The claim so pervasive on the Left that voter fraud is practically non-existent “is based on an assumption that election officials are on the lookout for fraud and mistakes. But incidents in states from Virginia to Pennsylvania to New York show that too many election officials are ignoring or even covering up the systemic problems brought to their attention. One way not to find something is simply not to look.”
Officials at the very top are setting the standard for not looking, leaving it to private individuals and groups to do the job the DOJ and local election officials won’t: looking for and finding duplicates, dead people, non-citizens, and ineligible felons on voter rolls across the country.
Even though that’s a rich vein of potential mischief for fraudsters, the Obama administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit in eight years demanding that counties clean up their voter rolls, as they are required to do by the federal “motor voter” law. I’ve spoken to three Justice Department lawyers who attended a meeting on Nov. 30, 2009, in which they claim then-deputy assistant attorney general Julie Fernandez said the DOJ would not be enforcing that provision of the motor voter law because it ran counter to the law’s overall goal of “increasing turnout.”
Transparency and accountability in our election processes aren’t coming from the top down; it will have to be demanded from the bottom up. It’s too important to ignore.