International Program Philippines May 9 2012
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Date Created:July 12, 2012
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through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program. Judicial Watchs president, Tom Fitton, met with the Philippine election official and provided brief overview the organizations corporate structure, mission, and current oversight activities concerning election integrity. Mr. Fitton described Judicial Watch watchdog and said that functions much like charity that supported most part the private donations its members. Mr. Fitton discussed the number one investigative tool used Judicial Watch its oversight mission: the federal Freedom Information Act and similar open records laws the state and local levels. law, said, Judicial Watch able file suit court force the release records and other materials (not covered exemptions) from agencies the federal government, with the exception Congress, the courts, and certain parts the Executive Office the President. However, there are other provisions federal, state, and local laws that also allow for private right action, such whistleblower laws and taxpayer standing. And the National Voter Registration Act federal law that allows private parties the right sue states that not clean their voter rolls. particular interest the Philippine election official was how Judicial Watch, non-governmental organization, was able provide oversight the election process the United States. Mr. Fitton discussed the National Voter Registration Act (aka Motor Voter Law) and its two-pronged approach help ensure the integrity elections: Section make voter registration available State motor vehicle and other public assistance agencies; and Section clean voter registration rolls removing the names voters who have moved, died, are longer eligible vote. Mr. Fitton indicated that these two sections the NVRA were designed work hand-in-hand, but the Obama Justice Department has chosen aggressively enforce only one the Acts provisions pushing the registration public assistance recipients (aka Obamas Food Stamp Army), key voter demographic for Democrats. The result this lawless approach has been increase the number invalid voter registrations, such happened Colorado following the 2008 and 2010 election seasons where invalid voter registration forms were found four times the national average. Mr. Fitton told the Philippine delegate that Judicial Watch has found least states with counties that have more registered voters their rolls than warranted the voting age population. said Judicial Watch, joined True the Vote and former Justice Department official, launched the 2012 Election Integrity Project the job the Justice Department has refused do: clean voter registration rolls. The visiting delegate told Mr. Fitton that the Philippine Commission Elections (COMELEC) has had great success finding and removing over 700,000 duplicate voters from their voter rolls using innovative voter identification system. Once applicants identity and residence verified signed photo ID, the applicants biometrics (digital images the applicants photograph, fingerprints and signature) are digitally captured. the election officials surprise, Mr. Fitton told him that the Obama administration and the Democrats, general, have fought the implementation even the most basic requirement presenting photo ID, with the timeworn argument that such requirement ruse disenfranchise certain color class people. Mr. Fitton said conservatives, who favor less government intrusion themselves and may object the use biometrics, consider photo IDa standard component most business transactions todayto unremarkable, but essential requirement the prevention voter fraud. Judicial Watch and its partners, True the Vote and the Election Law Center, are committed the task forcing states clean their voter registration rolls effort ensure the integrity the election process that only those eligible vote will vote the next presidential election.