don't have much faith in Pence, at least he isn't mentally ill. End this travesty and abuse now, remove Trump.
Jeffersonian American · April 25, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Let us examine some documented facts from recent Virginia election data and reporting on election irregularities in Virginia. The evidence is equally damning on both major parties. First, here are excerpts exposing the Big Government Republican Party Establishment (not to be confused with genuine, "litte r" republicanism and Constitution-conservatism).
Preface: Over the past 40 years, an inexplicable, slow decline of our rights and abilities to craft the direction of our own futures, with unwanted pressures from people inside and outside of government, have taken place without explanation from those who have assumed or usurped the position of controlling the political party systems. In fact, with the exception of laws dealing with Party Fund raising, the political parties have zero laws, pertaining to their accountability in offering full representation to the people and have never been tasked to prove they are worthy of such usurped power. In short, there is no accountability to the people, should they decide to engage in maladministration whether it include bad candidates or not running any candidates. The Political Parties get to run who they want and the people have to accept it or not participate, but regardless, suffer the consequences of elites being put into office who have no real interest or investment in their community’s welfare.
Along with his 2016 publication “Is It Rigged?” one Virginia elections researcher exposes the mathematical trail of election fraud by the Democrat Party, The Virginia researcher set out to publish a follow up book and instead, discovered a worse form of election engineering. He discovered that both parties engage in a practice of not running candidates in certain areas, without any real explanation. What he found was that the Republican Party was the worst offender by far. Once he started to ask questions of various Republicans he personally knew, this individual quickly became a pariah and was shut out.
The Virginia election researcher has included graphs that can show at a glance, the incredible damage that has been done of just the past decade of elections by the Republican Party. What is more incredible and is being covered up by angry Republican faces when the questions come their way is, they lie and use talking points on their own people. You hear the false claim that not enough people turned out for the polls. The last statewide election in 2017 for Governor, saw more Republican votes cast than ever before. Also included are the anomalies that appeared in the 7th Congressional District and the unusual point spread that ousted Dave Bratt.
As the book, “Is It Rigged?” pointed out, the absentee election fraud and some voter fraud in places where it can be accomplished without fear of being caught, such as in Northern Virginia precincts; in those races where the researcher looked into absentee anomalies and found Democrats appear to have an average of 2% higher number than Republicans. Even in precincts where Republicans won the walk-in vote, many Democrat Absentee votes, outnumbered their Republican counterparts.
Also included is a chart dealing with some of those Absentee numbers to amend the book information and the pending bills before the Virginia Legislature that in the Virginia researcher’s opinion, legalize and expand the opportunity for absentee fraud on such a scale, that even if the Republicans ran a candidate in every election from now on, they will never control the legislative body in Virginia, ever again. All data is sourced from the Virginia Board of Elections.
Last Virginia Governor’s Race- November 2017:
The Republican Party refused to run 25 Delegate Candidates in a year when the Republicans needed “down ticket” voters to be interested in going to vote. Until the 2019 election, the previous record for Republicans not running candidates in the house was from 2015 and 2017 at 25 candidates. The Republican Party continues to tell us the lie that we “don’t turn out” on election day. Below are the statistics for just the Absentee votes from the 2017 Governor’s race.
The “anomaly” is that the percentage of Absentee votes, should be very close and has been historically close as previously published in “Is It Rigged?” The numerical value of votes should represent the norm percentages of their “walk-in” related voters from Election Day. These anomalies have been pushed up by what is called the “cemetery vote”.
Had the Republicans given every district a local race to draw voters into the voting booth, one can easily speculate that the overall results would never lean on the side of Democrats, which the SASO Map, generated in 2019, clearly shows.
2017 Democrat Republican
Total Votes 1,408,818 1,175,732
Total Absentee 113,653 75,407
Percent of Main Total 8.06% 6.41%
Percent Anomaly Plus 1.65%
Anomaly Votes 23,245
Jeffersonian American · April 25, 2020 at 9:51 pm
Jeffersonian American · April 25, 2020 at 9:49 pm
Jim Griffin · April 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Trump ended this discussion when no credible evidence emerged.
The New York Times, January 3, 2018:
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday abruptly shut down a White House commission he had charged with investigating voter fraud, ending a brief quest for evidence of election theft that generated lawsuits, outrage and some scholarly testimony, but no real evidence that American elections are corrupt.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump called for requiring voter identification in a pair of Twitter posts because the voting system “is rigged.” “Push hard for Voter Identification!” Mr. Trump wrote.
Mr. Trump did not acknowledge the commission’s inability to find evidence of fraud, but cast the closing as a result of continuing legal challenges.
“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” Mr. Trump said in a White House statement on Wednesday.
“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action,” he said.
