Vote Fraud

Vote fraud disenfranchises Americans and poses a serious threat to both the integrity of and confidence in our electoral system. Opponents of measures to prevent vote fraud contend that its occurrence is either nonexistent or so rare as to be insignificant.

Vote fraud is insidious, committed quietly. And once it’s committed, it cannot be undone. Vote fraud contaminates the pool of votes, and if sufficiently extensive, will affect the outcome of an election. As elections determine who exercises political power, there is a motivation among some bad actors to cheat.

Vote fraud is rarely prosecuted for two main reasons. First, it is virtually impossible to identify the fraud before the damage is done as it is primarily committed through absentee and mail-in balloting; second, prosecuting the crime is expensive and is usually a low priority of prosecutors and local law enforcement more concerned with public safety. However, vote fraud is a crime that strikes at the center of our republic.

The principal weakness in our electoral system that fosters vote fraud is inaccurate voter registration rolls. The federal requirement that counties maintain clean, accurate voter rolls has been ignored over the years and actively resisted under the Obama Department of Justice.

Voter rolls should contain only the names of eligible residents of a jurisdiction, but in far too many counties, voter rolls bulge with the names of the dead, those who have moved away, non-citizens, fictional names and voters registered in more than one place.

A Pew Center on the States study in 2012 revealed that:

  • Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States were no longer valid or were significantly inaccurate.
  • More than 1.8 million deceased individuals were listed as voters.
  • Approximately 2.75 million people had registrations in more than one state.

In nearly 200 counties around the nation, more people are registered to vote than the counties’ population of eligible citizens. Examples abound of non-citizens and convicted felons registered to vote. In Philadelphia, an ACRU lawsuit in 2016 revealed thousands of ineligible people on the voter rolls. A sampling of counties in Virginia also found hundreds of illegal registrations, according to a 2016 study by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

In-person vote fraud, while far more rare than absentee voting, does happen, as shown by the video sting operations of Project Veritas, in which an impersonator at a polling place in the District of Columbia claimed to be then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and easily obtained a ballot. In other Project Veritas videos political operatives openly discussed how to commit vote fraud in Wisconsin and other states.

The institutional Left has focused on preventing common-sense laws to require voters to prove they are who they claim they are, making the ridiculous and unprovable claim that photo ID laws discriminate against racial minorities and the poor. But, vote fraud is accommodated by other means such as extended voting periods and relaxed standards for acquiring absentee or mail-in ballots and not requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Several reasonable actions should be adopted to guard against vote fraud:

  • enforce federal voter roll maintenance laws;
  • require photo ID to vote in person;
  • require voter ID and signature verification for absentee ballots;
  • limit early voting to no more than a week prior to an election;
  • require proof of U.S. citizenship;
  • encourage more states to participate in cooperative efforts to identify voters registered in more than one state.

Voting is a privilege of citizenship and only legal votes should be counted. The only way to stop vote fraud is to prevent it!

ACRU Commentary

The Left is using lawsuits to make it easier to commit vote fraud

The Ohio State University has a “Major Pending Election Cases” tracker that is easy to use with cases posted and explained daily as they are filed and decided. We hear of these cases piecemeal in our own states, but it is only by viewing an on-going database that we can see that these cases are not random, but part of a coordinated effort by the left to attack the fundamentals of our voting safeguards. This is why we encourage all constitutional conservatives to Vote In Person!

Really good voting advice from a regular guy

In response to the above Union County story, citizen John A Denlinger responded with a letter to the editor, applauding Ms. Quinn, and providing a simple piece of advice we all should follow: “Election fraud is very real and is best defeated when people vote in person at a voting booth. This method also ensures the sanctity of privacy in voting.” Amen, Mr. Denlinger.

Liberal vote activist foundation, funds liberal vote activist foundation advisor

The Center for Tech and Civic Life is a leftist group claiming to use technology to “modernize” voting. Funded by liberal companies and run by self-identified progressive and Obama-affiliated staff, it is insinuating itself into elections. CTCL just gave Dallas County election administrator Toni Pippins-Poole $15 million for “voting operations” after Gov. Abbott wisely halted the liberal push for unsolicited mail-only ballots. Coincidentally, Ms. Pippins-Poole is also a CTCL advisor.

County Commissioner accused of using disability protections to cheat

All fraud stories are awful, but some are absolutely disgraceful. An elected Democrat official in Texas and his buddies have been charged with illegal ballot harvesting — getting “voters’ to pretend they were disabled and entitled to ADA guidelines. Let’s hope being charged with 130+ felonies is a warning to other fraudsters thinking about using important disability community protections as a scheme to steal votes.

“People who already sent their ballots in will be destroyed”

With above referenced Freudian slip, the Newyago county clerk notified local voters that, whoops, a (Republican appointed) judge was “left off” absentee ballots already mailed. However this oversight occurred, it will surely cause — at best — confusion for voters. “Didn’t I vote once already?” Just another example that mistakes can cause as much vote disruption as fraud. Vote In Person!

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News

Michigan Governor Whitmer is an executive-level vote fraud activist

With bipartisan support, two vote security measures recently passed the Michigan House and landed on Democrat Governor Whitmer’s desk. She then vetoed these bills - they would make it illegal to request more than one ballot, or to fill out someone else’s ballot without their knowledge. In addition to being a COVID crisis tyrant, she’s a vote fraud enabler. It’s just that simple; and disgraceful.

Postal workers at the center of too many discarded ballot stories

It’s all we can do to keep up with all the stories of eagle-eyed citizens finding discarded absentee ballots in trash cans, ditches, and postal worker garages. The latest, from Kentucky, documents over 100 ballots in a dumpster. These are the ballots that were found—what about the ones that are now in a landfill? Not only can your vote be stolen; it can be discarded. Vote in Person!

California voter rolls used for unsolicited ballots are a complete mess

Since liberal Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom unilaterally decreed that California would be an unsolicited mail ballot state, the state’s non-partisan watchdog, Election Integrity Project, has sent every notice possible short of carrier pigeon to the Governor and his Secretary of State sharing research that shows mail ballots will go to the moved, the deceased, those over 105 years old, with multiple ballots going to thousands of individuals. They tried again this week, and their findings are disturbing.

The Left is using lawsuits to make it easier to commit vote fraud

The Ohio State University has a “Major Pending Election Cases” tracker that is easy to use with cases posted and explained daily as they are filed and decided. We hear of these cases piecemeal in our own states, but it is only by viewing an on-going database that we can see that these cases are not random, but part of a coordinated effort by the left to attack the fundamentals of our voting safeguards. This is why we encourage all constitutional conservatives to Vote In Person!

Frivolous Ballot Cheatin’ Lawsuit Abuse Lists

If you can’t win an election with votes, you use COVID to pretend people can’t vote in person and try to change rules that make it easier to cheat or mishandle ballots. That is exactly what the American left is doing. As of today, there are 300 court cases in 44 states of liberal groups trying to loosen ID requirements, extend voting, create mail-only schemes. You can use this super simple Stanford-MIT case tracker to find out exactly what you need to be against in your state.

Voting Integrity WINS in Alabama court decision

Alabama seniors have voted for decades with rules in place for voter ID and absentee ballots witness signatures. As part of a national scheme by the left to dilute vote security, an Obama appointed judge recently overturned these rules even though he was in the wrong branch of government to do so. Fortunately for the people of Alabama, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals correctly dissolved his ruling. Vote security, at least for now, remains intact in Alabama.

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