The words "Government of the people, for the people, by the people" is the essence of what makes America exceptional. Our tradition of allowing our citizens to openly and freely choose our leaders at all levels of government makes us the envy of the world. Voting in America is not only a sacred right, but it's a process that millions of people from around the world yearn to participate in. That being said, our election system has needed constant attention and reform throughout our nation's history and that shouldn't stop now.
Fair and accurate elections are a hallmark of our democratic system of government. But if Americans can't trust the system by which we choose our leaders, trust in government can erode over time. Our elected officials must prioritize voting integrity at all levels of government. The Presidential Coalition wants to support state and local office seekers like Secretaries of State and county elections officials who understand this importance as well. Do you know where candidates in your area stand on election integrity issues?
Our election system needs to be fortified with common sense reforms and a commission led by Vice President Pence is a perfectly appropriate way to review what works, what doesn't, and to recommend suitable reforms. This is not a radical undertaking - not even close! That's why it's disheartening to see so many on the left totally reject the subject of election reform or any kind of review of our election processes. To deny that election fraud of any sort exists is to bury your head in the sand.
Below are several recent headlines from around the country detailing various voter fraud reports, investigations and allegations.
Detroit News: “Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts"
CNN: “Pennsylvania county probes whether voter forms are legit, on time”
Reuters: “Three in Florida, Virginia charged with voter fraud”
Hawaii News Now: “Voter fraud investigation targets Hawaii County as clerk has voter registration trouble”
ABC15 Arizona: "Voter fraud? Non-citizen can register to vote in Arizona; officials, law enforcement investigating"
CBS4 Denver: "Investigation Finds Dead Voters Casting Ballots In Colorado"
Daily Signal: "Voter Fraud Battles Heat Up in Sudden Swing State of Georgia"
Idaho Statesman: "Idaho man implicated in what may be Washington county’s first voter fraud cases"
Chicago Sun-Times: "Feds, state officials look into Kankakee voter fraud allegations"
Indianapolis Star: "Top Indiana election official alleges more voter fraud"
Cedar Rapids Gazette: "23 convicted of Iowa voter fraud in last 5 years"
ABC NebraskaTV: "Two Lexington men charged with voting fraud"
Albany Times-Union: "In New York, voter fraud tends to be local"
Providence Journal: "Voter rolls off by 189,000 in R.I., Journal analysis finds"
The Tennessean: "42 reports of voter fraud in Tennessee in 2016"
Burlington Free-Press: "VT pauses automatic voter registration after problems"
Wyoming Tribune Eagle: "State flags 27 cases of voter registration fraud in Laramie County"
The Presidential Coalition believes in the following basic principles:
- We must make sure people who are trying to vote or registering to vote are eligible.
- We must push for common sense voter identification laws. Are you who you say you are?
- We must make sure voter rolls are up to date and accurate. Are dead people voting?
- We must make voting as simple a process as possible without compromising the system.
- Voting should be encouraged. Low turnout elections are not good for our Democracy.
The bottom line is that voter fraud exists and denying that fact is not a constructive way to approach the issue. We should always be striving to make improvements and reforms to our election system so that it is fair, accountable, streamlined, and accurate for every one of our citizens.
Always remember to thoroughly research candidates and elected officials at all levels of government who oversee our nation’s voting systems. You can make a difference!