Phyllis Schlafly

John Fund's new book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Dimensions; $16,95) says, "After extensive research, I can report that while voting irregularities are common, the number of people who have spent time in jail as a result of a conviction for voter fraud in the last dozen years can be counted on the fingers of one hand."

Across the country and especially in Florida, Democrats are trying to register felons. This is despite the fact that Florida has disenfranchised felons for as long as it has been a state, as specifically allowed by the U.S. Constitution in Section 2 of the 14th Amendment.

Democrats have conducted voter registration drives in Florida county jails in an effort to harvest the vote of the 31,591 pre-trial detainees. They are eligible to vote if they are not already convicted felons.

The jails treat Democratic precinct workers like any other visitors and allow them to talk privately with detainees. The jail supervisor subsequently provides and collects absentee ballots.

In Jacksonville, Fla., Democrats are registering the homeless population. What about a home address? The homeless just use the address of a government agency in the precinct where they register.

The U.S. Justice Department and state police are investigating criminal vote fraud in Florida based on widespread allegations of phony voter registrations and forged party-affiliation change cards. Absentee ballots are highly susceptible to fraud and forgery, and Palm Beach County is sending out 100,000 absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 election.

Under the Motor Voter Law, the first law passed by the administration of former President Bill Clinton, states are required to accept voter registrations by mail without proof of residence or citizenship. There is no way to check voting by illegal immigrants.

One good thing about the 2002 Help America Vote Act was its requirement that voter registration forms include a box where the applicant can check to affirm his citizenship, and then sign the application. A lawsuit has been filed in Florida calling the citizenship box "nonsensical" and asking a judge to require the state to register applicants even if they fail to check the citizenship box. One of the best ways to prevent voter fraud is to require that each voter presents a picture identification. Democrats oppose this at every turn despite the fact we are already required to show picture ID for everything from boarding an airplane to renting a video.

In New Mexico, where Al Gore won in 2000 by only 366 votes, an activist state supreme court just "interpreted" a 2003 state law to wipe out its requirement that every voter present "current and valid" identification in order to receive a ballot. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said, "There will be few if any checks at the polls this fall to ensure that a voter is who they say they are."

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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