CPRC in the Daily Caller: “It’s Delusional To Think That Voter Fraud Doesn’t Exist”

29 Nov , 2016  

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Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at the Daily Caller on the attacks that

The media is incredulous that Donald Trump claims that there was significant voter fraud in the election.  Politico calls his claim “baseless” and “stunning.”  The Los Angeles Times headline says: “There no evidence to back it up.”  A CNN headline asserts Trump’s claim is “false.”  Democrats keep saying that vote fraud is a myth.

The New York Times go so far as asserting: “There is no evidence of illegal voting on even a small scale anywhere in the country, let alone a systematic conspiracy involving ‘millions.’

Voter fraud mattered in plenty of elections.  Take Lyndon Johnson’s election to the US Senate in 1948, when he won by manufactured enough fake votes to turn a 20,000 vote deficit into an 87-vote win.  Others point to voter fraud in Illinois and Texas during the 1960 presidential election, saying “we will never know whether Kennedy really ‘won’.” Chicago was infamous for counting votes from dead people.  In 1982, U.S. Attorney Daniel Webb found that at least 100,000 fraudulent votes were apparently cast.  In 1994, Democrats obtained control of the Pennsylvania state Senate through large-scale voter fraud using absentee ballots.  In 2010, illegal voting made a decisive difference in a U.S. Senate race, giving Al Franken a seat from Minnesota, and one could argue that Franken’s vote allowed Obamacare to get through the Senate.

Voter fraud still occurs.  With over 126 million people voting for president, 3 million votes represents 2 percent of voters.  One recent study in the peer-reviewed journal Electoral Studies estimated that illegal aliens cast as many as 2.8 million votes in the 2008 and 2010 elections, and that their votes “likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.

But it isn’t just the possibility that the wrong people might vote, ineligible or fictitious people have actually already registered and voted.  Take some cases discovered during just the last two months:

Almost all of these problems would have been avoided if voters had to register in-person with a valid photo ID.  This is a requirement in about a hundred countries around the world. . . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.


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