By Tammy Bruce

When most of us think of voter fraud, we consider specific instances of individuals gaming the system.

Voter fraud, however, is a broad, encompassing event, as Matthew Vadum notes at American Thinker: “[E]lection fraud, and electoral fraud, refers to the specific offenses of fraudulent voting, impersonation, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery, destroying already cast ballots, and a multitude of crimes related to the electoral process.”

For some reason, liberals and Democrats have not only ignored the issue, they’ve actively worked to dismiss the idea entirely. Liberal “think tanks” (sorry for the contradiction in terms), various media talking heads and Democratic leadership have all worked for years to convince the American public it doesn’t exist, while then working feverishly to thwart state-based efforts to secure the electoral system with voter identification laws.

Voter fraud is real, however, and is happening now as we prepare to vote in the most important presidential election of our lives.

That effort is to secure the voting system for citizens by making sure only citizens are voting. The Democrats argue it’s “racist” to demand ID at the polls. They know that’s not true, as evidenced by the fact that they don’t demand an end to ID requirements in any other aspect of living our lives. After all, if it’s racist to ask for an ID at a voting booth, why isn’t it so at an airport, or to get into a federal building, or to open a checking account?

Now with 34 days to Election Day, the reality of the continuing seriousness of voter fraud is becoming apparent.

With early voting underway in many U.S. states for the presidential election, a local television station in Colorado is reporting that at least 78 dead people are registered to vote on that critical swing state. And they’re not just passively listed. Breitbart reports, “One of the biggest voter fraud cases the station found was through the voting record of Sara Sosa of Colorado Springs. She died October 14, 2009, but ballots were cast in her name in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.”

Now in Virginia, another critical swing state, a watchdog group has found at least 1,000 non-citizens registered to vote during the 2008 and 2012 elections, according to PoliZette.

J. Christian Adams at PJ Media notes, “That’s because of Motor Voter. Motor Voter, or the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, mandates that anyone who applies for a driver’s license must be offered voter registration. To register, they must merely mark a checkbox that they are a citizen and sign the form. It’s a yes-no question, and thousands are lying — just in Virginia.”

Read more in the Washington Times.