Friday, January 28, 2005

Election Fraud

Many bloggers are doing a fine job tracking the numerous instances of election fraud from November’s elections. Here’s an abbreviated round up, given my previously discussed “technical difficulties.”

PowerLine has been following the issue of fraud in Milwaukee. Check them for an update on 1,305 voters who should not have voted, because of “irregularities” in their same-day voter registration cards.

Here’s the story on the five Kerry campaign employees who were arrested in Wisconsin for slashing the tires of rented GOP “get out the vote” vans. The vandalism took place on election-eve.

And things are getting interesting in Washington State. Please also check the archives of Sound Politics, as they have been on the case from the beginning. It seems Christine Gregoire finally won on the third re-count, thanks to a box of --COUGHhorsesh*tCOUGH-- “previously undiscovered” ballots from heavily democratic King County. We may yet see another election between Ms. Gregoire and Dino Rossi for the governor’s race there. If that happens, bloggers will be credited for keeping the pressure on and once again leading the mainstream media by many weeks.

My Three Cents recognizes that election fraud is a serious problem in this country. Please read John Fund’s book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy. Voter Fraud will probably be around in some form for as long as we have free elections. But we can do a lot more to clean up the system, reduce the impact of fraud and prevent the outright stealing of elections.

This is where we can take a tip from Mexico, of all places. There, voters need to give a thumbprint when they register to vote. At polling places, citizens must present positive identification cards (with magnetic strips to further increase security) and have their thumb electronically scanned in order to place a vote. Also, late (or same day) voter registration is not allowed.

I’m still not sold on electronic voting, and internet voting introduces a plethora of opportunities to commit election fraud. Call me old-fashioned (or paranoid), but I still like the idea of punching a card and dropping it anonymously into a collection box.

If we took these steps, then well known instances of dead people, pets, and 400 Shirley Temples all casting their vote would be eliminated. Also, those of us who do vote legally, are treated more fairly since honest tallies would result. I’m all for having “every vote count” as long as every vote is cast legally, by U.S. citizens.

Voting in the USA has radically changed over the years. Initially, only male landowners were permitted the right to vote. The founders had it partially correct. They limited the right to vote to those who held an economic stake in the country. Today anyone can vote, even several times.

Acts such as motor voter registration have actually lessoned the act of voting. It should be much more difficult to register to vote. This would limit voting to those really interested in voting and, therefore, those that are a little more informed.

Each election the media rails about the poor voter turnout and urges all to go vote. For the country's election process to work well we need an electorate that is involved and informed. Registering to vote on election day certainly implies that the "voter" was not involved.

Urging all citizens to vote by the media empowers the media. Afterall, it has been abundantly clear to anyone following the process that the media is biased. 80% of the media voted for Bill Clinton and John Kerry. So, its fair to think that the news is colored by that 80%. Think not! Read Bernie Goldberg's books or Ann Coulter's or John Stossel. There is bias in the media and we get a heavy dose of it from the N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, et al. In fact, I go so far to say that the media is happily brain washing the public. And the public does not know. Because they are not involved or informed.
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