What is a democracy without fair elections? Not a democracy, wouldn’t you say? So why does America, the granddaddy of democracies, tolerate election systems that aren’t free of fraud? Leftwing commentator Katrina vanden Heuvel tries to assure us:
Talking loosely about “voter fraud” when we really mean election fraud helps reinforce the impression that the former is widespread. It is not. Voter fraud — the impersonation of a voter by another person — is extremely rare in the United States.
OK, how rare is it? Can anyone put a number on it and tell us how much voter fraud is happening? Is voter fraud so rare in America that it can’t affect an election?
In a contest not finalized until nearly 8 months after Election Day, Democrat Al Franken won Minnesota’s 2008 race for U.S. Senate by 312 votes. Out of the 2.9 million votes cast, that’s a winning margin of just over .01%, or .0001075 of the total. Those 312 “votes” gave Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-seat Senate majority, allowing them to enact legislation that could forever change America. With so much being decided by such a small margin, shouldn’t we be more concerned about fraud, regardless of whether it’s committed by voters … or vote counters?
Vote counters weighed heavily in the Coleman-Franken election. Matthew Vadum alleges: “The election was stolen at the precinct level, during the recount, and during the post-election litigation.” Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie conducted that recount. Ritchie’s own election was endorsed by the corrupt organization ACORN. Newmax’s David A. Patten writes: “Ritchie is a favorite son of the George Soros-funded Secretary of State Project (SOS), which has succeeded in installing partisans in key state positions that can influence election outcomes.” Patten also reports:
Verifying the legitimacy of voter registrations is the primary concern of Minnesota Majority, a nonprofit organization with Republican backing that has uncovered 2,800 instances in which deceased Minnesotans were listed as having “voted” in November’s elections.
One could go on and on about the irregularities in Minnesota, but the bottom line with Ritchie’s recount is that no one really knows who won (see video below). That’s because no one, not even Ms. vanden Heuvel, knows how much fraud occurred, and therefore can’t know what the legitimate vote count was. But this is the case in elections throughout America.
The scandal is: We have the solutions to these problems but aren’t using them.