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Saturday, February 23, 2013
VOTER FRAUD - Cranky Opinion Saturday
Welcome to Cranky Opinion Saturday
recently caught my eye “Did
Obama supporter vote 6 times in 2012? Ohio poll worker target of investigation.”
Voter fraud is way more prevalent than people will
admit.The increased use of absentee
ballots and voting by computer are only going to exacerbate the problem.
How easy is voter
Not too many years
ago, every time I went to vote, the names of my ex-wife who lived in the UK and
my daughter who lived in North Carolina were listed as registered voters in my
N.J. town under my address.I don’t know how
this happened.Apparently when they
moved, their registration stayed.When I
moved to another town, their registrations followed.
Whenever I voted
and saw their names I told the officials that these names were not valid.Every year I was told to report it to the
office of Blah, blah-blah.I avoided this
red tape as I knew no one was voting under these invalid registered names, but
it always bothered me.
How often are
registered names invalid due to voters moving and registering in other states,
voters passing away, or voters being made up?I wonder how much checking is done to verify voter registration
validity.If the poling officials are
not honest there could be thousands of fraudulently registered voters in every
Voter fraud is
serious.Is fraud equally divided
between political parties?Does one
parties cheating cancel out the others?Probably, but either way fraud undermines the election process. Fraud exists and it needs to be prosecuted,
and yet I have never heard of anyone being fined or going to jail for voter
fraud.Without prosecution fraud will
only become more commonplace.
What steps are
being done to eliminate fraud?Nothing.With powerful computers
voter fraud could be made virtually impossible.Why aren’t voter identification cards issued to every registered
voter.Why can’t registered voters be
required to show a driver’s license or a special voter card in lieu of a
driver’s license?Computers could assure
duplicate SS numbers are not used to vote more than once even across
states.Why do backward-ass countries
like Iraq with ink stained thumbs have more secure voting systems than our
I understand the
argument that difficult voting systems disenfranchise some voters.It is more difficult for some voters to reach
the poles than others.Early voting by
mail and or computer is needed to allow all citizens to participate in the
Democratic process.Early voting and
voting by mail and or computer also makes fraud much easier.
country has the resources to assure a fair voting process. One that makes fraud
difficult yet allows access to all our citizens.
I can’t help but
believe that most of the arguments for easy registration and lax voting
systems, the same arguments that I may well see in comments to this post, are
made by people whose real agenda is they believe voter fraud favors their
If we spent half
the money that we use to “get out the vote,” to make the system secure, we
could also “get out” the fraudulent votes.
The preceding opinions were those of a Cranky Old Man,
and not necessarily those of management (Mrs. Cranky.)