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The Only Misleading Claim About Voter Fraud: ‘It Doesn’t Exist’

voter fraud laws IDAt the heart of democracy lies not just the right to vote, but the right to vote in a free and fair election. After all, what incentive do voters have to cast ballots if they have no faith in the integrity of the process or the accuracy of the outcome?

That is why, last year, President Donald Trump established the bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Its mandate was to investigate all manner of threats and challenges confronting the American electoral system and to propose solutions Congress and the states would be free to adopt, amend, or reject.

Now, six months later, the commission has been disbanded—not because, as some have suggested, it failed to uncover evidence of fraud, but because its work was obstructed and its mission discredited by liberal activist groups and politicians eager to advance and support an agenda antithetical to election integrity.

That their goal was to prevent even the study of this issue speaks volumes. If they are so certain that fraud doesn’t exist, that current safeguards are satisfactory, and that voter rolls are in good shape, why did they not view this commission as an opportunity to vindicate their position?

Perhaps they feared uncovering what they claim doesn’t exist; specifically, evidence of fraud in American elections.

When it comes to election fraud, the question is not “if,” but “how much?” For years, The Heritage Foundation has been documenting instances of proven election fraud in an online, searchable database.

As of this writing, Heritage has gathered 1,107 such instances, spread across 47 states. Each case is carefully researched and supported by court records or other government documents. Nearly 90 percent of those cases resulted in criminal convictions against individuals.

No unbiased individual can look at the Heritage database and see it as anything other than incontestable proof that fraud is a real and a serious issue demanding urgent attention.

Perhaps that is why the left now chooses to sidestep the database altogether. One recent example of this: In a Jan. 29 letter to the editor published in Lancaster Online, Ginny Gibble wrote:

I queried that database and found that it covers every year since 1984. There are two voting days (primary and election) in each of the 50 states each year in those 33 years.

To have 1,107 verified accounts of voter fraud in 3,300 elections including millions and millions of voters is minuscule.

Back-of-the-napkin mathematics aside, Gibble makes three major missteps in her critique of the Heritage database. First, she misleadingly presents it as a complete list of election fraud cases over many decades. It is not, and Heritage has made it abundantly clear that the database is only a small, illustrative sampling of election fraud.

In fact, to quote from my own op-ed, which apparently inspired Gibble’s reaction, “Heritage’s database is not comprehensive, so for every case we identify and track through to conclusion, many more likely go undetected or hidden in court records that are not easily accessible.”

Second, she assumes that each case in the database represents only one improper vote. The reality is that many cases involve far more than a single fraudulently cast ballot.

In 2013, Cincinnati poll worker Melowese Richardson was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election, and in the names of others—including her comatose sister—in three other elections. Allan “Twig” Simmons went to jail on six counts of ballot fraud after persuading multiple individuals to let him fill out absentee ballots on their behalf in exchange for job offers.

Finally, Gibble’s claim that only a handful of fraudulent votes cast among “millions and millions” is “minuscule,” and therefore insignificant, fares no better.

In an age of tight elections, it does not take millions of votes to alter the outcomes of major races. The town of Pembroke, North Carolina, had no mayor for more than a year after the 2015 election was thrown out and ordered redone owing to fraud. In North St. Louis, Missouri, incumbent Penny Hubbard won the 2016 Democratic primary for the 78th House District by 90 votes, but her win was thrown out after it was discovered that fraudulent absentee ballots were cast. In the election do-over, Hubbard’s challenger won by more than 1,500 votes.

Are these cases inconsequential? It’s doubtful that the residents of Pembroke or the challenger in the Missouri House race would agree.

Gibble is hardly alone in falsely claiming that Heritage’s database is comprehensive so as to write it off as de minimis. The liberal Brennan Center for Justice made similar claims, as did NPR host Tom Ashbrook when he interviewed me last year.

Many liberal activists and politicians have demanded that election integrity advocates produce evidence to justify voter identification requirements and other measures intended to secure elections against fraud and malfeasance.

Now, it seems, they are revealing their true colors. Whether it’s deceptively critiquing the Heritage database or short-circuiting the election integrity commission, it’s abundantly clear that they aren’t seeking a well-informed public debate.

