[This article has been published in Restoring America to highlight the importance of election security measures].
Election integrity continues to be an important issue for citizens across the country, regardless of political affiliation. While many leftist politicians continue to
the issue of voter fraud to the dismay of their constituents, threats to free and fair elections continue at an alarming rate, as our latest batch of cases for The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud database shows.
But be warned: according to the
May 3 issue
of Washingtonian magazine quoting one of us (Hans von Spakovsky), overseeing a “national tracking system that monitors cases of voter fraud” is a “very controversial tactic”.
Heritage Election Fraud
contains 1,357 proven cases of electoral fraud, a number which is steadily increasing although it is only a sample. Each case emphasizes the need for electoral integrity.
Again, many on the left dismiss the issue of voter fraud and oppose all common-sense efforts to improve the security and fairness of the electoral process, claiming that fraud is a myth. However, as the following cases
it is not a myth.
All but one of the cases in the most recent batch relate to fraud committed during the 2020 general election.
These additions do not include the 156 criminal referrals made by Florida election officials to the state’s nine largest counties in cases related to the 2020 election. So far, local prosecutors have declined to investigate or to pursue these cases, because
by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.
One of the cases added to the Heritage database is that of Krista Connor from Arizona. Connor signed and submitted an absentee ballot on behalf of his mother, who died a month before the 2020 general election.
After being caught voting on behalf of her late mother, Connor pleaded guilty to one count of “attempting to vote illegally”. She faces up to 18 months in prison and a substantial fine when sentenced later this month.
Connor’s case mirrors another in Arizona. Tracey McKee, a registered Republican, was recently sentenced to two years probation after voting by mail on behalf of her mother, who also died a month before the election.
Two cases in Florida highlight the need for states to work
to find people who vote illegally in more than one state.
Jay Ketcik, a registered Republican and resident of The Villages, voted twice in the 2020 election. Ketcik voted in person in Florida and then voted by mail again in his home state of Michigan.
His compatriot Charles Barnes also voted twice in the 2020 election: in person in Florida and then by mail ballot in his home state of Connecticut.
Barnes told the FBI he voted in Florida and Connecticut
“he wanted to vote twice and wanted to see if he could vote twice.”
Barnes and Ketcik were sentenced to 18 months in diversion programs. Charges against them will be removed if they successfully complete the program requirements. Both also had to take and pass a remedial course in civic education.
Such cases underscore the need for states to improve procedures for maintaining the accuracy of their voter registration laws by working with other states and accessing federal databases such as Social Security. Master Death Index.
Barnes’ voter fraud was only uncovered after the Milford, Connecticut Registrar of Electors consulted ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, an organization that compares voter registration lists from member states, to discover the double vote. The election official reported the discovery to the appropriate authorities and, in rare cases, law enforcement became interested in doing something about it.
Another case of duplicate voting, in New Hampshire, also demonstrates the need for states to cooperate in combating this problem.
Edward Amirault pleaded guilty to a Class B felony after voting by mail in New Hampshire and then voting in person in Massachusetts in the 2018 general election.
In addition to losing his right to vote in New Hampshire, Amirault was sentenced to 180 days in prison, suspended for good behavior on the condition that he commit no more crimes. Amirault was also fined and fined $4,960 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
Threats to free and fair elections will persist until states act to improve their electoral processes. Heritage
Election Integrity Dashboard
which analyzes how good (or bad) each state’s election laws and procedures are, is a tool that can be used by lawmakers, state officials, and the public to improve election security.
Republicans, Democrats and Independents deserve to have
fairness and honesty
in the electoral process.
As the midterm elections approach, it is important that voters know that their vote will count and will not be diluted or nullified by fraudulent votes. Protecting the integrity of our elections is of fundamental importance to the preservation of our democratic republic, and states must continue to prioritize improvements.
This piece originally appeared in the
and is reproduced by kind permission of the Heritage Foundation.