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June 11, 2017

More Voter ID Shenanigans From The Tribune-Review

Let's take a break from the impending impeachment of the little-handed pussy-grabber and take a look at some more regular conservative disinformation, shall we?

Like this piece on today's Tribune-Review op-ed page:
The liberal narrative that voter fraud is a figment of conservatives' imagination took an illuminating turn in Virginia, where a voter-integrity group has documented 5,500 noncitizen registrants between 2011 and 2017. At least 1,852 of them cast ballots during that time.

One noncitizen said she voted in 14 different elections and wasn't removed from the voter rolls until she, herself, reported being a noncitizen, according to a new report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. Based on the group's findings, the largest number of ineligible votes cast in a Virginia election were 1,065 in 2008, a presidential election year.
If you are fact-checking at home (and that's something I'd encourage EVERY citizen of EVERY political persuasion to do - especially now in the Age of Trump) the first thing to check is this "voter-integrity" group named the "Public Interest Legal Foundation."

Who are they? Who runs the shop? Do they do good work? And finally, is the Trib completely honest in calling them a "voter-integrity group"?

It's that last question where the Trib first trips up. This is how The Daily Signal describes the PILF in a piece on this exact report:
Virginia election officials removed thousands of voters from voter rolls between 2011 and May 2017, according to a conservative legal organization.

In a report released Tuesday, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, found 5,556 voters were removed because they were noncitizens and that one-third of those removed voted illegally.[Emphasis added.]
And before you wonder whether The Daily Caller Signal is some biased left-wing "news" website, take a look at this from their "About" page:
More and more people are grabbing bites of news from mobile devices on the go—and they need a place where they can find digestible, trusted news on the most important policy debate of the day.

That’s why the Heritage Foundation team created a digital-first, multimedia news platform called The Daily Signal. [Emphasis added.]
So when The Daily Caller Signal says the PILF is a "conservative legal group", it's The Heritage Foundation talking.

So the first question you have to ask yourself right now is: Why doesn't the Tribune-Review editorial board want you to know that the PILF is conservative?  It's certainly ok for the (Scaife-funded) Heritage Foundation to say so, so why not the Trib?

Do they think that it'll negatively frame your opinion of the report?  Why would that be, exactly?

Now, let's look at whether the report can be trusted. At 24 pages, it's probably ill-advised to go page-by-page (I'd probably lose your interest at page 5 or so) so let's just look at one "astonishing" example.

This one, on page 17:
In one astonishing example, a non-citizen was invited to remain on the voter rolls even after he had informed election officials he was an alien.When William Leslie Gray registered to vote in 2007, he checked “yes” in response to the application’s citizenship question. In 2010, Mr. Gray renewed his driver’s license and on his application, he checked “no” to the citizenship question.

The inconsistencies in Mr. Gray’s answers alerted election officials that he might not be eligible to vote. His registration, however, was not cancelled. Instead, Mr. Gray was mailed an “Affirmation of Citizenship,” which asked Mr. Gray to affirm, subject to penalty of law, that he was a U.S. citizen. Mr. Gray signed the form and returned it. In May 2015, Mr. Gray’s voter registration was cancelled after election officials determined that he was, in fact, not a U.S. citizen. [Emphasis added. You'll see why in a few paragraphs.]
There's an end note that leads to Exhibit 13.  Take a look at the chronology here:
  • 02/12/2007 - Gray's driver's license application, where he checks the "yes" box
  • 02/18/2010 - Gray's renewal application, where he initials in the "no" box
  • 05/10/2010 - Gray's "Affirmation of Citizenship" form, where he declares he IS a citizen.
Now take a look at the internal notes and the chronology found there:

And what do we see?
  • 04/10/2010 - "Declared non-citizen cancelled" (this is AFTER Gray's license renewal form)
  • 05/17/2010 - "Returned Affirmation of Citizenship"
  • 05/18/2010 - "Reinstated"
  • 02/12/2015 - "Deceased"
Take a closer look at that chronology. So what happened in 2015? It clearly says that in 2015 William Gray is deceased (and that's what, presumably, gets him off the voter rolls - not any question of his citizenship). It also clearly states that he was reinstated Gray after they received his affirmation of citizenship.  The day after, in fact.

Now go back and look at how the report describes this paperwork.

This is the "astonishing example" they're using to prove non-citizens are voting in droves in Virginia. If such a big part of the report is so obviously wrong what does that say about the rest of it?

These are lies, plain and simple - it's hardly surprising they show up on the Trib's Op-Ed page.

UPDATE: I mislabeled The Daily Signal.  Sorry.


Deplorable Omega Supreme Cuck said...

"the impending impeachment of the little-handed pussy-grabber "
6/11/17 The Dayvoe predicted the impeachment of Trump. Time to bring back the IMPEACH banner?

Is this the same Dayvoe who quotes that Dark Money Democracy alliance groups CAP, Think Progress, Media Matters, American Bridge, Lawfare, CREW, et al. dismissing Public Interest Legal Foundation as partisan?

Trump's Voter Fraud Myth is also false because ACLU v. Trump opinion says Illegal Aliens have all of the same Constitutional Rights as US Citizens including voting.

Voter Fraud is just a myth like the Vietnam vet spitting Myth where Jerry Lembcke said there were no new articles about it occurring under someone found one.

Dayvoe said...

Aw snowflake, you completely missed the point. Again.

Richard Kraemer said...

Thanks for that. Had you not written this, or had you made it any longer, I would have missed out on this story completely.

Ed Heath said...

I am midway through, but I wanted to ask - Daily Signal or Daily Caller? I believe both exist, but you seem to be using them interchangeably.

Dayvoe said...

Ed Heath: Oops. I fixed the error.