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Vote Early, Vote Often.

We aren’t sure what to make of this, but it isn’t good.

At least 3.5 million more people are on U.S. election rolls than are eligible to vote.

Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.

The Election Integrity Project of Judicial Watch — a Washington-based legal-watchdog group — analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011–2015 American Community Survey and last month’s statistics from the federal Election Assistance Commission. The latter included figures provided by 38 states. According to Judicial Watch, eleven states gave the EAC insufficient or questionable information. Pennsylvania’s legitimate numbers place it just below the over-registration threshold.

My tabulation of Judicial Watch’s state-by-state results yielded 462 counties where the registration rate exceeded 100 percent. There were 3,551,760 more people registered to vote than adult U.S. citizens who inhabit these counties.

“That’s enough over-registered voters to populate a ghost-state about the size of Connecticut,” Judicial Watch attorney Robert Popper told me.

This is a problem:

California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.

But, Murdock notes, “California’s San Diego County earns the enchilada grande. Its 138% registration translates into 810,966 ghost voters.”

State by state, this is an enormous problem that needs to be dealt with seriously. Having so many bogus voters out there is a temptation to voter fraud. In California, where Hillary Clinton racked up a massive majority over Trump, it would have made little difference.

But in other states, and in smaller elections, voter fraud could easily turn elections. A hundred votes here, a hundred votes there, and things could be very different. As a Wikipedia list of close elections shows, since just 2000 there have been literally dozens of elections at the state, local and federal level decided by 100 votes or fewer.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Most likely the over count is in part because of people who move from one state to another. They register in one state and don’t notify authorities from their previous state that they have moved. The problem is that it leaves the previous state’s voter registration active and therefore open for abuse.

How much abuse?

No one knows and that’s the problem. The reason no one knows is that states and the federal government aren’t willing to clean up the voter rolls. You cannot start investigation without a solid foundation of facts. In this instance, that foundation is accurate voting rolls.

It seems to us that this is such a simple fix.

When people move to a new state, they are required to get new drivers’ licenses and plates for their cars within a certain amount of time which is determined by the new state. When a new license is issued, the old state is notified and the license is cancelled.

Why can’t that happen with voting? Why can’t states simple enter into an accord with other states that says “when a person changes voter registration to a new state, the old state will be notified.” How hard would that be?

We don’t believe that simple step would end voter fraud, but it would be a start to figuring out what is going on. For example, a few years ago one of the staff members here walked into their polling place and found a problem: someone had already voted for them.

You read that right. Where the person was supposed to sign in the registrant’s books was already filled in. When asked, the polling place staff said, “oh someone just signed in the wrong place.”

Yet the name that was signed was the name of the staff member. It wasn’t a case where their name was “Joe Smith” and someone had signed in the spot with the name “James Smith.” It was their name signed in the spot.

The staff member was forced to vote with a provisional ballot and was told the Elections Office would take care of and resolve the conflict.

Someone had tried to steal their vote. There is no doubt in our mind about that.

Voter fraud is real. We know that.

Yet the deflection is always, “well, it is not rampant or pervasive.”

We disagree.

Voting is a right in this county. Whether it is a denial of the right to vote, to speak, to bear arms, to be safe against unreasonable searches, etc, one time is one tome too many.

The Declaration of Independence makes it clear that this country is founded on the belief that governments are instituted to protect the rights of the people. It doesn’t say the rights of most of the people, or that the rights of a few people being violated is okay and acceptable.

It is protection for all.



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2 Responses to “Vote Early, Vote Often.”

  1. Hometown says:

    Another solution might be to combine the drivers license/state ID system with the voter registration system. You would gain the benefit of having a photo ID (like you need to buy cigarettes and alcohol) and you could just leave off the party affiliation to avoid getting a ticket when driving thru San Diego 😊.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Hometown,

      That is somewhat what we were going for as well.

      The exchange of license / driving information between states is done by covenants between the states. It is not a Federal law. The infrastructure for removing expired or changed voter registration is in place. It just has to be implemented.

      As for San Diego,……not gonna touch that. We might be accused of being a racist and all that. 😉

      A. Afterwit.

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