Tag: Electoral fraud


I’ve made my position on the voter fraud thing very clear: 1) I think it does happen; 2) with the exception of close elections (e.g., Al Franken), I don’t think it happens enough to swing elections. Hypothesis number one keeps being confirmed:

FBI agents arrested a woman Friday in Las Vegas on charges that she tried to vote twice in the presidential election, Secretary of State Ross Miller said.

A criminal complaint accuses Roxanne Rubin of casting a ballot at an early voting location in Henderson on Oct. 29, then trying to vote again at a polling site in Las Vegas on the same day.

Miller said poll workers questioned Rubin when they found her name in a database that showed she had already cast a ballot, but she denied having voted and insisted she be allowed to vote.

The election workers did not allow Rubin to vote and reported the incident to the Clark County registrar, who notified the secretary of state.

One little quirk here: she’s a Republican. Yes, it’s possible that voter fraud takes place on both sides. It will be amazing to watch the Left twist themselves into a pretzel on this issue as they cry “Republicans are trying to steal the election!” while still trying to pretend that voter fraud doesn’t exist.

(The second part of that hypothesis — that voter fraud is not enough to decide all but the closest elections — comes from the same source as my lack of belief in 9/11, lunar landing or bigfoot conspiracy theories. Voter fraud on a massive scale — thousands or hundreds of thousands of votes — would involve hundreds if not thousands of conspirators, all of whom have maintained an amazing silence. It would also have to involve Republican poll watchers, poll workers and canvasing boards and likely several Republicans Secretaries of State. I just don’t see that kind of conspiratorial masterpiece emerging from the Cavalcade of Clods.

So why should worry about vote fraud if it doesn’t involve zillions of votes? Because it’s wrong and illegal. And because it could swing a very close election and probably has.)

The flip side of voter fraud allegations is voter surpression allegations levied by liberals. I’m not a big believer in those either. As with voter fraud, it’s not that voter surpression effort don’t exist; it’s that it’s a small effect. Over at Moorewatch, we repeatedly took apart the most famous claim of voter surpression: Michael Moore’s wild allegations about the 2000 election and Florida “strike list”.

Nevertheless, I wish Republicans wouldn’t do shit like this:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, whose decision to try to restrict early voting was thrown out first by an Ohio judge, then a federal appeals court and denied a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court, will be back in court again this month after he issued a last-minute directive on provisional ballots that not only contradicts Ohio law but is also in violation of a recent court decision and the opposite of what Husted’s own lawyers said he would do.

As reported by Judd Legum at ThinkProgress, Husted ordered election officials not to fill out a section of the provisional ballot that verifies what form of identification that the voter produced and that, if it is incorrectly filled out, the ballot will automatically not be counted. However, under the law establishing the provisional balloting procedures, according to the lawsuit filed against Husted on Friday, it is election officials that are supposed to record the type of ID provided, not the voter — and that election officials are supposed to attempt to resolve any questions on the spot.

Husted, frankly, needs to shitcanned. He has provided immense fodder for liberal conspiracy theorists with crap like this. He narrowed early voting from five weekends to one, which is resulting in huge lines and chaos at Ohio polls this weekend, especially in Democrat-heavy inner cities. And it is absolutely unconscionable that he would give pollsters incorrect orders on how to deal with provisional ballots (of which there may be several hundred thousand). Filling out a provisional ballot form is not difficult — it’s a pretty simple form. But the appearance of impropriety is not something we can afford.

(It also contradicts what we said in 2000. You may remember that one of the things the GOP argued in Bush v. Gore was that it is unfair and illegal to make up the election rules as you go. The rules for running an election should be set months in advance and everyone should stick to those rules. Ad hoc changes — whether it’s counting hanging chads in a third recount or changing the rules on provisional ballots — are an open invitation for bullshit.)

One of the most aggravating things that could come out of Tuesday’s election would be the refusal of either side to accept the result if it’s close. Republicans might scream about voter fraud; Democrats might cry about surpression. There is little evidence that either of these is powerful enough to swing the election unless Ohio 2012 turns into Florida 2000. But these conspiracy theories are fed by Democrat refusals to countenance the reality of voter fraud and Republican efforts to monkey with election laws at literally the last minute.

We don’t need this.

Voter Fraud? What Voter Fraud

This is why we need voter ID:

Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and the field director for his father’s reelection bid, resigned abruptly Wednesday after a video linked him to voter fraud.

The video — released earlier in the day by Project Veritas, a conservative organization headed by the Republican activist James O’Keefe — revealed that the younger Moran had weighed options for helping an undercover operative cast votes on behalf of 100 people who allegedly weren’t planning to vote.

“There will be a lot of voter protection, so, if they just have, you know, the utility bill or bank statement — bank statement would obviously be tough … but faking a utility bill would be easy enough,” Moran says, apparently referring to options for getting around Virginia’s voter ID laws.

Isn’t it amazing how when we pass these voter ID laws, this “non-existent” voter fraud problem suddenly becomes very real?

