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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 29, 2004 01:48 AM

John Fund’s new book, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, just arrived in the mail from Encounter Books. (Here‘s the intro.) And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Voter fraud is breaking out all over:

In Tennessee, a temporary employee of the left-wing group Tennessee Citizen Action is being investigated for submitting 200 fake voter registration forms.

In Cleveland, Ohio, the NAACP and liberal group Americans Coming Together are under investigation for their involvement in 1,000 suspicious registrations. A Lake County prosecutor, Charles Coulson, said: “We’ve seen voter fraud before, but never on this level,” Coulson said Thursday. “I grew up in Chicago and this looks like the politics of Mayor Daley in the ’50s and ’60s.”

In Michigan, liberal groups PIRGIM (the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan) and Project Vote are entangled in a four-county voter fraud investigation.

In West Virginia, two Republican officials investigating voter fraud have received death threats from opponents.

Deroy Murdock has more, and notes that unchecked voter fraud is widespread partly because it is so rarely met with swift, stiff punishment. Another is the Motor Voter Law. As Fund writes in his book intro:

Some of the sloppiness that makes fraud and foul-ups in election counts possible seems to be built into the system by design. The “Motor Voter Law,” the first piece of legislation signed into law by President Clinton upon entering office, imposed fraud-friendly rules on the states by requiring driver’s license bureaus to register anyone applying for licenses, to offer mail-in registration with no identification needed, and to forbid government workers to challenge new registrants, while making it difficult to purge “deadwood” voters (those who have died or moved away). In 2001, the voter rolls in many American cities included more names than the U.S. Census listed as the total number of residents over age eighteen. Philadelphia’s voter rolls, for instance, have jumped 24 percent since 1995 at the same time that the city’s population has declined by 13 percent. CBS’s 60 Minutes created a stir in 1999 when it found people in California using mail-in forms to register fictitious people, or pets, and then obtaining absentee ballots in their names. By this means, for example, the illegal alien who assassinated the Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was registered to vote in San Pedro, California — twice.

Ironically, Mexico and many other countries have election systems that are far more secure than ours. To obtain voter credentials, the citizen must present a photo, write a signature and give a thumbprint. The voter card includes a picture with a hologram covering it, a magnetic strip and a serial number to guard against tampering. To cast a ballot, voters must present the card and be certified by a thumbprint scanner. This system was instrumental in allowing the 2000 election of Vicente Fox, the first opposition party candidate to be elected president in seventy years.

But in the United States, at a time of heightened security and mundane rules that require citizens to show ID to travel and even rent a video, only seventeen states require some form of documentation in order to vote. “Why should the important process of voting be the one exception to this rule?” asks Karen Saranita, a former fraud investigator for a Democratic state senator in California. Americans agree. A Rasmussen poll finds that 82 percent of Americans, including 75 percent of Democrats, believe that “people should be required to show a driver’s license or some other form of photo ID before they are allowed to vote.”

In New Mexico yesterday, the state Supreme Court ruled that first-time voters who register by mail will be required to present identification at the polls. Republicans had argued that a state law should have been applied more broadly, to all new voters, except those who registered in person at a county clerk’s office.

So why don’t we have such common sense requirements nationwide? Blame the illegal alien lobby and ethnic grievance groups, who claim that tightening election security by requiring valid photo ID would somehow “disenfranchise” minorities.

Sigh.

If people can’t cough up their driver’s licenses at the voting booth without bleating about being persecuted, the country is better off without their votes.

Update: Add Wisconsin to the list of states with voter fraud problems:

A group that says it has registered 30,000 voters in southeastern Wisconsin could face a criminal investigation because of voter registration applications that may have been filed fraudulently.

Acting Racine City Clerk Carolyn Moskonas said Tuesday she will ask the district attorney’s office to investigate at least six voter registration applications filed by Project Vote.

That non-profit organization, which also has filed scores of Racine applications that contain bogus addresses, has fired its Racine-area coordinator because of problems with the filings.

Update II: A reader passes along another angle on the story.

Update III: Much more at Bill Hobbs’ blog. Also, Joshua at View from a Height is on top of voter fraud in Colorado.

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