voteOne of the signs that our republic is falling apart is the fact we are less and less willing to protect the integrity of the vote. Fortunately, we still have leaders willing to fight for our republic. Here is an email I received from Delegate Rob Bell today.

Dear Richard,

Today’s Washington Post headline: “He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.” According to the article, a JMU student in Harrisonburg registered 19 dead Virginians to vote in the 2016 election.  Read it by clicking here.

This follows on a TV news report of a long-dead voters who have nonetheless cast ballots in Colorado.

Virginia is a battleground state, and every vote is important. In the General Assembly, I have long supported the photo ID requirement and other voter fraud bills. Election crimes like that in Harrisonburg prove these laws are needed.

You’d think honest elections would receive bipartisan support, but Terry McAuliffe vetoed an absentee ballot measure in 2015 and Attorney General Mark Herring refused to defend Virginia’s photo ID law against a lawsuit funded by George Soros. Virginia taxpayers had to pay private lawyers $600,000 in taxpayer money to do the job Herring was elected to do, and the case is still being considered by the federal court.

Enough!  Stand against voter fraud – sign the online petition by clicking here.


Delegate Rob Bell
Candidate for Attorney General

If you do not think voter fraud is real, then consider.

  • We have a political party that features “campaign finance reform” as one of its big issues. If we are supposed to believe that rich people will buy politicians, why are we not also supposed to believe that rich people will buy elections?
  • We are supposed to believe that voter ID is all about voter suppression.  If we are willing to believe people would suppress the votes of some people, why are we not willing to believe that other people would over-count the  votes they like?
  • Hillary Clinton is a known liar. There is no doubt about it. Even under oath she will lie and deceive. (And I see reason to debate the obvious. Look it up.) Why are we supposed to believe that a political party that would select someone as dishonest as Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee does not have people in it who are capable of voter fraud?


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.


Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District


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.

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.


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.


Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District