Is voter fraud a myth? That is what some would have us believe, but such a belief makes no sense. Is it a secret that our government controls trillions of dollars in spending and revenue collections? Don’t our elected officials authorize innumerable costly laws and regulations that affect the success or failure of large enterprises? Do the rich donate large sums to candidates and political parties for naught? Don’t we know that some candidates lie about themselves and smear their opponents? Are all of us too honest to cheat? No? Then why would anyone be so silly as to believe that no one would try to steal an election?
Let’s consider some recent articles.
- On October 24th The Monkey Cage blog (www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage) at the Washington Post, posted this: Could non-citizens decide the November election? The writers of that post, using data from a Harvard study ( Cooperative Congressional Election Study(CCES)), concluded that in close elections the votes of non-citizens could decide the outcome.
- In N.C. State Board Finds More than 35K Incidents of ‘Double Voting’ in 2012 (www.nationalreview.com/corner), we have proof of double voting from the North Carolina’s Board of Elections.
North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.
- In Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud (online.wsj.com), the writer argues that there will be voter fraud, and he cites examples from past elections to make his point. Because we depend too much upon an honor system, we just don’t know the extent of the fraud.
- In The Voter-ID Myth Crashes (www.nationalreview.com), Mona Charen explains why we don’t know what we don’t know.
It’s extremely difficult to track vote fraud. Most states put only half-hearted efforts into purging their voter-registration rolls of the dead or those who’ve moved out of state. Prosecutions for vote fraud are rare. But prosecutions for perjury are rare, too — and not because it “doesn’t exist.” Earlier this year, the Virginia Voters Alliance found that more than 44,000 people were simultaneously registered to vote in Maryland and Virginia. Catherine Englebrecht’s True the Vote found some 6.9 million overlapping voter registrations in the 28 states they examined. For those unburdened by conscience who live close to the border, it’s more than possible to vote early and often.
- We even have reports we cannot trust the voting machines, Md. Board of Elections Probe Republican-To-Democratic Ballot Switch Claims. Because we have gone from mechanical to electronic systems, in addition to making certain the people who count our votes are trustworthy, we must also be wary of how the machines they use to count our votes are programmed.
- If all that were not enough, our leaders want to get rid in-person voting, and they are doing it in Colorado, Michelle Malkin Blasts Colorado Law as ‘Voter Fraud Frankenstein’. The convenience is great, but if can print our own ballots and give them to “vote harvesters” to put in the mail “for us,” how do we guaranteed the integrity of a system that works like that?
Who is dumb enough to operate a bank and assume no one is interested in stealing money? Would those be the same people who claim voter fraud doesn’t exist? Are you one of those people? Then stay at home. However, if you are not so foolish, just lazy, then please consider voting. We still have a chance to win elections and save our republic, but we have to make certain our vote is counted. We cannot stay at home and wait for somebody to do it for us. In close elections, if we don’t show up, we will lose. We might even lose to voter fraud.
Showing up is half of the battle. Please be there! While we still have the right, please VOTE!
For information on the candidates, check 2014 ELECTIONS.