Your Vote: Counted or Struck by Lightning?

VoterFraudby Leigh Bravo   3/17/14
Does voter fraud exist? When you cast your ballot, are you sure your vote is secure and has been counted? Did your vote actually go to the candidate of your choice?

Vanessa Cardenas, Director of Progress at the Center for American Progress says, “Voting fraud is not a problem and yet many states in the country, most notably Florida, are carrying out unconstitutional practices that will suppress the votes of millions of American Citizens. According to election law experts, instances of polling place fraud are extremely rare. In fact you have a better chance of being hit by lightning.”

However, just yesterday, in Ft. Myers, Florida, an investigative journalist, Andy Pierotti with NBC 2, reported his findings on voter fraud. He discovered hundreds of non-citizens who were registered as U.S. voters by cross-referencing jury recusal forms. They had been called for jury duty and refused to serve stating they were not United States citizens. However, they still voted in countless elections.

County supervisors of elections who were interviewed said they have no way to verify US citizenship. Under the 1992 Motor Voter law, they are not required to ask for proof. The only way they can even investigate voter fraud is when they are given a tip. When asked, the supervisors said that this could definitely change the complexion of an election.

A Department of Justice study said that out of 197 million votes cast for federal candidates between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for voter fraud and only 26 of those resulted in convictions or guilty pleas. But have things changed since 2005? Has technology advanced to the point where we can no longer trust in any “machine” when we see so-called “secure” sites compromised on a daily basis? Should we stop worrying about voter fraud because the Department of Justice says so?

Should we be concerned about the reports around the nation of suspected fraud that occurred during the 2012 election between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney?

The Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Justed, announced that his office found 17 non-citizens who illegally cast ballots in the 2012 elections. He also found that 274 non-citizens remained on the voting rolls. Ohio also found 257,000 dead people still listed as active voters in 2011 and 340,000 duplicate voters since removed. Obama beat Romney in Ohio by just 2 percent points.

In Cleveland, it was shown that Romney received 0 votes in 9 different precincts. Within Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 100 precincts reported 0 votes for Romney while Obama received 99% of the votes. Based on that information, would you feel that the voting process was legal and truthful? With such questionable results, would you want the results to be tossed?

The Department of Justice and Republican Governor Rick Scott are in a heated debate over the state’s efforts to remove illegal immigrants from their voter rolls. When they cross-referenced voter rolls with driver’s licenses, they found 2,600 people were not United State citizens. When the state sent out letters to those voters asking that they confirm their citizenship in order to retain their voting rights, they were accused of targeting black and hispanic communities, even though 87% of the 2600 voters were, in fact, minorities.

In upper McCungie Township near Allentown Pennsylvania, an auditor dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election day said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.” Here in Prince William County, my husband voted and had his selection changed 3 times to the candidate of the opposite party, during Virginia’s Governor’s race in 2013. It supposedly went through properly on the fourth try. However, he requested to review his vote before it was processed. I wrote a letter to the Virginia State Board of Elections relaying my concerns about his experience. They responded by saying, “Apparently there was an issue in which he selected one candidate and the screen selected another. We regret that this happened. The sensors in the touch screens occasionally need to be calibrated so the area touched on the screen reflects the voter’s choice.” They further spoke of their confidence in these machines in processing your vote in a reliable and legal way.

In researching this machine, the EDGE Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machine, researchers found significant security weaknesses throughout the system. The nature of these weaknesses raise serious questions as to whether the software can be relied upon to protect the integrity of elections. Software mechanisms for transmitting election results and updating software lacks reliable measures to detect or prevent tampering.

Under the Motor Voter Registration, if the DMV is not required by law to ask for proof of citizenship, then how do we know that those who have government issued I.D.’s, like state driver’s licenses, are even citizens? As in the case in Florida, many who received a driver’s license were automatically registered to vote, with no documentation of citizenship required. They were only discovered through the jury recusal forms where those non-citizens who did not wish to serve on jury duty simply used their non-citizen status as a valid reason to be excused.

So is your vote secure? Is it going toward the candidate of your choice? Are we opening up our elections to those who do not have the right to vote? I say, you had better stay indoors during the next electrical storm. According to the so-called election law experts, it seems as if you have a pretty good chance of being struck by lightning!!
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14 Responses to Your Vote: Counted or Struck by Lightning?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I favor some sort of paper ballot (which may be computer-generated), so that the voter can ALWAYS know if his choices match his preference. We have that here in Louisville. But I should note that I heard about such problems as far back as 1968, and we can only hope that such problems aren’t frequent enough to alter an election result. (This was the problem in Florida in 2000: the margin of victory was smaller than the margin of error.)

    The problem of actual fraudulent voters has several aspects. There are people who should be removed from the rolls but aren’t; we have no way of knowing how many of these will vote, but some (or people using their names) undoubtedly do. There are also instances of people going to the polls and being told that they had already voted (being victimized by such an incident inspired the black Democrat who pushed a voter ID law in Rhode Island, something the Center for American Process and similar liberal activists will never allow themselves to be aware of). Since this involves both a fraudulent vote and a legitimate vote prevented, it’s the worst case, and liberals are careful not to care about it as long as they expect to be the greatest beneficiaries.