Rather, they desire the opposite: A political narrative sustained by willful ignorance of facts to the contrary.

From - The Daily Signal - by Jason Snead

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Andie
3 years ago

The greatest threat to our country is not Muslims hiding in caves in Afghanistan. It is from criminals subverting the electoral process here. This article mentions petty multiple voting or absentee ballot stuffing. Those are all crimes worthy of punishment. The real votefraud happens in every state on a massive scale but goes unreported. The criminals have been caught red handed numerous times but almost always quietly get away with it. What does it matter if you cast your ballot for candidate A if the computerized vote tabulation counts it for candidate B? There are no checks, no paper trail, no audit possible that wouldn’t just be a regurgitation of the pre-programmed election results.
Other countries don’t put so much faith in the easily rigged systems. Canada, Israel, UK, even the largest democracy in the world India all reject computer vote tabulation as an unacceptable risk to their vote integrity. Everyone goes to bed election night certain of the winner. But we are too smart to count ballots in view of all parties in every precinct. We use computers with secret “proprietary” counting software. How long did we wait to be sure Bush won in Florida?

Judy
3 years ago

Photo ID should be required for each voter. Voting illegally or arranging for illegal votes – regardless of party affiliation – should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of federal law. Every voter should be a U.S. citizen.

Gary
3 years ago

When will we learn that liberal extremists are liars and should never be taken seriously? I learned that lesson in 2008.

Aardvark
3 years ago

Voter fraud is rampant. Just in the 2016 election, it was uncovered that there were more voters registered in 11 heavily Democratic counties of Kalifornia, than there were people that lived there; only the liberal counties. Several years ago in Washington State, there was an election between the incumbent Governor, Christine Gregoire and her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi. In that election, the state refused to honor a federal order to provide overseas military personnel, with mail in ballots by a certain date in early October that year. They violated that order by sending them a couple of weeks too late to be counted, cheating tens of thousands of active military in the state out of their vote. Then when the election votes were being counted, Dino Rossi was the clear winner, but not by much. Then the elections department “discovered” a box of uncounted ballots, which coincidentally pushed Gregoire’s count past Rossi’s count. To top it off, when Rossi challenged for a recount, it was found that many felons had voted illegally. But the liberal judge said they couldn’t determine who the felons votes went to, so they were allowed. The Clinton / Obama type of corruption is prevalent in state and local governments too.

Nancy summy
3 years ago

I am very concerned about voter fraud. Also states like California allowing anyone with driver license to vote. Anyone license

Alan Power
3 years ago

The people that don’t want to know or resist knowing about cheating at the ballot box know one thing. They know they can’t win in a fair election (think Al Franken et al).

Lincoln Sorensen
3 years ago

Anyone who resists the requirement of a photo voter ID is either stupid or a progressive, but that is redundant. The voter ID should also have a bar code which would require scanning at any poll convenient to the voter and would allow only one vote per election.

wandamurline
3 years ago

That is why a photo identity card…Passport, Driver’s License, etc. MUST be presented to vote. Everyone has to have some identification to cash a check, get on welfare, open a bank account, and a lot of other things. In 2016, to get into the DNC Camp to see Hillary, you had to present a photo identification….

Jerry
3 years ago
Reply to  wandamurline

Exactly! Why, I even got asked for ID last week when I bought a couple bottles of wine! (Even tho I am obviously over 60!) You can’t tell me these illegals don’t drink any booze, so how do they do it?

Aardvark
3 years ago
Reply to  wandamurline

Those must all be racist organizations!

Joseph Seres
3 years ago

There will be fraud in California — every illegal who received a drivers license is registered to vote in that state. That’s a felony, and it is my hope those who do vote are prosecuted and deported.

Bob
3 years ago

According to my local election board the only verification needed to register to vote is your signature stating that you are eligible.
Of course this subjects you to the penalty of law for perjury/fraud.
The head of the election board told me that she knew of 2-3 cases that were prosecuted in the ten years she was there, and I live in a conservative state. Point is, if you sign up to vote no one checks your eligibility. It is all based on your signature. I can only verify this in my state, but can imagine what happens in liberal states.
This could indicate millions and millions of fraudulent votes. Other opinions welcome.

