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Butterfly ballots, balky machines, absentee ballot scandals, felons voting, Supreme Court intervention—all these made headlines during the infamous 2000 Florida recount. Could it happen again in this year’s presidential election? The answer is yes, because not much has changed to improve our election systems, while both major parties are poised on a hair trigger to file lawsuits and challenge any close statewide vote. The issues may boil down to whether the margin of victory in any state exceeds the “margin of litigation.”

John Fund offers a guided tour of our error-prone election systems, which nearly half of Americans say they don’t trust. When some states have systems so flawed that you can’t tell where incompetence ends and possible fraud begins, it isn’t surprising that scandals have ranged from rural Texas to big cities such as Milwaukee and St. Louis. Fund dissects some anomalies of Florida 2000 and analyzes the bitterly protracted election for governor of Washington State in 2004. He spotlights the perils of “provisional ballots,” the flaws of the “Motor Voter” law that has allowed people to get absentee ballots for phantom voters, and the shady registration drives of the radical group ACORN. Meanwhile, the simple safeguard of a photo ID requirement is fiercely resisted on specious claims that it would disenfranchise poor and minority voters.

Stealing Elections presents a chilling portrait of electoral vulnerability, as a combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot rigging put our democracy at risk.


About John Fund

John Fund is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and writes the paper’s daily “Political Diary.” He has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade in the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, American Spectator and other publications. In the past year, Fund has made over 90 appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, C-Span, and CNBC.


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ISBN-10:  1594032246
ISBN-13:  978-1594032240
Author:  John Fund
Publisher:  Encounter Books
Date Published:  July 21, 2008
Format:  Hardcover
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review by . June 04, 2010
Voter fraud continues to be a threat to the future of our republic.
As we approach the 2010 Congressional elections it is difficult not to be alarmed at what has become of the election process in this country.  John Fund brings us all up to date on just what is going on in the updated version of his 2004 book "Stealing Elections, Revised and Updated: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy".  If you are as concerned as I am about the myriad problems we face in conducting elections in this nation then I urge you to take the time to read this …
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Read the section about how voting machines seem to "break" to understand the election problems we have in this country.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
A decent review of the book, but unfortunately a vast majority of accusations of voter fraud in the US serve only as a pretext to restrict access to the polls. Such restrictions inordinately affect minorities and the poor, who typically do not support the conservative agenda of individuals like John Fund. So when it comes down to it, I think Fund's arguments should be taken with a very large grain of salt.
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