If you’ve been paying attention at all, this will come as no surprise: The U.S. now has 3.5 million more registered voters than eligible voters. Excerpt:
American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It’s a troubling fact that puts our nation’s future in peril.
The data come from Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.
As reported by the National Review’s Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, “some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.”
Murdock counted Judicial Watch’s state-by-state tally and found that 462 U.S. counties had a registration rate exceeding 100% of all eligible voters. That’s 3.552 million people, who Murdock calls “ghost voters.” And how many people is that? There are 21 states that don’t have that many people.
Nor are these tiny, rural counties or places that don’t have the wherewithal to police their voter rolls.
California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.
Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.
Bear in mind that in cities like Chicago and, arguably, Los Angeles, this is a feature, not a bug. Those are cities tightly controlled by political machines, But that doesn’t make this any less of an electoral calamity.
How can we trust the outcomes of elections when the voter rolls are so obviously broken? How can we have electoral integrity when we don’t know who is voting?
There’s an easy and obvious answer to solve a good part of this, yes, electoral fraud, and that is a requirement to prove your identity before voting. Opponents of voter ID claim that some select groups, for some reason, cannot obtain IDs – but that’s specious horseshit. One cannot function in our modern society without some form of identification, and (let’s say this softly) if someone is so inept, so lacking in purpose, that they can’t even be buggered to obtain an ID…
…do we really want that person voting?
Now many places, our own Colorado among them, have voting by mail. We receive out ballots by mail, we can either return them by mail or drop them off in person at a polling collection box – Mrs. Animal and I favor that last option, rather than trust our ballots to the mails. In these places, well, why the hell can’t we do a biennial verification of the voter rolls? Is it really that hard, in this modern, connected society, to verify the state’s list of eligible voters?
Never mind, I’ll answer that. It isn’t. The only reason to argue against reforming our electoral rolls is that there are entrenched interests that wish the fraud to continue.