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Vote by mail is a very dangerous idea

Vote by mail is a very dangerous idea

I fancy myself as a bit of an expert on election fraud – at least a knowledgeable person.  On two occasions, I was involved with civic organizations that fought against flagrant vote fraud in Chicago.  I have seen every trick in the book – and it is a thick book.  Chicago was a good place to learn because the Democrat machine was the state-of-the-art in stealing elections.  I experienced it personally when I ran in the Republican primary for Mayor of Chicago because 42 percent of the GOP votes for mayor evaporated – but that is a story for another time.

I was able to delay the use of punch cards by demonstrating to then-Mayor Jane Byrne how easy it was to cast fraudulent ballots or easily destroy ballots – or make them just disappear.  Election fraud was so rampant in the major Democrat precincts that more than once we had to have federal marshals come to Chicago to serve as polling place monitors.  It was commonly believed that the Chicago machine could “flip” 100,000 votes without breaking into a sweat.

You may have heard one of the great liberal lies – what my grandfather would call “a whopper” before Burger King stole the term.  They claim that there is no such thing as vote fraud.  Never happens.  It is just a myth.  So sayeth people like Democrat National Chairman Tom Perez and CNN personality Chris Cuomo.

That is one of the traits of authoritarians – the audacious lies.  Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and even North Korean god-king Kim Jong-un claim they are the product of free elections.

There are certain things one must understand about election fraud.

  1. It is most prevalent in major cities where Democrats exert essentially one-party rule.
  2. It is very difficult to detect – especially when one party does the monitoring.
  3. It is very difficult to successfully prosecute vote fraud when the ruling party controls the prosecutorial offices and the courts.
  4. That some voting policies and procedures are more vulnerable to fraud than others.

The safest and most honest elections occur when voters are required to personally appear – with a picture ID — at a polling place that is monitored by legitimate representatives of both major parties – and even third parties.  I use the word “legitimate” because too many polling places in urban centers are monitored by Democrats and Democrats taking on the legally designated Republican positions.

That is where vote-by-mail comes in.  Even when mailing a ballot was limited to a very few “absentee” voters – and when it was illegal to use that option without good cause (infirmity, business travel and military service) – the most serious standardized election abuses were with those absentee ballots.

That is because those ballots can be easily intercepted going to the voter and coming from the voter.  They can then travel outside and protective guardrails.  Nursing homes were particularly vulnerable because Democrat precinct hacks round up requests for ballots from the residents and receive them when the actual ballots arrived. In many cases, the political operative would fill out the ballot and send it in.

Such ballots would be cast by people with a mental incapacity to make sound judgments.  Some residents would not even know that they voted.  And of course, having died was no barrier to voting.  It is arguable that limited absentee balloting – even though more vulnerable to political mischief – has a greater upside than downside.  But expanding the practice – with its vulnerability – to the widest scale puts our entire elections in the hands of political manipulators – crooks.

Voting the dead is standard operating procedure.  That is why you see such reluctance by Democrat officials to purge the rolls of dead people – or even people who moved away.  To the political machines, those folks are still potential voters.

President Trump said that if we had vote-by-mail, Republicans would not win future elections.  Of course, he exaggerates.  But it is true that the beneficiary of vote fraud was … and is … the Democratic Party.  Hell, it is widely accepted that President Kennedy was elected President of the United States because of massive vote fraud by the Daley machine in Chicago and the Lyndon Johnson machine in Texas.  If the votes in those states had been counted honestly, Kennedy would not have been elected.  If political chicanery can flip a presidential election, you can imagine how easy it is to steal some local office.

Early voting is not a terribly good idea for a lot of reasons, but at least folks have to show up.  The key to preventing vote stealing is to have honest representatives of all interests as observers.

Other reforms that work to the advantage of those dedicated to vote fraud because they are less safe – more prone to vote fraud.  They include same-day-registration, provisional ballots, vote-by-computer (smartphone), no-ID-needed.

