Laws to address voter fraud are dismissed as unnecessary and merely an effort to suppress legitimate voting. However, concern about voter fraud is genuine and growing.
Supreme Court Justice Stevens, in his 2008 opinion that upheld the Indiana Voter ID law, stated “flagrant” examples of such fraud had been “documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.”
There has been voter fraud in America dating at least to Boss Tweed in 1868. Pundits still debate whether John F. Kennedy would have won the 1960 election absent voter fraud, such as that which occurred in Cook County and was attributed to Mayor Daly’s Chicago political machine.
It is well-documented that ACORN, whose workers have registered more than 1 million new voters, has been plagued by widespread voter registration fraud. Some argue fraudulent ACORN registrants have not actually voted, but how can anyone really know?
James O’Keefe recently demonstrated the ease by which fraudulent voters could obtain ballots in Vermont and New Hampshire without showing ID, including ballots for dead people.
Federal law requires states to make a “reasonable effort” to clean up their voter registration rolls, but many are not complying. Judicial Watch warned Indiana in February that 12 counties had voter lists with more people on them than voting age adults living there.
In-person voter fraud might not be the most prevalent type of election fraud, but it can affect the outcome of local and national elections. In Vernon, Calif., a fraud investigation recently threw out six votes that determined who won the town council chair by a 24 to 19 vote.
Polls show 70 percent of Americans support Voter ID laws. These Americans are rightfully concerned!
Election outcomes determined by fraud disenfranchise the entire electorate.
Anne Gruner, McLean