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Between Registering Dead Voters and Ballot Tampering, Real Cases of Election Fraud Go Unprosecuted

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In 2015, the Kansas legislature gave Kris Kobach (R), the secretary of state, the authority to prosecute instances of voter fraud.

Before this measure, it was up to local district attorneys to investigate and prosecute.

During the debate on the measure, Kobach assured the state legislature that he had uncovered 100 (and then later 200) cases of double voting. Yet, seven months into this executive power grab, only 6 people have been prosecuted under the new law.

Kobach’s numbers should have been considered suspicious — from 1997 to 2010, only 11 cases of voter fraud had been prosecuted in the entire state. However, Kobach believed the number was this low because of the inefficiencies of local offices in prosecuting what he argued was an enormous problem.

It seems that Kobach is facing what every other state has faced that has tried to eliminate the boogey-man of voter fraud — only to find that they have spent a lot of money with little results.

Voter Registration Fraud is Rampant Nationwide, Actual Voter Fraud is Almost Non-existent

There’s a false dichotomy that fuels the boogey-man myth of widespread voter fraud. It’s well known that voter registration fraud is rampant, so therefore voter fraud must be rampant as well.

This of course neglects to examine the reasons for the widespread registration fraud.

Canvassers who get paid a commission on get-out-the-vote campaigns by political parties are all too tempted to throw in the occasional ‘Bart Simpson,’ ‘Chuck Norris,’ or ‘Mickey Mouse’ to the roles — it pads their paycheck.

In 2012, the Republican Party paid $3 million to a consulting firm to get out the vote in hotly contested Florida counties.
While it’s definitely best when they use absurd names (at least it’s easier to weed out), they also at times just use real names, whether or not they actually saw or talked to the person.

This of course gets dead people, people that have moved, and people who are already registered on the lists — sometimes multiple times.

This is the political party’s fault, and they know it.

In 2012, the Republican Party paid $3 million to a consulting firm to get out the vote in hotly contested Florida counties. Instead of boosting the party’s roles, a massive scandal ensued, showing the nature of what happens when firms are paid to get results… they register dead people.

Democrats face similar catastrophes, and are often shamed for not doing enough to stop it.

But in the end, party politics creates an overwhelming amount of voter registration fraud in the United States. Yet all ‘post mortem’ analysis on elections always shows that real voter fraud is almost nonexistent.

There Should be Vigilance: In all Possible Areas of Election Fraud

While Kobach is busy prosecuting his six offenders, he has totally ignored allegations of widespread voting machine fraud in the 2014 midterm elections.

This is almost unforgivable. If Kobach is the self-appointed, legislatively endorsed champion of the ballot box, then he should be just that — in all possible areas of election fraud.

Dr. Beth Clarkson will have her day in court, trying to gain the ability to conduct an independent audit of the paper records from the 2014 Kansas vote, after being given a deliberate cold shoulder by all parties, passing off her claims as trivial and unsubstantiated.

Kobach, while not a part of the lawsuit, has been a significant part of the problem in Dr. Clarkson’s efforts to conduct a full audit, and has definitely not played his role of champion of the ballot box.

Therein lies the biggest problems: politicians are only interested in certain kinds of ‘fraud,’ usually the kinds that hurt their own party. Put any of them in a position where they are forced to actually honor the integrity of the system, regardless of ilk, and they freeze up.

This makes for a system that is almost as bad as literal ballot box stuffing, one that only cares about protecting the ruling party’s chances in future elections.

That’s cronyism, not democracy.

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180 comments
Page Bea
Page Bea

Nothing new! It's been going on for years, maybe even for the whole century!!

Judith Bevier
Judith Bevier

Sad commentary about our political parties, on both sides.

Keith Bryant
Keith Bryant

VOTER FRAUD IS THE CORRUPT COMMUNIST GOP AND CRUZ. JUST LOOK AT COLORADO.TOTAL GOP / CRUZ FRAUD.

