It’s days like this – days when we see rampant corruption running virtually unchallenged – when I’m tempted to throw up my hands and ask why I even bother with politics.
There is no issue that more clearly illustrates just how badly misnamed the Democratic Party is than vote fraud, which strikes directly at the heart of our right to choose our own leaders. And while Talking Points Memo’s coverage of a recent discussion on the issue between Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin cites “experts” to dismiss the matter as much ado about nothing, the evidence paints a far more disturbing picture.
The segment was spurred by Malkin’s latest column, which takes a look at the latest cases:
In North Carolina and Nevada, early voters have encountered ballot machine glitches that favor Democrats in hotly contested races.
In Troy, N.Y., and Daytona Beach, Fla., police investigations into suspected absentee ballot fraud by elected government officials are underway.
In Harris County, Texas, the voter registrar admitted that 20 percent of voter registration forms submitted by liberal activist Houston Votes had problems. Election whistleblowers from True the Vote are now being investigated by the Obama Justice Department and have been slapped with an ethics complaint by the Texas Democratic Party and a left-wing billionaire George Soros-funded group called Texans for Public Justice.
In Yuma County, Ariz., election officials denied any fraud associated with thousands of requests for “permanent early voter list” status submitted en masse by open-borders group Mi Familia Vota (a social justice satellite group of the Service Employees International Union). But election officials admitted that some 6,000 out of 14,000 requests fielded by the Yuma County Recorder’s Office “were reviewed and rejected, under Arizona law, either due to the fact the request was a duplicate or the requestor was not eligible to vote in this election or within the jurisdiction.”
Oh, and the NPR report TPM relies on to dismiss fraud concern as an “overblown” “political flashpoint”? Malkin already tackled that, too:
On Tuesday, The New York Times quoted a liberal voting rights advocate, Wendy R. Weiser, wringing her hands over individual Americans taking clean elections seriously:
“Private efforts to police the polls create a real risk of vote suppression, regardless of their intent,” said Weiser, director of the Voting Rights and Elections Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. “People need to know that any form of discrimination, intimidation or challenge to voters without adequate basis is illegal or improper.”
Weiser also turned up in a very similar story minimizing voter fraud and voter registration fraud that was published Tuesday by government-sponsored National Public Radio. The NPR report asserted that “most election experts” believe that fears of voter fraud are “overblown.” No word on how many “experts” they surveyed (besides Weiser) to report such a conclusion, which flies in the face of dozens of felony voter fraud convictions across the country over the past two election cycles — and that’s just among ACORN-tied cases.
At her website, Malkin supplements her column with even more evidence that vote fraud is a real threat (as well as an invaluable guide of dirty tricks concerned citizens should be on the lookout for), and Kevin Williamson has more at the Corner.
This is nothing new; it went on in 2004 and 2000, too. A lot of this could have been prevented simply with more accountability and enforcement of existing election regulations, but there is one reform that would be especially invaluable: requiring voters to provide photographic identification at the polls. Unfortunately, despite the fact that this is by no means a new phenomenon in American politics, only eight states “request or require” voters to have a photo ID. Reform efforts either are not making much headway, or aren’t being undertaken much in the first place.
Conservatives are well accustomed to inept, squeamish, or indifferent Republican politicians going AWOL on major issues of principle and good government, because too many fear the heat that comes from touching issues pertaining to just how crooked their opponents’ motives are. But what makes inaction doubly maddening in this case is that voter fraud imperils not only the democratic process, but the GOP’s own electoral prospects—making them not only cowardly, but suicidal.