I’ve drafted this post about a dozen times and deleted it every time. But with recounts happening once again in Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida, let’s talk about how voter fraud works. Because it isn’t easy. And it’s rather illogical.
And there’s only 3 ways it can be done.
Method One: You steal someone’s identity. In most states, this requires you to buy a fake picture ID, appropriate someone’s address, because you can’t go vote at your local poll using two different identities, that’s going to arouse suspicion. Doing this you get to vote twice, maybe. As long as you don’t screw up. In some states, not only do you need picture ID but your voter registration card. This would require you to sit and watch the mail of the appropriated address so that you can surreptitiously pull out the voter registration card that you had sent there.
Method Two: Absentee Ballot, you apply for and get approved to do an absentee ballot. Then you also go vote at the polls or you once again pay for a fake ID and get hold of a voter registration card that matches said ID. And like the method above, you are out a some cash (most forgers do not accept debit or credit cards for their services and the price is dependent on what state you want the ID to be from. Some states are easier to forge than others. In Columbia, MO a forged picture ID is going to run you around $500 for a Missouri ID. Plus, you’ve spent this money so you can vote twice. I know we like to pretend every vote counts, but even if you vote twice, you probably aren’t doing your candidate a huge favor with your two votes. I have never seen an election won by 2 whole votes.
Method Three: You somehow manage to get hired by the elections office in your county and you throw away or negate votes for the candidates you don’t want. This requires you to either be slick enough that others in the room where the votes are counted do not notice you pitching votes or no one double checks your work when validating signatures on absentee ballots.
Method one and two aren’t very good. Those two votes probably aren’t worth the cash you spent to get them. Method Three would be more effective, but realistically…. How do you get 12 people feeding ballots into machines to miss that you are throwing ballots away or hiding them under the machine? Because votes are not counted in a vacuum, there are usually multiple people feeding the ballots into the machine. As well as some supervisors. And I talked to a volunteer several years ago that said there was always a police officer in the room when they feed the ballots into the machines.
There is a 4th method that gets mentioned when talking about voter fraud, but it’s much like Method 1 and Method 2. You somehow manage to get people who are not legally allowed to vote (illegal immigrants, convicts who have not applied to have their vote reinstated, etc) the proper paperwork that allows them to vote. But this is usually a fake ID. There was a case in Georgia a few years ago where a woman voted using her friend’s ID because they looked enough alike that no one questioned it. She had been convicted of DUI and had her right to vote revoked for the felony conviction and hadn’t applied to get her rights back.
This isn’t happening in large numbers though. If it was, we’d have to redesign our election process from the ground up. Because if millions of people were pulling this off across the country every election, it would prove our system flawed, even in states where picture ID is required.
The day before this posted, someone gave me a new method… Method 5: Personal belief – Someone pointed out to me that if you want to believe voter fraud is widespread and rampant, then no amount of evidence gathered by bipartisan research groups or critical thinking on the matter is going to convince you it isn’t. In the same way, no one is ever going to convince Girgio Tsoukalos that ancient aliens didn’t further the evolution of mankind or help build some of it’s more incredible engineering feats.