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  • The Constitution and the Right to Vote: Protecting Against Voter Fraud

    In August, three voters in Wake County, North Carolina, were charged with voting twice in the 2008 presidential election, apparently for President Barack Obama. In April, a member of the executive committee of the NAACP in Tunica County, Mississippi, was convicted on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots and sentenced to five years in prison. She voted in the names of six other voters, as well as in the names of four dead voters. There are pending indictments of city council members and an ongoing grand jury investigation of ballot fraud in Troy, New York, over a 2009 primary involving the Working Families Party.

    These are just a few of the current stories involving individuals violating the integrity (and security) of the U.S. election process. We have encountered this problem all too often in our history—a fact that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized when it upheld Indiana’s new voter ID law in 2008, because such fraud has been well documented by “respected historians and journalists.”

    One of the respected journalists who has helped document such fraud is John Fund, a senior editor at the American Spectator, former Wall Street Journal columnist, and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens our Democracy. Fund will be appearing at The Heritage Foundation on Thursday, October 6, to discuss voter fraud and the danger it poses to the integrity of the voter registration and election process. “The Constitution and the Right to Vote: Protecting Against Voter Fraud” is part of a series sponsored by the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies as part of Preserve the Constitution month. It will be hosted by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

    Citizens often wonder what they can do to participate in the democratic process and protect the integrity of elections. Joining Fund in discussing that will be Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder and President of True the Vote. True the Vote is an inspiring, citizen-driven initiative that started in Houston, Texas, in 2009 to protect the right to vote and the integrity of U.S. elections. It sent citizen volunteers to the polls as observers, and they were shocked at the violations of the law they found. True the Vote also used its volunteers to check the accuracy of the county’s voter registration list and found many problems, including individuals registered at vacant lots, voters who were not U.S. citizens, and numerous other problems.

    I will also be speaking on the panel about the research I have done on voter fraud and how states can improve the security of their elections. Our panel will address these concerns in light of the 2012 election.

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    13 Responses to The Constitution and the Right to Vote: Protecting Against Voter Fraud

    1. Bobbie says:

      Gosh, that would surely be a "change." Democrats running in an honest election? hmm… With honest votes? wonder how that's gonna work for them! America deserves nothing less than integrity in the voting process.

      Too bad most democrats conduct themselves with less than that. just can't trust anyone that calls themselves democrat when their observed agenda is all of corruption.

    2. BWilhm says:

      Thank you, Treu the Vote volunteers for what you do.

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Mary Landrieu (D-LA) would not be in the Senate if ACORN did not illegally bus voter to the polls in New Orleans (Orleans Parish), plus paid them for each vote they cast for Landrieu. When suite was filed, a federal judge threw the suite out saying not enough evidence was presented to overturn the election. Yet during testimony in open court, some that voted (many were not registered nor had ID) omitted they voted as many as 5 to 6 times each, in addition to being bused and paid. We all had better realize ACORN is still around, although under a different name. Be assured they will be in action in 2012, just as they were in Nevada in 2010, and the Federal Court system, run by Holder and Obama, is waiting to protect them to make sure Obama is reelected as Harry Reid was, through fraud.

      • Brenda says:

        I hadn't heard about this happening in LA when Landrieu "won" her election.How much more evidence did the judge need? I knew voter fraud was the reason Harry Reid was re-elected in 2010. I'm sure more of this will happen in 2012.

    4. Mathew Driscoll says:

      Many of you may have heard about voting on line. Many people have access to a computer. What will happen if this takes place???????????????????


      • Bobbie says:

        shouldn't be allowed at all, the potential is too great! America has become filled with hackers and cheaters and unlawful people of all stripes. Or is that the government Americans have come to follow? Yep it is!

    5. Elizabeth says:

      Thank goodness for Alabama 's 2011 state legislature. They have passed legislation this yr requiring photo id for voting purposes. Along w/ the immigration bill passed that will now require proof of citizenship and legal alien status to register vehicles, vote, etc. our state will reduce the chance of voter fraud. If all states would require the verified state id for voting the % of voter fraud would be reduced.

      • ORConservative says:

        Just heard Holder's group of anti-American lawyers is putting a "hold" on the Alabama immigration law. I wondered what was taking them so long…we need to throw this whole bunch out before they completely destroy our great country.

    6. Gramma says:

      It is a referendum vote in Maine this November, because the liberals were able to get the amount of signatures needed to place the "reject the bill passed by the legislature" on the ballot. The same day voter registration was put in place by the D's to give them an edge on election day.

    7. Jeanne Stotler says:

      This is why providing a picture ID along with a voters Reg. card SHOULD BE REQUIRED. If I go to the Drs. office I must show my medicare card, Ins. card and Drivers lic. w/ picture, this doe offend me and it would not offend me to show my picture Id when voting. We need to make sure every vote that is cast is a legal vote as well as that every vote is counted, particularly the men and women in the service. Over the past elections in 2008 and 2010 many of these votes along with absentee votes were discarded. Let's put our elections back on a true and honest level.

    8. sandy says:

      It still boggles my mind why illegals are allowed to vote in a country where they are not a citizen of. This must stop.

    9. Sid says:

      Voting is a privilege and should be treated with respect. When I first started to vote, in New York many years ago (long before computers), the process was simple: a) you had to be 21 years old; b) since you had to be a resident of New York for two months prior to voting, you had to register in early September, bringing proof of citizenship (birth certificate or naturalization papers); then, in November, you could come to vote without documents of any kind – the only requirement was that you signature had to match the one at registration time. This process was required every year – there was no permanent registration – and I never heard a complaint about it. Few qualified people failed to go through the procedure, and those who didn't were ignorant of the issues and candidates anyhow (why it is so important to society that ignorant and uninformed people vote is beyond reason, except that their votes can be garnered by charlatans).

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