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Voter Fraud at the Highest Levels

Don't be misled when you hear the words "voter fraud."

Over the last several years, there has been a proliferation of bills introduced in
Virginia and in many other states to prevent voter fraud.  Conspicuously missing from the debate on these bills has been any specific examples of voter fraud having been committed.  In fact, the greater problem with voting has not been that persons have been fraudulently voting; voter participation in Virginia and the nation has been embarrassingly low.  The emphasis needs to be on getting more
people to vote and not to make the process more cumbersome and bureaucratic
that it discourages voters.

The real fraud in the voting process occurs when legislators and others argue that
the new laws are needed to clean up voting when the real purpose is to suppress
voter participation.  Under the guise of preventing voter fraud, legislators are taking fraud-like actions by establishing rules and procedures intended to confuse older and minority voters and to make it more difficult for them to vote.

Laws to discourage or prevent voting are not new to the American democracy.  In the period ending Reconstruction after the Civil War, Democrats in Virginia and other southern states enacted voter registration requirements that disenfranchised most newly freed slaves.  A blank-sheet registration form was used to register new voters.  Whites from the right families could expect some help as to what to write on the sheet.  Blacks were left to struggle about what
information the state constitution required to be listed and in what order.  The $1.50 poll tax had to be paid three years in a row, six months before the election in order for a person to vote.  The system of controlling the electorate kept the Byrd Machine in Virginia and others in other states in power.

The current effort clearly aimed to ensure that President Obama is not re-elected
is more circumspect.  Already the courts have thrown out attempts in several states to suppress the vote.  Virginia’s new voter requirements are not as
bad as those in Pennsylvania and Florida and several other states, but voters
do need to be aware to ensure that their vote is counted.

Voters in Virginia on November 6 will be required to show identification.  A photo ID is not required, but your valid driver’s license may be used for identification as well as your voter registration card, military ID, government issued ID, concealed handgun permit, student ID, utility bill, or bank statement.  Without ID, a person will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot that will not be counted unless acceptable identification is provided by noon on Friday of the week of voting.  For
complete voting information, go to www.sbe.virginia.gov.

We need in the marketplace and in our communities to be aware of fraudulent
actions that may take away our lifestyle and our property.  In the voting process we need to ensure that we are not misled by fraudulent-like statements by politicians.  Exercise and protect your right to vote; our democracy depends on it.

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DGeorge September 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
My uncle was a republican his whole life and he voted republican. He passed away five years ago and he has voted as a Democrat ever since.
Skip Endale September 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Instead of focusing on voter fraud why not look at voting equipment. Seems like at least one voting machine in particular has malfunctioned over time and created a lot of problems at poll stations across the nation. Given the choice, I would fill a paper ballot and have it scanned. Seems more real.
the-stix September 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Right on! At least with the paper/scanner method there is a paper trail and relatively high voter confidence that each vote will be reliably counted. And in question another scanner can be used to verify.
Laurie Dodd September 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Delegate Plum is right - voter ID laws pushed by Republicans are an effort to suppress the vote of those who are less likely to vote for their candidates. Republican efforts to document the kind of voter fraud that these laws would prevent have come up nearly empty-handed. If legislatures tried to regulate any business based on these miniscule levels of fraud, Republicans would be up in arms. The right to vote is an American freedom that must be protected.
Virginia Harlow April 03, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Vote fraud occurred in the 2012 election. http://tinyurl.com/pljmpby If thousands of votes were by one name and one birth date, don't try to tell me there is no vote fraud.

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