Bobby Romo
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

In my state, last election, I showed my ID/license with picture and the old lady at the table said they didn’t want to see it. I said I’m showing you anyway to prove who I am. I know others were watching. This old lady acted pissed but whatever, that is how it use to be.

Maria Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Bobby Romo

If you had shown me, your ID at my polling place, I would have been very happy to see it. (I am one of those poll workers) She probably wasn’t expecting someone to hand her an ID and would have probably rather waste time looking thru the ballot book for your name. I sit next to a few like her who are set in their ways. Next time you go in ask her if she needs a cup of coffee to break up the day.

Maria Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

I am one of those poll workers and I know we can’t ask for identification because of state’s liberal laws but if the person voting offers me an ID, I smile with pleasure and thank them for it. It helps when an ID is offered especially one with an address because some people forget to update information for voting. Last election I had several people who had address changes (same district different address). By offering ID, we could offer them the way to correct a mistake on their voting information. At least after several complaints, we got the Board of Election in our state to send out those voter information cards to help the registered voters find their polling place and a lot of people bring them in which is another way to identify a voter. We have a lot of non-English speaking voters now (they can read it but not speak it well, and having this card helps find their name in the ballot book. With my state trying to install same day registering and voting procedures, we (the poll workers) need to be able to verify who the person is who is registering. This is not discrimination as it is the same identification used to get a driver’s license which would be a valid ID to register and vote.

Antonio M. Salazar
3 years ago

The latest effort on the part of liberals to abolish the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote system hinges on the premise that only legal votes will be cast. This article proves there is voter fraud but the only beneficiaries of this fraud are Democrats. The only efforts preventing us from sinking into the bowels of a Third World nation where voter fraud is rampant are those by AMAC, Heritage Foundation and Judicial Watch fighting head on against those that ignorantly profess this country would be better with open borders, sanctuary cities and unlimited spending. However I expect those same people would be the first to long for the safeguards President Trump is striving to put in place to protect our way of life, which rich Democrats would also lose if they get their way. Let California, which is nearing bankruptcy and is dealing with skyrocketing homelessness, be the foundation of an effort to convince liberals why the USA exists. What they propose has been tried and failed in many foreign lands. Why should we re-invent the wheel here?

Dave
3 years ago

A one minute search turned up this proof of the magnitude of voter fraud.
This ONE case in VA resulted in AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) fraudulent registrations.
Predictably, Spieles was affiliated with the democrat party.

Andrew J. Spieles

Andrew Spieles pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his submission of eighteen fraudulent voter registrations in connection with the 2016 presidential election. While working for Harrisonburg Votes, a voter registration organization affiliated with the Democratic Party, Spieles falsified voter registration information. In some cases, he registered deceased individuals. In others, he fabricated information about residents so he could submit applications without their approval. Spieles was sentenced to 100 days’ imprisonment.

Source: bit.ly/2tvkmFA, bit.ly/2svc9Qo, bit.ly/2uPu7hy

Jeanne Osterhout
3 years ago

Before I get on a plane, enter my reserved hotel room, buy more than $100 in gift cards, or pick up my forwarded mail (among many other examples) I must produce and have verified my state issued photo ID. I don’t hear an outcry about that! I can think of no reason to insist that such authentication NOT be a part of the precious right to vote, but that of the desire to promote fraud in elections. I urge AMAC to lead the charge to correct this sad and dangerous state of affairs. Every honest citizen should be outraged. I do no wish to have the criminal, illegal and the dead invalidate my vote which is what every fraudulent vote does.

Lee
3 years ago

I wonder how many votes were lost in Philadelphia a few years ago when the Black Panthers stood at the polls and wouldn’t permit certain people to vote (whites) – but, the courts upheld their right to do so for some stupid reason. And, what about the legislator in one of the states who went to vote with her daughter and found that they had “already voted.” Of course there’s voter fraud. There are just too many liars or benders of the truth in our politics and media.

Martin+Steed
3 years ago

I know that some of you will argue against this but the one way to prevent voter fraud is to go back in time and require all votes to be cast in person after presenting a voter registration card and a photo ID, by checking a box on a paper ballot, and counting those ballots by hand in a public place, with the public allowed to look on. Sorry, if you are unable to make it to the polls, you can’t vote, no early voting, no vote by mail, no absentee. The number of people impacted by this would be small.

