Is voter fraud a problem? Yes, and we have choices; do nothing, take a chance that it might get worse, or try to fix it.

Democrats are clamoring for a change from voting booths to mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic. Is mail-in the right solution? Let’s take a snapshot of the current problem and then you decide.

In California, it has been determined that 1.5 million individuals were registered, even though they no longer were eligible to vote. Recently, California Gov.. Gavin Newsom signed an order ensuring that every registered voter will receive a mail-in ballot this fall.

In North Carolina in 2018, the 9th Congressional District election was overturned because of illegal vote harvesting. Criminal charges were later filed.

In Oregon, a survey of one county found that 5 percent of registered voters admitted that other people marked their ballots, and 2.4 percent said someone else signed their ballots.

The Election Assistance Commission found that 28.3 million ballots in federal elections between 2012 and 2018 were lost or disappeared in the mail.

In Virginia, an investigation found 592 examples where registrants were simultaneously registered in another state. There are about 11,600 dead people on Virginia’s voter rolls, all of whom would receive mail-in ballots if an election were held by mail.

In New Mexico, the Public Interest Legal Foundation found more than 3,000 individuals registered multiple times; 1,700 registrants who are dead; 1,500 voters aged 100 or above, 64 of whom are over 120 years old. All would receive mail-in ballots.

These are just a few examples of the ongoing voter fraud in America. Imagine if we went state by state and searched out voting and voter registration investigations. Mail-in ballots are the tools of choice of election fraudsters making it easier to steal, forge, or alter ballots, and intimidate voters.

Ballot harvesting is the collecting and submitting of absentee or mail-in ballots by volunteers. In California, campaigns can legally go door-to-door as often as they want and offer to collect the filled-out ballots and drop them off to election officials. Fraud comes into play when one questions the collector’s intentions. Could they be motivated to not deliver the ballots once they are collected?

These cases demonstrate that significant election fraud does exist and, unchecked, can compromise the integrity of the entire election process.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, recently passed by the House, says that states “shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot.” In effect it would impose ballot harvesting nationwide.

Voter fraud in America is a problem. With a concerted effort, the voter rolls and voting procedures can get cleaned up with a little common sense and attention to detail.

Moving the nation to mail-in voting, as a reaction to the pandemic, does not solve the kind of problems enumerated above and could well make things a lot worse, leading to many contentious election results like the 9th District in North Carolina in 2018.

Here is what could — or should — happen leading up to the November elections:

n The U.S. Attorney General should put pressure on all of the states’ attorneys general to get involved and clean up the mess. State election officials appear unable or uninterested in doing so.

n Ban ballot harvesting across the nation. For those who cannot go to the voting stations (military, infirmed, etc.), tighten the requirement for a signed request for an absentee ballot and do the entire process with specific due dates well ahead of Election Day.

n If we are concerned about social distancing requirements, extend voting over three days to alleviate the crush and long lines.

The U.S. Constitution specifically gives Congress the power to regulate “Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections.” In 1845 Congress passed a law designating the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November for federal elections. It would be easy to change it with a two-sentence law: “The 2020 national elections will be held Nov. 1-3, 2020. No results will be released until every voting station in the nation is closed.”

This is the 21st century, and everyone needs a valid form of identification. It is about time we stopped the nonsense of arguing about voter ID. The state Department of Motor Vehicles could easily provide a valid ID for those few legal citizens who do not have a driver’s license, a passport or a federal ID.

Lt. Gen. Marvin L. Covault, U.S. Army (ret.), is the author of “Vision to Execution,” a book for leaders.

(11) comments

Sally Larson

The government is fully capable of online voting, look at how the recent census was handled. It is absolutely ridiculous this country can't get things straight when it comes to our voting systems.

Why can't we stop a state like KY changing the number of polling places from 3700 to 200! Russa, China, and whoever else whats to are meddling with our system, why can't we get it right! It's just pathetic.

ken leary

Another ALEC inspired gaslighting by the General. The simple truth is that the kleptocrat's administering this country's agenda do not want a democracy. The fewer people who vote the better. Read Samual Huntington's "The Crisis of Democracy" or the Powell memo. We live in a world in which world banking is done with the stroke of a key. Trillions of dollars change hands every day, some mine, and rarely is a mistake made. Why then is it that we do not have an algorithm, App, or program so that we could vote from our smart phones from the comfort of our homes. The answer Covault, is that we don't want too, not that we can't. All the BS, cherry picked, nonsense, you put forth in your offering is just another effort to obfuscate the concerns laid out in 1973 Rockefeller Trilateral Commission report which informed the Carter administration. Yours is another effort to manipulate, confuse, and cause apathy in the USA citizen rather than state the true meaning of your intentions which is of course limiting voter turnout. There is an easy solution to the voting problem which will not be implemented because it conflicts with the kleptocrat's agenda. Either that, or we "Americans" are just too stupid to solve the problem.

Mark Hayes

Ken, the topic is mail in ballots, try and keep up with the rest of the participants.

Ed Pieczynski

I fully support mail in ballots when a voter makes a request for an absentee ballot. Blindly mailing ballots to "every registered voter" when voting rolls often have not been purged for years only invites abuse. Millions of people move, die etc. and sending them a ballot makes no sense.

Kent Misegades

As to the list the elections of Governor Cooper and former Minnesota Senator Al Franken. Both won elections when a box of ballots were magically discovered after polls closed and the results were largely in their favor. Democrats can only win through dirty tricks and activist judges. They haven’t had a new idea since they wrote the Communist Manifesto.

Dan Roman

Kent apparently lost his tinfoil hat and the squirrels are loose in his skull because he is off in his own alternative reality/alternative "facts" world once again. Dirty tricks are the specialty of Trump, Stone, McConnell and the others from the Trump campaign currently in jail or awaiting sentencing, not to mention Tricky Dick and the Watergate boys, Reagan and Iran contra and so on.

Kathy Wright

Thank you Dan. I could not have said it better myself. We all know what Kent is, unfortunately. At least people with common sense, logic and a brain know what he is and the idiocy he is spewing. As I have said before, he has absolutely nothing else to do in life except this.

Mark Hayes

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ken leary

Sending kisses to the General juxtaposed with Biden fondling a woman presents a mixed message Mark. Is everything ok?

Mark Hayes

Must be your own interpretation and dark desires you must have for those of your own gender, my post has to do with Biden sniffing a woman hair, and that it will be exposed even more when the media run's out of Trumps womanizing.

ken leary

Going back to the bathroom issues you perseverated on in the past, coupled with "dark desires", sniffing hair, and XXXs I don't think you should be concerned about my gender preferences.

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