Heritage Expert Testifies on Amnesty’s Cost to Election Integrity

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Heritage's Hans von Spakovsky testifies on the consequences for election integrity of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants on February 12, 2015.

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Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants could allow more noncitizens to vote in elections, Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky said last week in testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

Amnesty would make it “extremely difficulty for election offocials to prevent or detect those who intentionally or negligently affirm their eligibility to vote,” he said.

Read his full testimony (link in PDF).

What the Motor Voter Act Has to Do with Election Fraud


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Millions of ineligible and invalid registrations pollute American voter rolls, J. Christian Adams writes in a new Heritage Foundation report.

This is in part because the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, popularly known as the Motor Voter Act, has been used largely by liberal interests.

“For most of the history of the law, enforcement actions have been directed against election officials who sought to clean voter rolls and against states for insufficiently pushing voter registration among entitlement recipients,” Adams writes.

The law also empowered liberal activist groups, he continues: Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Calls Out the New York Times on Voter ID


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The New York Times condemned a Kansas judge last week for upholding state requirements that voters show proof of citizenship when they register. The Times went on to call the identification requirement a means by which “to keep eligible voters from the polls.”

This is nonsense, Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans Von Spakovsky counters in National Review Online:

[T]he intent of these laws is to keep ineligible voters from the polls, like the thousands of noncitizens who are illegally registered to vote all over the country.

The Times further calls the push for voter ID a “ruse” to keep people from voting. Von Spakovsky reminds us, though, that “there is more than enough evidence by now to demonstrate that the Times is totally wrong in its judgment on election-integrity issues.”

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Why the Arizona Voter Registration Decision Is a Step in the Wrong Direction


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Noncitizens registering and voting illegally is a real problem that compromises the integrity of our elections. Arizona is particularly affected because it has large populations of illegal immigrants, so they enacted a law requiring those registering to vote to provide proof of citizenship.

But the Supreme Court ruled yesterday against that Arizona law. Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky explains:

In a decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by six other justices…the Supreme Court said that Arizona must “accept and use” the federal mail-in voter registration form specified by the federal National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter law). Arizona’s requirement that proof of citizenship be submitted with the federal form is preempted.

While this was a step in the wrong direction, it was not a complete loss for supporters of honest elections. The decision was very narrowly focused and did not affect measures like Arizona’s voter ID law, which remains in force. Von Spakovsky explains a few other details the press overlooked: Continue Reading »

Heritage Scholars Respond to Obama’s State of the Union


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Heritage Foundation experts live-blogged President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Below are excerpts from their reactions.

A ‘Balanced’ Approach to Deficit Reduction

President Obama called for more “balance” in reducing the deficit, though according to Heritage expert Patrick Knudsen this actually means higher taxes:

With the government drowning in red ink, Obama offers a life preserver made of lead: more spending. He has already pocketed a $618 billion tax increase in the fiscal cliff deal (in addition to $1 trillion in new Obamacare taxes). He needs to accept that true “balance” has two sides—and start cutting spending.

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Hans von Spakovsky Debunks Liberal Myths About Voting Laws in the Wall Street Journal


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Liberal efforts to reduce waiting times at the polls are part of a partisan plan to advance their cause at the polls, The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky explains in the Wall Street Journal this weekend.

Von Spakovsky, the subject of the Journal’s “Weekend Interview,” tells the Journal’s James Taranto that the so-called Voter Empowerment Act of 2013 is the latest push: Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Top 10 Videos of 2012


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The media plays a very important role in modern politics. The Heritage Foundation knows this and makes every effort to create videos to correct the facts liberal mainstream media dispels. Below is a list of Heritage’s most viewed videos of 2012.

  1. The White House Disinformation Campaign on Libya
    October 27, 2012
    Evidence showed there were security threats in Benghazi, Libya, in the months prior to the deadly September 11, 2012, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Despite these threats, the Obama Administration and State Department left its personnel there to fend for themselves.
  2.  The Real Legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Iron Lady
    January 13, 2012
    Like President Ronald Reagan, her political soulmate, Margaret Thatcher came to power at a desperate time in her country’s history, when real leadership and bold ideas were most needed. And by applying conservative principles to the challenges she faced, she was able to achieve real and lasting success. Then, as today, she faced an extraordinary set of challenges and a chorus of voices saying her country’s best days were behind it. Thatcher’s successes are a comforting reminder of the power of a bold, conservative vision at work. Continue Reading »

Hans Von Spakovsky Explains the Dangers of Voter Fraud at the President’s Club Meeting


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Hans von SpakovskyVoter fraud poses a real threat to the integrity of our elections, Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky told a standing-room-only audience of Heritage members at the President’s Club meeting in Washington.

Two of von Spakovsky’s examples illustrated how election fraud affected everyone in the room:

  1. In 2008, election officials in Minnesota determined that Democrat Al Franken had unseated the incumbent, Sen. Norm Coleman, by a margin of just 300 votes. Because of the very small margin, there was a mandatory recount which revealed that 1,100 felons had unlawfully cast ballots for Franken. His victory was sustained.
    Why was this Senate race so important? Because Franken was the critical 60th vote in favor of Obamacare. Continue Reading »

Photo: Hans von Spakovsky Discusses Voter Fraud at CPAC Colorado

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Heritage's Hans von Spakovsky speaks about voter fraud at Colorado CPAC last week.

Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky speaks about voter fraud at CPAC Colorado last week. Von Spakovsky was one of six Heritage experts to speak at the Denver gathering.

Attention, New York Times: Voter Fraud Is a Real Problem


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Voter fraud still occurs today in the United States. Yet there is still resistance to one very simple tool that could help stop it — voter ID.

Some, like The New York Times, even say that voting fraud is a myth, that “there is almost no voting fraud in America.”

But as Heritage Foundation expert Hans von Spakovsky explains, voter fraud is all too common in America today:

The fraud denialists also must have missed the recent news coverage of the double voters in North Carolina and the fraudster in Tunica County, Miss. — a member of the NAACP’s local executive committee — who was sentenced in April to five years in prison for voting in the names of ten voters, including four who were deceased.

And the story of the former deputy chief of staff for Washington mayor Vincent Gray, who was forced to resign after news broke that she had voted illegally in the District of Columbia even though she was a Maryland resident. Perhaps they would like a copy of an order from a federal immigration court in Florida on a Cuban immigrant who came to the U.S. in April 2004 and promptly registered and voted in the November election.

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