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HORIST: Expanded voting reduces turnout … increases fraud

HORIST: Expanded voting reduces turnout … increases fraud

For the first couple hundred years of the American Republic, voting procedures were straightforward.  You had to pre-register to be eligible and you had to appear at the polls on Election DAY to cast your ballot with some form of identification.

There was a small provision for absentee voting, but there were strict requirements to prove that you were totally unable to go to the polling place on Election Day – incapacity, out-of-town business or military service.  If you were fudging on your excuse, — your vote — could be challenged.  You could even be subject to civil prosecution.

Over time, the technology changed from long paper ballots to bulky paperless voting machines, to punch card with pesky chads and back to paper ballots — but this time, computer-read.  Because the Constitution gives the states the authority to set election rules and procedures – except qualifications for federal offices – voting laws differ from state-to-state.

Throughout the history of voting, there has been one constant – inaccuracy.  Some miscounts were honest mistakes, but many were institutional vote fraud.  While each new system was designed to address the frauds of the past, they were – and always will be – vulnerable to the creativity and skill of the vote thieves.  No system can ensure an honest count if there is not human supervision by all political stakeholders and impartial observers – even law enforcement — at every step of the way.

One of the historical trends in forming “a more perfect union” – as the Constitution admonishes us – has been to broaden the base of eligible voters.  We extended the franchise from landowners to all males. Republicans supported Negro voting rights in 1854 and led the suffrage fight that finally gave women the vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. The Constitution was amended to allow for the popular election of United States Senators.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 — introduced by Illinois Republican Senator Everett Dirksen and signed by President Lyndon Johnson — was enacted to eradicate the last vestiges of racial discrimination in voting in the old solid Democrat southland.

In 1971, the 26th Amendment granted voting rights to 18-year-olds.  The Vietnam War era slogan “old enough to fight, old enough to vote” carried the day.  The Amendment was passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate and ratified by the states in only eight days – the fastest ratification of any constitutional amendment in American history.

With virtual universal voting rights guaranteed, the issue moved to encourage greater participation – to get more of the eligible voters to the polls and make eligibility, itself, easier.  This resulted in such things as early voting, same day registration, provisional ballots for unregistered voters, vote by mail, reduced restrictions for absentee voting and abandoning requirements for proper identification at the polls.  While these changes were to create a greater turnout, they also provided greater opportunities to influence the count illegally.

One of the procedures that is legal but leads to illegality is the “harvesting” of votes.  This means that a person can collect absentee ballots from a number of people – and to even “assist” a supposedly willing person to fill out the ballot.

However, it is illegal to cast ballots for others without their knowledge or approval. Traditionally, only one relative or person living with the voter was allowed to “harvest,” but California Democrats passed a law – signed by Governor Jerry Brown — that allows anyone to collect and mark ballots.  This is just another example of Democrats attempting to “control” the vote through legal, semi-legal and outright illegal means.  For obvious reasons, “harvesting” had once been referred to as the “nursing home scheme.”

The courts also eased up the requirements to fill out the ballot properly.  There was a time when an X counted, but a check mark did not.  Was a hanging chad a legitimate vote?  Courts shifted from the precision of the law to what became known as the “intent of the voter.” Whether correct or not, can the marks on the ballot fairy indicate intent?  What was once specific is now arbitrary and subject to debate.  It also makes it easier for ballot handlers to mark ballots surreptitiously.

The liberalizing of the voting procedures had seemingly two outcomes.  Ironically, a peer reviewed study by the very liberal University of Wisconsin at Madison, partially funded by the equally liberal Pew Charitable Trust, showed a decline in voter participation by 3% to 4% due to voter confusion and uncertainty.  In other words, all the efforts to encourage greater voter participation actually reduced participation.  This does not matter to Democrats.  Despite claims to the contrary, Democrats are less interested in increasing turnout than influencing the outcome of elections.

Another favorite Democrat circumvention of the legal system is the issuing of driving licenses to illegal aliens.  Since the photo driving license is one of the standard identifications to prove eligibility, it is now easier for illegals to vote in elections, and almost impossible to prevent it.

In some jurisdictions, Democrats have even gone a step further – making it legal for non-citizens to vote.  Since cities and states cannot regulate federal elections, the permission can only be granted in local and state elections.  Often it is limited to school board elections under the theory that if they have children in American schools, they should have a voice in who runs them.

The second outcome of all these efforts to expand voting rights into populations of Democrat and would-be Democrat voters is even more disturbing.  It has resulted in a dramatic INCREASE in voting irregularities, including outright fraud.

Yes, we have all heard those absurd claims from the Democrats and the liberal news media that there is no such thing as vote fraud, but that flies in the face of insurmountable evidence that stealing votes and intentionally misreporting counts remain a problem in close elections.  The less restrictive rules for voting have opened greater opportunities for illegally influencing the outcome of elections by reducing the security of the process at a number of critical points.

One of the evergreen vote schemes is ballots cast by the deceased.  It is so prevalent that it has been a running joke for generations.  To this day, voting rolls maintain the names of the dead.  These provide opportunities for partisans or hired individuals to vote in the name of the dearly departed.  Many regions have more voters –by multiples– on the roll than there are registered voters.  In a few cases, there are more “eligible” dead people than real live registered voters.

