Judge Dickinson Debevoise
Having counted absentee ballots here on Long Island I can tell you that we have many fraudulent voters. We had people listing schools as their home address, people voting in Arizona and on Long Island, dead people who vote, and drug addicts who vote but can’t be found. It’s a scene being played out throughout the country.
There isn’t much to stand in the way. Republicans can’t do much about voter fraud without facing contempt of court or worse. That’s the result of a New Jersey voter intimidation case with national implications which was brought by the Democratic National Committee against the Republican National Committee in 1982.
The resulting agreement mandates the RNC but not the DNC refrain from ‘undertaking any ballot security activities in polling places or election districts where the racial or ethnic composition of such districts is a factor in the decision to conduct, or the actual conduct of, such activities there and where a purpose or significant effect of such activities is to deter qualified voters from voting; and the conduct of such activities disproportionately in or directed toward districts that have a substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations shall be considered relevant evidence of the existence of such a factor and purpose.’
According to Judicial Review, New Jersey RNC officials were accused of the following: ‘The RNC allegedly created a voter challenge list by mailing sample ballots to individuals in precincts with a high percentage of racial or ethnic minority registered voters and, then, including individuals whose postcards were returned as undeliverable on a list of voters to challenge at the polls. The RNC also allegedly enlisted the help of off-duty sheriffs and police officers to intimidate voters by standing at polling places in minority precincts during voting with ‘National Ballot Security Task Force’ armbands. Some of the officers allegedly wore firearms in a visible manner.’
The RNC settled and this has seriously impacted elections ever since. Of course, when the situation is reversed, i.e. the New Black Panthers case in Pennsylvania, nothing is done.
The judge in the 1982 case, a Carter appointee, Dickinson Debevoise, continued to control the case after retirement.
Appeals have failed to lift the order.
In a 2008 lawsuit, the definition of ballot security efforts was clarified as ‘any program aimed at combating voter fraud by preventing potential voters from registering to vote or casting a ballot,’ and upheld the consent decree but agreed to add Dec. 1, 2017 as an expiration date.
The ‘clarification’ made the situation more difficult for the RNC. They are completely hamstrung.
For over thirty years, the RNC has been kept from doing anything in ballot security. Every weekend before the election, Democrats get RNC officers into court. The RNC can’t train state parties or candidates on voter fraud prevention or even on what to do about errors.
Debevoise won’t release the RNC because he says there is still incentive to block the vote in minority areas since the majority would vote Democratic.
SCOTUS refused to hear the case without explanation.