Findings of nursing home voter fraud spur conservative groups to join forces to protect seniors
"Seniors are the vulnerable group most likely to be victimized," said former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.
Stunned by revelations of nursing home voter abuse in Wisconsin, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) and the American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU) are partnering to help protect senior citizens from voter fraud.
This week, ACRU also launched its Center for Vulnerable Voters, which "offers resources, information, and training to protect the most vulnerable voters in the U.S.," according to the center's website. The new center is an expansion of ACRU's Protect Elderly Votes Project in 2020.
The center's goals include training "residential facility staff in how to protect the voting rights of their most vulnerable residents" and "enabling vulnerable voting constituencies to protect their vote and exercise their civic right to participate in America's election process."
ACRU also has a Senior Citizen Voter Bill of Rights that "has been used by many facilities across the country," in addition to a guide "for citizens and family members who wish to protect the rights of vulnerable voters."
ACRU's Vote Fraud Hotline is also available for relatives of people who are incapacitated to report a fraudulent vote in their family member's name.
AMAC President Rebecca Weber told the John Solomon Reports podcast on Thursday that it's "important" for the senior citizen organization "to get involved to protect our over 2 million AMAC members and every senior here in the country."
Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, has "joined with ACRU in its efforts to expose and put an end to elder voter fraud, particularly fraud found in nursing homes and other senior citizen facilities," Weber announced in a joint ACRU-AMAC press release.
Recalling that her uncle "fought to ensure that every single American had the right to vote freely," the conservative activist lamented that "many of those voters are nursing home residents who are often targeted by those who would steal or suppress their votes."
The joint release highlights a Townhall article by two ACRU board members, former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, that cites Special Counsel Michael Gableman's findings on nursing home voter fraud in Wisconsin as one of the flashing red signals that such abuse is widespread.
Gableman's report found that 91 nursing homes in the counties of Milwaukee, Racine, Dane, Kenosha, and Brown had voter turnout rates ranging from 95% to 100% in 2020.
Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), ranking member on the Assembly Elections Committee, said Gableman's report "should not have made an assertion about nursing home turnout based on partial data, and should have reached out to the actual experts — like the Wisconsin Elections Commission — that could have explained how this works. Instead, he released a report that was incorrect and deceptive."
Due to election issues such as "the loose chain of custody" of ballots and "inadequate verification systems," seniors are the "group most likely to be victimized," Blackwell told Just the News on Thursday.
"AMAC's involvement in this, with its vast network with senior citizens engaged in the process, is just unprecedented," he said.
"We've been working with election integrity networks across the country, and what's needed now is a full-court press and as many volunteers as we can get to be election observers or workers," emphasized the former Cincinnati mayor.
He said that ACRU has also worked with Heritage Action for America, Honest Elections, and grassroots organizations in Nevada, where senior citizens and Turning Point USA recruits under 30 were working together. He said that one of his goals "is to lower median age" of election workers and poll workers.
Noting that in Ohio the median age for poll is workers 65-66, Blackwell said that younger people need to be recruited and become engaged in the process.
ACRU has "a major poll worker training session" in the Green Bay area this Saturday, and they have "already seen manipulators on the left try to fill up our reservation quota with fake IDs," he revealed.
While the other organizations that ACRU is partnering with are helping them be "force multipliers," he cautioned that "we can't be lulled to sleep with our success, because we still have a number of polling places in battleground states" that aren't staffed right now, adding that this is an "all hands on deck call."
Blackwell said they are working to recruit people "to be light in the dark corners of the election process because that's the way you build confidence" in the election result.
People have confidence in the election process when it's "fair, easy to vote, and hard to cheat," even when the outcome isn't what they had hoped for, he said.
"But when citizen engagement is portrayed by the left and their friends in the media as voter suppression, that is an effort to actually suppress citizen engagement," he said.