This time it’s in Virginia, according to the Washington Post.
The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.
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All of the forms had been submitted by a private group that was working to register voters on the campus of James Madison University, according to the Harrisonburg registrar’s office. The group was not identified. No charges have been filed.
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House Minority Leader David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) said the case was not proof of voter fraud because no one had actually managed to cast a vote in the names of the dead.
“First of all, there was no voter fraud — they caught him,” Toscano said. “Nobody cast a vote. . . . There’s still no evidence of that going on in the state. But there is evidence every time you turn around that the Republicans are trying to make it more difficult for citizens to vote in elections.”
There’s more at the link.
If Mr. Toscano actually believes what he says, he’s an imbecile. Registering someone to vote who is not, in fact, eligible to vote is by definition voter fraud! (It’s also a crime, but Mr. Toscano doesn’t venture onto that territory at all.)
I’ve been in more than three-quarters of the states of the Union, mostly while serving as a pastor. In almost all of them I’ve come across reports like the above – and in every single case that I can recall, it was a Democratic Party-leaning operative or group that was responsible for the crime. Every. Single. Case. Why that should be, I can’t say . . . but perhaps others can.
Incidents like these certainly lend credence (and urgency) to the call for prospective voters to identify themselves to the authorities before they can register to vote, and identify themselves again at the voting booth before they are issued a ballot or allowed to access the voting machines. If we have to produce identification to prove our eligibility to drive a car, or buy a gun, or purchase a house, or whatever, what on earth is wrong with insisting on the same precondition before casting a vote to determine who’s going to govern us?
All those who claim that insisting on voter identification is somehow “making it more difficult for citizens to vote in elections” (to quote Mr. Toscano) are either deluded, or doing so deliberately in order to make voter fraud easier for their supporters. I see no middle ground there. I’m sure you can guess which of those two choices I’d vote for as being the true reason!