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The truth is that True the Vote was deployed all over Harris County, Texas, in 2010. The only place where their elderly, and usually female, volunteers were met with hostility and discourtesy was in Sheila Jackson Lee’s Congressional district. Nowhere else did they encounter any objections to their law abiding observation activities. But in Jackson Lee’s district, these elderly retirees were verbally assaulted and in some cases even removed from the polling places after the personal intervention of Quanell X of the New Black Panther Party.
It makes you wonder what was happening inside the polls that made elderly volunteers with a pen and paper so threatening.
Once upon a time in America, the outrage would be directed toward the uncivil New Black Panthers who threw out the elderly poll watchers, and not toward the poll watchers merely recording events inside the polls.
Small liars at left-wing blogs print lies like the Eric Holder Justice Department is “investigating” Tea Party voter intimidation, and then big liars and big newspapers eventually print the same thing. This is how decent Americans seeking to improve the election process are smeared and slandered by the irresponsible. This is another in a growing list of modern examples where the law abiding are attacked while the lawless are defended.
Unfortunately, the New York Times is not alone in smearing law abiding citizens. The usual suspects have joined in. The Advancement Project, Demos, the Brennan Center and Common Cause have all resorted to slander and dishonesty to stop the work of law-abiding groups like True the Vote.
But a few facts get in the way. First of all, the National Voter Registration Act (usually called Motor Voter), invites private third-party groups to play a role in policing the nation’s voter rolls. This was part of a compromise in 1993 in Congress to increase voter registration. For 20 years, this right lay dormant, untouched by any party or candidate. Not until after 2010 did groups like True the Vote mushroom all over the nation and begin to use this federal power to police the rolls.
Second, most state laws permit third party election observers. The power to observe the election is a power used in third world elections to ensure they are fairly and properly run. That groups like Common Cause now oppose the exercise of this right says a great deal about them. These citizens groups are doing exactly what the law allows – quietly standing in a polling place with a pen and paper.
Apparently to some in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s district, having someone watch and record the voting process is too risky.
In my book Injustice, I document instance after instance of election fraud. But I also report the troubling results of a poll conducted by pollster Pat Cadell. He found that only 17% of Americans believe we still enjoy the “consent of the governed.” He calls this attitude “pre-revolutionary.” Free and fair elections, open to observation by all, are the best way to foster belief that we are governed by consent. The more thugs groups like the New Black Panthers and high-browed publications like the Times seek to remove law abiding citizens from American poll places, the more we will wonder what they are trying to hide.
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