Mail in Balloting- Good or Bad? The Art of Misdirection

“Misdirection. What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.”-John Travolta as Gabriel in the movie “Swordfish”

Every venue in the news world, seems to see mail-in voting as the second coming.
The misdirection of focus on this issue is well played, I must say..
To best illustrate this,we’ll do the “What You See” followed with “ the Complete Story”

What You See:

There is no evidence of widespread fraud, in either regular voting or mail voting. It’s true that in voting by mail, the ballot is filled out in private, which opens up more potential avenues of fraud. But there is not any evidence of routine or even statistically significant fraud in the five states that do all-mail elections, election experts say.

These states — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah — have best practices, such as having the voter sign the envelope of the ballot, which they then match with the signature in the state’s voter rolls, or tracking the ballot with a bar code to and from a voter’s home.(The Washington Post-April 20th,2020 “Examining the arguments against voting by mail: Does it really lead to fraud or benefit only Democrats”)

Vote fraud in the United States is exceedingly rare, with mailed ballots and otherwise. Over the past 20 years, about 250 million votes have been cast by a mail ballot nationally. The Heritage Foundation maintains an online database of election fraud cases in the United States and reports that there have been just over 1,200 cases of vote fraud of all forms, resulting in 1,100 criminal convictions, over the past 20 years. Of these, 204 involved the fraudulent use of absentee ballots; 143 resulted in criminal convictions.

Let’s put that data in perspective.

One hundred forty-three cases of fraud using mailed ballots over the course of
20 years comes out to seven to eight cases per year, nationally. It also means that across the 50 states, there has been an average of three cases per state over the 20-year span. That is just one case per state every six or seven years. We are talking about an occurrence that translates to about 0.00006 percent of total votes cast( The Hill-“Let’s put the vote-by-mail ‘fraud’ myth to rest.)

There is no evidence  of such partisan advantage in the detailed results from the past dozen elections in California, Utah and Washington. They were analyzed by the Democracy and Polarization Lab at Stanford, which chose the states because each steadily expanded voting by mail, county by county, in the last two decades so that it is now nearly universally used.(The Fulcrum- Vote-by-mail benefits neither party and is nearly fraud-free, new studies find-April 16th,2020

The best facts we can gather to assess the magnitude of the alleged problem of voter fraud show that, although millions of people cast ballots every year, almost no one knowingly and willfully casts an illegal vote in the United States today,” Minnite wrote in her book, “The Myth of Voter Fraud.”

A study by the National Vote At Home Coalition found that out of 100 million votes cast in Oregon since mail-in voting was adopted in 2000, there were only twelve cases of fraud.

This point of view is echoed endlessly in the news .Some of the most used adjectives with mail voting fraud are, rare, relativity rare,and extremely rare.

Let’s redirect the focus……


The Complete Story”

The school of thought behind mail in voting seemed to make sense. Give citizens more options and more time and voter participation would increase.

However, over time that didn’t really pan out.

Decades ago, voting rights activists successfully won over certain states, beginning with Texas, to adopt policies that opened access to easier early voting. Their argument? That it would increase voter turnout.

Well, guess what. That’s not panned out as planned.

“Study: Early voting associated with lower turnout,” reported Pew Research Center in September of 2013, citing a study released that same year from the University of Wisconsin.

And in 2009, there was this report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Turnout Effects of Early Voting, Election Day Registration, and Same Day Registration in the 2008 Presidential Election,” that found: “[W]hile some reform practices increase turnout, others have little effect. Most importantly, we find that the most popular proposal — early voting — actually decreases turnout.”

In the meanwhile, convenience voting has exploded.

Consider this, from the National Conference of State Legislatures: In 37 states and the District of Columbia, “any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required.”

Can’t take a time-out from grocery shopping to stop by the polling place on the designated day to vote? No worries.

