PROTECT THE VOTE

voteAs Delegate Rob Bell indicates in this email, this is important. Supposedly, voter fraud does not exist. Wrong! If no effort is made to detect voter fraud, we will not find voter fraud. That makes the fact we have started trying to detect voter fraud important. It also makes the people who said voter fraud does not exist look fraudulent.

You cannot make up your mind which party to vote for in this coming election? You cannot make up your mind which party contains the most frauds? Then do what you can to protect the vote.

Double Voting in Fairfax

Dear Friend:

Bravo to Fairfax election officials!

As reported by Fox News, the Fairfax Electoral Board has identified 17 individuals who voted in both Maryland and Fairfax in 2012.

After years of denials, evidence of actual voter fraud continues to mount.  Note that Fairfax officials only compared voters from one county with those from one other state.  The number of fraudulent votes will grow much larger when additional counties (and states) are compared.

Fairfax officials have transmitted their findings to the Attorney General Mark Herring.  His spokesman predictably parroted the Democratic Party line, stating that the office would investigate but maintaining that voter fraud was “statistically quite rare.”  With this beginning, it is hard to imagine his investigation will be very vigorous.

(In 2013 I patroned the law giving the Attorney General independent authority prosecute voter fraud cases, without having to wait for invitation.  I never imagined the extraordinary spectacle of an Attorney General downplaying evidence of reported felonies before even beginning his  investigation.)

Notwithstanding political maneuvering in Richmond, the Fairfax announcement is an important step.  Thanks to the Board and to all who are working to ensure the integrity of our elections.

Sincerely,


Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ELECTED CROOKED POLITICIANS?

voteLast Friday, Delegate Rob Bell put out an email describing Virginia’s Attorney General’s , Mark Herring, attempts to thwart Virginia’s attempt to enforce voter ID.

What is voter ID? How we vote is a secret. How many times we vote is not a secret. Each of us only gets to vote once, and we have to be legally registered to vote where we want to vote. Voter ID is how we make one citizen, one vote, happen.

You are not a citizen of Virginia? You don’t reside in the precinct where you want to vote? Then you are not suppose to vote, and voter ID just prevents unscrupulous people from doing what they are not suppose to do.

If we don’t want folks from out of state, illegal immigrants, and felons voting in our elections, we have to accurately identify the people who have the right to vote. If we don’t want people voting more than once, we have to accurately identify the people who have already voted. That requires a good system of voter ID.


Dear Friend:

On Tuesday, Attorney General Herring expanded the Democratic Party’s war against Virginia’s new photo ID law.  Asked for his legal advice, Herring argued that the law could be unconstitutional unless registrars accepted expired drivers’ licenses.

This is nonsense.

In the spring of 2013, the General Assembly passed a series of bills to address voter fraud.  In addition to Mark Obenshain’s photo ID bill, we passed my House Bill 1764 to help prevent people from voting in more than one state, and several others.

Since the laws passed, there have been numerous media reports on the extent of this problem.  See the New York Times article here, and these others about voter fraud in Texas, New York, and Nevada.  Closer to home, Virginia made international news when Congressman Jim Moran’s son was caught on video explaining how to falsify utility bills to fool registrars, and Fox News reported that a recent private study identified over 40,000 voters registered in both Maryland and Virginia.

In 2013, Mark Herring opposed new these laws, saying they were unneeded and that Republicans were just trying to “confuse” the voters.  This avalanche of new evidence demonstrates that he was – and is – wrong.  Please contact him here and demand that he ensure the integrity of Virginia’s voting system.

Sincerely,
Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

Why does our Attorney General and the Democratic Party oppose voter ID? Obviously, they expect people who should not be voting to vote for them. If that how they expect to win elections, then they are crooked politicians. Such politicians cannot be trusted, not even by the dishonest people who vote for them.

You want to run the crooked politicians out of office? Then give your support to the politicians who think they can win with an honest vote.

WHY GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE’S “LINE ITEM VETO” IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Because Delegate Rob Bell provides such an excellent explanation of why Governor McAuliffe “line item veto,” I decided to post his email too.

No You Can’t, Governor

Today Governor McAuliffe announced he would line item veto budget provisions that prohibit him from expanding Medicaid.

Here’s why the Governor can’t do what he wants.

Last week, the Assembly passed a budget that put a condition on Medicaid spending: “no general or nongeneral funds shall be appropriated or expended” to expand Medicaid under Obamacare until a vote by the General Assembly.  This condition is what Governor McAuliffe wants to veto.

However, in the Brault case, the Virginia Supreme Court explained that if a budget includes a spending item that comes with a condition, the condition cannot be separately vetoed.  To exercise his line item veto for these conditional budget items, a Governor must veto both the condition and the spending.

This makes sense: for a bill (like the budget) to become law, it is supposed to pass the House and Senate.  If a budget item passed the legislature with restrictions, then it didn’t pass on its own – it only passed with the restrictions on it.  If the Governor could strip out the conditions with a veto, it would leave behind a spending item that had never in fact passed the House and Senate.  To quote the U.S. Supreme Court, such a veto “would not be negation of an item or items of appropriation by veto but, in effect, affirmative legislation by executive edict.”

McAuliffe could veto the condition on Medicaid spending, but only if he also vetoed Medicaid spending itself.  This, obviously, is something he would never do, since his goal is to expand the program under Obamacare.

So what’s next?  On Monday, the General Assembly will meet and Governor McAuliffe’s veto can be ruled out of order, which means the veto will not be included in the final budget law.  Governor McAuliffe could then file action in court to force inclusion of his veto, and we would have to fight him in court.  To prevail, Governor McAuliffe would have to prove that he vetoed the condition and any spending it restricts.  Given the above court rulings, he should fail, and the budget restrictions on Medicaid should stand.

In short, his veto would be ruled unconstitutional.

Sincerely,

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL

With today’s email, Delegate Rob Bell urges you to contact our governor. When you contact the governor, please do not forget to tell him to veto his TAX TAX TAX Transportation Tax Plan bill (HB 2313.).

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Dear Friend,

Crucial legislation to stop voter fraud is now sitting on Governor McDonnell’s desk awaiting his signature.

The Governor has not indicated whether or not he will sign these bills. Please click here to encourage the Governor to sign all pending voter fraud legislation into law.

If you want to hear my argument in favor of voter fraud prevention, click here:

These include three of my bills:

House Bill 1764, would help stop people from voting in two different states.

House Bill 1765, would help prevent ineligible felons from voting in Virginia.

House Bill 2331, would allow the Attorney General to investigate voter fraud. (Currently the Attorney General of Virginia must get permission before investigating voter fraud in Virginia.)

My bills have passed the General Assembly (both the House of Delegates and the State Senate). Now, the final step for them to become law is for the Governor to sign them.

Please click here to contact Governor McDonnell right now and ask him to sign these bills immediately.

Sincerely,

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

P.S. – Other related legislation that is also on his desk include Delegate Mark Cole’s HB 1337 and State Senator Mark Obenshain’s SB 1256. Both of these bills would make it harder for identity fraud at the polls on Election Day. Please encourage Governor McDonnell to sign them as well.