How We Can Safeguard Our Election Process

vote election processIn the freest nation in the world, our system of government and our very liberty depend on free and fair elections. Whether they’re selecting a mayor or the president of the United States, every American must be able to trust the process, or the democratic system itself breaks down.

When someone commits voter fraud, the process is no longer fair, everyone’s vote gets diluted, and in some cases, election results are changed.

Contrary to the claims of many on the left, voter fraud is a very real problem. As the Supreme Court noted when it upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, flagrant examples of voter fraud have been documented throughout this nation’s history.

The National Commission on Federal Election Reform has said that in many close elections, fraud can absolutely change the outcome. Cases of local elections getting overturned because of fraud have occurred in New Jersey, Indiana, and other states.

Although hundreds of people have been convicted in recent years, voter fraud often goes undetected. And even when it’s discovered, overburdened prosecutors rarely prioritize these cases.

Fraudsters can steal votes and change election outcomes in several ways, including: voting in someone else’s name, registering in multiple locations to vote multiple times in the same election, voting even though they’re not eligible because they’re felons or noncitizens, or paying or intimidating people to vote for certain candidates.

Unfortunately, many on the left are attempting to make election fraud easier by fighting laws that require an ID to vote. They’ve pushed to get noncitizens and jailed inmates to vote. And they’ve sued states that have tried to purge their voter rolls of people registered in multiple states.

How can we fix the problem?

Since states control much of the electoral process, they must pass laws requiring government-issued IDs to vote. That ensures people aren’t stealing others’ identities and their right to vote.

States should join voter registration cross-check programs to identify voters registered in multiple places. One cross-check program has identified hundreds of thousands of potential duplicate registrations across 30 states as well as evidence of illegal double voting.

States should also compare voter rolls with government records to identify convicted felons and noncitizens who should be removed from the rolls. And the federal government should cooperate with these efforts and make Department of Homeland Security and other databases available to state officials.

Preserving this great experiment that is America depends on having free and fair elections where all Americans can trust the process and the results.

Something as critical as election integrity can’t be left to a simple honor system. One of the most important roles of government is to safeguard the electoral process and ensure that every voter’s right to cast a ballot is protected. That not only protects our right to vote; that’s how we protect the future of our very republic.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Hans von Spakovsky

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1 year ago

Need publicize concern most states vote in presidential electoral college dedicating all state’s votes per majority, instead of percentage per actual votes. Local ballots results could be 34% voted for “A”, 28% for “B”, 16% for “C”, rest for others; yet all official electoral votes would go to “A”; ignoring diversity of local ballots. Many states joining collective towards default voting per national popular vote, which will overrule majority vote in state. States should not be allowed in electoral college to cast all of state’s votes for presidential candidate “A” if over 50% of state’s voters voted for candidate “B” or others.

2 years ago

This article indicates that each state must make its own voting rules. It seems to me that, on national elections for public office there should be national rules that all states must follow to ensure a fair election. If it’s left to the states, look what happens in states like California where they allow illegals to vote and they harvest those registrations and votes from illegals. I read where there were over 3 million illegals in California who voted in the last presidential election. That affected the vote count on the popular vote. Those illegals who voted diluted the votes of true citizens and that’s just not right. Are there not national rules that need to be followed in national elections?

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