As rosters of voters swell during this presidential election year, expect considerably more voter fraud in states such as Pennsylvania, where spurious arguments over “disenfranchisement” have derailed reform and opened the door to mischief.
Nationwide, The Heritage Foundation voter fraud database lists more than 400 proven cases of vote-buying, ineligible voting, absentee ballot shenanigans and bogus registration. Then there are the abuses committed by election officials.
Last June, three Philadelphia officials were charged with fraud. Among them is Robin Trainor, a Philly polling place judge who, in the May 2015 primary, reportedly went into a voting booth to help her husband, then stepped out, signed her son’s name to the election register, reset the voting machine and voted again.
Philly District Attorney Seth Williams called the abuse outrageous.
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Then there’s Minnesota, which logged more than 100 convictions between 2008 and 2011 for fake registrations, ineligible voting and absentee-ballot tampering, according to Heritage.
Commonsense measures to ensure the integrity of elections — such as voter identification laws in Pennsylvania and elsewhere — have been sidelined by ambiguous claims of minority disenfranchisement. Yet those allegations are not nearly as well documented as voting fraud convictions.
In this presidential election year, the commonwealth opens the floodgates to all manner of fraud by turning a blind eye to it.
The above editorial appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.