Democrats claim voter fraud doesn’t exist, or at the very least happens so infrequently that it’s a non-issue.
They use this argument to justify their opposition to voter IDs.
But if voter fraud doesn’t exist, why is the state of Ohio being forced to deal with the issue?
Real Clear Politics reports:
Ohio Cracks Down on Voter Fraud
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose continued this week aggressively pursuing criminal prosecutions against voters accused of gaming the state’s election laws. On Wednesday, the Republican serving in his first year as secretary of state referred 18 Ohio residents for prosecution on charges they voted twice in the 2018 midterm elections.
This move comes on the heels of additional criminal referrals last week in which LaRose sent local prosecutors evidence that 77 noncitizens in the state voted in 2018 — and that another 277 noncitizens were illegally registered to vote.
“These are small numbers out of a state of 7.6 million registered voters, but there’s no such thing as an acceptable level of voter fraud,” LaRose told RealClearPolitics…
On the other end of the spectrum, many voting rights activists wrongly claim that voter fraud is a myth. But if Ohio’s targeting of more than 400 potential cases of voter fraud seems trivial, it’s worth remembering that extremely close elections happen all the time.
A year ago last summer, the Democratic primary for the post of Baltimore County executive was decided by 17 votes. In 2017, a general election contest in the Virginia House of Delegates in which 23,000 votes were cast ended in an exact tie – in a race that determined party control in Richmond. Likewise, a seat in the Vermont legislature was won by a single vote in 2016.
The city of Detroit is also having issues with this. They could learn something from Ohio.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Detroit Sued Over Voter Roll Irregularities, Including Thousands of Deceased Registered Voters
The city of Detroit has been hit with a lawsuit alleging numerous voter registration irregularities including thousands of dead people on its voter rolls, according to a complaint.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based group that litigates to protect election integrity, filed the complaint Wednesday to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Janice Winfrey, Detroit’s city clerk, and George Azzouz, Detroit’s director of elections, are named as defendants.
The suit alleges that Detroit’s voter rolls contain more than 2,500 deceased individuals, nearly 5,000 voters who appear more than once, and 511,786 registered voters in the city where only 479,267 individuals are eligible to vote.
Let’s hope this doesn’t lead to a nightmare situation in 2020.
It certainly could.