Becoming more and more hysterical at the possibility of losing the presidential election, liberals and their media allies are psyching up the public to expect legal challenges in any states that have close elections. Florida is the focus of their paranoia because of President George W. Bush's narrow wins there by 537 votes in 2000.
They are putting out the spin that, if pre-election polls show Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in the lead in Florida but the paperless voting machines give Bush the victory, that means the election is suspect! They have already lined up hundreds of litigating lawyers to rush into court to persuade activist judges to change the results.
After the prolonged uncertainty of the Florida election of 2000, Florida spent millions of dollars to replace butterfly ballots with touch-screen machines. Now we find that they are just as controversial and a challenge is pending in a Tallahassee court.
Democrats are not claiming election fraud, and former Vice President Al Gore didn't claim fraud in 2000. Gore was free to present evidence of fraud or other misconduct, but he had no such evidence and that's why his strategy was to demand a different method of counting the ballots.
This time the Democrats' game plan is to accuse Republicans of suppressing the minority vote, asserting that "ballot security" and "preventing voter fraud" are just code words for intimidating minority voters. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was in Florida last week accusing Republicans of "trying to keep people from voting." It's good to keep people from voting who are not eligible to vote. Unfortunately, there are many ways that ballots are cast and counted for people who are not eligible.
A New York Daily News investigation discovered that 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both New York and Florida. That's illegal, of course, and punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but nobody checks registration rolls across state lines and these election frauds go unpunished.
Of the 46,000, 68 percent are Democrats, 12 percent are Republicans, and 16 percent didn't claim a party. The Daily News also found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters voted twice in at least one election, and one man voted twice in seven elections including the last four presidential races.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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