Is it Voter Fraud Season? Let’s Hope Not

By Dr. Gary Welton

Voter Fraud
Voter Fraud
The Center For Vision & Values
The Center For Vision & Values

Grove City, PA -(Ammoland.com)- In recent years there have been far too many cases in which elections in America have been rigged.

As a result of court involvement, the guilty parties have in some cases spent time in prison, in some cases been released on parole, and in some cases paid fines for their involvement. You might assume that new safeguards have been put in place to restore public confidence in the fairness of elections in America. Unfortunately, however, many proposed safeguards have been politicized in ways that have prohibited their use.

In a recent sampling of voting fraud in America, the Heritage Foundation reported on almost 300 documented cases from 43 states. In each and every one of these cases, either the individuals were convicted of fraud, or the results of the election were overturned.

In 267 of these cases, the judicial decisions came down in the last 16 years, beginning in 2000. The types of fraud included ineligible voters, impersonation of registered voters, duplicate voting, buying votes, bribery, false registrations, and the fraudulent use of absentee ballots. The latter two charges were most frequent, with false registrations involved in 83 of these cases and the fraudulent use of absentee ballots in 69 of these cases.

I began pondering the potential for absentee ballot fraud during the 2008 presidential election cycle. My mother was in her last few months of life, living in a nursing home, and I worked to make sure she had the opportunity to vote, if she chose to do so.

During her final months, she had some clear lucid moments, but many times of foggy confusion. One day when I visited her, she told me about the newly invented food called potato chips. She had lost all memory of eating potato chips during her adult years, and had reverted to her childhood depression-era years, when she had no memory of potato chips. She was so excited about this recent invention. Opening a bag of potato chips was so delightful for her, yet so symbolic for us, as we recognized her serious dementia.

Yet, at other times, mental clarity returned. During these times she would talk about her desire to vote for her long-serving senator. She had lived for two decades in Arizona and wanted to cast her presidential ballot for Senator McCain.

My siblings and I were regulars at the nursing home. There was rarely a day when Mom was not visited. Getting her to complete her absentee ballot simply required waiting for a clear lucid moment, showing her the options, and getting her signature. It took several tries, but eventually Mom completed her absentee ballot, proud to vote for her senator.

On one of my visits to the nursing home that fall, the social worker had encouraged me to allow him to handle Mom’s absentee ballot. I guess that procedure might help seniors who have been forgotten by their families, but I saw no reason to seek such assistance, given our regular visits to Mom. We as her kids were more confident that she would be able to cast her desired vote if we handled her ballot, rather than turning it over to the social worker. Is there some way to assure that senior citizens are in fact casting their ballots for their preferred candidates?

In the United Kingdom, they have passed some legislation to reduce the ability of social workers to commandeer a pile of absentee ballots, a procedure they have called “granny farming.” The recent legislation prevents a single voter from acting as a proxy for more than two non-family members, therefore requiring more people to be involved in any fraud. It is not clear, however, that this has reduced the overall problem.

When states have tried to pass voter fraud legislation, they have often been accused of trying to disenfranchise minority voters. The failure to develop reasonable laws to protect the sanctity of voting in America, will, however, eventually disenfranchise all voters, and the entire electoral process. It is time for American politicians to protect the votes of all Americans.

Dr. Gary L. Welton
Dr. Gary L. Welton

Let’s hope the 2016 primary and general election is free from voter fraud.

About the Author:

Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development.

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As long as there is a National sponsor of voter fraud, i.e. the Democrat/liberal/progressive/communist party, there will be sufficient fraud to elect their candidate.
It will take a Strong President, a Strong AG, and a Strong SCOTUS to enact strict voter registration laws (Proof of Citizenship by Birth Certificate) and Strict voter Picture ID requirements, and then to adjudicate these laws all the way through SCOTUS.
I’m not sure I see that happening any time prior to the Blood in the Streets revolt that seems to be on the Near horizon.

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5WarVeteran

“In a recent sampling of voting fraud in America, the Heritage Foundation reported on almost 300 documented cases from 43 states. In each and every one of these cases, either the individuals were convicted of fraud, or the results of the election were overturned.”

Yet Obama is still in office instead of jail…

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durabo

The general election in November will be won by the Marxist candidate. Illegal aliens will be voting again, as will the hordes of Muddle-Eastern and African Muslims imported by Sheikh Hussein al-Obamastan. In addition, electronic voting machines manufactured by a company owned by Comrade George Soros will be used in several states. In other words, the USA as we knew it will become Venezuela.

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JR Bailey

Sadly, I must agree with you 100% Durabo. They did tests last year of a variety of electronic voting machines, lo and behold, the Democratic candidates always seem to win, even when the votes cast were for Republican and independent candidates. Then of course, we have the voting districts in a number of States, following the Chicago model where more dead people vote during elections, than actually live in those districts. We of course have the hordes of illegal aliens who will be voting in California, New York, Florida, and several other states, including Texas, which will overwhelmingly give Democrats… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Always with the negative waves! I, my family, and in fact, everyone that I know is opening our wallets and are determined to vote for the one that isn’t a political hack. Let’s see if we can disrupt this political “the fix is in” elite class before we give up. Let’s try the bloodless revolution against the two corrupt political parties. We can always get some rope and march on Washington, later.