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Hillary's Voting Policy Invites Fraud

By Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Hillary Clinton, as a candidate for president of the United States, seeks to advance a policy of voter registration and voting in national elections that invites fraud.

Hillary in her re-announcement for POTUS this past week espoused the support for federal laws that would trump state election laws and automatically register every citizen to vote and would allow without excuse or permission up to 20 days of early voting, turning Election Day into election month.

National Review recently reported that: “Both would dramatically complicate the job of already-overburdened voter registrars and make it harder to catch potential fraud. In the case of New York v. United States (1992) and other cases, the Supreme Court has clearly ruled that it is beyond Congress’s power to do what Hillary wants.”

The National Review went on to state that Hillary’s goal is to turn out the maximum possible number of votes in 2016. The fact is that election-integrity measures being pushed in many states — such as showing photo ID at the polls — are enormously popular. The public wants to ensure voter integrity.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 76 percent of likely voters support photo ID, including 58 percent of Democrats. Such measures guard against the disenfranchisement of voters that occurs when someone cancels out their vote through fraud, but Clinton dismisses the very notion of voter fraud despite numerous recent examples and the virtual impossibility of detecting fraud once it has been committed using a secret ballot.

With regard to early voting, the following analogy makes perfect sense. You celebrate your birthday on the day you were born. You celebrate Christmas on December 25 each year. You celebrate July 4 on July 4. And, you should vote on Election Day.

There is no more precious constitutional right than the right to vote and the integrity of that right must be protected and not eroded in the guise of “convenience” or “inclusiveness.” It is hard enough to ensure the integrity of a day of voting with poll watching and challenges.

The job of voter integrity becomes impossible if voting is available for 20 days for all eligible voters. There simply are not enough paid election workers or volunteers available to watch and report on the integrity of each and every polling station in a country as big as ours.

We should not be making voting so “easy” that it not only invites fraud but also takes away a candidate's ability to end a campaign with finality. You do not walk out with 30 minutes to go to the end of a movie and you do not put down a book with 50 pages to go to its end, and you should not cheat campaigns from ending their campaigns on a day that's certain.

Voting should require a duty and time commitment by the voter. It means that they need to register and they need to put time aside to vote on Election Day. If voters show just cause that they cannot vote on Election Day then and only then should they be permitted to vote by absentee ballot.

What are Democrats afraid of with the requirement of voter IDs and Election Day voting? Why are they seeking less oversight?

They answer to me is clear. They seek to steal what they cannot win.

I believe that our nation does need national voting standards that do not invite fraud but instead prevents it. Here is what I suggest: In federal elections there should not be 50 different standards; there should be one. If it is good enough for New York, it should be good enough for Florida.

Uniform federal election law should contain the following with regard to voting:

1. Voter ID: A citizen 18 years of age or older shall produce a valid photo ID from an approved federal or state agency to register to vote. Photo ID has become a necessity post 9/11. You need one to enter a federal building, get on an aircraft, obtain government benefits, etc.

2. Registration: An eligible citizen to vote may register at any time but within two weeks of a federal election by appearing in person at an authorized federal or state office and making application.

3. Voting: An eligible voter may appear at their designated polling place from 7a.m.-9p.m. on the day of a federal election.

4. Early Voting: An eligible voter may vote no earlier than two weeks before a federal election at their designated early voting location between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

5. Absentee voting: An eligible voter upon the showing of good cause shall be entitled to vote by absentee ballot provided they petition for an absentee ballot in person at the designated place no more than one month and no less than two weeks before a federal election.

6. Voting machines: Voting machines shall be uniform in federal elections.

7. A uniform standard shall be established to ensure one voting machine for X number of registered voters at a polling place.

8. Voting protocols: There shall be uniform federal rules and protocols for voter I.D., registration, voting, poll watching, voting machines, eligibility, timing, locations, tallying, reporting, challenges, recounts, certifications, candidate eligibility, forms etc.

One person — one vote — on one day.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.

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