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John Fund: Election Day Shaping Up As Nightmare

Friday, 10 Oct 2008 11:25 AM

By David A. Patten

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Election officials across the country are bracing for “an enormous crush” of voter-fraud law suits and other snafus that could turn Election Day into “election month,” warns Wall Street Journal commentator and author John Fund.

Many of the fraud allegations involve the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the organization that represents low-income and minority voters. In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Fund says the recent voter fraud scandals are “like icebergs.”

“One tenth is above the surface, nine-tenths are below the surface,” he says, adding, “The fact that we’re seeing so much fraud this far away from the election is a troubling indicator that we may get an enormous amount of fraud on Election Day.”

Speaking Thursday to Newsmax TV, Fund explained that election officials may be in big trouble on Nov. 4.

“All of these registration [problems] that we’re seeing crop up -- some fictitious, some people registering twice, some people registering even though they live out of state – this means on Election Day even if we don’t get people showing up at the polls trying to commit fraud, we’re going to get an enormous crush of complications, people jamming the polling places, and I think that’s going to lead to all kinds of lawsuits and litigation.”

Among the recent allegations of voter fraud:

• In Indiana, Democrats want to expand the number of early-voting locations in heavily Democratic precincts. “There’s voter fraud, they’re trying to steal the election,” Lake County, Ind. GOP Chairman John Curley tells CBS2Chicago.com.

• ACORN workers in Nevada used felons to assist with voter-registration drives, some of whom had been convicted of identity theft. “Some of these [registration forms] were fraudulent; we basically had the starting lineup for the Dallas Cowboys,” stated Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Tony Romo is not registered to vote in Nevada. Anyone trying to pose as Terrell Owens won’t be able to cast a ballot.”

• In Ohio, voters are allowed to register and vote the same day, which would obviously complicate any attempt to verify their eligibility to vote. The Ohio GOP has filed suit asking a federal judge to force state electoral officials to compare address and other information to the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles database. The GOP also charges that the Ohio secretary of state is disenfranchising voters by refusing to count their ballots unless all of the appropriate boxes were checked.

• Three people were arrested in Hampton, Va., for alleged voter fraud in July, after they apparently used names gathered from the local telephone book and bogus Social Security numbers and birth dates to complete registration forms.

• The Milwaukee police department filed a report earlier this year that thousands of people have streamed across the state line from neighboring states such as Illinois to cast ballots. Those voters presumably returned home to cast a second vote in their state of residence. Also, Milwaukee election officials recently turned in 32 more voter registration workers to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution, bringing the total cases pending to 39.

“You’re going to see cherry-picked lawsuits being filed, you’re going to see recounts,” Fund predicts. “If this is a close election, we could turn Election Day into election month, just as we did in 2000 with Florida and the Gore-Bush recount.”

The best way to address voter fraud, Fund says, is to increase the prosecution of the crime. “Prosecutors should take this more seriously,” he says, adding that fraudulent votes effectively “cancel out” ballots that cast by legitimate voters.

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