There have been a number of cases recently in which federal judges have struck down voter ID laws in a number of states, ruling that it is an unconstitutional burden to require citizens to prove their identity before exercising their right to cast a vote in an election, despite concerns about voter fraud.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has taken notice of these recent rulings, and when combined with the clear evidence that the Democratic National Committee rigged the Democratic primary process in favor of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and against socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, he has expressed concern that the general election could be rigged against him, using instances of voter fraud to seal the deal.
Trump touched on the topic during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he suggested that, in localities without voter ID laws, there could literally be people voting multiple times without anyone being the wiser, according to Real Clear Politics.
“Well, I’m looking at all of these decisions coming down from the standpoint of identification/voter ID. And I’m saying, what do you mean?” Trump asked. “You don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote and it’s a little bit scary and I’ve heard a lot of bad things.”
Trump proceeded to remind O’Reilly that there were many rumors and a handful of cases during the 2012 election in which certain districts voted overwhelmingly in favor of one candidate, in numbers far greater than anticipated or common sense would predict.
“I’ve been seeing it and I’ve been hearing it a lot. The whole thing with voter ID identification I think is really – I mean people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe. Who knows? They are going to vote 10 times,” Trump stated.
“I am very concerned and I hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful and I hope the authorities are going to be very watchful,” he added. “Because I want to tell you – I believe it’s going to, just like Bernie Sanders ‘I said it was rigged,’ well it’s rigged here too believe me. So I just hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful.”
Sadly, Trump is quite likely correct that the election will be rigged against him, at least somewhat, as there are powerful forces behind the scenes that aren’t exactly looking forward to his cleaning house and shaking things up under a Trump administration.
To be sure, Trump was likely exaggerating a bit, as he tends to do, when he spoke of people voting 10 times.
That said, there have been cases of individuals voting multiple times at different polling locations, through the use of absentee ballots, or even in separate states.
A new series of undercover videos produced by Project Veritas investigative journalist James O’Keefe and released Wednesday demonstrated just how easy it is for someone to vote multiple times. The videos showed the ease with which an impostor can assume another voter’s identity to do so, even in a state like Michigan where voter ID is the nominal law, according to WND.
Here is one video in the series, in which an O’Keefe volunteer impersonates a Wayne State University Law School dean, without any problem at all.
(via: Conservative Tribune)