Voter Fraud Does Exist
The President has been subjected to unprecedented pressure to back off on his intention to clean up the voting process. His comment was met with hostility and derision on the part of the media. The New York Times headlined an article about the comment “Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers.”
The reality is, voter fraud, including unlawful registration, does exist.
The New York Analysis of Policy and Government predicted the move in 2016, writing
“In the past eight years, a combination of acts of questionable legality and constitutionality by the Obama White House, allied political forces, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have led opponents to call for a number of investigations, which the Justice Department has decided do not warrant indictments. The fury of those opposition groups has been further incited by outright acts of political intimidation by the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service, other government agencies, and some Democrat state attorneys general. There is little doubt that a GOP takeover of the White House could lead to serious indictments.”
Despite the barrage of criticism, the President is taking an appropriate step. Consider:
A Washington Examiner article noted that Ms. Clinton initiated an program to use undocumented aliens as a “voter registration army” that concentrates on recruiting non-citizens into the election process.
Another route taken to enlarge the body of Democrat voters is giving felons and ex-felons (who are by overwhelming majority Democrats) the right to vote. California has recently enacted legislation to give felons voting rights, as reported by the San Francisco CBS affiliate.
“Governor Brown gave the right to vote back to tens of thousands of felons…Assembly Bill 2466, authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) restores voting rights for felons who are not doing time in state or federal prisons.Under the new law, anyone convicted of a felony, but who is not currently in state or federal prison or on parole, is allowed to vote.”
The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that
“Harrisonburg officials and the FBI are investigating allegations of voter registration fraud after officials say almost 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people. Harrisonburg Registrar Debbie Logan said Thursday that investigators have found from 18 to 20 potentially fraudulent registrations. … No charges have been filed.”
“Democrats have railed against voter ID laws…but Democratic National Convention officials will only issue credentials to those who present state-issued IDs. The DNC’s website says that ‘all pickup persons must have a state-issued ID that matches the name submitted’ to receive credentials. Media members attending the DNC have to present photo IDs at multiple checkpoints. But even as Democrats require IDs to enter their convention and The Voter Integrity Project discovered there were 30,000 dead North Carolinians still on the state’s voter rolls, Democrats continue to fiercely oppose voter ID laws.”
According to Ballotpedia,
“As of July 2016, only 18 states required voters to present photo identification… In some states, a voter who is unable to present valid identification may still be permitted to vote without casting a provisional ballot.”
A 2015 report by the Washington Times noted
“President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress …saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole…secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway…”
A Pew Center on the States study found
“millions of voter registration records nationwide that are either inaccurate or no longer valid…based on data [indicating] a voter died, moved, or had been inactive from 2004 to March 2011.” The study revealed that 2,758,578 individuals were registered to vote in more than one state. In addition, “12.7 million records nationwide…appear to be out of date and no longer reflect the voter’s current information, more than 1.8 million records for people who are no longer living, but have active registrations on voter rolls, and 12 million records with incorrect addresses…once duplicates among categories are eliminated, approximately 24 million registration records, or nearly 13% of the national total, are estimated to be inaccurate or no longer valid.”
Hans Spakovsky, writing in the Free Speech & Election Law Practices publication, emphasizes the problem of noncitizens registering to vote. He reports that in a random sampling of 3,000 registrations in California’s 39th Assembly District, 10% contained phony addresses or were not U.S. citizens.
A number of states have attempted to attack fraudulent registrations by passing legislation requiring a valid ID to vote. To the dismay of those dedicated to honest balloting, The Obama Justice Department responded with significant hostility to this measure. Although almost all the reported fraud has aided hard-left Democrats, Kelly reports, even liberal United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens stated “There is no question about the legitimacy or importance of state’s interest in counting only eligible voters’ votes” in a 2008 case that upheld Indiana’s stringent ID law following a challenge by the Democrat Party and its allies.
In testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Rules ad Administration, John Samples, The Cato Institute’s Director of the Center for Representative Government stated that the Motor Voter Act
“has made it difficult if not impossible to maintain clean registration rolls…the inaccuracy in the rolls caused by the Act has thrown into doubt the integrity of our electoral system.”
Originally published on New York Analysis of Policy and Government.
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