A month-old Washington Post story about how a deceased WWII veteran was among 19 dead Virginians who miraculously registered to vote in Harrisonburg is getting more attention now because several people are raising the alarm about possible vote tampering as the Nov. 8 presidential election looms.
In the Virginia case, according to American Military News, the culprit appears to have been a Young Democrat working for Harrisonburg Votes.
Meanwhile, down in Amarillo, early Texas voters have complained that their ballots flipped from Republican to Democrat candidates. According to KISS FM, “Two voters from Canyon posted the experience they had while voting. Apparently, when these voters chose the straight Republican option, the ballot selected Clinton/Kaine instead of Trump/Pence.
On Tuesday, the station updated its report to note, “Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner released a statement this morning. It said, ‘There is nothing wrong with any of the machines we use for voting. They do not flip your vote. They do not flip parties. Humans do that.’ It goes on to talk about the situation in Canyon: ‘There was one incident in Randall County where a voter voted straight ticket and when they hit the vote button, it flipped parties…The machine was then checked and nothing was wrong with the machine.’”
Writing Tuesday in FrontPageMag, Kenneth R. Timmerman took a sarcastic look at the situation in Virginia to declare, “Rest assured, Virginia: our elections are secure. There is no organized voter fraud, and to suggest otherwise – as Donald Trump did last week – is just downright un-American. How do we know this? Because President Obama just told us so.”
But he quickly adopted a more serious tone when he wrote, “Should we be concerned about the integrity of the electronic voting machines in use by many states around the country? You bet we should.”
However, other media, including the Associated Press, are feverishly trying to dispel concerns about potential fraud. On the other hand, the Indianapolis Star reported earlier this month about a state police raid on an office in Indianapolis as part of an apparent voter fraud investigation.
Jokes about rigged elections and political parties demanding recounts until they get the results they were seeking have been part of politics since Tammany Hall. But vote fraud is no joke, it is serious stuff. In many if not most places, it is a felony.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday reported about an on-going investigation of alleged absentee vote fraud in St. Louis County.
Someone resurrected a story from 2014, published in the New Haven Register, about a now-former Connecticut Democrat state lawmaker who was arrested on charges of voter fraud. It has been circulating on social media. She ultimately pleaded guilty to two charges of “providing a false statement” and drew a suspended prison sentence.
Anyone who suspects vote fraud, or even hints of irregularity, should report it at once to elections officials.