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ELECTION DECEPTION: Two known swindlers arrested for robocall scheme in Michigan

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed charges Thursday against conservative political so-called operatives Jack Burkman, 54, and Jacob Wohl, 22, for allegedly instituting a scheme to bombard residents with robocalls that law enforcement officials said were “aimed at suppressing the vote in the November general election.”

“Any effort to interfere with, intimidate or intentionally mislead Michigan voters will be met with swift and severe consequences,” Nessel said.

“This effort specifically targeted minority voters in an attempt to deter them from voting in the November election. We’re all well aware of the frustrations caused by the millions of nuisance robocalls flooding our cell phones and landlines each day, but this particular message poses grave consequences for our democracy and the principles upon which it was built,” Nessel added. “Michigan voters are entitled to a full, free and fair election in November and my office will not hesitate to pursue those who jeopardize that.” 

VIEW THE CHARGING DOCUMENTS HERE.

LISTEN TO THE ROBOCALL HERE

Moreover, Nessel’s office had communicated with attorneys general offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois, all of which reported similar robocalls being made to residents. An investigation uncovered that the calls were made to people who live in urban areas with significant minority populations, the press release stated.

In my opinion, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, any attempt to purposefully deceive voters is wrong. These two allegedly crossed all kinds of lines of deception. There are legitimate concerns with universal mail-in-voting but not what Wohl and Burkman stated in their intimidating call to residents.

“It’s believed around 85,000 calls were made nationally, though an exact breakdown of the numbers of calls to each city or state are not available,” the press release stated.

In Michigan, the robocall, which the attorney general made public, is filled with intimidation tactics and could land both of the alleged perpetrators in prison for years, the attorney general said.

I this is Tomeka Taylor from Project 1599 civil rights organization founded by Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl,” it says. “Mail in voting sounds great but did you know that if you vote by mail your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts the CDC. is even pushing to use record for mailing voting to track people for mandatory vaccines. Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man to stay safe and be aware of vote by mail.

Wohl and Burkman’s claims are false. Moreover, the pair are not civil rights advocates.

However, there are other legitimate concerns being raised by opponents of mail-in-voting that are currently being litigated in court rooms across the country.

Laws Wohl and Burkman allegedly broke

  • One count of election law – intimidating voters, a five-year felony;
  • One count of conspiracy to commit an election law violation, a five-year felony;
  • One count of using a computer to commit the crime of election law – intimidating voters, a seven-year felony; and
  • Using a computer to commit the crime of conspiracy, a seven-year felony. 
     

“The charges were filed today in the 36th District Court in Detroit,” stated a press release from the Michigan attorney general’s office. “Arraignment is pending for the defendants. The Attorney General’s office will be working – with local law enforcement if necessary – to secure the appearance of each defendant in Michigan. It’s too early to say if formal extradition will be necessary or if they will present themselves here voluntarily in the very near future.”

The press release stated that Burkman, who is an Arlington, Virginia resident, and Wohl, a Los Angeles, California resident, allegedly attempted to “discourage voters from participating in the general election by creating and funding a robocall targeted at certain urban areas, including Detroit. The calls were made in late August and went out to nearly 12,000 residents with phone numbers from the 313 area code.”

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE

The recorded robocall message warns people about being “finessed into giving your private information to the man” and urges them to “beware of vote by mail.” 

The caller, who claims to be associated with an organization founded by Burkman and Wohl, falsely tells people that mail-in voting, in particular, will allow personal information to become part of a special database used by police to track down old warrants and by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts. The caller also deceptively claims the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use the information to track people for mandatory vaccines. However, none of that is true. 

The Attorney General encourages anyone who received this call on or about Aug. 26 and who wishes to file a complaint about it to contact her office by calling 517-335-7650. 

Information callers may be asked to provide in their complaint will include:  

  • Complainant’s name, address and contact information; 
  • Date and time of when the robocall was received; 
  • Phone number of the line where the call was received; 
  • Number displayed on caller ID when the call was received; 
  • Whether the robocall went to voicemail or was answered live; 
  • The complainant’s recollection of the robocall content and their thoughts about the call; 
  • Whether the complainant is and has been a Michigan resident for six months or more; and 
  • Whether the complainant is a registered voter or is eligible to vote. 

There is very little, if any, evidence to substantiate claims that mail-in ballots lead to fraud, as many states have successfully conducted the process for years. Michigan has had absentee voting for more than 60 years. In November 2018, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved Proposal 3, which amended Michigan’s Constitution and gave all Michigan voters the constitutional right to vote by absentee ballot without excuse. 

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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