I do not have a Twitter account and cannot say that I find President Trump’s tweeting to be endearing. He recently sent a tweet (two, actually) that got a lot of press coverage: I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote… those who are illegal and… even, those registered to vote who are dead…
The President also has stated that 3 to 5 million illegal border crossers (noncitizens) voted in the election. This statistic comes from an article that was written by a conspiracy theorist. Most doubt the veracity of the article’s claim. (And, by the by, I am no longer going to refer to such individuals as “undocumented immigrants” or even “illegal immigrants.” Lawlessly crossing a sovereign border does not make one an “immigrant” any more than breaking and entering into someone’s home makes the intruder a “homeowner.”)
So will President Donald Trump’s Justice Department confirm millions of illegal votes in the last election. Almost certainly they will not. However, they will likely find numerous offenses warranting a still broader investigation into voter fraud, legal experts and watchdog groups say.
[Source: Trump DOJ Likely to Find Many Offenses in Voter Fraud Probe, Experts Say, by Fred Lucas]
Voter fraud can be quite consequential. The 2008 Minnesota Senate race Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes. Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. After the race was called for Franken a group dedicated to fair voting practices identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the race. Did it matter much? Yes. Al Franken cast the deciding vote for Obamacare!
In recent actions the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a voter integrity group, reached a consent decree with a county that had voter registration exceeding the total number of county residents!
While the total is unlikely to be 3-5 million, it is likely that 800,000 noncitizens illegally voted in the last presidential election, according to Jesse Richman, an associate professor of political science at Old Dominion University, who extrapolated on a 2014 study that examined illegal voting in the 2008 and 2010 elections. In another instance, a CBS News investigation that found multiple cases of dead voters and double voting in Colorado.
President Barack Obama’s Justice Department ignored Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, better known as the “motor voter” law. This provision requires local governments to maintain and keep voter rolls current. The Obama administration has not enforced this provision of the motor voter law, and in Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio, even took action to prevent maintaining the voter registration rolls. Importantly, California now issues driver’s licenses to illegal border crossers. California issued some 605,000 new driver’s licenses last year to immigrants residing in the country illegally – and that was just the first year of the program.
Remember “the Recount?” Michigan had the closest vote margin and thus Hillary’s best chance for a turn around. The Michigan recount ended after three days of counting by order of a federal judge. However, before the Michigan recount was stopped it was discovered that there was a problem with fraudulent votes. In the Democrat stronghold of Detroit, election officials discovered that there were 782 more votes cast than there were registered voters. What a turnout!
Despite the Democrat complaint that such an investigation would be complex and expensive, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch disagrees strongly. “You can see the numbers we are talking about by looking at public voter registration lists and cross-checking that against a list of noncitizens. The federal government could coordinate with state and local governments and determine who registered to vote illegally. It’s a simple process. That’s why the left is so upset. They know the jig is up.”
Regardless of the numbers involved in illegal voting, I predict (in agreement with Mr. Fitton) that the overwhelming majority will be among those that favor Democrat candidates. As Richard Daily, Democrat mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011 (Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and was re-elected five times) famously advised Chicago Democrat voters, “Vote early and vote often.”