When did election integrity become a partisan issue?

posted by Brian Mudd - 

Important headlines for June 13th  When did election integrity become a partisan issue? 

Bottom Line: These are stories you shouldn't miss and my takes on them... 

Excerpt: The Court upheld Ohio’s policy of removing ineligible and outdated voters from it rolls. The majority concluded that the practice under challenge – which cancels the registration of voters who do not go to the polls and who don’t respond to a notice – does not violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) and the Help America Vote Act. 

This is a major victory for election integrity. As the majority (per Justice Alito) noted, it is estimated that roughly one in eight voter registrations is “either invalid or significantly inaccurate” and that 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state. 

Hot Take: I have several political frustrations that shouldn't be and aren't actually about politics. That's because of what's deemed to be "political" that isn't and shouldn't be. High on that list is this issue. Honest elections shouldn't be and aren't partisan. No American, regardless of political preferences, should be desirous of opportunity for voter fraud. If people are registered to vote and shouldn't be there's the increased opportunity for fraud to exist. Recently the PBC REC Voter Fraud Coalition provided this report based on current voter information when comparing voter rolls in New York with voter rolls in Florida: 

People registered to vote in both states: 122,280 

In the tri-county area: 

  • Broward: 14,780 

  • Miami-Dade: 11,944 

  • Palm Beach: 15,947 

According to the data provided 948 people voted in both states in the 2016 election cycle. That's 948 cases of this one specific type of voter fraud in Florida when just cross referenced with just one state.  This is alarming...What's more is that according to prosecutions from 2000-2012 double voting is actually just the third most common form of voter fraud. The most common is fraudulent absentee ballots and the second most common involving ineligible felons voting. 

The point is there's a very real need to ensure we have accurate and clean voter rolls to limit the fraudulent absentee, felonious and double voting. For those who argue it's politics – what's partisan about only wanting those who're legally eligible to vote to be active on voter rolls? How do you justify 948 cases of the third most common form of voter fraud in our state - from analysis of just one other state? Why is it that you feel voter fraud is permissible? Those are the real questions that should be addressed. 

Until tomorrow...     

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