Illegal interference with the process of an election.
Electoral fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election. Acts of fraud affect vote counts to bring about an election result, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates … see full wiki
As we approach the 2010 midterm elections it is difficult not to be alarmed at what has become of the electoral process in this country. Over the past two decades a series of ill-advised "reforms" have been implemented largely in the name of "convenience". Many of these election reform bills are badly flawed and are quickly pushed through state legislatures by our esteemed representatives with little or no input from the general public. Voting is the most fundamental right of freedom on which our democracy is built. However, with rights come responsibilities. Democracy is not supposed to be convenient.
The problems appear to have started with the enactment of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as the "Motor Voter Act") that was supposedly designed to make it easier for all Americans to vote and maintain their registration. This law requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at all offices that provide public assistance of any kind. What is particularly disturbing to me about this law is that absolutely no identification is required to register to vote in federal elections. When I first read about this many years ago I recall thinking just how absurd this law was. Heck, this past weekend I was required to produce a photo ID just to rent a hotel room. Meanwhile, many states have taken this concept much further. Now people can not only register by mail, but in some states these folks can actually vote by mail, again with no identification required. The consequences of these laws should not be surprising to anyone. We now have many more fraudulent votes being cast by illegal aliens, convicted felons, people who moved away years earlier and yes, even by dead people!!! Did you know that currently there are 116,000 dead eligible voters in Massachusetts? And in Florida, one major newspaper recently investigated and reported that almost 15,000 dead Floridians are still hanging around on the election rolls. As a result the ballots cast by legitimate, law-abiding citizens are being cancelled out. And just think who stands to benefit by all of this. I can assure you it is not conservatives or Republicans or the Tea Party. It is an absolute outrage!
Another way elections are being stolen in this country is the increasing use of absentee ballots and extended voting periods. Two more bad ideas foisted upon us by progessives. It used to be that a citizen needed to present election officials with a legitimate reason for being sent an absentee ballot. Today, in the name of "convenience" standards have been greatly relaxed and more and more voters are opting for the so-called "early voting" option. The opportunities for voter fraud increase exponentially in this scenario. God forbid people have to wait in line for half an hour once every two years to do their duty as citizens! Furthermore, in many states voters are being allowed to cast their ballots 4 or 5 weeks before the actual election. Is this a good idea? An awful lot can happen in those 4 or 5 weeks to change a voters mind about a candidate or an issue. Meanwhile in Oregon virtually all balloting is now done by mail. Yet another lamebrain idea being touted by liberals. Melody Rose, a professor at Oregon State University observes in John Fund's superb book "Stealing Elections": "Vote by mail brings a perpetual risk of systemic fraud." In such a system ballots can easily be stolen from mailboxes and once again the opportunity for all kinds of hanky-panky increases dramatically.
Voter fraud is certainly not the only way that our elections are being compromised today. Clearly there are significant problems that have occurred with just about all of the new voting technologies including touch screens and scanners. With just about all of these systems there is no paper backup available. As a result the potential for fraud is tremendous. Democrats have bitterly complained that irregularities in the State of Ohio in 2004 cost Kerry the election. And even if these machines do happen to be in good working order on Election Day recent history has taught us that many poll workers are poorly trained and often do not know how to operate these machines properly. And then there is the requirement for issuing complicated "provisional" ballots in many states. Our election process is a mess and all of these issues need to be addressed.
As an important first step to remedy some of these issues and to return some level of sanity to the process I firmly believe that photo identification should be required before voting. This seems like a reasonable idea. In a poll taken in 2004 89% of Bush supporters and 75% of John Kerry voters approved of this proposal. Yet Civil Rights groups continue to fight the idea tooth and nail. Why is that? And just this week a federal appeals court struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote and to show identification before casting ballots. That is just unbelievable to me! It is also clear to me that much of the new voting equipment in use might not be quite ready for prime time use. It is imperative that before a state commits to such new technologies adequate testing be done beforehand. After all, what is the big rush? Are we falling all over ourselves just so the networks can get faster results on election night? Let them wait!
So as you can see election fraud is alive and well in this country and is being cheered on by a large segment of the establishment politicians, the media and left-wing special interest groups. And if early reports are any indication the 2010 midterm elections could be one of the most fraudulent ever. Stay tuned!