Since 2008, Democrats have worked hard to shift the focus away from voter fraud and to voter suppression. Yet thousands of instances of voter fraud have been proven in recent years with 1.119 resulting in criminal convictions.
Consider Caesar Peter Abutin has been charged with casting votes in three elections of behalf of his deceased mother. He then also voted as himself. “One man, one vote” wasn’t enough for this guy. For him, it was “one crook, four votes.”
All the way back in 2008, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) held hearings designed to shift attention from voter fraud to voter suppression. He didn’t want resources devoted to voter fraud as long as the possibility existed that someone in America couldn’t get to the polls on time.
During the hearing, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) complained that only eight people a year allegedly committed voter fraud.
Meanwhile, he claimed, voter ID laws threatened to disenfranchise uncountable numbers of voters who lacked the wherewithal to secure photo ID, despite the difficulty of functioning in American society without one.
The eight people mentioned by Conyers does not seem like much, even if all of them voted four times apiece, like Abutin. Thirty-two votes in a country of three hundred million is unlikely to change an election. Is Conyers right? Is election fraud so rare we can afford to ignore it? Except… there’s a big problem with this. These are only the people caught and convicted.
According to a database on the Heritage Organization’s website, there have been eight cases of voter fraud that resulted in a conviction in California so far this year. That doesn’t include Mr. Abutin and his resurrected mother, and we haven’t had the presidential election yet.
Still, not a huge number, one would argue.
The type of fraud is important. Abutin impersonated his mother for the purpose of voting three times more than he was allowed.
Elsewhere in California, Bradley Jasperson was sentenced to two years in county jail for forging over 100 names on a ballot petition, many of whom were real county residents. Louis Wise and others were convicted of buying votes numbering in the hundreds.
These guys are more ambitious than Abutin. If each of California’s eight convictions represented 100 votes or more, that is no less than 800 fraudulent votes. That is enough to sway a county election, though probably not a state or national election.
Overall, the Heritage site has the details of 1,296 “proven instances of voter fraud” and 1,119 criminal convictions. It doesn’t sound like much but the point of voter fraud isn’t to go out and vote once for yourself. The point is to vote as many times as possible. Therefore, the 1,296 examples in this database represent many more than 1,296 votes.
Many of the convictions account for hundreds of votes each. And again, these are the “caught and convicted” numbers.
Voter fraud is important because every time it happens, someone else’s vote is either cancelled or augmented illegally.
It is amusing to frame this as “dead people voting”, or “the turnout was great, we had 116% of the eligible population cast a vote” but in the end it is a serious issue.
Candidates and supporters spend great sums of money and effort to persuade others to vote for their candidate. Voters have a vested interest in the candidate most likely to deal fairly with their concern. Any fraud is a disgusting perversion of the voting process.
Mr. Abutin and the 1,296 criminals convicted of voter fraud have let down their fellow citizens (that is, if they are US citizens to begin with). They should be punished for what they did. To do that, we must remain vigilant for this kind of crime. Voter ID laws may represent an extra layer of inconvenience for some voters, but they help preserve the integrity of the vote and that is more important.
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