“[One] question surrounding [Voting By Mail] is whether it increases voter fraud,” MIT’s Election Lab wrote. “There are two major features of VBM that raise these concerns. First, the ballot is cast outside the public eye, and thus the opportunities for coercion and voter impersonation are greater. Second, the transmission path for VBM ballots is not as secure as traditional in-person ballots. These concerns relate both to ballots being intercepted and ballots being requested without the voter’s permission.”

It’s one thing to want to help the handicapped and overseas-deployed members of the military to cast their votes. It’s another thing entirely to change voting laws to accommodate personal conveniences and yes, laziness. And it’s another level of outrage completely to change voting laws to accommodate those who do take advantage of the conveniences of early, absentee and mail-in voting, but then can’t manage to properly fill out their ballot.

Let’s remember: Voting is a citizen’s right — but it’s also a privilege. It’s not something to be taken lightly: it’s not supposed to be something that’s simply done as a matter of convenience to the voter.

It’s a somber, supposedly thoughtful act of patriotic duty that carries with it the weight of law and order, the potential to shape the republic, and the possibility to buoy — or bend and break — both spirit and soul of the Constitution.

The narrative seems to be  that mail in balloting only affects small inconsequential segments and in particular local elections.

The one example that is repeated with nausem is the 2019 North Carolinia’s 2018 Ninth Congressional District fiasco with the issue. For more detail, pls see

I will plead the case that there is a far more invasive voter fraud and it possibly has the potential to change political history in a huge way.

The source is the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) legislated in 1993. 
In an effort to encourage more Americans to register to vote, Congress and then-President Bill Clinton enacted the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in 1993. Commonly referred to as “Motor Voter”, the law mandates that “states provide individuals with the opportunity to register to vote at the same time that they apply for a driver’s license or seek to renew a driver’s license.” The law also directs states to “offer voter registration opportunities at all offices that provide public assistance and all offices that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.”

 Since the NVRA’s passage in 1993, the number of registered voters has increased every year. According to the Bipartisan Policy Institute, the share of the voting-age population that is registered to vote has increased from 68.4 percent in 1992 to 70.0 percent in 2012. Politico reported that over 200 million people were registered to vote before the 2016 election.

Certainly, the NVRA simplified the process for registering voters by allowing individuals to register when they applied for driver’s licenses. For practical reasons, states do not differentiate licenses between citizens and aliens. Plenty of legal immigrants apply for and receive licenses every day. While they have equal access to a driver’s license, legal immigrants, as non-citizens, do not have the right to vote. But due to the NVRA, almost all of them were presented the opportunity in their license application to register to vote, and many (often mistakenly) selected that they wanted to be registered to vote. This process usually involved simply checking off a box on the application, which was then sent off to the state board of elections.

The Boston Herald said in their opinion piece published “Illegal immigrants should not get driver’s licenses”
September 4, 2019 .

“A driver’s license can bridge the gap between undocumented status and the full privileges of citizenship, including voting. It is quite a reward to bestow upon someone who has repeatedly broken the law, in most cases, in establishing an unearned livelihood in this country.”
 As of December 2019, 15 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico issue driver’s licenses or permits to some or all of the population residing illegally in the United States. 

Los Angeles times-Sept 15th, 2018
“More than 23,000 Californians were registered to vote incorrectly by state DMV”

Washington Times-October 8th, 2018
“California DMV admits that non-citizens are registered to vote—-Sacramento”

California Globe-January 9th 2019
DMV enables Massive Voter Fraud in the Golden State”

Public Legal Foundation-August 26th, 2018
 At Least 3,100 Noncitizens Registered to Vote in Just 13 Sanctuary Cities

Accordingly, from “The Heritage Foundation”article ”Integrity Do Illegal Votes Decide Elections?” published on Dec 16th, 2016

The danger looms large in states such as California, which provides driver’s licenses to noncitizens, including those here illegally, and which also does nothing to verify citizenship during voter registration. In a 1996 House race, then-challenger Loretta Sanchez defeated incumbent Rep. Bob Dornan by under 1,000 votes. An investigation by a House committee found 624 invalid votes by noncitizens, nearly enough to overturn the result.

