Watch Jeff Berkowitz w/ Chicago GOP Chair Steve Boulton on insuring voter rights, ballot integrity and preventing fraud in elections, Cable and Web
today at 8:01 pm
Attorney Boulton discusses in detail the major differences in fraud detection and prevention between an election as we had in America for centuries where most of the voting occurred on a single day and …
Our show is very timely in terms of the U. S. Supreme Court’s July 1 ruling (Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee) in a very important voting rights case and the U. S. Department of Justice’s
Tonight’s Chicago Metro suburban edition of Public Affairs features guest Steve Boulton, Chair, Chicago Republican Party, discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz how best to insure fair and honest elections in America.
The show airs in 25 Chicago Metro north and northwest suburbs tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable:
–Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on
–Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
The show also airs tomorrow in Highland Park on cable Ch 19 at 8:30 pm.
Our show is very timely in terms of the U. S. Supreme Court’s July 1 ruling (Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee) in a very important voting rights case and the U. S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) voting rights lawsuit filed on June 25 against Georgia.
The Berkowitz- Boulton discussion was taped two days before the Brnovich ruling was issued- rejecting the DNC’s claims that the Arizona election law that significantly curtails ballot harvesting and requires votes cast outside of a voter’s precinct to be discarded was unconstitutional and violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Attorney Boulton discusses in detail the major differences in fraud detection and prevention between an election as we had in America for centuries where most of the voting occurred on a single day and at relatively few sites and the current system where the great majority of the voting occurs over an “Election season,” of more than ten days (and some as much as 55 days), includes massive mail in voting and occurs at many more voting locations, drop boxes and curbside.
Tonight’s show discussion should give viewers a helpful perspective to understand and assess the Supreme Court’s opinion in terms of its implications for how the Court is likely to decide similar lawsuits challenging election laws that have been and are likely to be passed in other states.
Election laws have recently been modified in other states, including Georgia and Florida, and as in Arizona, some, including most Democratic Party officials, argue those election laws are designed to discourage minority voting, are discriminatory against minorities and violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Others, including the majorities in the Georgia and Florida legislatures and most other Republican Party officials disagree and argue the new election laws are designed to prevent fraud and insure ballot integrity and security.
The Biden Administration DOJ (in an apparent attempt to beat the release of the Supreme Court opinion in Brnovich and avoid the ackwardness of filing a lawsuit that it knew to be contradicted by a very recent Supreme Court opinion) filed its lawsuit on June 25, 2021 against Georgia arguing on similar grounds to those argued by the DNC in its 2016 lawsuit involving Arizona that the new Georgia election law violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
DOJ knew the ruling in the Arizona case was imminent and also knew the Supreme Court would likely rule in a manner contrary to DOJ’s legal position.
Georgia will of course argue it’s law was constitutional and not illegal, in part because Georgia has a compelling need to prohibit voter fraud and moreover, the law had neither a racially discriminatory intent nor effect, all of which the Supreme Court found in its decision on July 1 holding the Arizona law constitutional.
We explore the above and other related issues with attorney Boulton, an expert in voting laws, voting regulations and voting practices, and we provide a foundation for understanding some of the likely benign motivations of the Georgia legislators- even though our show was taped two days before the Supreme Court handed down it’s decision in the Arizona case, in which the Court found most, if not all, of the motivations of the Arizona legislature to be benign, i.e., not motivated by a racially discriminatory intent.
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