How common is voter fraud?
Democrats insist it never happens, but California confirmed that double-voting took place in its primary on Super Tuesday, Breitbart exclusively reported on Wednesday. California’s State Secretary Alex Padilla confirmed it in a letter obtained by Breitbart.
California documents double voting
In the coronavirus era, mail-in voting has become a partisan controversy as Democrats push to expand the practice over the objections of President Donald Trump. Democrats have argued that not allowing all voters to vote by mail is, essentially, a form of disenfranchisement that forces people to choose between their rights and their health.
President Donald Trump has argued that the practice enables rampant voter fraud, a common concern among Republicans, but Democrats insist that voter fraud is minuscule or non-existent. It turns out that isn’t true.
A group called Election Integrity Project California sent a letter to California before its Super Tuesday primary on March 3 asking for evidence of double voting. Secretary of State Padilla responded with a detailed letter, according to Breitbart, that confirmed one case of double voting and 12 possible examples.
In one case, 12 voters who were registered twice “are suspected to have cast two ballots,” the letter said. There was one confirmed instance of two ballots for the same person being “opened and counted on election night.”
“Election Integrity Project California has an incredible accomplishment here. Moving the California Secretary of State to share evidence of apparent double voting among duplicated registrants is a testament to their research methodology and judgment,” Public Interest Legal Foundation President J. Christian Adams said.
“Duplicate registration and voting is a growing problem nationally that is being confronted like seen here, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” he added.
Controversy over mail-in voting
Republicans tend to argue that voter fraud is common when rigorous measures are not in place, like requiring voter ID, and that Democrats tend to reap an advantage from a lack of election security. Issues with voter rolls, like the retention of dead people and double registration, have been reported, as Breitbart notes.
As America debates holding a general election by mail, how much of a concern is fraud? Democrats insist it’s a myth, but Trump thinks that the practice could work to the advantage of Democrats. Several Democrats including Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have also argued in favor of expanding mail-in voting.
“Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to statewide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”
Despite Trump’s criticism, some Republican governors have also expanded the practice because of the coronavirus crisis. The issue is being litigated in courts around the country. In Texas, a judge ruled Friday that all voters in Texas will be allowed vote by mail, by categorizing them as “disabled” if they are afraid of catching COVID-19.