In essence, I detest early voting for one reason: fraud.
There are lots of people – many Republicans, too – who believe in it as if it were a commandment handed down by God: Thou shalt support early voting. Why? Who says it’s good? Democrats?
It was Democrats who got the ball rolling on early voting. Doesn’t that make you suspicious in itself? Since when have they ever had the interest of Americans or their country as their priority? Um, never.
And since when was it impossible to vote early before this watershed event? Never. We’ve always had ways people could vote before the election should they be out of town, having an operation, whatever. That seemed to go along quite well without any glitches.
Early voting now allows the Democrats extra time to do what they’ve always done so willingly: round up constituents or anyone they see loafing around a street corner and take them to the polls. Sometimes it even involved a little extra something for them. News flash to the naive, it still does.
It also gives some of their constituents extra money to work at the polls for weeks instead of just one day. Now I don’t begrudge poll workers their money. It’s a hard and long job, but, again, this is more payback for their people and an extra layer of bureaucracy and opportunity to cheat.
We Republicans marched merrily into this Democrat plot. Even now we delude ourselves that more of our people get to the polls now than did previously. I highly doubt it. Highly.
But don’t take my word for it. Take Jack Cashill’s. He has an illuminating piece at the Americanthinker.com this morning. He draws a contrast between Indiana, which has no early voting, and Ohio, which does. Here are some of his conclusions:
In the week before the election, I was invited to speak at my alma mater, Purdue University. As I drove around West Lafayette, what caught my eye was the absence of Obama signs. I did not see one, not even in the faculty neighborhoods. As Obama’s unpopularity grew during the last four years, his team at some point decided to concede Indiana. From their perspective, Indiana lacked one tactical asset that Ohio had — early voting.
Early voting is a boon for the vote harvesters. The vote harvester’s mission is to gather unthinking collectives of potential voters — nursing home residents, college students, skid-row dwellers, recent immigrants — and get them to vote. Harvesting does not necessarily mean fraud, but it clearly encourages the same. In James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas videos, we saw how easy it was for even a congressman’s son — in this case, Pat Moran, son of Jim — to cross the line from harvesting to cheating.
Early voting makes harvesting all the more economical. Fewer people on the ground can get more accomplished. At an Obama rally at Ohio State, my friends in Columbus tell me, the Obama campaign provided a steady stream of buses to take rally-goers right to the polls, one stop shopping.
As reported on these pages, the Obama campaign in Ohio also bussed in gaggles of Somalis, who were given slate cards and told who to vote for. These people may or may not have been citizens, but they clearly had less idea what they were doing at the polls than the students, and that take some doing…
This pattern was repeated in all the states with early voting. In Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, and North Carolina, more registered Democrats voted early than Republican — in some states, by as much as 50 percent more…
Until the dust settles, I would ask the Republican punditry to cease trolling for more votes among new classes of the clueless — they will always prefer Democrats — and invest their energy instead in educating the ignorant and tightening the electoral process.
After the debacle of the 2000 election the silver lining at the time was that Congress now had an opportunity to address electoral fraud. We had a Republican president, House and Senate and we had an American populace that had just witnessed how dangerous to our democracy our current voting system was. I naively hoped that they would work on some laws to correct it. I know that the states have the right to decide a lot of it, but there could have been lists to stop voting twice in different states, and some uniformity on voting ballots and other safeguards.
Years went by and it didn’t happen. Once the other party got in charge we knew it really wouldn’t happen.
Look where it got us. I think it lost us this election and many others.