Allegations of voter fraud regularly surface in the USA today, but they are often hard to prove. Sometimes journalists have uncovered irregularities and occasionally someone is convicted of voter fraud, but what about stuffing ballot boxes in 2012?
It is surprisingly easy in some states according to these examples of the potential for voter fraud. They are a result of efforts to document the potential for voter fraud and are the brainchild of James O'Keefe and his team of conservatives.
Easy for Dead People to Vote in New Hampshire
New Hampshire law does not require voters to present ID when voting. Simply giving a name and confirming an address is enough. You don't even need to know the address, just say yes.
Some Democrats say that voter ID laws are unnecessary and that there are plenty of protections in place to guard against voter fraud. Opponents of voter ID laws say voter ID laws are really just covert plots to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.
In order to test that theory that there are safeguards in place that work, Project Veritas sent three investigators with hidden cameras into more than one dozen New Hampshire voting locations in early 2012. The investigators requested ballots with the names and addresses of dead people and were repeatedly handed those ballots even after stating they had no ID. In all cases they got ballots, except for one case where the poll worker personally knew the deceased person named.
While Project Veritas used dead people's names to illustrate, there is nothing to stop a person voting using anyone's name pulled from the phone book. Just have to figure out what polling station to go to, and that is easy with a person's address because addresses are grouped together at the polling stations. With low voter turnout there is a better than 50/50 chance you'll pick someone who will not bother to vote anyway. If you know the person or better yet, learn from phone polling they are unlikely to vote, a determined campaign could quickly rack up hundreds of fraudulent votes without detection.
Check out the guy with the weird hair near the end explaining the checks and balances in the system. Also notice that many of the dead voters are in their nineties while the person presenting is much younger.
Not Only No ID Required, You Don't Even Need to Exist to Vote in Minnesota
Before the 2012 Presidential Caucus, Project Veritas' investigators visited five voter-registration offices and asked voter registration officials if they could register on behalf of others. They even said they were helping the Superbowl quarterbacks register:
Project Veritas Investigator: "Thomas Brady he just happened to be assaulted in Minnesota so he's going through a lot of depression so he can't come in to register to vote.
Voter Registration Official: That's all right . . . if he fills this form out, then he would get on the list where he would automatically, every election, get one of these forms in the mail which he would then fill out and mail to us and then we would send him a ballot.
Project Veritas Investigator: "Timothy Tebow, he got in a car accident recently and I don't think he's going to be able physically to come in to cast a ballot to vote"
Voter Registration Official: He can always absentee vote.
Not only does the "voter" need to come in to register or provide ID, they can ask for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Are Elections Stolen in the USA?
Stolen elections are really hard to prove, but there have been multiple convictions for vote tampering and other election crimes. Certainly elections are successfully and regularly stolen in many countries around the world so it is possible that some have been stolen in the United States. There closer the race, the easier it is to influence the outcome with a little vote tampering.
How serious is the problem in the United States? Well, a new study conducted by the Pew Center on the States showed that almost TWO MILLION dead Americans are on active voter rolls, and almost THREE MILLION people have active voter registrations in more than one state. Pew concluded that approximately one out of every eight voter registrations in the United States are either invalid or have “significant inaccuracies” like bad addresses that would prevent mail from reaching the voter. And that's just the people who ARE registered to vote. At least 51 MILLION eligible citizens remain unregistered—more than 24 percent of the eligible population
Director of Election Initiatives at the Pew Center on the States, David Becker said, “These problems waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections.”
The examples in this article show how outdated systems are causing problems. Pew found that in 2008, Oregon’s state and local taxpayers spent $4.11 per voter to process registrations. In contrast, Canada, which uses modern technology common in the private sector, devotes less than 35 cents per voter to process registrations.
Some U.S. localities that have implemented improvements are realizing returns. For example, Maricopa County, Ariz. (Phoenix), saved more than $1 million over five years by providing online registration, reducing the county’s dependence on paper forms and manual data entry. It is the manual data entry - by hand and by typing - that is one of the worst culprits in bad voter lists.
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