John Butterbaugh
John Butterbaugh

Donald Trump is right: The system is rigged. It’s rigged in favor of front-runners. That’s why Trump, who is leading the Republican nominating contest, has a larger percentage of delegates (46 percent) than of votes (37 percent). Unsurprisingly, Trump never mentions when the rules have helped him. He much prefers to whine and peddle conspiracy theories when they don’t. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433935/donald-trump-colorado-caucus

Papo Deleon
Papo Deleon

This is how Hilary Clinton wins , cheating.

Gary Gray
Gary Gray

Voter fraud is rare election fraud is the problem

Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom

In Arizona when people updated their automobile registration it automatically defaulted their voter preference to undeclared without telling people that.

Paul Gill
Paul Gill

It is just unreal for this type of thing to be happening here in America, how can they hold anyone accountable for anything if our justice system can't stop this!!

Charles Huntley Jr.
Charles Huntley Jr.

Established RINO Dictatorship Proof No Primary in Colorado ! RINO think , You Colorado Conservatives Tea Party are just too stupid to vote for them ! This is Republican Political Civil War ! Military Peoples who lost their lives wasn't for dictatorship by these Established RINO !

Bobby Clone
Bobby Clone

Most areas where this fraud goes on, there is a liberal system in place to assure them there will be no repercussions against this crime.

Luis Barreto Lugo
Luis Barreto Lugo

DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE DETERMINED TO ELIMINATE PRESIDENTIAL FRAUDALENTS FAKE VOTES, FOR THE PRESIDENTIALELECTION IN 2016 CORRUPTION STOP THE SCOURGE OF VOTER FRAUD/AMONG REPUBLICANS ANYWAY,VOTERS DESERVE ANSWERS FAKE VOTES, ABSENTEE BALLOT FRAUD.

Richard J. LaScola Sr
Richard J. LaScola Sr

We worked the polls in our city several times .Never saw a dead person vote.Never saw a person try to vote more than once.Never saw a illegal immigrant try to vote.

Danny Williams
Danny Williams

The election is being rigged by the gop and democrats. The democrats are actually worse. The establishment of both parties don't want Bernie or Trump winning so they're doing everything they can to block them.

Walter Wieczorek
Walter Wieczorek

The entire electoral college is a fraud, fix, by both PP, should be eliminated via referendum, the big 2 wont do it voluntarily, its how they control, suppress the majority

Brenda Duffey
Brenda Duffey

From my historical perspective and voting for 51 years I have to say this has been my experience.

Rick Richardson
Rick Richardson

OH, NC, TN, and PA all justified their new costly, fix-what-ain't-broke laws on assumed voter fraud. When Republican committees then actually studied the "problem" they found such low levels of fraud that OH tried to quietly shut down it's probe which found less that 200 cases over 30 years. NC tried to quietly walk away, but found only 86 cases over 20 years. TN found much the same. PA shut theirs down earlier when they couldn't find any cases over a ten year period in the 1990/2000's. YEAH, Republicans! on the national level you put the government on the credit card and screw armed service personnel. On the state level spend millions to fix what ain't broke! Who votes for these "people"?

Renee Miri
Renee Miri

A registered voter, by mistake or otherwise, is not the same thing as an actual vote.

Andre Nacov
Andre Nacov

The GOP has the distinction of chasing "boogeymen" in many areas. Voter fraud, same sex marriage, "War on Christmas", LGBT bathroom sex abuse, Muslim terrorists on American soil, drug abusing welfare recipients, marijuana use as a "gateway drug", tax fraud by poor people, Benghazi, Clinton's emails...the list goes on and on. In each case they spend untold millions in efforts to root out the evil doers, only to find that that the numbers and facts don't support their assertions. The damage that they do to honest, hardworking citizens is incalculable. Yet in all of this, they protect and defend corporate tax evasion, voter fraud on an institutional level, mass incarceration for petty drug offenses to "for profit prisons", campaign fraud and abuse and crimes by their own congressional and Senate members. There is a difference between the parties. Vote blue!

Gloria Hannon
Gloria Hannon

The best way to combat voter fraud is to vote a paper ballot early. This type of voting is traceable.