These are all sold on the basis that they increase the number of voters.   That is debatable – and not substantiated in the few studies that exist.  But it is certain that those reforms open the doors more widely to vote fraud.

In all the negotiations, court cases and debates I have been involved in with my Democrat counterparts, I have not seen one instance in when they have ever proposed or accepted a reform that more tightly sealed the backdoors to corruption.

It does not take much research to dismiss the bogus claims of the Democrats that there is no such thing as vote fraud.

The issue of vote-by-mail has resurfaced because of the COVID-19 virus.  They claim it would be safer for the health of the individual.  Maybe in the current extreme case we have today – and the controversy over the just-completed Wisconsin primary.  But vote-by-mail is an existential threat to the health of the Republic.

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. Fedupwithdirtypols

    Asshole Northram, the baby killing, black face wearing, history denying and rewriting gov. of VA just changed our laws to no ID required and absentee voting up to 45 days early with no reason needed. And for the record, VA did not have a massive identity crisis in last fall’s elections…more Republicans won their races; there were just that many Dems that weren’t up for re-election. VA needs a purging!!

    • Dan Tyree

      Northram isn’t good enough to kiss Trump’s ass. Or any republican’s ass.

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  3. L. Ann

    Are you saying that the Postal Service does not deliver nor receive the votes back to the voting headquarters?

    • DB

      The US Post Office is no longer the trusted and efficient organization that we, that are older, remember when postage was 3 or 4 cents per letter. Unfortunately it has become a haven for the lame and lazy, thieves, and cheats. Why do I say that, because I have been a victim. Its the people you never see that are the problems.

  4. John

    Well what does one say about cheating in elections ask the folks in North Carolina who were with out representation due to a republican operatives vote harvesting fraud scram. I like the idea of mail in ballots unless one suspects the post office of rigging the election. When the ballots are counted there are members of different parties watching over the process. Voter suppression of eligible voters is also voter fraud….. now I can’t imagine that can you? If “real” conservatives want to win perhaps they should rein in election fraud in the current “republican” party and work to change their message and work for the good of all Americans.

  5. David Barron

    When we look back at the last Presidential Election and see the likes of Brenda Snipes in Palm Beach Florida and her massive voter fraud attempt, and see Stacy Abrams of Georgia and her voter Fraud Issue, beside continuing to claim she won, the City of Chicago where all political reason and common since was left decades ago, we can not give an inch or the mile will result in a ten mile take on the Democratic Side. It is the Democrats who fight this tooth and nail, not the Republicans, ask yourself why? I have never met a Democrat I have trusted or liked, and continually watch them and hold my wallet tight;

  6. Mike

    Larry, you spout many things in your article, but the thing that is lacking is proof. Not one documented fact. Your beloved Donald Trump established a commission to deal with voter fraud, headed up by an idiot admittedly, Kris Kobach, but they found nothing in their something over 12 month investigation. In fact, the only recently documented case of voter fraud was in North Carolina, where a GOP operative was collecting unfinished ballots and then completing them. That did cause an election to be invalidated. So yes, there is some evidence of fraud, but not by the democrats. There are examples of states that do mail in voting as well, Colorado comes to mind. There have not been allegations of widespread voter fraud there. So stop with your “logical conclusions” and try some facts instead. So there tis….

    • Richard

      What kind of moron doesn’t believe the Dems have committed fraud in every election that anyone can remember? And, what kind of moron doesn’t believe that there is plenty of proof of Dem shananigans in many elections as cited? Not only that, they want to obstruct any sensible legislation which requires voter ID (which should be mandatory). Trump faced so many obstacles (like Dem governors not allowing access to voter information, for one) with the committee looking into fraud that it just fell apart. There it ’tis.

  7. Lowell

    Photo I,D, Paper ballots and purple thumbs!!!

    MAGA/KAG Trump 2020!!!

  8. Derek Blurb

    What’s wrong with winning an election with 106% if the votes? Lotsa dictators were repeat successes that way. We’ll get there..