Robert Knight is a senior fellow and policy expert with the American Civil Rights Union. Robert served as a journalist for 15 years, seven as an editor and writer with the Los Angeles Times. He’s a regular weekly columnist for the Washington Times, Townhall.com and OneNewsNow.com He has held senior positions with the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Media Research Center and Coral Ridge Ministries.
Is there legitimate concern regarding voter fraud or is this just hype? Robert believes the sheer amount of it should give people pause for concern. He noted that those on the left say that either voter fraud doesn’t exist or it’s such a small problem that it’s negligible.
The fact is, the problem is there and Robert suggested we begin with corrected voter registration rolls that haven’t been cleaned up in years. The ACRU has discovered more than 200 counties around the nation that have more people registered to vote than there are age eligible citizens in those counties who can vote. This tells you that there’s great opportunity for fraud.
Robert talked about dead people in California and Colorado that have ‘voted’ in several elections. In another instance, hundreds of people over 100 years old were found to have ‘voted’ in the last few elections. Even more bizarre was that they found hundreds of ‘voters’ that were listed with birth dates of January 1, 1800.
Jim provided even more statistics that show that fraud of this nature seems rather widespread across the nation. Robert followed up by describing how the Pew Foundation studied the nation’s voter rolls in 2012 and found that 1.8 million dead people were on the voter rolls. They found problems with over 20 million voter registrations as being either inaccurate or having errors in them. Hundreds of thousands of individuals were actually registered to vote in 2 or 3 states.
In order to help prevent fraud, voter I.D. was recommended in 2005 by a bipartisan committee chaired by Republican Jim Baker and former President Jimmy Carter. In spite of this there continues to be those who oppose such laws. President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch communicate that such laws are racist because they suppress the minority vote. Jim responded by noting how outrageous this is because he’s had to show photo I.D. when making a purchase from a pharmacy. He also noted the need to show such I.D. when getting rid of waste oil or when borrowing a book from the public library.
As this Crosstalk moved along, Jim had Robert comment on/answer other voter fraud related issues including:
–What is the State Cross-Check program?
–What lawsuits have been filed by the ACRU?
–What impact is the news media having on the election?
–Were debate questions leaked to Hillary Clinton?
–What impact does voter fraud have in a swing state?
–What about the push for the inclusion of international observers?
This broadcast contains much more including comments from numerous Crosstalk callers.