Lee
3 years ago
Reply to  Martin+Steed

The only problem with this idea is that those serving in the military would be denied a vote if they are not in country. I agree completely on presenting a voter registration card and photo ID. Why do we even get a voter registration card if it’s not needed for anything!

Maria Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lee

Military voters would always have the right to an absentee ballot no matter what. Problem is too many today want to rely on technology (vote by an app) than actually do something that involves dealing with it in person.

Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  Martin+Steed

Sorry, but eliminating absentee voting would prohibit FAR MORE working people like myself from voting, than it would prevent fraudulent votes.
I travel for work, and would not be able to vote in 90% of elections if it were not for absentee ballots.
I agree that we MUST crack down on voter fraud, but prohibiting legitimate voters from voting simply because of their work is NOT the way to do it.

Maria Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Dave– there’s a big difference between someone like yourself who appears to be an active voter and someone who wants to vote whenever the urge to vote is fashionable or PC correct. And the military would still be able to use absentee ballots. That comment about which you were reacting to is referring to the fact that we have a new attitude towards voting and it needs to be encouraged by making it available on non-business days so as to not affect social life during the work week. Majority of states have long hours available for voting (about 15 hours). I have worked two jobs and still made to my voting place ( it is just a minor detour). Problem is the tendency to rely on using just technology, (vote by an app) that voting in person seems trivial but it is not.

Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  Maria Rose

Pretty difficult to make it to the polls when I’m 8,000 miles from home on a job. :-( Hardly a “Minor detour”.

Burton Pauly
3 years ago

If there is a way to get a vote whether legal or illegal the democrats will gladly receive it. I believe that some of their workers even check recent deaths to steal votes. The democRATS will do all the voter fraud that they possibly can. And their scam to make the electoral college dissapear is what they would just love to happen. The popular vote from the left coast , and the north east coast is so biased that the liberals would win by most votes. Then the votes from all of the other states wouldn’t even be valued, and the other states would never be heard…

Dave
3 years ago

I find it very distressing that the lead sentence in the article about voter fraud by Jason Snead is “At the heart of democracy lies not just the right to vote, but the right to vote in a free and fair election”. You hear political pundits and commentators making reference to “our Democracy here in America” and I expect that since most of these people are outright stupid, ignorant socialist/communists as well as being liars and hypocrites and anti-everything except what “they” think is how things should be and have probably never read our Constitution nor any of the writings of the founders in the Federalist Papers.

For those that are not aware, we were founded as a “Republic”, not a “Democracy”. The article by Walter E. Williams “Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy” (Walter’s writings are always excellent and to the point) spells it out very clearly. If there is anyone reading these articles and were not aware that we were founded a Republic I strongly urge you to read our Constitution and the Federalist Papers.

Ben Franklin, on leaving the Constitutional Convention after they had completed and signed the document, was asked by a woman “what kind of government have you given us Mr. Franklin” and he replied “a Republic madam, if you can keep it”. John Adams said “Our Constitution was made only for a “moral and religious” people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” and that is the “crux” or “horns of dilemma” that we find ourselves in today. The word moral has several definitions two of which are, i. e. “concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character” and “a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning “what is and is not acceptable for them” to do.

Adam’s use of the words “religious people” can only be interpreted as a people that are followers of a religion that only teaches good moral values for all, Christianity for example, as he was a Christian. For those that question Adam’s statement, let me refer you to read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount for a definition of “good moral values” and to look at conditions today to realize that we are no longer mainly a moral and religious people but have become a mainly a nation of people whose standards of behavior or beliefs are only concerned with “what is and is not acceptable for them” to do.

I can remember the time when you could sleep at night with the windows open or out in the yard in the hottest of weather and not worry, drive your car anywhere and leave it unlocked, with the keys in the ignition and when you came back, the car was still there, along with everything that was left in it. We could do that because the majority of the people were people of “good moral values” and those that were not had sure and swift punishment, usually on a chain gang to teach consequences for not living by good moral values. The majority of people in positions of power, whether in local, state,federal governments,businesses (especially the media in all of its forms) use the second definition of morals “what is and is not acceptable for them” and ignore the Constitution.

