Anyone who pays attention to at least ten minutes worth of news on a daily basis should, by now, know that registration fraud is currently at an all time high. We see tens of thousands of registered dead voters on the books, and groups like ACORN pay staff based on the number of registrations, which in turn results in a high percentage of duplicates and registration fraud.
Many on the left like to immediately fire back at allegations of registration fraud by claiming that it is meaningless, and will have no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the elections.
I find this claim to be ignorant and naive, however, because a simple Google search turns up plenty of evidence that would lead us to believe otherwise.
But before we get to the how… let’s address the why.
Why does registration fraud exist?
One could argue that registration fraud exists purely because of financial incentive. I agree that the financial incentive plays a significant role in a large portion of registration fraud, however, I also believe there is a behind-the-scenes political motive involved.
The financial incentive, especially as it relates to groups like ACORN, comes in to play when employees are paid based on the number of registrations turned in. If someone who is looking to make a rent payment and feed their kids is told they get paid a specified amount for each registration form they turn in, there is certainly reason to commit registration fraud.
In most cases, this registration fraud cannot be tied directly to any organization. That being said, the real question comes in to play when a non-profit organization, who has a 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS, such as ACORN, openly advocates one candidate for office over another and does nothing to actually prevent the registration fraud from happening in the first place.
ACORN likes to downplay allegations of registration fraud as often as possible. The organization will often point to the fact that they are required by law to turn in every registration form they receive, regardless of illegality. My question, though, is why are they not further vetting potential employees? Why hire someone with drug charges to register new voters? Why not send out internal investigators to monitor employee activities?
In my opinion, it’s because ACORN has no real desire to stop registration fraud from happening. In most cases, if not all of them, ACORN will be able to remove themselves from any legal liability when it comes to registration fraud committed by an ACORN employee. So why would they care to actively work to prevent it from happening? There simply is no incentive for ACORN to be involved in the prevention of registration fraud.
And if it could potentially assist the candidate that your organization obviously supports and advocates, then the “why” becomes clear.
So how does registration fraud help the candidate supported by ACORN?
Take a look at the state by state requirements for voting. What do you notice?
For me, it was the fact that many states not only allow voting without a picture ID, no, some actually don’t even make it mandatory to show any ID.
Take Colorado, for example.
An eligible elector who is unable to produce identification may cast a provisional ballot.
OK, so it’s just a “provisional ballot”. But what happens if those provisional ballots become the deciding factor in the election? And on top of that, the Presidential campaigns have more than 5,000 lawyers each just waiting to pounce on this as the election results unfold.
But what about REAL ballots? Here is an example of ID that can be used for voting in Colorado.
-“A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector”
Gee… as if it isn’t difficult to forge a check stub using Gimp or photo shop. This is HUGE in a state like Colorado where its electoral votes could decide the next election.
Texas provides another good example, especially in light of the thousands of dead citizens who are still registered to vote. What are the requirements for Texans without ID?
- “A voter who does not present a voter registration certificate when offering to vote, but whose name is on the list of registered voters for the precinct in which the voter is offering to vote, shall be accepted for voting if the voter executes an affidavit stating that the voter does not have the voter’s voter registration certificate in the voter’s possession and the voter presents other proof of identification.”
Will there be vote fraud happening on election day?The odds are quite high that it will indeed happen. We don’t know exactly when or where, but now we have a pretty good idea of why and how.