During the 2004 Presidential election there were allegations of voter fraud; the 2000 Presidential election was alleged to have been “stolen” by the Republicans. If you go further back in history, you can point to evidence the Democratic machine in Chicago manipulated election results to throw the 1960 Presidential election victory to Kennedy. A close reading of American history would reveal election fraud as a challenge to our democracy from the very beginning, and in every decade since then. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that we’re seeing it now.
What is a surprise is the opportunities for voter fraud, in this age of biometric identification technology and total information awareness, are actually greater than ever. Using California as an example, here are some of the reasons why:
Voters are not required to present a verifiable photo identification when they vote, nor when they register to vote. I personally experienced this when I went to my polling place on November 2nd, and once they had asked me my name and had me sign next to my name on the rolls of registered voters in that precinct, I asked them “aren’t you going to ask me for an identification?” They said no, that it was not required and they don’t do it.
Voters are able to vote by mail. This causes a variety of problems – first, it precludes anyone showing an identification, and second, it prolongs vote counts after the election as workers tabulate the ballots. And the greater the […] Read More