Allen B. West

Voter fraud already surfacing: Can we beat the cheat?

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By this time next week, we’ll know for certain the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections — however, will there be a side story? I have firsthand experience of voter fraud from the 2012 election and amazingly enough, the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker who admittedly submitted results with discrepancies to the State of Florida, remains in position.

We’ve already reported about issues with some voting machines in America that are changing Republican votes to Democrat – I’m quite sure that’s not widely in progressive media outlets. With all these very close races and the control of the U.S. Senate at stake – it appears candidates must win outside the “margin of cheating” or else suffer the consequences — as former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman experienced.

As Hans von Spakvosky writes in the Wall Street Journal, the specter of voter fraud is looming over the 2014 elections already, saying “In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn’t reside. (She hasn’t entered a plea.) A Mississippi grand jury indicted seven individuals for voter fraud in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral contest, which featured voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud. A woman in Polk County, Tenn., was indicted on a charge of vote-buying—a practice that the local district attorney said had too long “been accepted as part of life” there.

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You have to wonder if on November 4th if your vote won’t count? That your vote will, in effect, be canceled or stolen as a consequence of mistakes by election officials or fraudulent votes cast by campaign workers or ineligible voters like felons and non citizens?”

We’ve seen reports of illegal immigrants who have participated in the voting process in America — and the concern is that they will do so in this election cycle as well.

Von Spakovsky points out, “Voting by noncitizens alone could swing such races. A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, found that 6.4 person of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterms. Since 80 percent of noncitizens vote Democratic, according to the survey, the authors concluded that these illegal votes were “large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.” Those that might have been skewed by noncitizen votes included Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the Minnesota race for the U.S. Senate.”

“Kansas and Arizona have put in place new proof-of-citizenship requirements for registration to prevent illegal voting. It’s commonsense and needed reform. In recent weeks North Carolina found more than 100 illegal aliens, still in the country thanks to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, registered to vote. Yet opponents including the League of Women Voters and Common Cause are challenging citizenship requirements in the courts.”

We’ve also read reports of the potential for nefarious actions in the state of Colorado where there is a very critical, close Senate race. And oh by the way, Colorado has gone to a total mail-in ballot system — as if the integrity of that system is fail safe.

And how far are some liberals progressives willing to go in undermining ballot integrity? Von Spakvosky writes, “This month, conservative guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe caught a director of the “social change” organization Work for Progress and an employee for the Greenpeace environmental group voicing their approval of absentee-ballot theft and fraudulent voting in Colorado. Recent polls indicate that the state’s governor and U.S. Senate races are statistical ties. Greenpeace fired the worker who was caught approving voter fraud, but too many on the left shrug at the prospect of tainted elections.”

We continue to face the inane challenges of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and groups like the NAACP that casts voter picture ID as some form of racism. If that be the case, there are countless entities in America that are racist for requiring picture ID, such as the 2012 Democrat National Convention held in Charlotte North Carolina — a state with another close senatorial race – not to mention every single airline.

But what is actually being done to assuage the fears and concerns of Americans over voter fraud?

Von Spakovsky wites, “too many groups and individuals—including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder —are doing everything they can to prevent states from improving the integrity of the election process. Their refrain is that voter fraud either doesn’t exist or is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done to improve ballot security. Yet in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling that upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged “flagrant examples of such fraud” throughout the nation’s history and observed that “not only is the risk of voter fraud real” but also that “it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

So how helpful has the admitted social activist U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder been in supporting actions against voter fraud? Not at all.

As Spakovsky brings to light, “South Carolina’s voter ID law will be in place in the November election, but it cost the state $3.5 million in 2012 to beat Eric Holder’s Justice Department in court. The U.S. Supreme Court just upheld a decision throwing out an injunction against a Texas voter ID law, which was in place in state elections in 2013 and primary elections this year. North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin are still battling progressives and the Justice Department in court over their election rules, although North Carolina and Ohio also got favorable decisions from the Supreme Court, allowing them to implement their rules for this election cycle. As John Fund and I outline in our new book on Attorney General Holder, the Justice Department refuses to enforce the federal law requiring states to keep accurate voter rolls—even though a 2012 Pew study found that the rolls are riddled with errors and ineligible voters.”

I’ve hosted several tele-town hall conference calls in support of candidates this election cycle, and the recurring question I get is, “how do we prevent voter fraud?” It is a major concern. How many of you remember the Hamilton County (Ohio) poll worker Melowese Richardson? She admitted to voting several times and doing so for countless relatives. Ms. Richardson was proud of what she did in the 2012 election, saying that she was doing it for Obama. There were no federal charges brought against Ms. Richardson, just like no federal charges were brought against the New Black Panther Party in 2008 for their actions in Philadelphia — Attorney General Holder stated they showed no hostile intent and did not obstruct any voting procedures. But back to Ms. Richardson, what happened?

At a Cincinnati “voting rights” rally in March of this year, Rev. Al Sharpton and other liberal activists celebrated Melowese Richardson, who was convicted last year of voter fraud by using her position as a poll worker to vote more than once in the 2012 presidential election. Her five-year prison sentence was amended to five years of probation earlier this year—a delayed wrist-slap that further erodes respect for the ballot box. The reduction of sentence was exacted due to the pressure imposed by Sharpton’s National Action Network — and we all know the close relationship Sharpton has with President Obama and NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, an avowed socialist. Move along, nothing to see here, the progressive socialist excuse on the topic of voter fraud.

So, what will be the story of next week after the ballots are counted? We had to fight for two weeks against Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties here in South Florida, all to no avail. I still run into people who are discouraged and no longer believe in the democratic process of free elections in America. They know what they saw occur here and how they were treated as citizens who wanted answers.

The only course of action is to get out and vote, and not allow these elections to be decided by votes found in the trunks of cars — or in the case of Gertrude Walker, hiding boxes of ballots. We need eyes on the target at all these voting precincts and rapid response teams that can immediately report illegal actions.

It is a time for choosing — and that means are we a Constitutional Republic upholding the principle of one person, one vote — with that person being an American? Or have we just devolved into some third world joke manipulated by the forces of tyranny who realize that power must be retained — by any means necessary, and that the ends justify their means?

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