Voting for our officials is an important right for citizens of the United States. It allows us, the American people, to have our voices heard at the local, state, and national levels. However, this basic right is being undermined.
According to a 2017 letter from watchdog group, Judicial Watch, to Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State, about eleven counties within the state had more registered voters within the state than citizens that could vote. These counties include, but are not limited to, San Francisco with 114% of the voting populous being registered to vote, Santa Cruz with 109%, San Diego with 138%, and Los Angeles with 112%. However, that was in 2017, and thus the problem has only gotten worse. Just this year, Los Angeles was forced to send notices to approximately 1.5 million inactive voters, which are often called “ghost voters,” after reaching a settlement agreement.
Furthermore, according to the left-leaning San Diego Union-Tribune, there were many instances of voter fraud on L.A.’s skid row during the 2016 and 2018 election cycle. Within the impoverished area, people were hired to forge ballot signatures for typically $1 to $2 per ballot, though rates may have been as high as $6 a signature. This led to the arrest of nine people, but it is assumed that there will be little to no punishment for this “assault on our democracy” as Officer Deon Joseph put it because similar perpetrators have been sentenced to very little jail time.
State prosecutors called this a “large-scale voter fraud scheme,” and this occurred for two election cycles. So if this can occur there, with one of the largest police forces in the nation, it is only a matter of time before it happens elsewhere.
In 2016, President Trump had a very small margin of victory in battleground states that were must-wins to get to the all-important 270 electoral votes. However, this race could have easily been flipped due to voter fraud by using ghost voters for people to vote more than once within the presidential election. This can most evidently be seen in New Hampshire, where Hillary Clinton won its 4 electoral votes by 2,736 votes. However, according to Deroy Murdock of National Review, this margin of victory was a little less than three times the number of ghost voters within the state, 8,211. Of course, this isn’t to suggest that Democrats in New Hampshire came together within the state to commit voter fraud and thus flipped the state Blue. However, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. In fact, there were two instances of fraudulent voting within the state during the 2016 election.
Another close race occurred in Michigan, where Trump won by a margin of 10,704 votes, and picked up the state’s 16 electoral votes. But, like New Hampshire, there are 225,235 ghost voters within the state, which is about twenty times Trump’s margin of victory.
Sadly, these are not two isolated instances. In truth, voter fraud is possible in all 50 states as their number of registered voters exceeds 100% of the populous that is over the age of 18. Although this ranges from a miniscule 101% in Delaware to an astounding 162% in New Mexico, this could have major ramifications on future elections, especially in those decisive battleground states.
So what can be done to deter this in the future? The solution is simple: Voter ID.
Although the 1993 National Voter Registration Act and the 2002 Help America Vote Act requires states to maintain accurate voter lists, some state politicians ignore this law. This common sense solution would guarantee integrity within our election despite nefarious actions by corrupt politicians.
Liberals often contend that these laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democrat and claim that obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome. Yet, you need an ID to apply for food stamps, receive welfare, receive social security, drive, cash checks, purchase alcohol, and much more. A 2016 Gallup poll found that 80 percent support for voter ID, with a 95 percent approval from Republicans, 83 percent from independents, and 63 percent from Democrats.
Elections are an integral part of our constitutional Republic. However, this fundamental right is being threatened by people with illicit motives. Nevertheless, this obstacle to free and fair elections can be overcome by requiring voters to show a form of identification when voting. Doing this can ensure integrity within the American election system for generations to come.
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