The American electoral system is based on the honor system. It worked quite well when people were honorable, but such is not the case today. Election boards took it for granted that if you showed up to cast a ballot, all was kosher and everyone went on their merry way. But now, certain groups take advantage of lax enforcement at the polls to guard against fraud, then scream “racism” when something is done about it.
Despite these persistent charges that Republicans put up roadblocks to prevent blacks and Hispanics from voting, it is usually Democrats who are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. The reasons are threefold. First, it is simply easier to buy the votes of poor people. Second, Democrats are life-long politicians whereas losing Republicans usually retire to the private sector after losing an election. Hence, there is a greater need to retain their job. Third, there is the liberal notion that the concept of inclusion extends to the ballot box. Republicans prefer rules and procedures; Democrats do not.
Fraud is not as blatant as deliberate miscounts and instead involves phony registrations and abuse of the absentee ballot system. Fraud, when it is committed and is likely more common than statistics cited by the Brennan Center or other liberal think tanks, is more likely to come under the microscope in close elections. No one cares, so to speak, about fraud if someone wins by 50,000 votes.
The Democratic campaign to make voting easier has opened the system to more fraud. The “motor voter law” is one such example. This law made it more difficult for states to purge the rolls of “deadwood-” voters who had died, gone to prison, or moved away. Lax registration means dead people can miraculously vote and neighbors can cast ballots for others who have moved away. Nationally, 12% of registered voters never cast a ballot. The more inactive voters are the easier it is for someone else to borrow their franchise.
Obviously, it is much harder to vote in someone else’s name if they had to show photo ID. Yet, Democrats vehemently oppose this requirement claiming it intimidates non-whites and poor people from voting. In the very year Louisiana attempted a photo ID law, it were struck down by Clinton’s Justice Department under the Voter Rights Act. That same year, Clinton’s FDA required merchants- including those in Louisiana- to ask for photo ID of anyone who appeared under the age of 27 attempting to purchase cigarettes. This is the logic of the Left in action.
The belief that photo ID intimidates blacks lives on. In Mississippi, anyone over the age of 65 is exempt from showing ID because elderly blacks might relive the days of police dogs and fire hoses. How does one prove they are over the age of 65 without showing ID?
Sloppy registration has consequences. Consider this fact: in 2002, St. Louis had a voting age population of 258,532 and 247,135 registered voters for a 97% rate. That’s incredible! After the election in 2002, an investigation turned up about 24,000 fraudulent votes. Of that total, 4,405 were dead people, 2,242 were ineligible felons and 15,963 were registered in more than one place. No one batted an eye because their Congressman, William Lacy Clay won with 70% of the vote.
Besides lax registration, there is fraud as concerns the absentee ballot system where being out of town or true hardships have been replaced with convenience as a reason for casting such a ballot. Oregon has a strictly mail voting system. Registered voters get ballots in the mail without officials ever seeing the person.
Despite those statistics showing that voter fraud is very rare, there is a very good reason for it. Many instances go either unreported or not prosecuted. In Texas, there is a group of people known as politiquero. Their task is to get poor and illiterate Hispanics to register, then coach them on how to vote. They justify this as doing their part for electing officials who are good for their community. Republicans control the state government in Texas, but are afraid to tighten lax laws out of fear of being branded a racist.
Likewise with the black community. It is now an article of faith within the black community that Republicans will do everything in their power to prevent blacks from voting. Wherever there is a large immigrant community, there is the increased chance non-citizens will vote. Take the example of Orange County in 1996. That year, 125 registered voters were exempt from jury duty because they were non-citizens, yet NO charges were ever filed. In the election that year, it was discovered that 4,023 non-citizens cast ballots. The Republican incumbent lost by fewer than 1,000 votes.
When speaking about Hispanic voter fraud, perhaps we can learn a lesson from Mexico. In order to get a voting card, Mexicans must have a photo and thumb print taken before they are issued a card with a holographic stamp. The card has a serial number and picture. In order to cast a vote, their thumbprint at polling places must match that on file.
This process is used to circumvent notorious voter fraud so prevalent in third world countries. The honor system may have worked at one time, but Democrats have taken full advantage of it to the point it is no longer honorable. Perhaps, an increasing Third World population needs Third World safeguards.
The only thing standing in the way is the unfounded charges of racism hurled at proponents of a system that restores honor to the system. It is telling that the Democrats are under the belief that a few Facebook messages by Russians swayed a national election, but fail to discuss the fraud that occurs right under their noses because they are the perpetrators. Republican legislators need to get over the fear of having the racism card played against them, especially in this area.