Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote Fraud Is Not Imaginary Yet Democrats Keep Trying to Dismiss It

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote Fraud Is Not Imaginary Yet Democrats Keep Trying to Dismiss It

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If you Google "vote fraud," you'll find that most of the stories are about Democrats committing it, or denying it exists.

Fourteen percent of non-citizens in 2008 were registered to vote and about 6 percent voted indicates data collected by Harvard's Cooperative Congressional Election Study, according to a study by Jesse Richman and David Earnest of Old Dominion University.

Since at least 11 million non-citizens were here then, it could be that as many as 660,000 voted. That's about one half of one percent of the votes cast - nearly equivalent to the 739,000 votes Ralph Nader got.

Non-citizens had no impact on the presidential race. But their votes probably elected Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and may have elected Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

"Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed [to pass Obamacare]," wrote Messrs. Richman and Earnest. This year, illegal votes may have re-elected Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., maybe also Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

An audit of 10,000 voters by the state Board of Elections in North Carolina last month found 14 percent likely were ineligible. About 24 million voter registrations nationwide "are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate," the Pew Charitable Trusts found in a 2012 study. More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are still listed on voter rolls, Pew found. About 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state - 70,000 are registered in three or more.

During the New York mayoral election last year, undercover operatives for the city's Department of Investigations pretending to be people who had died, moved out of town or were in prison went to 63 polling places and were allowed to vote in 61.

Guerrilla videographer James O'Keefe recorded Democrats and allied groups in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia apparently offering to help register those they knew were ineligible.

Voting machines in Illinois, Maryland and Virginia in some cases recorded votes cast for GOP candidates as votes for their opponents. These were "calibration errors," officials said. …

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