Video News Release: Election Integrity Project Director Robert Popper Short Soundbites on Voter Fraud
FEBRUARY 08, 2017
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch will host a special educational panel on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 12 noon to 1 pm ET to discuss “The Voter Fraud Crisis.” The panel will be shot live in studio with a nationwide feed. Expert panelists will address the voter fraud and election integrity debate.
A key member of the panel is Robert Popper, the director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project. A former Deputy Chief of the Voting Section of the Department of Justice, he led complex litigations involving the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act, and the Help America Vote Act. And he obtained favorable results in major lawsuits in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.
For additional background on this critical and controversial subject check out this timely Wall Street Journal op-ed “Political Fraud About Voter Fraud,” by Robert Popper.
Take-Away: “Voter fraud is a problem; it’s a problem in about ten different ways in this country. There’s the issue of Election Day fraud, there’s the issue of registration fraud, there’s the issue of non-citizen and other non-eligible voters voting. All of these things are problems. The American people know this. In poll after poll for at least a decade, there’s been reflected a complete lack of faith in America’s electoral procedures.” [37 seconds]
Take-Away: “There are polls indicating that most Americans think that fraud is a problem in our elections. There are polls indicating that most Americans think that election integrity in the United States is below par. There was a poll a couple years ago that surveyed countries around the world, and the voters in those countries about what they thought about their countries electoral integrity. In Europe the scores typically ranged in the 60, 70, 80, range, they had faith or that much faith in the integrity of elections. … In the United States, 47% of Americans had faith in the electoral process.” [52 seconds]
Take-Away: “The Department of Justice was not devoted to the cause of election integrity, and it was not devoted to the cause of maintaining the voter rolls in a pristine condition. I know this because I worked there, and when I worked there, we were instructed at a public meeting setting forth the goals for the voting section, we were told that the front office was in there words ‘not interested’ or that they ‘didn’t care’ about federal provisions of federal law that required states to clean up their voting rolls.” [39 seconds]
Take-Away: “Since 2008, since Obama came into office and during the course of his administration, and to my knowledge, there have been no lawsuits coming out of the Justice Department whose purpose was to enforce the federal law requiring voter list maintenance and election integrity regarding voter rolls. I believe I did the last one in the Justice Department, and that would be sometime in 2007.” [34 seconds]
Take-Away: “To the extent that Donald Trump made any particular claim we can’t verify it and we can’t disprove it. What we do know is that there is a lot of suggestive evidence that noncitizens are regularly voting in American elections. There is evidence that’s anecdotal from ICE officials, Immigration officials, we know that people say that when non-lawfully present aliens are detained they routinely have voter registration information and cards.” [41 seconds]
Take-Away: “Jesse Richmond’s estimates are that 800,000 noncitizens votes were cast the last election in 2016. If he’s wrong by a factor of 10 —if it’s 80,000—that’s huge. Five states were decided in 2016 by a total aggregate vote total—combined total—of less than 80,000 votes. 80,000 votes is an enormous change and an enormous risk to electoral process.” [44 seconds]
Take-Away: “The simple fact is that the number of people who can’t get an ID, or who can’t get an accommodation, or for some reason are unable to thread their way through the process is zero. These people never sue. They sue to the extent there are lawsuits, they bring in people who say they might be affected by it because it is so hard to find someone who’s actually affected by the requirement that you get an ID.” [35 seconds]