(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Maybe fact-based observers ought to coin a new term for liberals and media mavens who say vote fraud doesn’t exist: vote fraud deniers.
Christian Adams, the former decorated Justice Department voting-rights attorney who was recently named to the new Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, said on Fox News on Sunday that vote fraud deniers are equivalent to “flat earthers” denying incontrovertible facts.
Columnist Deroy Murdock, a frequent contributor to Liberty Headlines, last week noted these numbers that the Left, unable to dispute them, just ignores:
- In May 2016, CBS2 Los Angeles identified 265 dead voters in southern California. Many cast ballots “year after year.”
- The Heritage Foundation’s non-exhaustive survey confirms, since 2000, at least 742 criminal vote-fraud convictions.
- North Carolina announced in April 2014 that 13,416 dead voters were registered, and 81 of them recently had voted. Among 35,750 North Carolinians also registered in other states, 765 voted in November 2012, both inside and outside the Tarheel State.
- South Carolina’s attorney general concluded in January 2012 that 953 people “were deceased at the time of their participation in recent elections.”
- The Public Interest Legal Foundation recently discovered that Virginia removed 5,556 non-citizens from its voter rolls between 2011 and last May. Among these non-Americans, 1,852 had cast a total of 7,474 illegal ballots across multiple elections.
Murdock’s pointed list did not even include evidence indicating that liberal Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken may well have been elected in 2008 only via the help of illegal votes cast by felons. In a race in which Franken, after a series of shenanigans, was declared the victor by just 312 votes, investigators later found that at least 1,099 felons had illegally cast ballots. (Note: Rare is the violent felon who supports Republican candidates, which means the Democrat Franken surely benefited most from these fraudulent votes.)
Without Franken’s dubious election, Obamacare never would have become the law of the land.
Nonetheless, the Left and their media enablers have been having conniption fits about the new commission. The Washington Post on Monday ran a laughably one-sided story lamenting the commission vice chairman Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, wants legislation requiring that people show they are citizens when they register to vote.
(Most Americans would be bumfuzzled to think that anybody other than an American could vote in an American election, but there actually has been a move afoot for a few years, in liberal-dominated jurisdictions, to openly allow and encourage non-citizens to vote.)
The Post story cites a group called the Brennan Center for statistics claiming that vote fraud is “vanishingly rare” – and dares to call Brennan “a non-partisan think tank.”
The story does not mention that the center is named after one of the most leftist Supreme Court justices in the past half-century, William Brennan; Wikipedia rightly identifies it as an advocate for numerous “progressive public policy positions”; and it has received millions of dollars in funding from the Open Society Foundations of the far-left international billionaire George Soros.
A host of other liberal writers and sites have fulminated against the new commission. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick says Kobach was “seemingly hatched from an underground lab devoted entirely to perfecting the fine art of vote suppression,” and says the whole commission was “supposed to be a terrifying effort at mass vote suppression.”
Rarely do these vote-fraud deniers actually detail this supposedly terrifying suppression, supposedly aimed at minority voters. In fact, minority voting participation has risen, not fallen, in states that implemented laws requiring positive identification before people can vote.
The New York Times’ leftist editorial page, though, gave space to the ACLU’s Dale Ho, who weighed in a few weeks ago in the same vein as the other leftists: “Trump’s Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun,” according to the column’s headline. Its key line: “This commission is not meant to ensure that America’s voter rolls are accurate. It is meant to disenfranchise voters.”
Nowhere did he, or did Lithwick or the Brennan Center, express the slightest concern for the thousands and thousands of illegal votes catalogued by Murdock, nor the seating in the U.S. Senate of a comedian who likely didn’t actually win his race among legal voters.
So just how weak are ballot- and registration-integrity laws in the United States? Consider the dead goldfish named Princess Nudelman who was registered to vote just a decade ago in Illinois. Those who care about elections’ integrity see liberals ignore evidence like that, and find it, well, rather fishy.