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By Christopher R Rice
A supporter of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was charged with 13 counts of election fraud, including "registering to vote in more than one place, voting where he didn't live, voting more than once in the same election, and providing false information to election officials," according to an account by Talking Points Memo.
This sort of misdirection is pretty common, actually. Election fraud happens. Or vote buying. Or coercion. Or fake registration forms. Or voting from the wrong address. Or ballot box stuffing by officials.
DEAD AND STILL VOTING
Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much. But they do agree that voter registration lists across the country are a mess.
A new report by the Pew Center on the States finds that more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote. And 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate.
The Pew study found that almost 3 million people are registered to vote in more than one state.
Voters also die, which leads to another problem, says Linda Lamone, who runs Maryland's elections.
"If a John Smith lives in Maryland and goes to another state, say on vacation, and dies," Lamone said, "the law of the state where John Smith dies dictates whether or not the Maryland vital statistics people can share that information with me."
An NBC Bay Area Investigation has uncovered thousands of California voters who remain on the voter rolls despite having died several years ago.
That discovery prompted several state and Bay Area election officials to re-examine their records, after our investigation brought this issue to light.
NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 questionable names still on the state voter rolls.
A closer look at the data revealed that some of the dead people were not only registered, but somehow, even voted, several years after their death.
Sometimes, clerks say the mistake can purely be a clerical error, such as a misplaced signature or an outdated registration list that hadn't been purged.
Other times, though, the voting turns out to be fraud, clerks say, where family members vote on their dead relatives' behalf.
NBC Bay Area found several other examples, too. People like Sara Schiffman of San Leandro who died in 2007 yet still voted in 2008, or former Hayward police officer Frank Canela Tapia who has voted 8 times since 2005, though he died in 2001.
John Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
A recent study by the Pew Center on the States found 1.8 million dead people still on the active rolls nationwide. In a close election, 1.8 million votes for either candidate would throw the election and turn the loser into the winner.
DEAD PEOPLE AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE REGISTERING TO VOTE ALL ACROSS AMERICA
The truth is that election fraud is absolutely rampant in this country, and when someone tries to steal an election they are committing a crime against all of us.
Officials in Colorado acknowledged “very serious” voter fraud after learning of votes cast in multiple elections under the named of recently-deceased residents.
“Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman told CBS4 while discussing what he called a “very serious” pattern of people mailing in ballots on behalf of the dead.
It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations.
At least 86 non-citizens have been registered voters in Philadelphia since 2013, and almost half — 40 — even voted in at least one recent election, according to a legal group that sued to get voter registration records.
VOTING MACHINE FRAUD
I have degrees in both electronics engineering as well as computer science. I am also a computer programmer, network engineer, and business process integration expert. I understand how these machines work from the fundamental level, the electrons flowing around the circuits, the programming, all of the communications, to the final tabulating of the results. I have maintained for more than 20 years now that there is absolutely no way to secure electronic voting. Unless the voter holds in their hand a paper ballot containing their choices and that these can be counted later to verify the electronic result, there is otherwise no way to prevent election fraud. End of story. The vote can be compromised at many points along the way. Not only can the programming code "eat" itself, or remove any trace of itself, the voting machines can also be remotely triggered to effect the outcome. Hiding this function deep inside the electronics and separate from the code. Many programmers may not even consider this aspect of the problem. We must end this fraud if we are to ever regain control of our republic.
The Choicepoint Scandal: “Journalist Greg Palast has shown that the firm cooperated with Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, in a conspiracy of voter fraud, involving the central voter file, during the US Presidential Election of 2000. The allegations charge that 57,700 people (15% of the list), primarily Democrats of African-American and Hispanic descent, were incorrectly listed as felons and thus barred from voting. Palast estimates that 80% of these people would have voted, and that 90% of those who would have voted, would have voted for Al Gore.”
The supreme court essentially decided the election by stopping the recount in Bush V. Gore.
All independent recounts show Gore would have won if the supreme court hadn’t halted the counting.
Thousands of black voters were disenfranchised because their names were illegally expunged from the voter rolls.
By Judy Keen, USA TODAY
CHICAGO — Stephen Schiller was a 23-year-old law student when he became a member of a secretive team investigating the outcome of the 1960 election.
Schiller, now a retired judge who is 73, joined special prosecutor Morris Wexler's staff in December 1960 to answer a question still debated by historians today: Did Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley steal Illinois' 27 Electoral College votes for fellow Democrat John F. Kennedy, denying Richard Nixon the presidency? Kennedy won the state by 8,858 of 4.7 million votes.
"It was really intense," Schiller recalls. "There were possibly forces of evil out there, and we didn't want them to know what we were doing."
Five decades later, there's no definitive answer. "My sense is nobody really knows and nobody's ever going to know," says Edmund Kallina Jr., a University of Central Florida history professor and author of the new book Kennedy v. Nixon: The Presidential Election of 1960. He believes vote fraud did occur in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois, but not on a scale that changed the outcome.
Bill Daley, son of the late mayor, says his late father "took offense" at persistent speculation that he wielded his political power to engineer "hanky-panky" in the 1960 election.
Kennedy carried Cook County, which includes Chicago, by 318,736 votes — more than double his national margin of 118,574 votes.
"As we've found out in modern times, there are problems or difficulties or anomalies in many elections," he says. "Election days are not pretty."
Bill Daley, 62, was chairman of Al Gore's 2000 Democratic presidential campaign against Republican George W. Bush. A razor-thin margin of 538 votes in Florida decided that election for Bush after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled ongoing recounts unconstitutional.
The country was in an uproar over the legitimacy of Kennedy's win when Schiller went to work on Wexler's inquiry into irregularities in the Cook County vote.
"There was a public sense that things weren't as they should be ... having absolutely nothing to do with Kennedy," he says.
Mayor Daley already had a reputation for stuffing ballot boxes and giving ward bosses and precinct captains vote quotas. Two recounts of Chicago-area voting later showed that Democrats had likely stolen tens of thousands of votes, but most were in the Cook County state's attorney race.
Between classes at the University of Chicago and into the night, sometimes until 2 a.m., Schiller joined other members of Wexler's team to conduct interviews and cull through ballots and election judges' tallies. When Schiller misplaced a draft of a report, a supervisor feared someone had broken in and stolen it.
Wexler's report, issued in April 1961, found "substantial" miscounts in the 1,367 precincts it examined, including unqualified voters, misread voting machines and math mistakes. In one precinct, voters asked where to deposit tickets for a drawing for hams. In another, a precinct captain handed out slips of paper entitling voters to free lunches.
Wexler brought contempt charges against 667 election officials, but the cases were dismissed by a Democratic judge. Three people were convicted on criminal charges.
Nevertheless, Kallina says, the repercussions of the 1960 election changed politics — and perhaps contributed to the collapse of Nixon's presidency. He was forced to resign in 1974 after he was linked to a 1972 burglary of Democratic National Committee headquarters and the subsequent cover-up.
After 1960, Kallina says, Republicans mounted massive poll-watching efforts and presidential campaigns focused on winning electoral instead of popular votes. The election fed conspiracy theories in politics and helped fuel partisanship, he says.
"One of the major consequences," he says, "is that you can draw a link ... to Watergate in the sense that the lesson Nixon took out of all this is, 'I'm not going to be cheated again. The Democrats play unfairly.' "
Countless numbers of Americans have laid down their lives to give us the right to vote, and the people behind voter fraud are making a mockery of their sacrifices. -SluethJournal