Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Stop Fraud and I Worry More about Democrats Than Trump

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Stop Fraud and I Worry More about Democrats Than Trump

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The election's rigged, and he may not accept the result, Donald Trump said. He already is making excuses for defeat.

Not for the first time, a self-serving overstatement by The Donald has tainted an important issue.

Mr. Trump should accept the results of the election, said 68 percent in a Morning Consult poll Oct. 21. But 46 percent said it is "somewhat likely" vote fraud will be widespread.

The viability of democracy depends on people having confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. If nearly half fear that fraud might determine the outcome of this election, we totter on the brink of chaos.

Richard Nixon believed vote fraud in Illinois and Texas determined the outcome of the 1960 election. But he refused to contest the results, because he didn't want to undermine public confidence in the system.

Mr. Trump undermines confidence in it to soothe his ego. But The Donald's demagoguery wouldn't resonate with so many if vote fraud weren't a large, and rapidly growing, problem.

* Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014, was among 19 deceased people whose names were submitted for voter registration by a canvasser in Harrisonburg, Va., last month. Sara Sosa died in El Paso County, Colo., in 2009, and cast votes in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ten Colorado counties have more registered voters than residents who are old enough to vote. Across the U.S., 141 counties in 21 states have more registered voters than living residents, according to the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an Indiana organization focused on election integrity.

* In its examination of just eight of 133 voting jurisdictions in Virginia, PILF found more than 1,000 non-citizens were registered to vote. Hundreds in Frederick County, Md., who said on jury duty forms they were not citizens cast ballots in 2014. About 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland. About 2.75 million were registered to vote in more than one state, 68,000 in more than two, the Pew Center on the States estimated in 2012.

Nationwide, about 6.4 percent of non-citizens (620,000) voted illegally in 2008, estimated professors at Old Dominion and George Mason universities in a 2014 study. …

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