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Stealing Elections, Revised andUpdated: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy by John Fund This Book Is A StealJohn Fund explores the real divide the country faces with the loomingelection. Through wary thoughts on voting integrity, he shows how eletionscan be decided by the votes of dead people, illegal felon voters, andabsentee voters that simply dont exist. If nothing is done to address thegrowing cynicism about vote counting, rest assured that another closepresidential election that descends into bitter partisan wrangling is justaround the corner.Features:* ISBN13: 9781594032240* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices
Personal Review: Stealing Elections, Revised and Updated:How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy by John Fundohn Funds excellent non-partisan "Stealing Elections" is a tough look atone aspect of Americas broken democracy -- election fraud -- and does acompetent job of covering this growing problem. He takes both Democratsand Republicans to task for underhanded behavior. He does a particularlygood job at researching recent developments from a reporters neutralviewpoint. Still, the seriousness of the subject suggests a need for a well-funded study run by academics who could apply more analytical rigor. Still,Funds book is the best weve got.Americas election system is perhaps the "modern worlds sloppiestelection system" writes Mr. Fund. Its haphazard and fraud prone. The USranks near the bottom among world nations in terms of voter participation(139th of 163 democracies). Local election offices are cash-strapped andvoter rolls are flawed; voter ignorance, lackadaisical law enforcement andshortages of trained volunteers further compound the problem. Reform iseasy to talk about, hard to do. A close election risks a legal battle fought byarmies of lawyers, so its necessary to win "beyond the margin of litigation"he writes.Voting is problematic because its a private act done in public for a politicalpurpose. So its difficult to know whether an election result is valid sincemuch of the choosing is concealed from public view.Mr. Fund criticizes both sides for underhanded tactics. In somewhat of astretch, he tried to apply Thomas Sowells "unconstrained" and"constrained" categories to voting (I wonder what Mr. Sowell might thinkabout this). The connection is somewhat loose -- Democrats prefer fairoutcomes (votes cast) while Republicans prefer fair process (playing bythe rules) and I agree with Mr. Funds general direction, but its still astretch. In a ballsy move, Mr. Fund declares Democrats are more likely toindulge in vote fraud than Republicans (and I think hes right) yet he doesthis without seriously undermining his neutral stance as a non-partisan. Hedoesnt dance around this issue, and I applaud him for his bluntness.Democratic underhandedness often involves a push for greater numbers ofvoters, regardless of legality. Bill Clintons 1993 "Motor Voter Law"required persons visiting their local DMVs to be offered a chance toregister to vote. From 1994 to 1998, there was a 20% increase in "voters"but one study found few of these drivers who registered actually voted.Motor-Voter fueled an expansion of phantom voters. In a related effort,Hillary Clinton supported the "Count Every Vote Act" (2005) to boost voterparticipation despite this going against the Constitutions requirement thatstates (not the federal government) control elections. Senator Clintonestimated that of the roughly five million disenfranchised felons, mostwould lean Democratic; but do we really want felons voting? Supposedlysome jailbirds in Maine and Vermont actually voted from their cells. Other
questionable tactics by Democrats include shuttling homeless people tothe polls on election day. Since many likely Democratic voters tend to bepoor, theyre more susceptible to bribes.Republican have their bag of dirty tricks too. One operative hired a firm torepeatedly call Democratic "get out the vote" phone banks on election day.This tied up their lines. The operatives were caught and spent 7 months injail after a lawsuit, although this is one of the few instances where votefraud was actually punished with jail time. Republicans sometimes hirepolice officers to hang around polls to intimidate some voters.Understandably Republicans prefer requirements such as identificationcards with photographs.Absentee ballots increase the risk of vote fraud, in his view. It lengthensthe actual time of an election, making it harder to oversee and police.Television exit polls are totally bypassed by mailed-in ballots, so there isno media check on election accuracy when absentee balloting becomesextensive. The author sees a dangerous trend towards use of absenteeballots since it is very convenient for an apathetic public to vote with verylittle effort. Thirty states now allow absentee ballots without an excuse. Inelections in Washington, California and Arizona, about half of all votes castwere absentee ballots. Its easier for party operatives to target the elderly,infirm, low-income, and non-English speaking persons, and deliver their"vote". Commentators from both left (Norman Ornstein) and right (GeorgeWill) have voiced opposition to absentee balloting.The author thinks George W. Bush won Florida, despite the media outcry,based on a media consortium examining 170,000 disputed ballots. Floridais still the "gold standard for botched elections" he writes. Liberals persistin thinking the election was stolen despite fairly definitive proof that Bushwon the state.An activist group called ACORN (Association of Community Organizationsfor Reform Now) has promoted voting in low income areas, with a left-leaning agenda. But it has often been associated with voter fraud. It helpedsubmit names in Seattle for voting, but 97% of 1805 names were laterruled invalid. He notes presidential candidate Barack Obama was linkedwith ACORN as their attorney in 1995 and as a trainer of ACORN staff. Hesees Barack Obama as a "faux reformer".Mr. Fund points out electoral fraud in places like Mississippi, Milwau kee,Seattle, and gives examples from Jimmy Carters presidential campaign aswell. He discusses vote fraud from history. Tammany Hall used devicessuch as pre-marked ballots and preyed on vulnerable immigrants. From1868 to 1871, votes totaled were more than 8% of the actual population.Mr. Fund offers a list of intelligent steps to combat vote fraud. Theyinclude: ID requirements at the polls; discourage absentee balloting; rein invoter-chasing lawyers; centralized state-wide voter registration lists (to
avoid duplication). He thinks same-day registration is a recipe for mischief.Surprisingly, he didnt have much commentary about whether electronicvote-counting machines were better than paper ballots; changes in votingequipment almost always pose problems, he writes. To replace an agingcorps of elderly poll-worker volunteers, hed encourage college studentsand graduating high school seniors to become involved (good idea). Otherrecommendations: require absentee ballots to be signed in the presence ofa witness whose address & phone number are provided; only votersshould be allowed to request an absentee ballot; campaign workers shouldbe barred from delivering absentee ballots; states should run computerchecks to compare voter lists against death notices and convicted felons;give state election officials power to examine vote fraud anddisenfranchisement issues; put citizen appointees on election boards withequal representation from both parties which are overseen by a non-partisan. He whips out a surprise recommendation about "provisionalballots" (which allow a person who tries to vote but is denied to specify achoice anyway). This permits a later decision to overturn the rejectedregistration and actually cast a vote. In my view, this adds needlesscomplexity and more mess to a difficult system.Generally Mr. Funds recommendations are sensible and smart but I seethe problem as much, much deeper than electoral fraud. I think Americandemocracy is decaying, and the problems are structural, systemic, andsevere, and wont be solved with stop-gap solutions like Mr. Fund isproposing. I think the only recourse to save our Republic is a SecondConstitutional Convention, and I am summoning this body to meet inIndependence Hall in Philadelphia, beginning July 4, 2009, to craft a newConstitution, based on the old one, which restores our democracy alonglines Ive proposed in m For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:Stealing Elections, Revised and Updated: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy by John Fund 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!