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DON'T LET YOUR VOTE BE CANCELED BY FRAUDBy Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum Capital Hill Office  October 17, 2012    As we approach a major national election, we hear warnings about many
kinds of vote fraud and possible recounts that might delay confirmation
of who are the victors.  We also hear from deniers who insist that vote
fraud is a figment of the imagination of Republicans.  It isn't; vote
fraud is real.
    Many instances of registration fraud schemes were carried out by
ACORN, and some members were even tried and convicted.  Although ACORN
announced it was closing its doors, it reemerged under new names.
    It's common knowledge that there are more registered voters in
Philadelphia than there are people living in Philadelphia, because dead
and moved-away voters have not been stricken from the list.  Similar
accusations have been made in a dozen other states.
    In Minnesota, we were entertained for weeks with news of the
recounting of votes in the 2008 Minnesota election for U.S. Senate.  Al
Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes out of three million cast.
    After all was said and done, Minnesota discovered that 289 convicted
felons had voted illegally in Hennepin County, 52 had voted illegally in
Ramsey County, and many others voted illegally who were dead or who voted
multiple times.  That is reason enough for the U.S. Senate to use its
constitutional power in Article I, Section 5 to unseat Franken.
    In a shocking case this fall, a good-looking Arkansas state
legislator, Rep. Hudson Hallum, pled guilty to election fraud by bribing
voters to vote their absentee ballots for him.  He had applied for and
distributed the absentee ballots, and the voters then gave the ballots to
him in unsealed envelopes. If they were marked for Hallum's opponent,
they were pitched.
    The wide use of absentee and mail-in ballots has destroyed our
traditional American secret ballot.  This is a major loss of an important
American right and an open door to election fraud.
    It's important to know that it's much easier to prevent vote fraud
beforehand than it is to overturn an election suspected of being plagued
with fraud.  Can individual citizens do something to prevent vote fraud,
or can we count on the government to protect us from the cheaters?
    There are things you can do right now, before the election.  You can
volunteer to be a poll watcher, sometimes called poll observers or
challengers or checkers, and usually at least one watcher is allowed to
be close enough to the election officials to be able to compare the
voter's signature with the verification record.
    State laws vary about the rights and duties of poll watchers and how
many can be in a polling place.  You can get some helpful advice and good
instructions by contacting
    Most state legislatures will go into session early next year, and now
is the time they are planning the bills they want to pass.  At the top of
their list should be a photo ID law if they are not among the 17 states
that already have such a law.  There is no question about the
constitutionality of voter ID because the Supreme Court upheld the
Indiana voter ID law in 2008.
    The left squeals in pain about photo ID laws, claiming they are a
conspiracy of Republicans to suppress vote turnout, especially of
minority voters.  There's no evidence to support that claim and, in fact,
voter turnout has actually increased in Indiana and Georgia where photo
ID has been implemented.
    A citizen who lacks photo ID can prove identity with other documents.
These include a state-issued ID, credit card, utility bill, bank
statement, student ID, a government check or paycheck showing the voter's
name and address, birth certificate, or a passport.
    Minorities are actually among those most eager to implement photo ID.
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said, "You cannot be part of the
mainstream of American life today without a photo ID."  The sponsor of
Rhode Island's photo ID law was Harold Metts, who is the only
African-American in the state senate.
    Just think of all the many occasions when we all must show photo ID:
when stopped by the police for a traffic violation, to make a credit card
purchase, to check in for any medical treatment, to check into a hotel
room, or to board an airplane.  Isn't it just as important to assure that
only American citizens are allowed to vote, and to prevent non-citizens
from canceling out your vote, and to prevent crooks from voting twice or
voting in the name of a dead person who is still registered?
    When your vote is nullified by illegal votes, you are cheated just as
much as if you were denied the right to vote.
