REPUBLICANS MUST FIGHT THE EPIDEMIC OF VOTER FRAUD
If you Google "vote fraud," you’ll find 99 percent of the stories are about Democrats committing it, or denying it exists.
Fourteen percent of non-citizens in the U.S. in 2008 were registered to vote, about 6 percent voted, data collected by Harvard’s Cooperative Congressional Election Study indicates, said two professors at Old Dominion University.
Since at least 11 million non-citizens were here then, that means about 700,000 of them voted. That’s a little more than one half of one percent of the votes cast – equivalent to the 739,000 votes Ralph Nader got.
Non-citizens had no impact on the presidential race. But it’s mathematically certain their votes elected Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn; may also have elected Sen. Mark Begich, D-AK.
"Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed (to pass Obamacare)," wrote Jesse Richman and David Earnest, the ODU profs.
This year, it’s a mathematical certainty Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, was re-elected by illegal votes. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, may have been, too.
An audit of 10,000 voters by the state Board of Elections in North Carolina last month found 14 percent likely were ineligible.
About 24 million voter registrations nationwide "are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate," the Pew Charitable Trusts found in a 2012 study. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are still listed on voter rolls, Pew found. About 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state – 70,000 are registered in three or more.
During the mayoral election last year, undercover operatives for New York City’s Department of Investigations pretending to be people who had died, moved out of town, or were in prison went to 63 polling places. They were allowed to vote in 61.
Voting machines in Illinois, Maryland and Virginia recorded votes cast for GOP candidates as votes for their opponents. These were "calibration errors," officials said. Oddly, "calibration errors" never changed a Democrat vote to Republican, occurred only where election officials were Democrats.
The tsunami of fraud exposes as false and vile the Democrat charge ballot security measures are "voter suppression." The only suppression going on is by the thugs who intimidate Republican poll watchers.
It’s legitimate to debate who ought to be eligible to vote. But there should be no question that only those eligible should be permitted to vote.
There isn’t for most Americans. You should have to show photo ID to vote, said 67 percent in a YouGov poll last year, including 65 percent of Hispanics, 59 percent of blacks.
The claim by Democrats that requiring them to produce a photo ID to vote hurts minorities is as false as their claim vote fraud is a "myth." After Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas passed photo ID laws, minority turnout rose in those states. When Mississippi held a referendum on voter ID in 2011, it won approval in most majority black counties.
Reform should make voting easier, cheating harder. Democrats design "reforms" to make cheating easier.
Democrat vote fraud is not new. Certain precincts in Philadelphia routinely report more votes than voters. "My dad split his ticket until he died," said a friend in Chicago. "Since then, he votes straight Democrat."
Because fraud is epidemic now, restoring ballot integrity must be a priority for Congress, and in the 24 states where the governor is a Republican and the GOP controls the legislature.
More states should require photo ID. Punishment for fraud should be made more severe. Using paper ballots would cut down "calibration errors." To provide time to check the bona fides of new voters, registration should close 30 days before an election. Early voting should be restricted to two weeks before the election.
Most important is to enforce the provision in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 which requires states to purge the ineligible from voter rolls.
Republicans everywhere must scream bloody murder about vote fraud. It is wrong to cheat, even most Democrat voters think. But few Americans are aware of how much of it is going on.
Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.