Isn’t It Time We Make Voting Easy and Voter Fraud Difficult?

As the 2014 midterm elections go into the history books, isn’t it time we make voting in America free, fair, honest, and easy?  Isn’t it also time that we resolve to make voter fraud difficult and rare?

In a recent op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow and former Federal Election Commission commissioner, indicates that many groups and individuals appear to be working hard to prevent better election integrity.  Their arguments seem to range from such efforts to improve election integrity discourage minority voting, to voter fraud is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done.

Yet, the evidence of voter fraud is widespread.  Consider a few examples:

(1) A former Connecticut legislator indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in places that the legislator did not reside.

(2) Seven individuals in Mississippi indicted on voter fraud charges in a race for Mayor that included felons and impersonation.

(3) A Tennessee woman indicted for vote buying.

(4) But, these are just a few examples.  In my new book Renewing America and Its Heritage of Freedom, I cite other examples of voter fraud.

Besides these examples of voter fraud, consider some related evidence.  In one new study done by two professors with data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, “6.4% of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election.”  That means in a close election, voter fraud can determine the election outcome.

What can be done to make voting free, fair, honest, and easy, while at the same time making voter fraud difficult and rare.  Simple common sense laws need to be put in place across America.  In some places, common sense laws are already in place.

For example, you can need a photo ID to check a book out of a library, or get on an airplane, and or to buy a beer.  Why not require a photo ID to vote in an election?  Voter ID is simple common sense.

Additionally, same day voter registration and expressing the intent to live in a voting district laws are ripe for voter fraud.  Having extensive voting periods rather than a single day election also offers ways to create voter fraud.

Finally, it is very reasonable to have proof-of-citizenship laws to avoid noncitizens from voting.

For more information on political freedom and the freedom to vote in free, fair, and honest elections, please read my new book: Renewing America and Its Heritage of Freedom: What Freedom-Loving Americans Can Do to Help.

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