By Reagan GeorgeThe following story is true. The names have been omitted to protect the innocent and not interfere with a possible ongoing investigation.
Several months prior to the 2016 Presidential Election a conscientious Commonwealth Attorney received a packet in the mail from the county’s General Registrar.
The Registrar also being a conscientious public servant, responsible for registering new voters, maintaining the state’s online Voter information system (VERIS), planning and executing preparations for the coming elections, and processing the 32 Absentee Ballot Requests by Mail that were sent in from the local Nursing Home.
The Registrar noticed that all of the 32 Absentee Ballot Requests forms were filled in by the same person, presumably an employee at the Nursing Home. There were also questions about some of the signatures on the form. This prompted the Registrar into making copies and mailing them to the county’s Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Receipt of the forms from the Registrar prompted a call to the Captain of the State Police Barracks to request an investigator to begin looking into what was going on at the Nursing Home. The story gets better.
The Detective shows up at the Nursing Home and proceeds with questioning of patients. He approached two elderly female patients in a semi-private room, identifies himself as a member of the State Police, and asks the lady in the first bed if she remembered filling out and signing the Absentee Ballot by Mail Request. She responded that she had not voted in years. Her roommate tried to remind her that patients were assembled in the eating area to sign the form provided to them by the Nursing Home.
At about the same time, a nurse’s aide showed up and not knowing who the gentleman in the nice suit was, informed the officer that the elderly lady in the first bed was demented and would not remember anything that happened the day before.
Of course, during this time the Ballots requested were being prepared and sent to the Nursing Home by the Registrar’s office.
Eventually, the person that had filled out all 32 of the ballot requests was identified and was scheduled to be interviewed along with the Nursing Home Administrator.
At this point, I have to stop my narrative since the investigation is ongoing and what happens next is up to the Commonwealth Virginia.
I can report, since it is now five months after the election, that none of the official ballots sent to the Nursing Home were received by the Registrar prior to November 8th.
So what can we learn from this little story that occurred in a small county in rural Virginia:
- I have received reports of organizational meetings being held around the state, paid by SEIU and the NAACP to encourage their members to gain employment in Nursing Homes and other patient oriented facilities through the November Elections. I know one year the meeting was held at Zion Crossroads, VA.
- The Nursing Home in question is part of a holding corporation located in North Carolina with 20-25 facilities scattered between North Carolina and Virginia.
- In Virginia there are over 3,000 licensed facilities with a capacity of over 66,000 beds.
- A big talking point of the left is any election integrity effort is nothing more than Republicans trying to suppress the vote. It is interesting to note that once the Nursing Home realized that they were under investigation, they did not hesitate to suppress the vote from their facility. Not a single vote was cast in the 2016 election even when all residents “requested” their ballots.
- Was this a one-off occurrence, or was it a corporate wide undertaking? Was it done across state lines, and if it was, isn’t that a RICO Federal crime?
In conclusion, I would like to highlight several teachable moments for anyone interested in Election Integrity.
- If Republicans continue to ignore the rampant voter fraud present in this state as well as the rest of the country, they will continue to have their vote diluted by fraudulent votes.
- Legislation needs to be considered by the General Assembly to make facility administrators responsible and accountable for any voter fraud that occurs on their premises.
- In facilities where corporate ownership is involved and as a matter of policy force administrators to commit voter fraud, such activities should result in conspiracy charges and if crossing state lines then RICO charges should apply.
- Part of any accountability law should address the need for involvement by the local electoral board as well as inviting each political party to participate in facility voting activities as a Poll Watcher.
- Obviously, the Virginia Code that excludes only mentally incompetent persons from voting that have been determined in that condition by a judge is not working. We should not expect loving families to drag their family member through an expensive, formal judicial process to determine their competence and instead entrust their incapacitated loved one into a state licensed facility. The last thing they expect is leftist activists harvesting votes (their term not mine) of people of diminished capacity entrusted to their care. This is one of the sickest activities, of many, in which the left routinely participates under the guise of providing marginalized citizens their vote.
- The state of Virginia must address the absurd ruling by the State Board of Elections and the Department of Elections that simply typing a person’s name at the bottom of the Absentee Ballot Request form constitutes an electronic signature.
We need to wake up to the fact that we are in a fight for control of our government by the left by any means necessary. Being nice and accommodating is the natural response by most conservatives. The left is playing hard ball, and we are playing with bean bags.
Here is a link to a blog that has reported on voter fraud in nursing homes that I think you will find interesting: http://www.liberato.us/nursing-home-voter-fraud.html.
About the Author
Mr. George is the President of the Virginia Voters Alliance and has been tracking voter fraud in the Commonwealth for years.