By Rick Oltman, August 30, 2018
Twenty people in North Carolina have been charged by federal prosecutors for violating various voting laws, nineteen foreign nationals and one U.S. citizen.
This is one more example of illegal voting, but if you look at comments on social media, examples like this don’t matter, because it isn’t 3.5 million illegal votes as was claimed in the 2016 Presidential Election. The fact that examples like this trigger the usual suspects who oppose any kind of proof of identity when voting at the polls, indicates that they fear the result of eliminating illegal voting, and will do and say anything to prevent measures designed to stop it.
The penalties for these people, if convicted, range from:
- One year in prison and a $100,000 fine for illegal voting.
- Five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for a citizen (and former election poll worker) charged with aiding and abetting her boyfriend who was charged with falsely claiming citizenship and voting illegally.
- Six years and a $350,000 fine for voting and pretending to be U.S. citizens when registering to vote.
- Eleven years in prison and a $350,000 fine for passport fraud and eventual naturalization, and illegally voting.
- Twenty-six years in prison and a $350,000 fine for charges of fraud, voting by a noncitizen, and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents.
Claiming citizenship, registering to vote, and illegally voting are all felonies. And if the person is a legal immigrant looking to naturalize to become a U.S. citizen, they can be denied naturalization and deported.
The never-ending news story about Russian meddling in our elections gets tiresome as no proof has been presented to support the claim. However, when real proof of illegal voting is presented, it is scoffed at. Hypocrisy is now common place.
It is possible that one or more of the people charged, honestly and accurately checked the box indicating that they were not citizens of the United States, and were registered to vote, regardless. I have seen examples of just this sort of things either because of/due to corruption or bureaucratic incompetence. Examination of the original documents, a driver license application for example, could exonerate the person who was registered to vote through no illegal act of their own. And if such a person then received official voting information from the Registrar of Voters, it is understandable how they might honestly think they could vote. All possibilities need to be examined, so that the mistakes or corruption can be corrected and/or prosecuted.
And regardless of those who scoff on social media about these examples, they irrefutably prove that illegal voting does take place and is something we need to deal with expeditiously.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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