Well now, a fellow can learn something new every day. I have written about voter fraud before, but every time I have, the defense of the left is that I was crying wolf over something that didn’t exist. Voter fraud is non-existent or exists in very small numbers that do not amount to real voter fraud. Or so they say. As it turns out, more and more cases of voter fraud are cropping up in the news, much to the chagrin of the left. They don’t like to admit the truth about this issue, but voter fraud is a very real problem that should be dealt with. It could be, easily enough, were it not for the howling of the left-wing liberals who oppose any and all attempts to restrict the casting of illegal ballots.
I’m not here to tell you voter fraud cost Mitt Romney the election in 2012. But does that really matter? There are documented cases of people voting more than once for Barack Obama. Even one of those cases is illegal and it wouldn’t matter if the votes were cast for Obama or Ronald Reagan. They would still be illegal and the practice should be stopped.
Florida officials are in the federal hot seat over its attempts to purge the voter rolls in their state. The Department of Justice is wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth because Florida found a simple way to determine if illegal votes are being cast. They simply compared the list of people who begged out of jury duty, claiming they were not citizens, with the list of people who actually cast votes in the 2012 election. Care to guess what they found? Yeah, they found several names that appeared on both lists. Hmmm, I wonder what that means? Could it be illegal votes were cast in Florida in the 2012 election?
Just to prove the facts for themselves, a Florida news station decided to run a voter integrity check for themselves. John Hayward has the results, as well as some news about voter fraud in Ohio.
Human Events – A local news station in Florida decided to run the same jury duty vs. voter registration integrity test last month… and easily discovered yet another large group of invalid voters… several of whom illegally voted in past elections. Remember, every liberal hack in the land will tell you this never, ever happens:
One of the fraudsters caught by this news team illegally voted in at least six prior elections, but that’s nothing compared to vote fraud queen bee Melowese Richardson of Ohio, convicted of four counts of felony vote fraud last year. Claims that she was merely making honest mistakes were difficult to square with the fact that she was a poll worker. Her crime spree stretched back as far as the 2008 elections. She was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released early because she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, thanks to the diligent efforts of her George Soros-funded legal team.
Good news, honest voters of Ohio: she’s evidently eligible to vote again, and even get another job as a poll worker, under Ohio law. Maybe she can even get another job at the EPA-funded environmentalist group she used to sit on the board of.
The obvious question is why do liberals insist on claiming voter fraud is not a real problem. That question has an obvious answer, in that they do not want a potential voter group to be sidelined. They make the claim that voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters, but that’s simply not true. Their concerns about disenfranchisement could easily be put at ease, if that’s what they really wanted. It’s not. They are using it as an excuse to hide their real goal of enabling every voter they can possibly enable, regardless of their voter eligibility.
What troubles me more than anything is how the Department of Justice works so hard against states who are enacting voter ID requirements. They fight against states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, and Florida that are trying to make sure the only votes cast in our states are legal. Again, they fall back on voter disenfranchisement as their excuse, but that excuse does not hold water in the real world. They even use racism as a basis for this false accusation, but is just another leg of their broken argument. Here is John Hayward again.
What message does all this send to fraudsters? (Rhetorical question – it couldn’t be more clear if it was printed on billboards.) Tell me again how we shouldn’t be using the standard identification technologies of our age to secure the ballot, liberals.
We have a big problem with the vast, murky swamp of “kinda-sorta laws” Americans are compelled to plod through. It works both ways, as many of us come under both official and unofficial assault for activities which are not technically criminal, such as earning “too much” money. Meanwhile, laws on the books are routinely waived or ignored by our political class. Vote fraud most certainly should not fall into this swamp. Either deliberate vote fraud is a crime, or it is not. If it is not, then you don’t live in a democratic republic any more. If it is, then it should be prevented and prosecuted vigorously. Not only does this thwart determined actors, it sends a potent warning to would-be miscreants. Criminal activity is generally a rational transaction, in which costs are weighted against benefits. This is especially true of ballot box theft, which is hardly a crime of passion – it’s deliberate, and in some cases, organized. When the benefits from such activity are great, while the costs are low, it will occur more often.
It’s absurd that our society is expected to leave itself open to such attack by deliberately avoiding the standard identification techniques we use in countless other walks of life. Voter ID is not about creating some bizarre new security system that would make TSA agents blush. It’s about refusing to keep ourselves mired in 1960s procedures until we’re halfway through the new century, if not the new millennium. Instead of debating exactly how commonplace these offenses are – already a losing proposition for the opponents of voter ID, who find themselves with a lot of news stories needing a flush down the Memory Hole – let’s just make them non-existent and be done with it.
There is no real reason to not implement voter ID laws. It would not be that hard to do and it has the very real possibility that it will stop voter fraud in its tracks. As Americans who want every legal vote to be counted, is that not a laudable goal to have and obtain? It would be easily obtainable, were it not for the liberals making false claims that voter fraud doesn’t really exist and their friends in the Department of Justice backing them up. Maybe we should check their voter ID. Do they have something to hide?