It goes without saying that none of us are under any duty to respond to demands from self-appointed inspection agents, right?
To Jay DeLancy, North Carolina is fraught with voter fraud and the state is doing nothing about it.
So the former Air Force veteran has taken matters into his own hands and vows, as he sees it, to save the system from eroding honest elections.
DeLancy launched the Voter Integrity Project more than three years ago, leading a band of volunteers in scouring public records and knocking on doors to root out irregularities in voter rolls.
Some call his efforts “sloppy” and question whether he’s addressing a serious shortcoming or whether he’s become — intended or not — illustrative of the tough Republican-driven voter identification law that critics contend intimidates and disenfranchises minority voters.
Sarah Zambon, president of Asheville League of Women Voters, said VIP targets minority and Democratic leaning districts, leading to voter disenfranchisement and voter intimidation.
She said that of the 80 precincts in Buncombe County, all of VIP’s challenges came from 11 precincts, most of them low income or minority — communities that are more likely to have more people living under one roof.
“It has an intimidation effect,” Zambon said, detailing the story of one African American woman who said she didn’t feel comfortable when people showed up at her door and wanted to know where her sons lived.
But still, the state enacted one of the most stringent voter ID laws in the country, requiring one of a limited number of forms of identification at the poll starting in 2016.
The law also gives voter vigilantes more power, enabling citizens to challenge another person’s vote anywhere in the state.
After three years of work and countless volunteer hours, DeLancy has no cases of fraud to show.
He cites, however, that the board of elections has made five “referrals” of prosecution to local district attorneys.
The ID laws they push get more and more restrictive and yet they ratchet this stuff up every election. Is there a Republican lawmaker or media personality who has pushed this voter impersonation fraud lie to make a buck or rile up their base who can tell us exactly what security measures it would take before “integrity has been restored”? Where’s the line the Republican Party and conservatives draw? Is there one?
If you ever needed an argument for why we need federal civil rights protections, if you still need convincing, the activist base of the Republican Party at the state level are making a great one. This is what their “vision” looks like.