Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy by John Fund

By John Fund

The Florida Fiasco of 2000, with striking chads, butterfly ballots and ultimate courtroom intervention, pressured american citizens to confront an unsightly fact. The U.S. has the sloppiest election platforms of any industrialized kingdom, so sloppy that at the least 8 of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the area alternate heart and the Pentagon have been really capable of sign up to vote in both Virginia or Florida whereas they made their lethal arrangements for Sep 11. In "Stealing Elections," John Fund takes the reader on a countrywide journey of voter fraud scandals starting from rural states like Texas and Mississippi to important towns comparable to Philadelphia and Milwaukee. He explores darkish episodes similar to the best way "vote agents" stole a mayoral election in Miami in 1998 by means of tampering with 4700 absentee ballots. He exhibits how, within the aftermath of the Motor Voter legislation of 1993, Californians used mail-in varieties to get absentee ballots for fictitious humans and pets, whereas in St. Louis it was once came upon that voter rolls integrated 13,000 extra names than the U.S. Census indexed because the overall variety of adults within the urban. Election officers are attempting to reassure electorate by means of turning to automated vote casting machines. yet Fund indicates that with the recent expertise come even better issues. Early in 2004, for example, the country of Maryland, which has 16,000 new Diebold machines, commissioned a safety professional to aim to rig a tradition election. He and his group broke into the pc on the nation Board of Elections, thoroughly replaced the result of the election, left, and erased their digital trail—all in below 5 mins. "Stealing Elections" provides us a chilling portrait of our electoral vulnerability--in the 2004 presidential election and on into the long run. Writing with urgency and authority, John Fund indicates how a deadly mixture of bureaucratic bungling and poll rigging have placed our democracy in danger.

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Ballots cast in traditional voting locations discourage vote buying because buyers have no way of knowing how a vote was cast. Voters without Borders 47 The lack of those controls brought Chicago-style vote buying north to traditionally “good-government” Wisconsin in 2002. The NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, WTMJ, filmed Democratic campaign workers handing out food and small sums of money to residents at a home for the mentally ill in Kenosha, after which the patients were shepherded into a separate room and given absentee ballots.

Deane still shakes her head at how he was caught only through his own stupidity: “He was so proud. He was like the cat that ate the canary. ” Horrocks was less happy when investigators fanned out and discovered that 160 voters had illegally registered to vote in the race that Allen lost and had their absentee ballots mailed either to Horrocks’ tavern or to the mailbox of the Nevada Association of Concerned Motorcyclists. Horrocks claimed he had been misunderstood. The prosecutors responded that he had been heard perfectly and the evidence they had uncovered backed up his boast.

VIP lawyer Miller Baker said the law made a mockery of the federal statute because ballots could be returned up to three weeks before Election Day. “Absentee voting for good reason is one thing,” he told the court. ” He pointed out that the Oregon system had Voters without Borders 43 contributed to the chaos of the 2000 presidential election because final results showing that Al Gore had won the state by fewer than seven thousand votes weren’t known for weeks. S. district judge Ann Aiken disagreed.

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