To the mainstream media, only one form of voter fraud exists – or at least, only one form matters. And that’s voter fraud like…gerrymandering. Or…voter ID laws that unfairly target minorities. Or…whatever kind of convoluted business is going on in North Carolina. In other words, only the kind of fraud that affects Democrats. And, in many cases, is not fraud by any meaningful definition of the term in the first place. What doesn’t happen – what NEVER happens – is actual, day-of-the-vote ballot fraud. The kind that might be clamped down on with better ID laws and better precinct security. The kind that somehow makes it impossible for the Democrat base to turn out. No, that stuff is just a myth.
Except when it isn’t.
In Texas, 33 people have been convicted of ballot fraud this year alone. Eight others are under investigation, and they may also be convicted of voter fraud by the time their cases are adjudicated.
The violations were generally in local, nonpartisan elections – such as those for school boards, and primaries of both parties – and are not tied to the well-funded, high-profile Texas race in which Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democratic rising star Rep. Beto O’Rourke in November.
And an ex-state lawmaker says Texas’s increase reflects not so much a rise in voter fraud as a more vigorous public effort to crack down on it.
“I took it on when I was elected county attorney in Bee County” in 1988, said former state Rep. Jose Aliseda, who is now district attorney in a three-county area in South Texas. Even back then, he said, voter fraud “had already been part of the political landscape there for a long time.”
History shows that voter fraud has been part of elections in Texas for decades. And money, intimidation, skullduggery and misrepresentation have plagued elections in virtually every state.
Ballot harvesting has become the newest political buzzword, and there’s good reason to think that it will be a problem for our elections going forward. It’s already illegal in many states, but California passed a law permitting the practice in 2016. Republicans have said that this practice – which involves having activists go door to door collecting ballots from people too stupid, lazy, or infirm to actually go to the polls or put them in the mailbox – may be responsible for the Democrat landslides the party picked up in Orange County last month. Ballot harvesting irregularities are also at the center of that much-publicized North Carolina fraud case.
The more we let Democrats loosen up the restrictions and security protocols surrounding our elections, the more they are going to try and get away with. Voter fraud may not be a widespread scourge in 2018 America, but it could very well put our democracy in jeopardy by 2020. Now is the time to crack down, be vigilant, and ensure that Democrats do not dissuade us from keeping the vote secure.