I’ve criticized O’Keefe before, but there’s nothing to say about this. Moran Jr. isn’t being quoted out of context. He’s openly conspiring to commit fraud. And it was so obvious that his own father shitcanned him in about ten seconds. What he was conspiring to do, if I understand correctly, was a felony.

The Left will, of course, ignore this while touting election fraud stories involving Republicans. But here’s the key difference: Republicans are not opposing any and all efforts to tighten down on voter and voter registration fraud. The Republicans who are misbehaving are being caught by laws Republicans support. No one is saying that Colin Small or anyone else should be left off the hook. If any GOP operatives are committing fraud, Republicans should and will be the first to call for their scalps.

But is there comparable integrity from the Left? Are they calling for prosecution? **crickets**

In the end, I suspect that this will be resolved by both sides agreeing to a national ID card, a prospect I am opposed to. But for now, just passing laws that require an ID is a good step.

Maryland Legislator Caught


A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.

Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest.

I post this to make a point. Voter ID laws have been proposed and passed around the country with much controversy. Democrats are decrying them as a vote-surpression measure; Republicans are praising them for rooting out fraud. Some of them have problems: here in Pennsylvania, there are people who are three or fours four hours away from the nearest place they can get an ID. In general, I don’t think voter fraud is ridiculously common. I think it happens, but the idea that millions of fraudulent votes are cast each year and entire elections are being swung by this (outside of the odd Minnesota senate race) crosses me as a bit silly. But I don’t really see the objection to voter ID requirements, as long as getting the IDs is convenient and free. Really, what’s the harm? Why shouldn’t there be an ID requirement?

But … Democrats have been insisting that, rather than voter fraud being a small problem, that it is a non-existent problem. They cite the low number of prosecutions and convictions for voter fraud as proof.

But the tale of Wendy Rosen shows the flaw in this argument: voter fraud is not identified and prosecuted very much because there is no ID requirement. It is not prosecuted because there is no national system to prevent people from being registered in multiple states (as, indeed, the college Democrats at my school encouraged students to do before the administration told them to knock it off). We don’t really know the size of the problem because we have been prohibited from even considering it.

Voter ID probably would not have stopped Rosen, since she had a valid ID. This came from an anonymous tip within the campaign (methinks she was boasting about it). The elephant in the room here is that really cracking down on voter fraud is going to require a national ID card and a national voter database. Republicans and even many Democrats are opposed (as am I).

But let’s not pretend this problem does not exist. And let’s not pretend it can’t make a difference in a very close election like Franken v. Coleman or Gregoire v. Rossi. Because it’s obvious that it can. And it’s even more obvious to me that the Democrats know it.

Update: Not minutes after I posted this, I was sent this year-old article, alleging that the 2004 election was stolen. An election that Bush won by three million votes and in a state that Bush won by 100,000 votes.

So, to sum up: Republicans worried that a lack of ID will lead to voter fraud is hysterical dementia; Democrats with conspiracy theories about electronic voting is reasonable skepticism.


Democrat response to voter fraud…

Vote, vote as often as you can in the same election, help the dead cast their votes, and help those people that are incapable of voting by voting democrat for them all!

That’s basically what the democrats seem to want. That’s from guy that pretends he had no clue about operation “Fast & Furious” and actually deserves to be hauled into court to defend the criminal activities he and his people have been trying to cover up with a web of lies. Eric Holder’s main point was that he thinks any kind of system that tries to prevent voter fraud is wrong and actually only intended to intimidate voters.

The question begs to be asked: what kind of voter is intimidated by a system that requires them to prove they are who they say they are, and limits them to a single vote? Isn’t the answer obvious? Equating the requirement that voters properly identify themselves at their polling place, and are also limited to a single vote, to disgusting practices like a poll taxes or a literacy test – both practices heavily used by Southern democrats that wanted to control who voted, I add for historical perspective – smacks of idiocy. Again: who benefits the most from a system with no checks? Let me direct you to the typical democrat controlled shithole where they have close to or over 100% of the eligible and registered population show up to vote for a clue.

And Holder’s belief that people should automatically be registered to vote is frightening to me. I have registered to vote a couple of times. By far, this is the most pleasant experience one can have dealing with government entities. It never took me more than 5 minutes despite the idiots that usually work at these places. And if the average citizen is so apathetic about the political process that they can not take such a little bit of time to register, I do not want them voting. They are likely to be just as apathetic and uninformed about the issues and the election they are now able to vote in. Guess what party benefits from dumb people that vote emotions and not issues?

I guess democrats want to “count every vote”, except those of the military, and those of real citizens that only vote once as they should. This 2012 election is going to be a doozy. I expect voter fraud to be rampant and if the donkeys steal the election I expect Holder to kill any and all instances of real voter fraud or intimidation like he has already done in the case of the ones brought up around the 2008 elections.

This is an all out attack on anything decent in this country. These crooks are not even ashamed anymore of what they are doing and the destructive results their practices have. Power to the collectivist powerblock above all else.