A postelection survey conducted by Americas Majority Foundation found that 2.1% of noncitizens voted in the 2016  Nov. 8 election. In the battleground states of Michigan and Ohio, 2.5% and 2.1%, respectively, of noncitizens reported voting. To further illustrate the point and taking some liberties with the numbers, if we take the illegal immigrant population of Michigan(100,000 taken from Pew Research stats in 2016) and take that times the 2.5%, we arrive at 2,500 in that election alone. Taking that number times 50 states and you get 125,000 illegal votes in that national  election.

In 2013, pollster McLaughlin & Associates conducted an extensive survey of Hispanics on immigration issues. Its voter-profile tabulation shows that 13% of noncitizens said they were registered to vote. That matches closely the Old Dominion/George Mason study, in which 15.6% of noncitizens said they were registered.”

National Review

DHS Slams New York Law Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses-December, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement Monday condemning New York lawmakers for passing legislation that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license using foreign documentation.

The so-called “Green Light” law, which was passed in June, took effect on Monday as illegal immigrants lined up outside New York City DMV branches to claim licenses. The law also prevents the New York DMV from sharing information on illegal immigrants with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

This will protect criminals at the expense of the safety and security of law-abiding New York residents,” a spokesman for DHS said in a statement.  Besides giving drivers licenses to hundreds of thousands of people who broke our laws and have come to our country illegally,” the spokesman continued, “the New York law also blocks DHS law enforcement officers who investigate crimes like child exploitation, human trafficking, terrorism, the targeting of gang members, sex offenders, and drug smuggling, from accessing important public records.”

Several county clerks have pushed back against the Green Light law since it was signed. Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns asserted on his Twitter account that half the county clerks in the state who work with the DMV wanted Governor Andrew Cuomo to stop the law from taking effect.

“I’m now going to have to accept a report card from a foreign country and foreign documentation, a foreign passport as authenticated documents,” Kearns told Fox and Friends on Saturday. “I, myself, as the clerk am going to have to do that.”

In article entitled-“15 Election Results That Were Thrown Out Because of Fraudulent Mail”-In Ballots.  The Daily Signal published in April shows these instances are a little more than rare.

Below are a few cases:

In a 2018 Texas case, Armando O’Cana seemingly won a run-off race for mayor in Mission, Texas, beating incumbent Norberto “Beto” Salinas. But after strong evidence emerged that O’Cana’s campaign had bribed voters, tampered with absentee ballots, and improperly “assisted” voters at the polls, state Judge J. Bonner Dorsey invalidated the result, saying: “I hold or find, by clear and convincing evidence, that the number of illegal votes was in excess of 158.” 

In 2016, Missouri state Rep. Penny Hubbard won the 2016 Democratic primary in the state’s 78th House District by just 90 votes. Her opponent, Bruce Franks Jr., contested the outcome over a lopsided absentee vote tally. Judge Rex Burlison ruled that enough improper absentee ballots were cast to change the results and ordered a new election. Franks won by 1,533 votes.

In the 2003 mayor’s race in East Chicago, Indiana, challenger George Pabey defeated eight-term incumbent Robert Patrick on Election Day, but lost by 278 votes after about 2,000 absentee ballots poured in.

Then there’s  the “harvest balloting” issue that has the potential to be lethal in some elections. But that’s for another post.

Some people, no actually, most people sometimes feel that their vote doesnt count.  Consider this,in the Florida 2000 Presidential Election ,George Bush’s winning margin was a razor thin “537” votes.

Those votes meant Bush  received the 25 electorial votes need to win. 537 votes changed the direction of the country.

Dont be misdirected. Vote in November and  insure we stay on the path.

Find your Senator or Congressman’s contact information on this website.  and click on the “for more info”

‘GO to your state find your district and contact them. Let them know that these proceedings need to stop. Call and tell them they are on notice!!!

Thank you for reading. Stay safe, Godspeed and God Bless America