At times it is hard for me to believe that anyone could be so stupid as to think all of our current voting processes and regulations don’t need any tweaking or a little revision here and there. After all, much has changed in our society in recent decades.
Take technology, for instance. Our voting process was once reliant on paper and pencil and snail-mail. However, with the invention of email, the internet, and digital formatting, our ballots, as well as how we receive and send them, have changed quite a bit. Sure, we can still travel to the polls in person, some may even fill out a paper ballot, but they are all counted electronically.
And as we well know, technology and its advantages aren’t always perfect. Errors happen and processes malfunction, all leading to a severe cause for distrust in our voting system.
But this is precisely why lawmakers from around the nation are continually trying to make improvements to it, whether at a local or state level or nationally.
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For example, let’s look at the state of North Carolina, where legislation was passed and put before the governor for approval just last year. The change wasn’t big. It would have just added another precaution to the voting system, requiring that state voter rolls would be cross-referenced with courthouse records so that noncitizens, who are unable to serve on a jury, would be noted as such and barred from voting.
To me, it only makes sense. Voting in a federal election without valid citizenship is considered a felony in some cases, and a misdemeanor at the very least. Cross-referencing this information would only make it less likely for the crime to be committed in the first place.
However, North Carolina’s Democratic Governor Roy Cooper didn’t exactly see it that way. As the left is prone to do, Cooper saw the change as unnecessary and redundant, as well as “intimidating.” Cooper claimed that such a law “creates a high risk of voter harassment and intimidation and could discourage citizens from voting.”
Pray tell, why would people be discouraged from voting by this if they were legal citizens?
But Cooper vetoed the bill anyway.
Now, nearly a year later, ICE has just charged 19 North Carolinians with voter fraud for voting in a federal election as noncitizens.
Per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, seven foreign nationals are facing felony charges, while the other 12 face misdemeanors.
“A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration applications, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election.”
For these crimes, the seven could be charged with up to six years in federal prison, up to $350,000 in fines, and then terms of supervised release.
The other 12 individuals, while only getting a misdemeanor, don’t have a much lesser punishment. Similar cases have been known to result in up to a year in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Now, I know 19 doesn’t seem like much, especially when you consider the other 4.8 million residents of North Carolina. But these aren’t the only ones to have been found guilty of voter fraud in the state.
In fact, shortly after Cooper vetoed this bill, The News & Observer in Raleigh noted that 41 voters had been caught on similar charges following an audit of the 2016 elections. Then later, in 2018, another 19 were prosecuted for illegally voting during the same election.
What the N&O seems to say is that every time the 2016 election is looked into on some level, more cases of illegal voter fraud are found. This means that the time before, some of those cases fell through the cracks.
Now, they were eventually found. But if some are falling through the cracks, how many cases do you think are still out there that no one has caught yet.
My bet is quite a few.
It also means that so far, in North Carolina alone, at least 59 votes counted that shouldn’t have. Now think about all the other types of voter fraud there is. Then add all those possibilities for the other 49 states in the country.
At the end of the day, we likely have thousands of votes, which is enough to sway some states one way or another, that were wrongly counted.
And Democrats wonder why we tend to distrust our voting system…