    As for the liberal propaganda, there are some major flaws (unsurprisingly). First, the Supreme Court has quite properly concluded that voter ID laws are constitutional, so part of the charge is blatantly a lie, and every liberal who parrots the lie should be called on it. Then too, even if vote fraud can be demonstrated, proving any person guilty can be impossible. If you go to the polls and you’ve “already voted”, who’s the guilty party? Either you tried to vote twice, or (much more likely) some unknown individual voted fraudulently in your name.

    If there are indeed genuine “experts” who consider vote fraud less likely than being struck by lightning, they’re probably related to the global warming alarmists who proclaim unproven theories to be undisputed facts and call for legal charges against those who point out the flaws in their science. Modern liberalism is simply a branch of totalitarianism that mixes aspects of fascism and socialism, probably resembling the former more than the latter.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Voter fraud is probably more important on local elections. My old county commissioner won his seat by around 30 votes. Those votes made the difference between a conservative budget conscious conservative and a RINO. His victory was one more step in building a strong conservative government on our county level. It is an ongoing proposition.

    • NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

      But it could be a problem in swing states, because the major metropolitan areas are Democratic strongholds and this is where the fraud will occur. Cuyahoga County in Ohio is a good example: suppose the true vote in Ohio is that the Republican beats the Democrat by 12,000 votes, but the Democrats manage to steal more than 12,000 votes in Cleveland precincts and so “win” the State. I’m not saying that happened in 2012, although we can be sure the Dems stole votes in Cleveland, because Obama might well have won without fraud. But sometimes elections have been stolen (Coleman-Franken MN Senate, 2004 WA governor’s race), and Republicans don’t seem as worried about this prospect as they should.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        “But it could be a problem in swing states, because the major metropolitan areas are Democratic strongholds and this is where the fraud will occur.”

        You are, no doubt, correct. The size of the potential fraud is what makes it so difficult to prove. That is why voter id is so important. It may not cut out all the fraud, but will go a long way to discouraging fraudsters.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        This is why the Democrats do better in close races statewide than they do district-wide. Swing districts rarely have such areas, whereas swing states often do.

  3. Rosalys says:

    I would think that since it is the conclusion of the Center for American Progress that voter fraud is very, very rare, that in fact it is not rare at all and it general benefits the liberal. There is a recent saying born of experience that “in a close election the Democrat wins.”

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This is especially true in statewide races. I assume this is because they can find plenty of minority one-party precincts in which to cheat. Such precincts are rarer in House and state legislative districts (though the Democrats did have a remarkably good run on the very closest races in 2012, carrying EVERY House seat that was still listed as unresolved on Election Day).

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Nothing shows the devilish intentions of the Democrat Party like their stance on voter fraud. For them, fraud is an opportunity not something to be stamped out.

    Integrity has never been a particular friend of the Democrat Party.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, both sides have people who engage in vote fraud, but the Democrats’ decision to oppose efforts to prevent fraud show that this is a party-wide principle. That “never” is also important; the Democratic Party has been inherently corrupt from its inception in the Jackson era as the party of the “spoils system”, devoted to the interests of its Hunkers (terminology, be it remembered, that comes from the Democrats of that era). I often wonder how many of the problems with liberals actually are associated with Democrats per se rather than liberals given the high overlap between the two.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        It’s much more serious than “they’re both doing it.” The Democrats are trying to make a civil right out of corrupting the voting process.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    “Yes, both sides have people who engage in vote fraud,”

    While the Republicans are to voter fraud what a backwoods hillbilly is to bootlegging, the Democrats are the Chicago Outfit and North Side Gang combined.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      So would that make Bill Clinton Deanie O’Bannion to Obama’s Al Capone? If so, would Hillary Clinton be Bugs Moran? Of course, Lois Lerner and Eric Holder would be Anselmi and Scalise, and I guess Joe Biden would be Johnny Torrio. Now, if we can just figure out who the Genna brothers are . . . Maybe John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the rest of the House leadership?

  6. Leigh Bravo says:

    I think another interesting aspect of the voter fraud is that even with a government ID, we can not be sure that they are actually citizens and allowed to vote. The Motor Voter Law was put into effect by Bill Clinton in the early 1990’s. However, if you look into some states, you do not have to present a birth certificate to get a license and initially, all these people were automatically registered to vote. And as mentioned in the article, election officials cannot investigate voter fraud unless someone gives them a tip on a particular situation. In letters back and forth between myself and the State Election Board, they admitted there were problems with the machines changing votes. But what will they do about it? If you do any research on the machines themselves, it has already been proven that they are not reliable and have the potential to be hacked. The most secure method is for the machine to produce a paper trail along with each vote and then an audit must be done to ensure no fraud was detected. However, this takes time and money, so most states opt out of the paper trail. But if this is the only way to ensure the election is on the up and up, then does it matter how long and how much in order to maintain the reliability and validity of the voting process? I think most people would choose the added time and cost to ensure their vote was actually counted!

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