Yesterday was Memorial Day, the day the entire nation (more or less) commemorates the lives of those courageous men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. From the War for Independence to Afghanistan and Iraq, on these shores and countries far flung, hundreds of thousands of Americans gave up their lives to preserve the freedoms of their countrymen. One day of honor per year doesn't seem adequate enough. The most precious of those freedoms is the right to vote, to have a say in our representative democracy; to elect those who, in fact, put those brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardsmen, in harm's way. These men and women died for our right to determine our futures at the ballot box. But they did it for us to vote once per person per election.
Voter fraud has been a growing problem across the country, but especially in Virginia. It's not only a matter of fictitious people getting registered and someone voting in that name, it's also living people voting in multiple states. Thus, this frightening headline today from The Foundry, The Heritage Foundation's blog:
Headache may be an understatement. Heartache for those in uniform and those who died in battle. It is a massive mess.
From the post by Kenric Ward:
Reagan George, president of Virginia Voters Alliance, explained how this happens: “Say you move to Kansas and tell the election office there that you were registered in Virginia when you submit your Kansas voter-registration form. If the Kansas election official is bureaucratically lazy or politically motivated, your name never gets removed. The same thing can happen on the Virginia end, and you stay double-registered.”
How many of the 308,000 voters cast multiple ballots in a single election is not known.
But George’s group — working with Election Integrity Maryland — says it found 164 individuals who voted in both states in 2012.
That's just from one analysis from one state. Any guess as to how those people voted? Coming from Maryland? It's not for the conservative, I'll you that. More on the problem can be found at WatchDog.org, here, as well as at Virginia Voter Alliance. A Pew Center On The States study on the problem nationwide can be found, here.
Our countrymen didn't die for us to cheat at the most precious and delicate — and important and fundamental — aspect of our republic. If those who don't vote are chastised for not exercising their rights, what does it make those who cheat those rights, who devalue legal votes by legitimate voters?
That's not the honor reflected in the heroic service of the fallen. While we commemorate Memorial Day only once a year, we actually commemorate it every election day. In Virginia, that means every year. Those who don't find it a priority to secure our voting system need to understand that.