Interestingly, Democrats are screaming vote fraud in the only unresolved congressional race in America based on a “statistical anomaly.”  It seems that Republican Mark Harris in North Carolina’s 9th District is ahead by 905 votes – generally considered an insurmountable lead in a congressional race.  The race has been called by all the major news outlets.  However, there is one county that is only partially in the 9th District in which an ill-defined “anomaly” exists.  As a result, the party that claims there have only been about 30 cases of vote fraud in the past ten years (yeah, that is the Democrats’ claim) is now alleging multiples of that number in one Congressional District in one state.

Since the media is overwhelmingly composed of Democrat partisans, they do not wish to focus on vote fraud in Democrat strongholds – mostly the major urban centers – where most of the vote fraud takes place. That is not an opinion but a provable fact.   Not only is the Democrat media unwilling to use their investigative powers to follow up on complaints of vote fraud, the Democrat-controlled prosecutors and courts refuse to pursue the most obvious cases of vote fraud.

I have personally investigated THOUSANDS of cases of vote fraud in Chicago alone – and I could go there today and find case-after-case – none of which will be of interest to the local press or the local Democrat leadership.

This partisan disinterest in vote irregularities and current voting laws that open opportunities for manipulation by corrupt political machines is undermining the integrity of our elections.  If we pretended that bank robbery did not exist and refused to prosecute it, there would be a lot more bank robbery.  That also applies to voting.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Philip Simon

    The reason the vote counts are so messed up, stolen elections which Republican candidates won is because Democrats can’t stand losing.

    • Martin

      And the Republicans just roll over and refuse to fight to expose the fraud.

  2. Philip Simon

    Why are voters voting early, when we spend a lot of money preparing for election day?

  3. Aric Leavitt

    Yes, yes indeed. The “Bolshevik” Dems are rigging and stealing our elections, the “White Russian” GOP know-nothings roll over and play dead, and the “Goebbels” media intrigue is a coup d’etat against our nation. Which proves the urgency of a new American Party, since we are living under a one-party “British” tyranny. Both major parties appear to oppose each other but in reality are mouthpiece orgs for Wall Street globalist interests. Most “elections” are actually SELECTIONS. I reiterate: We need an American Party. But more on that at a future date.
    The bottom line of your excellent article is this: So-called voter expansion is voter FRAUD. It will, in fact, result in lower turnout. How do I know that? Because for starters, I, for one, have decided to boycott future selections… UNTIL American patriots rise up and take our country back by way of a NEW War for Independence. A counter-revolution to replace the current elitist “one man, one vote” farcical fiasco with a lawful system of electors. UNTIL we UNregister millions of INELIGIBLES. UNTIL we end the Jacobin mobocracy of “democratic” dictatorship. The time to act is NOW, America! Unless you like being disenfranchised. Unless you enjoy living in a fictitious CORPORATE state. Unless you want to continue being complicit with the machinations of a de facto government ruled by a private money monarchy.
    Check out the Hebrew word in Scripture for oppression. The English translation is FRAUD.

  4. Aric Leavitt

    I just submitted a three-paragraph comment. Why am I not seeing it posted here?

    • Joe Gilbertson

      This is a moderated group, I’m typing as fast as I can…

  5. Camille Gilliam

    There are times when people need to be able to vote, early. My husband Had a Hemorrhagic Stroke, and can barely go down the stairs, can’t stand in line because of the pain. Yes, I voted at election headquarters when I turned in his absentee ballot. All of this cheating is because the Demonrats can’t stand to lose, so the cheat. Anyone caught cheating that works for the Board of Elections should be jailed for the rest of their lives.

  6. Marilyn

    My name is Marilyn Mobley they should be a very good solution to stop voter fraud
    Count the voting papers that we used to vote with a number for every number a name goes on the list mail-in should be numbered separately so for every valid that is mailed in it has to have a number to correspond with it
    anyone voting needs a picture ID showing they are legally able to vote when a person who votes dies it should automatically be taken off of the list of Eligibility to vote that would stop a lot of crimes right in his tracks

  7. Rich

    Dear Larry,

    Thank you so much for the excellent expose’ on voter fraud. All of your points were proven true through Judicial Watch Freedom of Information requests into voter fraud in certain voter jurisdictions.
    Now comes the BURNING question: Why aren’t there a serious push by real people to present a case to the Supreme Court towards the behalf of true American Citizens of whom never had children nor are collecting Social Security benefits but forced to pay school taxes despite the utter circumvention & contempt of voting by illegals whom have children in public schools YET are COLLECTING social security benefits from the Federal Government and are “allowed” to have a say whom get’s elected to school boards to continue their spending spree?? That’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!! What happened to the mantra: “No taxation without Representation”? As a married couple without children, why are we paying school taxes for other people’s children??? Let’s rally around this point and stop the uncontrollable and UNCOSTITUTIONAL theft!

  8. Aric Leavitt

    Larry, I see my long comment now. For some reason, they don’t appear immediately after posting. Cheers!

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