By Rick Oltman, May 23, 2017
The announcement of the creation of the “Commission on Election Integrity” by President Trump has been met with – what else – outrage by civil rights groups and all the other usual suspects who claim there is no voter fraud. For anyone to claim there is no voter fraud in this day and age, a person must be completely ignorant of the facts, or totally corrupt and supportive of illegal voting.
In February of this year, an illegal alien who voted in five elections over a ten-year period of time (2004- 2014), was sentenced to an eight-year prison term in Texas. The sentenced woman, Rosa Maria Ortega, claims that all her life she thought she was a citizen, yet her driver license is clearly marked “non-citizen.”
Vice President Mike Pence will be chairman of the commission, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be vice chair. It is very probable that Kobach already has an excellent idea about the various ways that illegal voting is accomplished.
It has just been reported that over 7 million voters are registered to vote in two states simultaneously. The Interstate Crosscheck Program is administered by none other than Kris Kobach. Currently 29 states participate in the program.
And why not crosscheck registrations? Of course, computers can find duplicate voter registrations in a government’s database. And every state in the country should be sharing voter data to halt fraudulent voting.
Since 1993, that’s 24 years ago, “motor-voter” has been registering illegal aliens who get a driver license. And they are voting. Some knowing they are breaking the law and some not knowing.
Several years ago, I discovered that an acquaintance from Canada, who was not a citizen but a legal permanent resident, was voting in my precinct. I asked him when he was naturalized, and he said that he hadn’t naturalized, that he was still a citizen of Canada. When I told him that he wasn’t allowed to vote if he wasn’t a citizen, he looked at me and said exasperatedly, “Then why did they register me to vote?” And I believe he didn’t know the law. He has since been removed from the voter registration list, I presume at his direction.
In my county in California, they allow people to vote even if they have not submitted all the information required and have not answered the Registrar of Voters follow-up request to provide complete information. When I politely asked a worker in our registrar’s office how they knew that the voter was who he said he was, the very pleasant young man told me, “We’re basically on the honor system.”
Employers are not supposed to hire illegal aliens but they do, even though there is a computer based system (E-Verify) that can confirm worker eligibility at the speed of light … well the speed of the Internet anyway. But employers are not required to verify worker eligibility. How’s that “honor system” working?
Rolling Stone magazine called Crosscheck “ … a stealth war against voters.” The common line is that efforts at securing the ballot box are really designed to suppress votes and voters. And that is true in this respect: All of us who love our country and want a fair election process sure want to suppress illegal voters.
The quote next to Kris Kobach’s picture on the Crosscheck page says, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way,” a quote that has been attributed to Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809). Definitely we can say to those decrying the effort to make our elections honest and a real reflection of the will of the American people: “… get out of the way.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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