By Paul K. Schwartz
I have a confession to make. I commit voter fraud. I commit it almost every election but especially during presidential elections.
When I first became eligible to vote I was living in New York City. I registered to vote there and when I moved to New Jersey where I raised my family I registered to vote there while never notifying the New York board of elections of my move out of the state. Likewise, when I moved to Maryland several years later due to job reasons I similarly registered to vote in Maryland but never notified the board of elections in New Jersey of my move.
Now, for the last almost 50 years on most election days, but especially on presidential election days I drive to New York City to vote, then, on my way back to Maryland, I stop off in New Jersey to vote again and as I head back to my home in Maryland I stop a third time to vote in Maryland. Granted, some years I voted in Maryland during early voting, obviating the need to make that third stop on election day.
Of course I realize that my one vote does not likely make a big difference. That is where the “50-state solution” comes into play. You may have heard Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders mention a 50-state solution in which candidates must bring their message to all 50 states and not just swing states.
They must not write off deeply red states and must not take deeply blue states for granted. This 50-state solution values each and every state…especially Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania for some reason. Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to this strategy as well.
Well, that is not the “real” 50-state solution. The real 50-state solution, the one the voting public does not hear much about, is a coordinated effort on the part of the DNC to coordinate all of the voters who have moved from one state to another without notifying the board of elections in the state from which they moved to remove them from the voting rolls to vote in as many states as they are registered to vote.
This, as you can see, is a mammoth undertaking but clearly explains how President Donald J. Trump could have lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. There could be no other explanation…
AND, if you believe all of the absolute and utter nonsense I just laid out for you, you, too, can be a Trump voter, if you are not already one. You might even believe Trump when, as he recently did, accuse Hillary Clinton and the Democrats with colluding with Russia on the 2016 election without, of course, providing any basis, let alone evidence, for making such a ridiculous statement. Then, again, making outlandish statements without a shred of evidence to back them up is par for the course with the Trump strategy and quite an effective one at that.
I have quite a few “friends” on Facebook some of whom have passed on since they were befriended. I am reminded of this when their birthdays come around. None of them have I unfriended. I just never bothered. Neither, however, have I received any posts from them after their demise. The same can be said of individuals who were not removed from the voting rolls after their deaths.
Just because their names are still on the voting rolls does not mean someone is likely to take the trouble to assume a deceased individual’s identity to get an extra vote in. That concern is ridiculous on its face and would take a ridiculous approach as laid out above for such an effort to be meaningful in terms of vote count.
No, the voter fraud that is real and most likely to impact vote count is the fraud perpetrated on voters by the likes of Republicans such as Georgia Secretary of State and Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp. His office has allegedly held back more than 53,000 voter-registration applications of which nearly 70 percent are from minority residents with the justification that there are some discrepancies. Most of these are minor discrepancies and include typos or a missing letter between a voter registration and a voter’s driver’s license, social security card or state-issued identification card.
Yeah, really now. I use my middle initial quite frequently, but not all of the time. If, by chance, it is on my driver’s license and not on my voter registration, is there really a likelihood that there could be two individuals with the same name but a different middle initial living at my address? I think not.
The motivation for Kemp’s actions, as well as similar actions by Republicans across the nation, is not to combat non-existent rampant voter fraud but to curtail the voting by constituencies, such as minority voters, who likely vote Democrat. The Nov. 6 election is critical for so many reasons but near the top is to send a message that the cornerstone of our democracy is our ability to vote and no one has the right to hinder in any way that ability, even if it is the only way for them to win.