“It’s just a solution in search of a problem.”
When anyone talks about modernizing our broken voting laws, opponents trot out this tired line every time. Whether it’s reforming the ballot initiative process, the timeline for absentee voting, or voter identification requirements, liberals seem to believe that voter fraud is a nonexistent issue.
Apparently they missed the memo…
Illegal voter gets 5-year prison term
Calling her a common criminal who abused her authority as a poll worker by violating the principle of “one person, one vote,” a judge sent Melowese Richardson to prison Wednesday for five years following her illegal voting conviction.
“This is not a little thing. It’s not a minor thing. This is what our country’s based on – free elections,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman told Richardson.
In a case watched around the country, Richardson was a Hamilton County poll worker from 1998 until her arrest earlier this year when she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting. In May, she accepted a plea deal and was convicted of four counts in exchange for the other four being dismissed.
She was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times – in 2008, 2011 and 2012 – for her sister, Montez Richardson, who has been in a coma since 2003.
This was a poll worker, for crying out loud. As the prosecutor said, her job was to “protect the integrity and sanctity of the voting system,” so she should have known the rules better than anyone.
Yet she still committed the crime of voter fraud: a problem that many liberals think doesn’t exist. Apparently it does, and apparently a solution might just be needed to stop such acts.
And just to head off the liberal arguments, I recognize that this one case would not have swayed the 2012 elections for Romney or Mandel. That’s not the point. The issue is and always has been guaranteeing the integrity and reliability of our electoral system.
One person, one vote.
Yet, recent history tells us that every legitimate vote does matter. The obvious example is Bush’s 2000 victory in Florida. But the 2008 Minnesota Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken also demonstrates the need for guaranteeing integrity at the polls, as illegal-felon voting may have given Franken the win. And that win gave U.S. Senate Democrats the 60 votes to get Obamacare across the finish line.
As for the importance of a few votes, just look at the 98th Ohio House District, where Democrats lost out on a potential legislative pickup by just a handful of votes. (And despite cries of voter suppression, the vote was certified by the bipartisan board of elections.)
You don’t think random acts of voter fraud can’t swing a race? It could have there. Why are we waiting for the problem to have consequences?
Ohio does not need to wait until an election is won or lost because of voter fraud. The problem is already here. It’s time Democrats stop denying that it exists, and start acting like they’re interested in a solution.