During and after the 2016 Presidential campaign there has been many local investigations and reports on voter fraud. President Trump continues to claim that he lost the popular vote because millions of illegal votes, as well as double-registrant American citizen votes, were cast. And on 5/11/17 President Trump signed an executive order to start an investigation into voter fraud. Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach were named chair and vice chair, respectively, of the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity."
We look into why President Trump initiated voter fraud accusations and if his claim is warranted. Here are just a small fraction of voter fraud cases:
10/5/16: A video released shows a top Democratic activist talking about how to bus people into a state where they can vote illegally — states and localities in which they do not reside.
10/5/17: Illegal voters uncovered in Philadelphia. A law firm uncovered illegal immigrants, convicted felons on rolls. At least 86 non-citizens have been registered voters in Philadelphia since 2013, and almost half — 40 — even voted in at least one recent election, according to a legal group that sued to get voter registration records.
10/17/16: A CBS affiliate’s evidence of voter fraud in Colorado in September sparked an immediate investigation by Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
10/26/17: Indiana voter fraud investigation grows to 56 counties. The Indiana State Police announced that it had expanded an earlier probe involving a group investigating forms that had missing, incomplete and incorrect information. Although the investigation started out in only a handful of counties, it expended to cover 56 of them.
11/1/16: A study by the watchdog Public Interest Legal Foundation found in just eight Virginia counties, 1,046 alien non-citizens successfully registered to vote.
11/1/16: A report emerged pointing to at least 14 specific cases of suspected or attempted voter and registration fraud before election day.
1/27/17: A study by Jesse Richman, an associate professor at Old Dominion University, pointed out that number of non-citizen votes were estimated at about 100,000.
1/27/16: Polk County, FL. woman charged with voting twice.
1/27/17: Two cases of Oregon voter fraud investigated in 2016.
2/9/17: Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election
2/10/17: A Haywood County man has been sentenced to probation and community service forvoting twice in the March 2016 primary election.
2/10/17: Moore County, NC grand jury indicts three for voter fraud.
2/11/17: A Mexican woman in Texas was sentenced to 8 years in prison for voter fraud.
2/11/17: A man stood trial in NY State Supreme Court on felony charges of voter fraud.
2/15/17: Kansas Secretary of State announces "There is proof of widespread voter fraud"
2/18:17: Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.
3/1/17: Ohio investigation found 385 non-US citizens registered to vote, 82 cast illegal ballots
4/21/17: 500 ineligible voters reportedly cast ballots in North Carolina.
8/10/17: Six people in Boston were arrested after a federal investigation uncovered a scheme by state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) workers to sell documents to illegal aliens so they could obtain passports, drivers licenses and IDs, then register to vote.
11/11/17: Phenic City, Ala. found at least 32 cases of residents registering to vote under their business addresses. Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith said the department is looking into reports of 20 more voters who registered incorrectly.
3/1/18: More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.”
3/25/18: A judge sentenced a Rendon woman to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election while she was on supervised release from a 2011 fraud conviction.
5/3/18: Police use saliva to arrest Casselberry, FL man on voter-fraud charges.
5/14/18: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will prosecute a Mexican woman charged with stealing an American citizen’s identity and then using it to cast ballots in three presidential election years.
8/7/18: Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May. But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243% turnout.
11/14/18: Two women busted for election fraud in Miami-Dade.
11/20/18: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says it is charging nine people in total with felony counts on voter fraud related to the offenses, which are said to have happened during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.
1/15/19: Judicial Watch announced that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
So there you have it. Indisputable evidence that voter fraud does indeed exist. But does it accumulate to the estimated 3 million or so illegal votes that President Trump claims? And does this prove voter fraud affected the election? We believe the jury is still out on this. However we do agree that President Trump's actions of opening up an investigation (based on these findings) is warranted.
Although the current voter fraud cases currently may not prove they have affected any elections, there is an ongoing debate on how to prevent voter fraud. Voter ID laws is arguably the most effective prevention. In fact four in five Americans support voter ID laws, including a majority of minorities that support voter ID laws. The DMV helps to get a valid photo ID (any kind of ID) easy. They state on their website "In many states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or agencies that handle your driver's license, makes it simple to register to vote by allowing you to take care of this task while applying for a driver's license or ID card". So there really is no excuse for anyone in America not to have some kind of valid photo ID. Here are just some things that require a photos ID. Getting a job, opening up cell phone accounts, entering in bars/night clubs, getting loans, making bank deposits, air travel, cigarettes, food stamps, welfare, Medicaid/Social Security, unemployment, mortgage or rent, buying or leasing a car, getting married, buying a gun, adopting a pet, renting a hotel room, applying for a hunting license, applying for fishing license, picking up a prescription, visiting a casino, blood donations, protest permits, purchase certain cold medicines, entering into many punlic and private buildings, etc.
Another question asked in this debatae is " If a person must leave their home to cast their vote then why can't they leave their home to get a photo ID?
7/4/17: Many states so far have declined to provide data to President Trump’s voter fraud commission. The most hypocritical fact about this is that Democrats support investigating Trump for "Russian collusion" even though (after a year of investiagting) there is zero evidence. However, at the same time, they don't support investigating voter fraud even though (as stated above) there is concrete evidence.
1/4/17: President Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action."Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry," Trump said.