Our right to vote is the most basic right we have because it protects all our other rights. Strong voter ID laws are a simple, effective way to prevent fraud.
Protecting the one-man, one-vote rule is crucial to prolonging the life of our society. What if you took the time to fulfill your civic duty and go to the polls to cast your one vote, but your vote didn’t count because someone else less ethical than you had cast multiple votes for the opposing candidate? Well, it is happening, and it is happening far more than some would like us to believe
Ensuring the integrity of elections by preventing voter fraud has become even more important in an era with large segments of the population who believe that the ends justify the means. Lying and cheating have become acceptable modes of behavior in some circles and seem to be especially prevalent with the hard left. They lie about man-made climate change and then cheat to make computer models to support their preconceived, erroneous conclusions. They lie about police/citizen interaction and then continue to perpetrate those lies, even after they have been proven false. They lie about legislation they want to pass, like Obamacare. They told us it would lower our rates by $2500 per year, but it has tremendously increased the cost of health coverage. My company’s health coverage cost just increased by another 30% this year on the heels of a 30% increase last year. That is a 60% increase in two years, which is far above the average 5% increases I used to see prior to Obamacare.
Lying and cheating has become so common nowadays that we have come to expect it. So in this era of liars and cheats, it is insanity to suggest that we should remove all safeguards on our electoral system. The bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of State James Baker, even concluded, “The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters.” That commission recommended stronger photo-identification requirements at the polls, contrary to the leftist narrative we hear today. They said that Americans must show photo identification for all kinds of day-to-day activities, such as cashing checks or entering government buildings.
The many photo ID requirements we encounter in our daily lives are legitimate, effective security measures. Securing the ballot box is just as important.
Voter Fraud Does Happen
The Heritage Foundation has cataloged many recent instances of voter fraud across the nation in a new voter fraud database.
Notorious examples include former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who listed his ex-wife’s home address as his primary home in order to vote and be paid as a councilman in a district he did not reside in. Or Butch Morgan Jr., who received a year in prison after forging over 200 signatures of registered voters with co-conspirators on the petition to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana Democratic Primary ballot in 2008.
Even the U.S. Supreme Court said in the Indiana voter ID case, that the United States has a long history of voter fraud that has been documented by journalists and historians.
Voter fraud is rampant here in Texas as well. Greg Abbott said, “In Texas, evidence of voter fraud abounds. In recent years, my office has secured more than 50 voter fraud convictions. Those include a woman who voted in place of her dead mother, a political operative who cast ballots for two people, and a city councilmember who registered foreign nationals to vote in an election decided by 19 votes.” Voter fraud is hard to detect, so cases like these are just the tip of the iceberg.
In San Antonio a woman was accused of submitting ballots for all the dead people in a cemetery that she owned. It seems that dead folks really like Democrats and always vote that way.
In Indiana, a voter fraud case is currently going through the system involving an officer of the law. He was arrested in his home on charges of official misconduct, forgery, voter fraud, and ghost employment. He has been charged with 13 felony counts. He was trying to get his father elected to the city council. So he allegedly filled out absentee ballot applications for people who were not even eligible to vote in the election and then voted with these ballots after he received them from election officials. The Indiana State Police Department say he forged the signatures of the supposed voters on some of the documents before turning them into the Ohio County, Ind., clerk’s office.
There are many thousands more cases of voter fraud that could be included here, but I think the point has been made.
Our right to vote is the most basic right we have because it protects all our other rights. Strong voter ID laws are a simple, effective way to prevent fraud. History also shows that voter turnout has increased after voter ID laws were enacted, and because Texas provides Voter ID cards free of charge, no Texan’s voting rights could be affected.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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