As Election Day draws closer, we are hearing quite a bit about voter fraud. Across the country we’ve heard a few isolated incidents where it looked like errors or mistakes prevented people from casting their proper vote.
While I’ve maintain that wide-spread voter fraud is far from possible, we still must be vigilant and report any problems we encounter at the polls. Mistakes and clerical errors can undermine the integrity of our free elections. We cannot let lax oversight allow crooked individuals from manipulating the election.
Which is why stories like this need to be spread, so that these kinds of problems can be eliminated completely.
Chicago investigators have found 119 deceased residents who apparently voted 229 times after their burial.
According to CBS 2 Chicago, many dead Chicagoans are never removed from voter rolls. After combining Chicago Board of Election voter histories and the Social Security Administration’s death master file, they found more than one hundred instances of dead Chicagoans who apparently voted years after their verified deaths.
One man who passed away in 1993 was found to have voted 11 times after his death. Another man who died in 1994 has voted six times since he passed into the next world.
“There are just a few instances here where a father came in for a son, or a neighbor was given the wrong ballot application and signed it,” said city election board spokesman Jim Allen, calling the dead voting “clerical errors.”
They claim it was a clerical error, but in a city as corrupt as Chicago, who knows? The fact remains that in a system as large and complex as the American voting system, there are bound to be mistake made once and a while.
But the fact that a dead man voted 11 times after his death is more than an error. Someone was trying to manipulate the system, using the dead man’s name to vote at least twice per election. So whether or not this started as an error, it ended in voter fraud.
Our freedoms must be protected. That just doesn’t go for freedom of speech, religion and the right to bear arms. Our right to vote in a fair and unpolluted election must be protected as well. Otherwise we won’t have a democracy to defend.
Report any instances of voter fraud, be they blatant or simple clerical mistakes. Be vigilant that your vote is counted, whether you voted early, via mail-in, or go to the polls November 8. Don’t let any “mistakes” rob this election from you.