ATLANTA, GA – As potential voter irregularities are being reported around the nation, the latest example may get the fur flying.
Breitbart reported on July 10 that a deceased cat received a voter registration application by mail. The cat, Cody, has been dead for 12 years now, according to its owner Carol Tims.
“I mean, it’s not reality. He’s a cat. Here he is.”
Tims then held up a tiny green urn with his ashes. Fox 5 reported the owners said their cat would have voted as a “DemoCAT.”
GA cat dead for 12 years mailed voter registration application https://t.co/Wt8Bv1GwZN
— Georgia Log Cabin (@GeorgiaLogCabin) July 11, 2020
The application arrived on Wednesday at the home of Carol and Ron Tims. The letter was addressed to Cody Tims and has the family wondering what other critters are going to be sent the forms.
“There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register. I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes.”
Dead Cat Gets Voter Registration Card In The Mail https://t.co/SroUE95XS6
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 10, 2020
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters:
“Third-party groups all over the country are targeting Georgia to help register qualified individuals. This group makes you wonder what these out-of-town activists are really doing. Make no mistake about it, this office is dedicated to investigating all types of fraud.”
Raffensperger’s office told Fox 5 News that Cody would not have been able to vote because he did not have a license or state ID. One lingering question is whether Cody would have been able to cast a ballot by mail though.
Breitbart reported that there were other instances of mailings to pets.
In 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina, a border collie named Benicia was mailed an application. ABC 7 News reported that the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a nonprofit organization, sent Benicia a voter registration form.
Cody Tims’ owner said he was a “DemoCat.”https://t.co/AQJsYotqcg
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) July 11, 2020
Benicia’s owner, John Schneider, said:
“The main thing is how can something like this happen? I think that’s the big thing. How can some group just start sending a dog a voter registration application? If someone sent this in, that would constitute voter fraud. But it could get sent in and then what happens if she got a voter registration card back?”
In 2018, the VPC sent a voter registration form to Moco, a Boston Terrier that had been dead for 18 years.
Director of VPC Communications, Kevin McAllister, admitted to KHOU it was a “mistake:”
“Nearly one million people of color, unmarried women and millennials aren’t registered in Colorado, which is why VPC is working to help register eligible Coloradans ahead of the 2018 midterms. As the sender of millions of pieces of mail this election season alone, VPC takes its mailing list seriously.”
The VPC website states the Center accesses commercially available databases corresponding to a state’s voter data to create a list of unregistered voters:
“All our forms include explicit directions for what to do in those rare cases when we send a registration mailing to the wrong recipient. We tell people to discard the mailing and provide ways to easily get off our mailing list.”
The VPC did not comment on how a dog or cat might be mistaken for a person. The VPC claims they have helped over 3 million Americans become registered voters.
CBS News reported back in 2012 that the VPC mailed registration forms, “targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, African-Americans, Latinos, and young adults.”
Other pets in Washington, Florida and Colorado have received voter applications as well. The bug in the technology was not explained by the VPC or its vendor.
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Perhaps part of the problem is mail-in voting itself. Here’s more on that from Law Enforcement Today.
What party do the dead vote for?
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law that supposedly will send mail-in ballots to all registered voters in California for the November 2020 Presidential election. This law also allows county officials to count any ballots within 17 days of the election.
The reason for the mail-in ballots is allegedly due to the threat of the COVID-19 to the people of California. The order mandates mail-in ballots to be sent, but it also states there must be in-person voting available as well.
Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) says the mail-in ballot law will send ballots to more than 23,000 deceased registered voters and 2,000 duplicate registrants.
In the last three elections 1,525 voter registrants voted twice from the same address, as well as 280 voter registrants who voted twice in two different California counties in 2016.
PILF President J. Christian Adams stated:
“California has a history of demonstrating that automation in voting processes will cause errors. Auto-mailings to active registrants won’t protect the state from sending ballots to dead and duplicated registrants – especially those who’ve shown an acknowledged willingness to take advantage of extra votes.”
Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, are suing Governor Newsom because of his May 8 executive order giving California officials authority to send out mail-in ballots to all California registered voters.
So, what does this mean? Breitbart News reports that Eric Eggers, the Director of Government Accountability Institute Research said that “it is fair to assume many illegal aliens in California will obtain mail-in ballots for this year’s general election.”
California’s voter registration rate in the past has measured over 100 percent, meaning there are more registered voters on voter rolls than those authorized to vote in California.
Breitbart further reports that the lawsuit by Judicial Watch reason for the lawsuit is with the state that California is in regarding mail-in ballots, there is risk of legal challenges when the election is over which can hurt voters and candidates – specifically those in congressional districts with more than one county, where votes may have been cast legally and others under the alleged unlawful system.
Judicial Watch’s lawsuit refers to the U.S. Constitution which states that the state legislatures control how members of Congress are elected including the Electoral College. The lawsuit states:
“The United States Constitution sets forth the authority to regulate federal elections. With respect to congressional elections, the Constitution provides:
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
U.S. CONST. art. I, § 4 (“Elections Clause”).
- With respect to the appointment of presidential electors, the Constitution provides:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
U.S. CONST. art. II, § 1 (“Electors Clause”).
17. Neither Defendant is a “Legislature” as required under the Elections Clause or Electors Clause.”
According to Breitbart, Judicial Watch has had success in lawsuits with mailings in California before.
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