“If you have someone cast a fraudulent vote, they disenfranchise, cancel out the vote of the legitimate voters, for example: someone who votes twice, someone who is voting out of state, someone who is dead, someone who’s impersonation someone else; all those things cancel out legitimate voters.”
So what can be done, and what can you do to protect your vote?
Prolific author and National Review columnist John Fund stopped by TheBlaze to discuss voter fraud and just how much it actually affects your life, from the value of your vote to the policies implemented regarding your health-care. Fund’s newest book on voter fraud, Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats put Your Vote at Risk, covers a variety of areas discussed in this interview including our confidence in our votes, where voter fraud exists, how fraudsters are getting away with their crimes, as well as the myths and arguments over the topic we see debated in the media relentlessly the past few months.
In the discussion Monday with Mallory Factor, contributor to TheBlaze, Fund exposes the massive amount of voter fraud which happens today, stating: “One out of eight (of our voter registration rolls), according to the Pew Research Center, are either invalid or contain major errors.”
Factor begins the conversation with a challenge, namely, the question many of us face during election time, “Aren’t only swing states to worry about when it comes to voter fraud?” Fund responds “sure, but not for all other elections down the line…” including electing your congressmen, senators, state representatives, mayors, and town councils. Fund desires to make it clear that not only is voter fraud immense and growing, as will be seen in just a moment, but it is an issue that affects all citizens, from who represents you the next four years to what health care policies get passed through the House and Senate.
The media has been all but absent on the voter id debate. Views have been all over the ideological spectrum, from calling those supporting voter identification requirements racist to emphatic arguments supporting the implementation of voter id laws as the duty of Americans who believe in a functional democracy. Realizing this, Factor jumps straight into the heart of the matter asking Fund whether or not preventing voter fraud “disenfranchises minorities?” Fund acknowledges that there are measures which could be seen as marginalizing or demeaning as well as unfortunate practices in our history, such as poll taxes and the Jim Crow laws, but all the efforts and suggestions he puts forth for preventing voter fraud in his new book that reject any practice of voter suppression. Fund states “voter suppression is not an option” and that the idea is to “make it easier to vote but harder to cheat.”
Fund’s view that “people will do incredible things to try and tilt democracy in their favor” leads him to share with his readers the value of our vote and the necessary measures which need to be taken to uphold the dignity of our Democratic-Republic. As a healthy reminder of just how important every vote is, Fund reminds us that the Florida race in the 2000 election of President George Bush was decided by only 537 votes. Continuing the idea that preventing voter fraud does not disenfranchise minorities Fund mentions:
“75% of the American people believe it is common sense to ask for id (at voting booths), common sense to scrutinize absentee ballots, common sense to clean up our voter registration rolls…One out of eight, according to the Pew Research Center, are either invalid or contain major errors. That is a scandal! No developing nation would actually out up with such a record! We have the sloppiest election system of any industrialized democracy; we have four million people who are registered in more than one state.”
Just recently TheBlaze covered the story of the Democrat staffer fired for allowing others to vote twice, not to mention the Maryland Democrat Wendy Rosen who stepped down from her congressional race under allegations she had been voting in two states for years. Fund makes it clear that this action happens all the time, and on both sides of the aisle. After mentioning that much of this fraud is being committed by Shadowbosses, the title and subject of Mallory Factor’s new book, Fund brings up the concern many of us have when this topic comes up, namely: How does all this fraud exist and what can be done to stop it?
Wittingly, Fund says that “voter fraud is a lot like shoplifting…If you put up a few precautions, a few preventative measures, you probably can reduce it (voter fraud) 25-40%, simply because there are a lot of people who won’t do it if there is some risk attached to it.”
Showing again how widespread and influential the fraud has become, Fund reminds Factor that Al Franken, whose controversial election bathed in allegations and evidence of voter fraud, actually gave the deciding vote on passing Obamacare. Fund shows that voter fraud, although you may not practice or see it, has drastic effects on even laws covering your health and insurance; “even a small amount of voter fraud in a very close election can make all the difference in the world.”
Still wondering why, if voter fraud is so widespread and common, it continues to be an issue we are unaware of? Fund discusses with Mr. Factor towards the end of the conversation that the average penalty for those convicted of voter fraud is “a $50 fine and 3 hours of community service. We don’t take this seriously enough!” exclaims Fund when describing how “we spend billions of dollars to protect our currency” but we continue to undermine our own votes and democracy by not putting into place common sense preventative measures.
See the engaging discussion with John Fund and Mallory Factor in full here: