Skip to comments.Who Is Really for Election Reform?
Posted on 01/08/2013 8:45:12 AM PST by Kaslin
A top priority of Democrats nationwide is to try to expand early voting even beyond the more than 40-plus million votes that were cast on days other than Election Day in 2012 or by mail. The present system balkanizes and deprives our nation of the unifying value of one nation on Election Day.
The Democrats know that their massive use of early voting was a major factor that enabled them to pile up the winning votes to reelect Barack Obama. Obama enthusiastically supports early voting; he urged 10,000 fans at his campaign speech in Urbandale, Iowa to vote right now "starting Sept. 27 ... You don't have to wait until Nov. 6 to vote."
On the first day of the new Congress, the House Democrats showed what they think is really important by pushing (fortunately unsuccessfully) for a new federal law that would require 10 hours a day of early voting for 15 days before any federal election. The bill also would have invented a new voting "right" that no one has to stand in line more than one hour.
Republicans think the goal of voting reform should be honest elections, not convenience, plus maintenance of safeguards against voter fraud and coercion of voters.
Republicans want to make sure that only U.S. citizens can vote, that voter ID is used in every state, and that ballots from our armed forces abroad are really counted.
Early voting bypasses many safeguards for voting integrity such as having poll watchers from both political parties to monitor everything going on to deter polling place monkey business. It's expensive and nearly impossible to secure poll watchers for the many days of early voting that were allowed in Ohio (35 days) and other swing states.
Early voting is a liberal gimmick that disenfranchises Election Day voters by determining the outcome before Election Day and, contrary to liberal propaganda, early voting decreases overall voter turnout. Early voting increased substantially in Ohio in 2012, but overall turnout decreased significantly.
Early voting violates federal law, which for more than a century, has required national elections to occur on the same day. Early voting adds heavy costs to the taxpayers and to the candidates because it significantly lengthens the campaign.
Early voting is unfair because it prevents voters from changing their minds up until Election Day. Early voting encourages uninformed voting because many voted before the presidential debates were held.
Early voting makes campaigns more expensive; it lengthens the time period for advertising. It harms third-party candidates who lack a political organization to get out early voters.
Early voting is a misnomer. More precise names would be premature voting, uninformed voting or political machine voting.
What if jurors were allowed to decide they are tired of a lengthy trial and want to vote to convict a defendant midway through the trial and go home? Isn't it just as important for voters to hear all the facts about candidates before voting?
Absentee voting provides another big opportunity for election fraud because it deprives many voters of our precious secret ballot. Here is one way that absentee voting works.
An Arkansas state legislator, Rep. Hudson Hallum, bribed voters with money and food to cast their absentee ballots for him, obtained and distributed ballots to those voters, and then collected then in unsealed envelopes. If the ballots were marked for Hallum's opponent, Hallum pitched them. Hallum pled guilty to election fraud.
Mail-in ballots are subject to the same problem. Most of them are probably not secret ballots but cast without traditional safeguards of secrecy and freedom from coercion, and you don't know who is looking at them before they are dropped in the ballot box.
Obama's margin of victory was only a few hundred thousand votes in the four swing states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire. That was far less than the number of mailed-in ballots cast.
Another easy way this racket works is to take absentee ballots to nursing homes and assisted-living institutions. The campaign worker "helps" the physically or mentally disabled senior citizens choose for whom they want to vote, marks the ballot and then turns it in.
The Democrats' party line is that voter fraud is a myth, but that illusion was dispelled by another stunning case of fraud by a prominent incumbent. The son and field director of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who has been in office for 22 years representing Virginia's Washington suburbs, was filmed by videographer James O'Keefe advising an undercover reporter how to bypass Virginia's voter ID law. The method was exquisitely ingenious: it called for creating fake utility bills on the internet to substitute for voter ID.
The Dreamers will like this after immigration reform gives them the vote.
There should be a single day of voting - only on April 16, the day after taxes are filed.
If Republicans are serious about election reforms, the First thing they have to do is stop New Hampshire and Iowa from having early Primaries..
New Hampshire has open primary’s and allows Democrats to vote for republicans. The New Hampshire Yankees pick the worst candidate they can find for us and load up on him placing all other candidates at a disadvantage. That and the fact that New Hampshore liberal Rino’s who do not vote like the majority of republicans load us up with unelectable candidates.
First Republicans need to fix their own house in this manner, then worry about Early voting, stealing votes ,stuffing ballot boxes, and the military vote. All are important, but first we MUST stop this early New England pimary Bullsh*t. By the time most of us get to vote our Candidate has already been picked by liberal Yankee Rino’s.
Personally I like the idea of 5 ten state primary days. Each date would consist of 2 eastern states, 2 western states, 2 southern, 2 northern and 2 central states chosen at random.
Obviously wealthy candidates would still have the advantage but I’m not so sure at matters as much as we imagine it does. After all, Romney spent 4 years in Iowa and still came in second to Rick Santorum.
You would think that they could have figured this out.
The truth is they have figured it out and it works exactly they way it is intended.
No primary should be held before April, and then it should be somewhere other than in the land of the rich and liberal Yankees.
As this retiree went to his polling place in rural Preston township hall (Adams county) Wisconsin there were two lines going into to vote. The first was for the voters who were already registered which had no wait. The other which went out the door this cold day and outside. That was the line for same day voter registration.
Now my highly hailed governor,Scott Walker, a governor who has been frequently mentioned as a 2016 candidate, a governor whom I campaigned for (Along with state assembly members whom I helped get elected.) has decided not to pursue election reform.
Reform which the state legislature had passed but has been blocked by curious legalistics by a single judge from SROMW (socialist republic of Madison Wisconsin) and Dane county.
Sadly the regular local organizaton to which I belong to never sends out election results. I don’t know if there were more votes cast than what the census reports lives here. There is no one going through the applications and ballots cast to verify names and addresses. Let alone prosecute fraud.
I’m thinking we should set up some sort of an informal Independent Republican Conservative Precinct movement which would not be afraid to inform the voter exposing the lies and corruption and direction certain politicians are taking and not afraid to call Demo-Coms Godless socialists, or expose RINOS parading under a political banner.
Sure - Reform it back to the way it was and end the politically biased “voter registration drives” along with “motor voter” registration, extended voting and absentee voting (except for legitimate travellers, medical reasons and the military).
One big factor for the current sorry state of the nation is the “feel good” leftist idea that everyone should vote.
Consequently we end up with lazy, ignorant, uninformed and illegal residents voting in droves, usually for whomever the local democrat party points out on the ballot.
If a physically fit citizen can’t make an effort to register on his/her own, if they can’t make an effort to inform themselves of the election laws of their state, if they can’t make an effort to inform themselves of the issues and candidates, if thay can’t make an effort to vote at their polling place on election day, they have not really become a qualified and knowledgeable voter and should not have the vote.
Same day election does indeed invite fraud, and if some one to lazy to register in the timely manner they should not be allowed to vote. Those who can not register because they don’t have the residence requirement, will just have to wait until they have fulfilled the requirement.
That's it. The whole process is a fraud.
Yes they should, ever wonder why this isn't in place already? Ronald Reagan was able to bypass this system, but they saw the folly of their system and have moved to prevent this from ever happening again.
The elite political class are de facto royalty and they don't want to expand their gene pool.
I volunteered for telephone campaigning, and many (uninformed) voters had already voted much earlier than election day. By the time I was able to talk with them, it was too late.