Crimes are being committed in the United States every time there is an election. In states across America there are plenty of illegally registered voters on the rolls and a good portion of them are casting ballots. Some are not citizens of the United States. Others flaunt the law and vote in more than one state or vote after posing as a registered voter who is dead.
These are facts. This is voter fraud, folks. So don’t let those who pooh-pooh the existence of voter deception tell you otherwise.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, a group that proclaims it is “dedicated to election integrity,”, reports that Virginia quietly struck 5,556 non-citizens from its voting rolls between 2011 and last May.* Why were those people registred, I wonder? And how did 1,852 of them proceed to cast a total of 7,474 illegal ballots during various elections?
And get this, Terry McAuliffe, the democratic governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, refused to sign a bill earlier this year that would have investigated areas where voter rolls had more registered voters than eligible citizens. Why would a public official hesitate to take steps to uncover potential voter fraud?
Maybe there’s something to the idea that most non-citizen voters are minorities and minorities most often vote for democrats. Maybe that’s why it is mostly democrats who sneer at the idea that there is a problem and something should be done to determine exactly how widespread it is. Instead, like one-time presidential candidate and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, they deny the facts and conjure up conspiracy theories.
“At a time when we already have one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country Republicans are working overtime trying to make it harder for poor people, people of color, older people and young people to vote,” Sanders said.
Please, can someone tell me how cleaning up the voter registration rolls will stop any legally eligible voter from voting for the candidate of their choice. That’s like saying if authorities investigate possible bank fraud charges it will keep people from being able to make transactions at the bank. That makes zero sense to me.
And realize, Virginia is not the only place in which voter deception has been uncovered.
North Carolina’s voter rolls were so out of whack a few years ago that the Board of Elections found 35,750 in residents were registered to vote both there and in another state – and had voted in both places in the 2012 general election! In addition, officials had to admit that more than 13,000 dead people were registered to vote, the names of at least 81 of them were recently used to cast illegal ballots.
Yet some still insist there is no meaningful voter fraud in America. I would argue that any illegally cast ballots should raise major red flags and spark automatic investigations and prosecutions.
In Southern California last spring, investigative reporter David Goldstein of KCBS was able to do what election officials were apparently unable or unwilling to do. He identified at least 265 dead voters in his area of the Golden State, many of whom had cast ballots “year after year.” For the record, most had been registered as democrats, 86 of them were Republicans.
In Ohio earlier this year, at least 821 non-citizens were discovered illegally registered to vote and more than 100 of them had recently cast tainted ballots. Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted, points out that, “When you consider that in Ohio we have had 112 elections decided by one vote or tied in the last three years, every case of illegal voting must be taken seriously.”
Given that America now has 200 million registered voters are the cases cited here a drop in the bucket? Yes. But we really have no idea how many of those 200 million people should not be on the rolls. We don’t know how widespread the problem is because no one has ever really looked into it.
In May, President Trump appointed a bi-partisan commission to study the issue of election integrity but it is already being attacked as unnecessary and, as the League of Women Voters President put it, will likely “undermine our elections by spreading falsehoods.” The commission’s work is condemned before it even starts.
One side says voter fraud is non-existent yet there is proof it exists. When confronted with the facts they switch tracks and proclaim the problem really isn’t that bad. They maintain their political foes are up to no good and their real goal is voter suppression. I suppose they also worry that the sun may not come up tomorrow.
It all comes down to one common sense question: How many illegal votes are okay with you? I say the answer should be — none. Or as close to none as we can possibly get.