Don't believe the line from leftist activists and the Obama campaign that the voter fraud problem is just the result of an overactive imagination on the part of Republicans. All you have to do is read the headlines.
For example, there was this news story by J. Christian Adams, who is working with us on our 2012 Election Integrity Project, published by BigGovernment.com:
The Florida Secretary of State has discovered 53,000 dead voters registered to vote. The Secretary of State has also flagged thousands of potential non-citizens who are also registered to vote. This discovery is indicative of a wider national problem with dead and ineligible voters on the rolls heading into the Presidential election.
And this courtesy of a reporter from the Richmond Times Dispatch:
As Virginia legislators hotly debated a voter ID bill that narrowly passed the General Assembly, many were unaware of a state police investigation that, so far, 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 3-and-a-half 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.
(Importantly, investigators believe fraud may have actually occurred at polling places on Election Day 2008 in this critical battleground state.)
Then there was this from FoxNews.com:
The explosive case even involves Mexican prostitutes, strippers and an undercover video of a mayoral candidate getting a lap dance from a topless woman. The video allegedly was used to try to force him to drop out of the race. Authorities say the extortion investigation has revealed widespread voter fraud and public corruption in the small city just south of the Rio Grande.
These, of course, are just a few of many examples of rampant voter registration fraud just months before the nation will go to the polls. If you've been reading this space for some time, you know that Judicial Watch does not support or endorse candidates. We just want to make sure the 2012 elections are free, fair, and clean.
And that's why we started our 2012 Election Integrity Project. Of course, one of the key components of this campaign is to clean up dirty registration rolls.
Judicial Watch's team analyzed voter registration data to determine which states have the dirtiest voter registration lists. According to this investigation, the worst offenders are Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, California, and Colorado.
Judicial Watch has put election officials on notice in these states that if they fail to clean up voter rolls in accordance with the law, Judicial Watch lawyers are preparing to file lawsuits to force them to do it.
There is no question that lawsuits are going to be necessary. But it is also true that sometimes the threat of a lawsuit can get action.
Take West Virginia as an example.
As noted by the West Virginia Lincoln Journal: "The Lincoln County Commission...took steps in response to the threat of a lawsuit from the Washington D.C.-based organization Judicial Watch, regarding voter rolls in Lincoln County. Meeting last Thursday, March 15, 2012, the commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the county clerk's efforts to resolve the situation."
I believe the Obama machine is prepared to steal, if necessary, the elections this November. As evidence from the news reports from across the country, this is a fight that will have to be fought county by county and state by state.
In the meantime, I wish you the best for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. We should remember to strive every day to make sure that our nation's public life honors the ultimate sacrifice of those heroes we honor next week. I leave you with a link to a wonderful photo, courtesy of the Library of Congress, of a 1920 ceremony honoring our war dead at Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
Until next week...