To some (primarily liberal Democrats), voter fraud is mythical — like a unicorn or a leprechaun. Voter fraud, to borrow the oft-used term, is “nonexistent.”
Look! A leprechaun riding a unicorn!
A grand jury in Dallas County recently indicted a man in a voter fraud investigation. According to the warrant, the man participated in some sort of scheme where he fraudulently obtained a woman’s mail-in ballot. As part of the investigation, as many as 700 ballots were sequestered because of questions surrounding their validity. WFAA in Dallas has reported since March that when some voters went to the ballot box in a recent election, they discovered someone else had already voted with their name.
Interestingly, state Rep. Eric Johnson — a Democrat — had this to say about the issue of voter fraud (according to www.star-telegram.com): “I want this (election) fraud stopped and I’m worried about seniors in my district being abused this way … But Democrats are concerned that Republicans will use this very real issue of mail-in ballot fraud and pretend they’ve been right all along about things that aren’t related, like voter ID.
“They’ll say, ‘Look! See? We’ve always had all this voter fraud.’ ”
If “mail-in ballot fraud” is a “very real issue,” as Johnson — again a Democrat — stated, then there is reason for concern. Partisan concern over who is right and wrong is irrelevant.
As for Texas and its voter ID law, those who claim the state’s regulations are some sort of subversive GOP attempt to quash Democrat votes, explain this: The state’s voter ID law was approved in 2011 and became effective in 2013. In the 2012 general election in Texas, there were 7,993,851 votes cast for president. In the 2016 general election, there were 8,969,226 votes cast for president. Voter turnout increased by about a million votes.
Breaking it down further, President Barack Obama received 3,308,124 votes in 2012, while Hillary Clinton received 3,877,868 in 2016 — an increase of more than 560,000 votes.
If the state’s voter ID was indeed some sort of lame tinfoil-hat-inspired conspiracy to keep Democrats from voting — it failed.
But back to the issue — voter fraud.
Is voter fraud a widespread problem? Probably not, but who knows for sure? However, saying voter fraud does not exist is dangerous and naive, and investigations of credible claims of voter fraud are warranted.
There is nothing more sacred and vital to the freedom of this nation than voting, and one fake vote is one too many.