Doing things the Chicago way includes being certain to go to a knife fight armed with a gun, as well as gilding the electoral franchise by voting early, and often. Despite what the Washington Post recently called the “zombie claim” that there may be electoral fraud not only in the Windy City but elsewhere in our fair Republic, there comes new evidence that the Chicago way is indeed live and well, not only in Illinois but 10 other states as well.
Chicago came out strong for Hillary Clinton, especially in those districts with majority black and Latino voters. In 2016, more Chicagoan came out for Clinton than for Barack Obama in 2012.
According to Chicago City Wire, the election board in Chicago listed more general election votes than there were eligible voters in the city. The publication cited figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections for 2016, Chicago GOP Chairman Chris Cleveland told Chicago City Wire that it “on a whim” he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the board. As a result, he received a list of 1,101,178 people who voted in the general election. Contradicting that figure was an earlier post on the board's website that set the total corpus of votes at 1,115,664 votes cast.
Cleveland said of the figures: “Every ballot cast should be recorded against a registered voter.” In a precinct-by-precinct breakdown, the Republican party found an uneven distribution of discrepancies. For example, 15 Chicago voting precincts had 100 more ballots cast than voters, while others had fewer votes than voters.
Judicial Watch -- a Washington DC-based transparency organization -- has named Illinois among 10 other states that also show troubling discrepancies. A review of US Census data shows that the number of registered voters exceeds the number of citizens of eligible age. This April, Judicial Watch sent a notice-of-violation letter along with a threat to sue the 11 states. The 11 states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. Judicial Watch identified 26 counties in Illinois the number of voter registrations exceeded the number of persons eligible to vote.
According to Robert Popper of Judicial Watch, the improper maintenance of voting rolls is a violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which is also known as the “motor voter” law that allows voter registration through the driver licensure process.
Judicial Watch found the following counties in eleven states had more registrations than eligible voters:
Alabama: Choctaw, Conecuh, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Washington, Wilcox.
Florida: Clay, Flagler, Okaloosa, Osceola, Santa Rosa, St. Johns.
Georgia: Bryan, Columbia, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Lee, Marion, McIntosh, Oconee.
Illinois: Alexander, Bureau, Cass, Clark, Crawford, DuPage, Franklin, Grundy, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, Jersey, Massac, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Pulaski, Rock Island, Sangamon, Scott, Union, Wabash, Washington, White.
Iowa: Scott, Johnson.
Kentucky: Anderson, Bath, Boone, Breathitt, Caldwell, Carlisle, Cumberland, Fulton, Gallatin, Greenup, Hancock, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Livingston, Magoffin, McCracken, Menifee, Mercer, Monroe, Oldham, Powell, Russell, Scott, Spencer, Trigg, Trimble, Wolfe, Woodford.
New Jersey: Essex, Somerset.
New York: Nassau.
North Carolina: Buncombe, Camden, Chatham, Cherokee, Clay, Dare, Durham, Guilford, Madison, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Union, Watauga, Yancey.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed into law an immigration measure known as the Trust Act, which protects illegal immigrants from being arrested solely for their immigration status. It requires state law enforcement agencies to base immigration detentions on warrants, instead of federal administrative detainers. It also prevents local law enforcement from detaining people solely based on their immigration status. The Republican also signed a bill that allows for automatic registration for voters who get or renew a driver's license, even though he vetoed a similar bill last year. At that time, he cited his concerns about voter fraud and conflict with federal laws. Democrats have made the simplification of voter registration a national cause. They assert that Republicans seek to disenfranchise minority voters.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.