NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vote Is In the Mail and the Military Does It Right

The integrity of America’s votes is under threat by calls for opening up mail-ins to everyone, and providing scope for massive vote manipulation. The false comparison is trying to argue that the Military has been voting by absentee ballot since the inception of our nation, so everyone else could, too. Of course, the military does it right, but do you trust everyone else?

During the 2018 midterm elections, Broward County (Fla.), notorious for voter fraud, continued to produce ballots and votes for Democrats two days after the election. Just days before the November election in 2016, Republicans sued Broward County Elections Superviser Brenda Snipes, for illegally opening thousands of mail-in ballots before the election without supervision. 

A judge found that Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots during the 2016 Florida House race between Democratic incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz and progressive challenger Tim Canova.  In July, 2017, she admitted in court that non-citizens had been allowed to vote. Snipes blamed her staff, but her office was still ordered to pay $200,000 in attorney’s fees to Canova.

Multiply Florida by 50 states and you’ve got national voter fraud.

So how does it work in the military? Like everything else with our Armed Services, rules and discipline.

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel states that he never saw evidence of fraud in the military’s voting system when he served in the Army or later when he became a senator. 

“The first time I ever voted in my life was I voted by absentee mail from Vietnam in November of 1968. I voted while sitting on top of a tank in Vietnam. A lot of guys that I knew in Vietnam were old enough to vote and voted by absentee ballot. I never heard of any problems. I never heard about any issues or anybody charging there was fraud, waste, or abuse in any process that involves voting absentee by mail,” Hagel said.

Soldiers in Vietnam who were old enough to vote, voted by absentee ballot. California already allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote online providing they turn 18 by the November election. Lack of oversight with online and absentee ballot voting in local elections invites mishandling votes. Multiply California by 50 states and you’ve got voter fraud.

John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation, described as a conservative think tank, wrote that “the media aren’t doing our democracy any favors by summarily dismissing the existence of voter fraud – like the almost 1,200 proven cases in the Heritage Foundation’s election fraud database – while questioning the very need for accurate voter rolls.”

In a 2007 Brennan Justice Center report, the argument was that voter fraud, including absentee voting was uncommon. According to the report, “By any measure, voter fraud is extraordinarily rare. In part, this is because fraud by individual voters is a singularly foolish and ineffective way to attempt to win an election.” It cited penalties for individuals convicted of voter fraud, as actions have consequences with little to gain. 

But many Americans believe that voter fraud penalties are selectively enforced.

People are not worried about one person double voting, but entire districts and counties being manipulated by party machines, kleptocrats and the enemies of equity and justice in our fair land.

America can trust the Military half a world away; the problem is with the elected officials we might not have even voted for.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Horse crap! I served for 1966 through 1990 with 18 consecutive years at overseas locations (Germany, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea and Japan) and not once, that’s right, not once did I receive a ballot in time to cast my vote.

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