- The Washington Times - Monday, November 1, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Double-check that your ballot reads correctly before leaving the polling booth. Insist on your rights and on fair election procedures if polling officials try to bully you. Report suspicious activity to authorities before leaving the polls. Vote fraud is a legitimate and serious threat, and voters should be on guard to stop it.

Nevada and North Carolina are among states where early voters reported trying to cast ballots for Republicans only to see their votes registered for Democrats instead. Counties in Texas and Arizona caught and blocked thousands of improper attempts to register “voters” who weren’t eligible, if they even existed. Multiple states have counties with more people on voter rolls than adult citizens who live there. Absentee-ballot snafus are widespread. At least 5,800 dead people were registered to vote in Ohio as of late August; 16 or more recorded votes there in 2006 despite being deceased.

The very idea that voting is the cornerstone of citizenship is under attack. Last week, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor provided the deciding vote in a 2-1 court decision telling Arizona it could not require proof of citizenship for voter registration.

Last week, election-law expert J. Christian Adams published “a primer on what to watch for” to counter vote fraud. For example, it’s illegal for election officials to tell voters how to cast their ballots, often illegal to provide “voting assistance” for large numbers of voters, illegal to pay or make gifts to somebody to vote and illegal for anyone to politick inside polling rooms. “Anyone who says voter fraud doesn’t exist has no credibility,” Mr. Adams wrote for Pajamas Media. “I’ve covered elections for over 10 years. I’ve seen it over and over again with my own eyes. I’ve proved it in federal court.”

If voters see anything that appears fraudulent, the activity should be reported to several outlets. Call the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 800/253-3931, just to get it on the record, even though that division under the Obama administration isn’t reliable when it comes to following up and punishing voting irregularities. Also, ring local police, alert the local headquarters of the party that seems to be victimized and give a heads-up to local media. Do all of this before leaving the polling area so you can describe exactly what you see going on in front of you.

Vote fraud is real. Americans need to be vigilant, especially when so much is at stake.

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