BREAKING: Trump Announces MAJOR Investigation
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and…” the president tweeted Wednesday morning, “even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!”
At the daily press briefing Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said “it was possible” that the president would launch an investigation into the voter fraud allegations.
“As I said, I think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has,” Spicer said. “There’s one that came out of Pew in 2008 that showed 14 percent of people who voted were non-citizens. There’s other studies that have been presented to him.”
Although the numbers Trump sites are likely extraordinarily high, there's evidence to suggest that non-citizen voters have tipped the scales in favor of Democrats. A Washington Post report compiled by Old Dominion University professors Jesse Richman and David Earnest found that non-citizen voter participation likely helped Democrats win close elections, getting them to the critical 60 votes necessary to pass Obamacare.
Then there's the whole zombie voter phenomenon. Last year, a CBS 2 Los Angeles investigation revealed hundreds of dead voters repeatedly casting ballots from the grave in Southern California. A CBS 4 Denver investigation found numerous instances of Colorado citizens casting votes from the afterlife. In Detroit, Jill Stein's quixotic recount efforts revealed that voting machines in one third of Detroit precincts counted more votes than the actual number of voters who showed up.
Voter fraud is a problem. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But what's important now is how citizens who care about free and fair elections approach it. A federal investigation may be worthwhile, but it's absolutely important that President Trump not overreach and, in doing so, create a new precedent for future Democrats to meddle at the state level, or allow the left to create the impression that voter fraud investigations are really about voter suppression.
So what to do? Look to the states. As Townhall's Guy Benson notes, voter integrity laws enjoy broad bipartisan support. Republicans currently control 32 statehouses, and it would behoove Republican governors to look to Virginia. As Bloomberg explains, a good Voter ID law looks like this:
If we care about voter integrity, and we should, a free ID is a drop in the bucket expense. Conservative activists should push for such commonsense measures, so further federal meddling with state election procedures becomes unnecessary.
The law upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit resembles the laws struck down by other courts. Enacted in 2013, the law, known as S.B. 1256, requires voters to show ID, allowing them to cast provisional ballots if they don’t have it with them and to “cure” their ballots by presenting valid ID up to three days later. The state also accepts many forms of ID. What makes the law a little different from some others is that, if a voter lacks ID, the state board of elections has to issue one free -- even if the voter shows up to the board without any documentation.