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After every national election the losing party claims voter fraud influenced the outcome. We hear reports of voter suppression, voting machine irregularities, non-eligible people voting, tampering with ballots, intimidation at the polls, and the list goes on and on. Are these claims just the product of intense disappointment and frustration due to rigorous campaigns in which thousands of people spent many months of exhaustive work and intense passion to win? The disappointment of losing cannot be underestimated. However, as much as we might sympathize with those who lost, nobody can deny the fact that election laws are often bent and others blatantly broken in the election process. The quest to win causes those with a lack of principles to claim “the end justifies the means”. No! Nothing justifies breaking established election laws, because that can rob the rightful winner of victory and cheat citizens from securing the person they want to represent them.
Even more alarming is that it appears our federal Justice Department and top elected officials at both state and federal levels have been smitten with the same lack of good judgment and/or conscience. They lack interest in taking stronger steps that would help facilitate strict enforcement of existing election laws, and resist enacting new laws that would help prevent the many ways voter fraud has been perpetrated. Illegally Influencing the outcome of an election must be stopped. Until that is accomplished, we cannot claim to be any better than third World countries we continually condemn.
Voter fraud is not always detected, and even when it is there is a hesitancy by officials to take the case to trial. Often, the result is just a stiff (but meaningless) warning. Those who get caught with a more serious violation and actually go to trial rarely receive a stiff penalty. Thus, we continue to see our election rules and laws abused each election cycle. Perpetrators know there is a low risk of exposure, that convictions are scarce, and even if convicted there are few who receive a harsh penalty. With so little to fear, it is easy to understand why voter fraud has escalated..
The one way for all of us to have confidence our vote is not being canceled by an illegal one, or that voter fraud was not the reason for a candidate’s victory, is to demand our state and federal officials get serious about enacting strong laws to weed out ineligible voters and to initiate a Voter I.D. law in every state. Voter registration offices throughout the Country, must investigate and purge their registration lists of all illegal names, and people must prove they are legally registered voters before receiving a ballot.
Sounds simple to do, and it really is, but Democrat leaders do everything possible to prevent that from happening, and Republican leaders, while advocates of the voter I.D. law, do not speak out boldly enough to win its implementation. Now that Republicans have control of Congress, we will see if they are serious about reform.
The most recent evidence of an official hindering the passage of a Voter I.D. law was seen when Attorney General Eric Holder publicly vowed to aggressively challenge voter I.D. laws. His recent resignation from the office brought in a ray of hope that more states would initiate procedures to enact Voter I.D. laws, as well as develop stronger procedures that can protect legal votes.
Is Voter Fraud Rare?
Democrats claim that voter fraud is so rare it doesn’t require new laws that would prevent illegal voting. However, the facts do not support that viewpoint. Keep in mind that voter fraud is often very difficult to detect and even more difficult to prove. Without the requirement of a voter proving they are who they claim to be, voter fraud is difficult to detect. That became even more of a challenge when a directive from the former Attorney General Eric Holder was sent to Registrars throughout the nation, warning that any voter suppression would be dealt with harshly. Translated at the local level that was a warning to every Registrar and thus poll worker that before challenging any suspicious activity, you better be very sure you are right. Could the result of that warning, coming from the federal government, not discourage Registrars and their staff to be on full alert for any possible irregularities of voting violations they witnessed? Whether that was the original intent or not, the result had to be that only the most blatant examples of fraudulent activities were reported and had a chance for conviction.
Bringing a case of voter fraud to trial is expensive and time consuming. Therefore, people are forced to carefully decide whether they want to be involved in that uncomfortable process. Most people cannot afford the costs, if they are proven wrong. Therefore, fewer suspicious people are confronted, unless the evidence is blatant, overwhelming. and indisputable. One can only guess how many instances of voter fraud have gone undetected and/or unreported as a result.
An example of the lack of interest by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute voter fraud cases can be seen in the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case. During the 2008 election, Black Panthers stood just outside the doors of a polling facility, wearing black berets and jackboots; one Black Panther prominently displaying a large club in his hand. These men were charged with the crime of voter intimidation outside of a polling station. In spite of citizens’ claims the men were indeed intimidating, the Dept. of Justice, under Eric Holder, narrowed the charges and then ultimately dismissed them. The actions of Eric Holder and his department were defined as outrageous by many, but it left little doubt that what the general public considered blatantly illegal were was not enough to warrant a conviction under Eric Holder.
The following quote was made by Department of Justice Attorney Christian Adams regarding the case: “The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.”