Gloria Hannon
Gloria Hannon

Voter fraud is the Republicans in the state of Kansas tampering with the voting machines during the last 20 minutes of our last election to re-elect Sam Brownback and his cronies and then not handing over the voting results to people who were questioning the results. Kris Kobach needs to be in jail for voter fraud.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith

Derek Fagan that sweet old lady while working as a poling volunteer. Admitted she voted SEVEN times for Obama first election using her friends names. She proudly admitted to doing it for years. ONE CHEAT IS TOO MANY.

Wayne Roberts
Wayne Roberts

That would be election fraud. She was part of the system and knew who was not going to show up to vote so she used her position to gain access. This would be the same as her signing the book with names of people to prevent them from being able to vote when they showed up.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith

Yes it was she was sentenced to something around seven years. After almost one year the ill . Governor reduced it to time served. Jessie Jackson threw her a party to give her some kind of award for community standards.

Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes

The primary elections this year are the worst I have ever seen. Democratic Party is corrupt and is trying to fix the election for Hillary! Big money is pulling out all the stops to rig this election!

Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes

Please do your homework, it happened in Iowa, Nevada, and Arizona. Voter suppression, voter fraud, and actually changing voters registration which would be done by the party on their computers. All of this can be googled.

Susan DeVilder
Susan DeVilder

LOL. Voter fraud is practically non-existent. And registering dead voters makes it appear that people are voting using those people's names, but that is not the case. It's that dead voters aren't being purged from the rolls, it doesn't mean that people are actually voting under those names. This is just a way to suppress voting.

Rodney Abrams
Rodney Abrams

People just want to talk and cry about how corrupt it is. When are the people of this country going to stand up? We the people made this country

Wayne Bishop
Wayne Bishop

Seems the gop claimed this when obama won lmao.

Marty Chambers
Marty Chambers

The reason why they do not prosecute? The fraud was committed by republicans!

Jacob Thomas Furley
Jacob Thomas Furley

Nice. I see what you did there. Get a jab in and start an argument based on a flaming statement with no basis in truth. Good for you. Here's your gold star for effort!

Alexi Trevor Malmgren
Alexi Trevor Malmgren

In AUstralia i don;t think we get it as no one here cares enough . Here the government has to force people to vote legally . Through laws that making voting compulsury

William Thompson
William Thompson

One factor in the false impression of widespread voter fraud is software that matches names hoping to find people registered twice. But the reports produce huge numbers of "false positives." Registrations show up as duplicates not because of cheating, but because lots of people have the same name. Every place I've lived has had lots of William Thompsons.

Wayne Roberts
Wayne Roberts

Yeah the system can not work with just a name alone. Need at the least , full name, address, birthday, and ssn

Bernice Barnett
Bernice Barnett

there are sysytems that stymie one person, one vote. And we need to put a stop to it.

Derek Fagan
Derek Fagan

Because its such a miniscule problem no one really cares. You cannot find one election that has been changed by that kind of voter fraud.

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Sheila Cronin

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Anh Yeu Em

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Michael Mathies
Michael Mathies

How do you prove voter fraud when one doesn't have to show ID and no record of their vote is actually kept? Personally I believe that the current technology makes voter fraud obsolete. It's much easier to tamper with the computer systems involved in voting.

Benjamin Childers
Benjamin Childers

That's the difference between voter fraud and election fraud.

Michael Mathies
Michael Mathies

I understand that. Voter fraud used to be the easiest way to manipulate the vote results... and would be quite easy without detection. However now manipulating the machines would be more effective this election fraud replaces voter fraud as the best way for corrupt party and election officials to change results.

Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson

Well we could stain a finger..it us sad that some Middle East countries are more democratic than us...of course there is that problem with counting the votes.

Michael Close
Michael Close

Happens here in Idahole every election for the past twenty years. Republicans counting the votes and deciding which votes are valid, WTF?

Brad Smith
Brad Smith

I got screwed while living in N.C. several years back. I went to vote, having my ID in hand. Was told I didn't need it. I gave them my name , then was told they had me down as having already voted. Oh they let me vote , but as I well knew two ballots under the same name get voided. Seriously , someone stepped up either had my name ready to give them or simply read it off of their list. I go screwed. So yes it happens.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith

What, The democrats can't count? Maybe both sides need an abacus.

Silvio Renzulli
Silvio Renzulli

The real fraud is not at the voter level but at the government level.