Despite denials, Virginia voter registration scandal isn’t first for the state

dead voter cartoon by A. F. Branco

David Toscano, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, adopted the standard meme Democrats use when vote or registration fraud occurs. Denial.

Toscano was asked by left of center newspaper The Washington Post about a case being investigated by the FBI after a government worker flagged a voter registration because she happened to know the name on the application belonged to a man who was dead. Thus far, 19 fraudulent voter registrations submitted recently, all bearing names of dead people, are being investigated.

Denial is a stance most media adopt, following Democrats’ lead. This case isn’t the first for Virginia, and there are also cases in numerous other states. 

Early vote Jacksonville, Fla.

Early voting in Jacksonville (North Florida). (Photo: Day on the Day)

Both registration and vote fraud do occur, and it is most often prosecuted at the state and local level because the federal Justice Dept. presently refuses to admit it is a problem.

The Virginia cases shouldn’t surprise anyone.

A case most media ignored took place in 2013 in a county influential in the gubernatorial election of Clinton insider Terry McAuliffe. The Dept. of Justice couldn’t refuse to go after the suspects—the case was too high profile. DOJ withheld the number of fake drivers’ licenses issued.

The DOJ release said:

“Jose Calderon and Noemi Barboza, both 42 and of Sterling, Virginia, were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on conspiracy and bribery of an employee of a state agency receiving federal assistance.”

How many of the fake registrants went on, after obtaining a fake license, to obtain a voter ID card and vote? DOJ didn’t say and considering the current position of the executive branch on such matters, DOJ may not have even tried to determine that.

WaPo put the number at 300, as I noted in my 2014 column about the case.

One argument often put forth by critics of voter ID involves the need for a social security number.

Anyone who believes that requirement will stop fake voter registrations is also in denial.

In August, 2016, a sizable percentage of media ignored another story, this one a confession.

IRS’ inspector general disclosed there are “more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants.”

IRS didn’t tell the owners of those social security numbers about their most valuable identity asset being stolen.

The FBI has been more transparent about this failure, admitting the full number of identity theft victims can’t even be determined.

In the same column I wrote about the Virginia drivers’ license scammers, I noted high profile voter fraud cases in Iowa, Mississippi, Maryland, and California. If you live in a state where illegal votes are cast, your own vote stands to be worthless.

The Republican National Lawyers Association actually keeps a running tally of some voter fraud cases. Another Virginia case not related to those mentioned in this column occurred months before the 2012 election:

“[A] state police investigation…has resulted in charges against 38 people statewide for voter fraud. Warrants have been obtained for a 39th person who can’t be located. A majority of those cases already have resulted in convictions, and 26 additional cases are still being actively investigated nearly 3½ years after the state Board of Elections forwarded more than 400 voter and election fraud allegations from 62 cities and counties to Virginia State Police for individual investigation.” Mark Bowes, Va. Investigates voter fraud , Richmond Times Dispatch, Apr. 22, 2012.”

News is currently breaking about the alleged Washington mall shooter, Arcan Cetin, who is not a US citizen. He reportedly voted in three elections.

Democrats like Toscano can deny voter fraud occurs, and their supporters apprently buy into it.

Fact is it does occur and considering the federal government’s refusal to uphold immigration laws, it will continue to occur and perhaps even increase depending on the outcome of November elections.

In the Virginia drivers’ license scam, all parties were convicted. They received light sentences.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 30, 2016)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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