Voter Fraud

November 6, 2000

At the end of the third presidential debate, George W. Bush closed by saying "for those of you for my opponent, please vote only once." It got a laugh and was meant as a joke, but tomorrow may bring some serious examples of voter fraud.

This will be the closest election since 1960, and so the possible impact of voter fraud could be greater than in recent memory. Add to this the 1993 Motor Voter law which requires states to allow people to register to vote when they get a driver's license. Most of the states do not require any proof of U.S. residence for enrollment. This law has added some eight million people to the rolls, though there is good evidence to show that most of them do not vote.

Absentee voting and early voting are also changing the landscape. In 1998, more than 40 percent of ballots cast in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada were absentee. Another 13 states saw between 20 percent and 40 percent of their votes cast absentee. Sometimes this process can allow for voter fraud.

Representative James Rogan was a House impeachment manager and is involved in a hotly contested race. His sister-in-law accidentally discovered someone had cast an absentee ballot in her name!

A classic example of voter fraud occurred in one precinct in Michigan. They reported 109 percent voter turnout. So the phrase "vote early, vote often" is alive and well in many states. And many of the people voting are using names of people no longer living or people not expected to vote tomorrow.

So if you haven't voted early and go to the polls tomorrow and find out that someone using your name already voted, file a complaint and make some waves. Voter fraud is alive and well and needs to be confronted.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.