Christian Adams informed the public of other examples of voter fraud that were ignored by Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department. A particular blatant example is that absentee ballots were sent to people who had not asked for them. A political operator would then visit the specific homes, uninvited, the day the ballots arrived and help the voter fill them out and/or take the ballot and fill them out, including a forged signature
Targeting Voter Fraud
A liberal group called the “Voter Participation Center” (formerly known as Women’s Voices Women Vote), mailed hundreds of thousands of registration forms to residents in several states, including Florida, hoping to enlist more potential voters. Florida officials declared the mailers to be confusing and misleading due to what seemed a deliberate attempt to cause voters to believe the State of Florida itself was sending them the official form. A bigger problem for the state was that the voter registration forms were sent to many ineligible voters, such as felons, the deceased, children, and even animals.
As a result of this mailing, Florida State officials realized their voter registration records needed to be purged of those who were illegally listed. The state sued the federal government to gain access to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security database that could help officials spot non-U.S. citizens who were attempting to vote. The U.S. Department of Justice, under the leadership of Eric Holder, subsequently sued the state alleging that its purge of voters is illegal.
Also of concern to citizens is the lack of attention to this subject by the media. They too appear timid regarding aggressive investigative reporting on the subject. Citizens throughout America want to have confidence in our voting process. That confidence can begin with required inspections of every voter registrar office in America. Every voter registration list should be investigated for accuracy and purged of every name that cannot be substantiated as a legal. Also, every Registrar Office should provide proof that every poll worker, every employee, has gone through an education program regarding their responsibilities and all that their job requires. The media might also highlight specific Registrars and Registrar offices that are highly efficient and effective. We recommend the Orange County, CA office and Registrar Neal Kelly as examples of what we would like to see in every State and each County in America
It is hoped that with the recent resignation of Eric Holder, a new Attorney General might take a more active approach to enacting laws that would significantly reduce the opportunity or possibility of fraudulent voting. However, the leading candidate for that position as of this writing is Brooklyn federal prosecutor, Loretta Lynch. While she has good qualifications for the position, unfortunately, she agrees with Holder on the issue of Voter I.D. laws. She has expressed strong viewpoints against the law and apparently can easily dismiss fraud that might have been prevented with the I.D. law.
Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud. A recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. James O’Keefe with Project Veritas Action, the same person who exposed ACORN and many other abuses of power, has done numerous excellent exposes showing the extent the Democrats are reaching to perpetrate voter fraud on the American public. In one video, numerous campaign workers in North Carolina try to assist an admitted illegal immigrant to vote. In another video, O’Keefe looks at voter rolls and shows how easy it is to vote as someone else when poll workers are not allowed to ask for ID.
Massive voter fraud in Maryland was uncovered due to a careful examination of Jury Duty surveys. Many who claimed to be non-citizens on that official form had filled out a Voter Registration form claiming just the opposite, that they were citizens. Obviously, the individuals lied about their citizen status on one of the forms, and most were proven to have lied on the Voter Registration form. Also, during the last election, early voting participants made accusations made that some voting machines had changed Republican votes to Democrat one. Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.
Early voting in Illinois also got off to a rocky start, when votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Voters were told they likely were not pressing the button properly. Illinois State Representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote at the Schaumburg Public Library and reported: “I tried to vote for myself and instead it cast a vote for my opponent.” Moynihan said Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director, Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service to be tested. Access this website to see Republican votes flipped to the Democrat in a polling place in Moline, Illinois.
The North Carolina Board of Election found 1,425 registered voters who likely are illegal aliens. The audit sampled 10,000 registered voters with data provided by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and the US Department of Homeland Security.
A single Bronx voter listed in official records as being 164 years old led to the Board of Election officials to review their files. They discovered 849 New Yorkers who were supposedly alive when Abraham Lincoln was President.
Further examples of Voter Fraud in Connecticut, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, Minnesota, Alabama, Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, California, Idaho, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Michigan, Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, etc., can be reviewed here.
A few days before the election, a Wisconsin mailman was seen dumping hundreds of Republican postcards in the trash, all of them supporting Republican candidates. He is now under indictment.
The above examples are just a scant sampling of voter fraud in America. Patriots argue for an overhaul of our election security.00 processes, and laws. Every person who casts a legal vote should do so with the confidence it is not being canceled by an illegal one. America’s electoral system should be perceived as reliable, efficient, and honest; a system that has the tools to detect fraudulent activities as well as convict perpetrators who violate our laws. A system that is working effectively will not only detect voter abuses, but would also be a deterrent to prevent potential fraudulent activities. Oddly, many of our government officials often seem more concerned about election irregularities in other nations than our own, and when informed of voter improprieties in the United States, they have the audacity to state such claims are grossly exaggerated.
Our response should be that something as important as an American citizens’ vote should be highly respected and protected. Our next article will devote attention to the reasons Voter I.D. laws should be mandatory in all states.