In fact, no state has uncovered significant evidence to support the president’s claim, and election officials, including many Republicans, have strongly rejected it.
Mr. Trump established the commission after his repeated insistence, without credible evidence, that widespread voter fraud explained how Hillary Clinton received about 2.9 million more votes while he won the presidency in the Electoral College.
Jim Griffin · April 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Jim Griffin · April 22, 2020 at 10:31 am
I gave you my opinion on why, DF. Twice. You cannot seriously suggest I avoided answering this, can you?
I'll tell you a third time: Freedom. Many oppose ID requirements for lots of things, just as they oppose permit requirements. They discourage, cause people to take time from busy lives. No question they reduce numbers.
You need an ID to purchase a firearm, but not to open carry one. First responders do not require ID, nor do health facilities. They start treatment and finish paperwork later.
Nor do you need an ID to exercise your freedom of speech. And so on.
Finally, I am clear that those without an ID need to undergo *more* scrutiny for their vote to count. An eligibility hearing in a courtroom.
As for the "Hitlery Clinton" links, consider the sources and the details, mindful that we are discussing ID requirements, not actual fraud. Of course there's been fraud from both parties, but proving it determined the outcome of an election is rare, or that an ID requirement would reduce or eliminate that fraud.
If you falsify ballots, you can falsify IDs, making it even easier to engage in vote fraud.
DonkeyFarmer · April 22, 2020 at 8:52 am
Jim you don't need to be a Democrat or Republican to answer the question. You give your opinion on so many other matters why are you avoiding this one?
And you need not only I.D. to buy a firearm, but must undergo a background check, so your example does not really apply there.
Jim Griffin · April 22, 2020 at 6:12 am
I cannot speak for Democrats -- or Republicans. I am not one.
We should all stand against unnecessary obstacles or hurdles to exercising basic rights. Consider the basic gun right: I should not need to obtain an ID for our son before I hand him a gun to teach him firearm safety. I needn't carry a gun ID to carry a gun on our property.
Yes, it is appropriate to inquire about eligibility, require proof, but not before exercising the franchise, not predicate to the act, which is basic, fundamental and not a privilege. As I previously wrote, any doubt means provisional ballot, which is double-enveloped and counted only if determinant and qualified by a judge.
I will not ask you the opposite, about why some want impediments to exercising the right to vote. I believe I know the answer: Some want less voting. Permitting non-ID votes with an automatic provisional ballot runs no risk, but does guarantee extra scrutiny if the vote matters.
In the digital world, my colleagues posit every click required costs you half the audience. Probably an extreme view, but it makes the point: Even petty obstacles reduce the crowd. Apple practices this in the extreme.
Ultimately, it's like the disdain for "Papers, please" as a condition for travel in communist states. Even the US TSA says you can fly without ID if you undergo extra scrutiny.
Anyone can lose their wallet. It should not mean the loss of your right to vote. Vote now, we can figure that out later (double-envelope, judge) if it determines the outcome.
DonkeyFarmer · April 22, 2020 at 12:46 am
Jim, why are Democrats against showing an I.D.? Universally against it. Why?
Jim Griffin · April 22, 2020 at 12:28 am
DF: I oppose any unnecessary obstacle to exercising the right to vote no matter or where the obstacle is encountered nor which party the voter supports.
Having worked at the polls, I know we can accommodate even same day registration. No problem -- make any ballot with even the hint of question provisional (double-envelope, only counted if determinant *and* specifically approved by a judge). All non-ID ballots can easily be made provisional.
Any poll worker can declare a ballot provisional. It goes without saying that there should be (and are) poll workers from both parties at all times.
No ID? Simply make that ballot provisional. Only count it if it matters and a judge rules eligible. Simple solution.
P.S. I am not asserting Republicans cheat, only that in fact the only case I can find where it mattered was this one. I think it is incredibly rare for either party, neither more honest than the other. Cheating is and should be rare -- both parties are and should be watching, insisting on provisional ballots where they have even the slightest doubt.
DonkeyFarmer · April 22, 2020 at 12:03 am
Jim, without attacking and in the spirit of honest debate, if it is the Republicans cheating as you are asserting here, then why are the Democrats so against voter I.D.? Our governor outlawed voter I.D. why? Would this not increase cheating? Why so important to our governor to repeal voter I.D.? If there are cheating Republicans out there you should be in favor of voter I.D. right?
Jim Griffin · April 21, 2020 at 8:42 am
whittyp · April 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Silii · April 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm
Good information. Please write another letter explaining voting by mail in Virginia. Please tell more about where and how and when to get an absentee ballot and can early voting be done with an absentee ballot. How about picture ID to vote? This is information we all need as the pandemic is going to have an influence on how we in Virginia vote this November.
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