Last week's revelation that North Carolina elections officials had found nearly 36,000 cases
of potential voter fraud has reignited the national debate over voter-ID laws.
John Fund, national affairs columnist for National Review, said that many states, including North Carolina, have huge backlogs of people who have died, moved out of state or become felons but are still on voter rolls -- making it easy to cast votes under their names.
"As a result, you have an enormous number of people, and it's very easy to figure out who hasn't voted in a long time and how you can vote in their place," he told "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.
States that don't take voter fraud seriously don't think it is a real problem, Fund said Monday.
"There's this sense of denial, and the only thing that we can do in states like California and New York is continue to have pressure put [on them] after all of these incidents that happen and simply say, 'look, the voters, there's a reason why you have low voter turnout.' A lot of voters no longer have confidence in the fairness and integrity of our elections," Fund said.
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Fund said the issue should not be handled with an overarching federal law, noting the federal government can play a role by tying money for voting machines to cleaning up outdated voter rolls. But the Obama administration hasn't shown much interest in the matter, he said, in part because it has filled career positions in the Justice Department with political appointees.
"So, you can't really have a federal law unless you have federal officials that are actually willing to enforce it. That's why we'll probably have to wait for federal officials who care about this issue," he said.
Fund said securing the ballot box is a civil-rights issue but doesn't have to mean making it harder for voters to cast ballots.
"Look, we can make voting easy and convenient for people," he said. "We can also make it hard to cheat. We should be able to do both."
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