A Trump Victory Could End the National Shame of Voter Fraud

Never before in American politics has the integrity of the electoral system been so compromised

by Thomas R. Spencer | Updated 01 Nov 2016 at 11:21 AM

As an election lawyer, I’m hoping that Donald Trump will add one more urgent issue to his list of action items for the first 100 days of his presidency: obliterating the widespread and rapidly spreading disease of election fraud.

Every day, we learn of new and frightening attacks on the heartbeat of American democracy. Voting machines switching votes from Trump to Hillary Clinton. Voters long since dead being resurrected to vote. Phony registrations being submitted in the names of unsuspecting or fictitious people. Voters requesting mail ballots and then attempting to also vote by machine. People voting in multiple states. Voter rolls intentionally left with millions of ineligible voters or voters who have moved. States permitting voters access to ballots with no photo or skimpy ID. States permitting registration with no actual proof of the citizenship of the voter.

For over 235 years, the American flag has symbolized honest democracy, civil society, and the rule of law … Now, San Francisco is seriously considering proposals to allow people illegally in our country to vote in elections.

In my own state of Florida, police officials just arrested a temporary employee of the Miami-Dade Department of Elections who was caught changing votes inside the Elections Department. Project Veritas uncovered horrifying activities of wholesale and retail vote fraud, the buying of votes, and organized theft by election judges at the precincts.

Indeed, so widespread is this nightmare that many Americans now easily use the phrase, “Vote early and often.” Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia are notorious bastions of vote brokers and vote fixers. Election consultants in those cities know whom they have to buy and what the price is to deliver a winning election. Cash is passed around this underground marketplace to buy phony registrations and produce busloads of voters and buckets of mailed-in ballots. The schemes seem endless.

To make things even worse, liberals uniformly oppose the requirement of voter ID. Politically correct “progressives,” some in high office and many in the media, deny that these proven cases of fraud even exist. They are brushed off with the importance of parking tickets.

News media barely mention the arrests and investigations, consigning them to spaces reserved for stories about Big Foot. Prosecutors rarely seek stiff sentences for these criminals, who steal much more from us than votes. Shouldn't vote fraud committed in federal elections be a federal crime? Aren't these vote fraud gangs violating RICO?

For over 235 years, the American flag has symbolized honest democracy, civil society, and the rule of law. We regularly lecture and sneer at other societies and governments for their "banana republic" elections. Now, San Francisco is seriously considering proposals to allow people illegally in our country to vote in elections. California has issued driver's licenses to people who are in America illegally — documents they can use to register and vote in our country. Millions of illegal immigrants permeate our voter registration rolls.

Donald Trump can lead our nation's recovery by organizing a task force of governors, mayors, election officials, and law enforcement to stop this deadly disease before it destroys the very essence of our Constitution. It is huge, Mr. Trump. Believe me.

Thomas R. Spencer, a lawyer in Miami, Florida, is a senior fellow at the Lawyers Democracy Fund, a nonprofit that promotes legal professionalism in the electoral process.

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