We have (as Pogo said) “met the enemy and it is us.” Too many have only been interested in enriching and looking out for themselves and ignoring the Constitution, that our freedoms and liberties come from God and not from man (what the people allow others to give, those same people can take those away by the “whims” of the majority especially when the “whims” of the majority are are really the “whims” of those that control the governments and the media and use those instruments of power to manipulate idiots into believing the “whims” of those wielding power are theirs.

We have not heeded the words of Ben Franklin and lost our Republican form of government a number of years ago. The question is, are there enough people in the United States of “good moral values” that care enough and are willing to do what is necessary to retrieve it from the trash bin of history that contains all of the other “Democracies” therein.

Lee
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

I guess those that insist we are a democracy have never said the Pledge of Allegiance – “,,,and to the REPUBLIC for which we stand…”

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Very good, Dave; cannot be said too often, but should be repeated each and every new school year beginning. Remember “Constitution Day” on Sept. 17th, when schools are required to make study of the Constitution available.

Roc29
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Dave:
Everything you have said is true. Unfortunately you left out two important dates that began the transition of our Republic to a Democracy.
Before 1824 there was no popular vote for President. Our founders decried factions (parties) and set up a system to work without parties. Parties took power in 1824.
The second date is 1913 under the Progressive Woodrow Wilson when they passed the 16th & 17th Amendments and the Federal Reserve Act.
The 16th Amendment gave them the ability to enact run-away income taxes and the accompanying run-away spending. The 17th Amendment took away what little sovereignty the states had left. There was much resistance to the writing of the Constitution because the States were sovereign and did not want to give up their independence. Rhode Island didn’t even send a delegate to the convention. And finally the Federal Reserve. This was done in secret, written by bankers and the fact that it was the third attempt to create a national bank was hidden by not calling it a bank: Which would have doomed its passing.
All this can be proven by anyone willing to do the research. In the history of the world, every Democracy has ended in tyranny. Book eight of Plato’s Republic explains why.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  Roc29

Roc29, you are so right. Glad to see that some of us really have studied and absorbed our history, understanding what got us into this mess. Thanks.

JoMar
3 years ago

Ginny Gibble is the classic case of “I read what I wanted to read, I applied my superior knowledge to what I read, I don’t have to look any farther. I’m gonna show those of you who are on the right how smart I am. After they see what I’ve discovered they will have to agree with my haywire math and see that there isn’t any such thing as “VOTER FRAUD”! Ginny says: “What is wrong with you Conservatives.”?

Tom
3 years ago

Voter fraud is the reason that the Democrats keep winning elections, and if we are going to let it continue, what’s the since in even having an election? That is why Obama has opened up our borders and given illegal immigrants drivers license, food stamps, housing allowance and many other things, the Democrats want to give all of these things to illegal immigrants, so as to secure their vote, because anyone with any since at all or going to vote for the party that gives them everything for free. That’s why Hillary was so surprised when she lost to Donald Trump, but what she didn’t count on was the numerous states that have been blue for decades, and suddenly voted red because they were tired of the BS that Obama was dishing out and knew they would get the same crap from Hillary, and it’s a good thing, because I just read an article the other day that it was discovered that Obama and Hillary were in colution to destroy the American life that we know, with eight more years (a total of sixteen years and with them controlling the vote and the country tney could stay in office indefinitely) of more destruction of American values and do away with the 2nd Amendment and re-write the Constitution to read the way they wanted it to read, and make billions of dollars off of the American people and basically make the United States into a 3rd world country.

George
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Some years ago, the Republik of Kalifornia passed the Motor Voter law that let you register to vote when you applied for a drivers license. It also let illegals get drivers licenses. What could possibly go wrong!

Wingleader69
3 years ago

So what will be done about it? Apparently, not enough people are paying attention to this war against America by it’s “domestic enemies” just as the forefathers had warned. The left owns the media, the colleges, and the cities. Too many people are infected by the cancer of socialist/communist/democrat fascism to stop it now. It would take a Civil War or a military coup and that is not likely to happen. So, what then? As it turns out, many people are leaving America but there are few, if any, good places to go. I, for one, would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Either way, the Evil deep state will win and America will become dust in the ashcan of history.

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