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Letter: We need to guard election integrity, not voter fraud

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 am

The latest surveys indicate that more than 80 percent of the voters have lost their approval of our country’s leadership and are frustrated because elected leaders are unwilling to honestly face our problems.

A good example is voter fraud. Just Google “Voter Fraud 2012” to get some appreciation of how the system is out of control.

An easy fix might be for President Obama to sign an Executive Order requiring the legal identification of all voters. Two of our states already have this requirement. Check out North Carolina and Texas. Many on the far left are sure to oppose such an outrageous idea, claiming it to be racist, elitist or even Bush-like — nothing like protecting your voters. When you have the departed loved ones still voting or voter turnout over 100 percent in some areas, you do have a problem.

As with most solutions, there is one rather serious roadblock to this ID plan. The country would need to have an attorney general willing and motivated to follow such a directive. Yes, that would be yet another obvious hurdle to overcome along the perilous road to relieving taxpayer angst.

The bigger question: How the heck did we get where we are today? Why and how did it happen? Congress people have long known and adhered to the adage, “To get along you need to go along.” And “go along” they have! To break ranks, such as Sen. Cruz has, is to risk the scorn of your own party and the ridicule of your opponents.

Almost a parting thought: Less than two hours ago my wife left to take care of some chores. Less than an hour ago I called up my bank statement to enter an item and found an ATM debit posted to our account reflecting a use during her short trip. And the Feds cant, or won’t, give us a number that have actually signed up for Obamacare. Some crazy computer!

My opinion as to the voter ID is a good one — certainly not new, but good. As to how to change the “go along” system, I don’t have a clue. But it remains a major problem.

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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6 comments:

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:00 pm on Thu, Nov 7, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1150

    "Just Google Voter Fraud 2012"

    Ok!

    Folks, here's the truth (second from the top):

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/2012fraud.asp

    [smile]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:41 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Of course, Mr. Tillett, we are both preaching to the choir here because NO ONE in this forum who is in favor of Voter ID cards actually believes that there is a class of people in this country who DO NOT have access to the documents necessary to obtain an ID card.

    Essentially, there are no people who do not have a birth certificate or ready access to one. Zero, zip - there are no people who weren't born in a hospital, no people whose parents didn't document their birth in some manner, etc.

    Everyone, they claim, needs an ID anyway to do their banking. So what's the big deal? They cannot conceive of anyone that doesn't deal with banks and other businesses on a regular basis where an ID card is necessary.

    NO WAY - it just does not happen! Talk about living with your head in the sand with absolutely no knowledge of what goes on in this world outside of their safe little cocoons.

     
  • Dean Tiernan posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Dean Tiernan Posts: 18

    Less than one percent. Is the best all of the studies have been able to find.

     
  • Dean Tiernan posted at 10:21 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Dean Tiernan Posts: 18

    Based on your assertion I did a google search articles from the Wall Street Journal (not a liberal bastion) Pennsylvania newspapers, the NY Times, Washington Post and others contain statements like this. Please not court filings are quoted.

    "The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there “have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states.”
    In other words, the state knows that voter fraud is a nonexistent problem, but will nonetheless defend a law that could potentially disenfranchise a huge number of the state’s voters. Of course, it’s not hard to see why the state — and particularly its Republican governor — would continue to support the measure."

    Please tell us another one, this one is worn out.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:14 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Is it just me, or is the title of this letter in conflict with the actual contents?

    The paranoia fairy dust must be heavy over Woodbridge - either that or Mr. Viall has his version of Google tuned to the InfoWars channel.

    As usual, Googling "Voter Fraud 2012" brings up a plethora of conspiracy theory websites that only "hint" at the possibility of voter fraud with no actual evidence - especially citing the numbers of dead people still on the voter rolls with absolutely NO evidence that these dead people voted.

    Best of all - "True the Vote" also claims to be "Chuck Norris approved." WOW - that settles it then, doesn't it?

    Sadly, the paranoia of this letter writer extends to his own family as described by himself in this letter - he even checks up on what his wife is spending when she goes out "to do chores."

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 8:00 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 551

    "When you have the departed loved ones still voting or voter turnout over 100 percent in some areas, you do have a problem."
    You say this as if it in fact happens to a great degree, if at all, and as part of some conspiracy. It is not.

    There have been cases of dead people voting. The OVERWHELMING majority of those instances involve people casting absentee ballots, and then dying before the election. Nothing nefarious.

    On the contrary, the change in voter id requirements has become so stringent in some cases that it does become burdensome for some people (read poor or minority) to procure the necessary documents in order to even obtain the requisite id.

    They are disenfranchising hundreds of thousands for the sake of the "integrity" of a few "fraudulent" votes.

     

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