In a statement to ABC News, President Trump mad the claim that he believed that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. “You have people that are registered, who are dead, who are illegals who are in two states,” he said. “You have people registered in two states. They’re registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice. There are millions of votes, in my opinion.”
One vote, One American, is the post powerful position America has. It can be the difference between interpreting our Laws that protect individual rights, to protection of these rights under the letter of the law. The vote policy, can be the difference between, having the ability to openly disagree with the government, or being imprisoned for voicing an opinion.
The Heritage Foundation lists many different types of voter fraud:
Impersonation fraud at the polls: Voting in the name of other legitimate voters and voters who have died, moved away, or lost their right to vote because they are felons, but remain registered.
False registrations: Voting under fraudulent voter registrations that either use a phony name and a real or fake address or claim residence in a particular jurisdiction where the registered voter does not actually live and is not entitled to vote.
Duplicate voting: Registering in multiple locations and voting in the same election in more than one jurisdiction or state.
Fraudulent use of absentee ballots: Requesting absentee ballots and voting without the knowledge of the actual voter; or obtaining the absentee ballot from a voter and either filling it in directly and forging the voter’s signature or illegally telling the voter who to vote for.
Buying votes: Paying voters to cast either an in-person or absentee ballot for a particular candidate.
Illegal “assistance” at the polls: Forcing or intimidating voters—particularly the elderly, disabled, illiterate, and those for whom English is a second language—to vote for particular candidates while supposedly providing them with “assistance.”
Ineligible voting: Illegal registration and voting by individuals who are not U.S. citizens, are convicted felons, under age, or are otherwise not eligible to vote.
Altering the vote count: Changing the actual vote count either in a precinct or at the central location where votes are counted.
Ballot petition fraud: Forging the signatures of registered voters on the ballot petitions that must be filed with election officials in some states for a candidate or issue to be listed on the official ballot
Individual states are responsible for the integrity of their elections, including federal elections. However, according to Wikipedia, the following states do not require identification to vote at the ballot box California, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C. In addition, several states use the system of honor to validate the citizenship of the potential voter. Thus opening the gate for any individual independent of national origin, or intention to have the ability to cast a vote for local and federal elections.
Given the honor system of proving eligibility to vote, is equivalent to granting access to the voting booths of any groups of individuals regardless of their intentions, citizenship, or legality of voting.
These issues need to be addressed. Certainly before the 2018 mid term elections as well as in the 2020 presidential election.