Reminding People That Vote Fraud
Is a Felony Is Apparently "Racist".By: John Hayward, Human Events Blog      October 18, 2012
    There's no depth that vote-fraud defenders won't sink to in their
relentless campaign to keep America's electoral system vulnerable to
manipulation.  Efforts to clean up voter registration, or implement
common-sense identification procedures for voters on Election Day, are
routinely decried as "racist".
    Even though none of these procedures are even slightly tinged by the
faintest hint of racial bias, they supposedly "intimidate" minorities
from showing up to vote.  Describing minorities as hapless, childlike
creatures who can't fill out application forms or comply with simple
electoral rules would seem like a vicious insult, but thus far minority
associations have seemed content to let it slide.
    New heights of absurdity have now been reached in Ohio and Wisconsin,
where merely reminding people that vote fraud is a felony is now deemed a
"racist" campaign of "intimidation".  A private family foundation has
been putting up billboards that say "Voter Fraud Is A Felony!" and remind
viewers that the penalty is "up to 3 ½ years & $10,000 fine."  This text
is accompanied with a picture of a gavel.
    The placement of these billboards in urban communities is supposedly
part of a racist conspiracy to scare poor minority voters away from the
    Cleveland city councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland explained to the Plain
Dealer that "some people in my ward have had issues with the criminal
justice system and could feel like they're not able to vote.  This could
be confusing to them."  She's apparently referring to ex-felons, who can
register to vote after they've served their time.  Heaven forbid anyone
should point out what the law says to ex-felons!  It might intimidate
them.  Unlike all the laws they broke on their way into prison.
    To the extent that anyone should feel obliged to answer this dopey
"argument", it should be noted that billboards are routinely used to
remind motorists of the penalties for violating various other laws,
including drunk driving and failure to fasten seat belts.  Are those also
"racist" efforts to intimidate confused minorities from driving?  If so,
they don't seem to be working very well.
    The hidden implication lying beneath racially-charged efforts to
protect vote fraud is that compliance with electoral law is incredibly
complicated, and reasonable people might be driven from the polls in
terror that one tiny slip-up could land them in stir.  Beneath this lies
the even more subterranean implication, as mentioned above, that minority
voters are exceptionally hapless and/or paranoid about election officials
somehow entrapping them when they turn up to vote . . . because tossing
innocent people into our overcrowded prisons on trumped-up, arcane
charges is fun.
    But in reality, election laws are not at all difficult to follow -- 
registering and voting is easier than most other routine tasks.  Very
little is asked of the voter, and election officials have never been very
aggressive about tracking down and punishing infractions.  In fact, as a
rising number of vote fraud cases have been uncovered over the past few
months -- in Ohio, Wisconsin, and elsewhere -- one of the recurring
themes is that many of the fraudulent voters have succeeded in casting
false votes during multiple previous elections, over the course of many
    Happily, the ACLU noted the obvious fact that these "Vote Fraud Is a
Felony" billboards are protected by free-speech laws.  "It's pretty much
a bedrock of a democracy that speech is going to be wild and crazy and
even harmful but it's for the greater good," said Ohio ACLU executive
director Christine Link.  Reminding people that felony violations of the
law are, in fact, punishable offenses is "wild and crazy?"
    Like most of the other turgid rhetoric of vote-fraud defenders, this
is an assault on the very concept of the rule of law.  Laws are
meaningless if you not only fail to enforce them, but prevent people from
discussing them.  Councilwoman Cleveland talked about buying up the
advertising space used by these billboards to remove the voter fraud
messages, which would be legally fair enough if it were done without
intimidating the owners of the billboards, Clear Channel Communications.
But it's a misguided strategy.  The proper answer to speech one disagrees
with is more speech.  Why not spend the money on billboards encouraging
her constituents to vote, or programs to help them comply with election
law?  The last thing Cleveland, or any other urban community, needs is
more fuel poured onto the fires of racial paranoia and distrust of the
legal system.
    Other liberals are talking about trying to intimidate Clear Channel
into taking the advertisements down.  Hopefully they'll have the courtesy
to polish their jackboots before they march across the First Amendment.
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