Some on the Left believe that vote fraud is nonexistent and that voter ID is a waste of time because it hardly ever happens. This argument could not be more false. Even on the first Monday in July there are three prominent Voter Fraud stories in the news.
First, an Aunt and Uncle of a Missouri House Representative pleaded guilty Friday to the misdemeanor charge of committing class-three election offenses. The Aunt and Uncle did not reside in the district that their nephew, John Rizzo was running in. They used a false address and they were allowed to vote for their nephew in the wrong district. The ironic thing about this whole mess is that John Rizzo defeated his opponent Will Royster by only a single vote in the August 2010 Democratic Primary. Royster alleged voter fraud at the time of the election but a Judge rejected his appeal.
For changing the outcome of an election the Aunt and Uncle only had to pay a $250 fine and are not allowed to vote in any future elections. However, even though their votes have been taken away, getting their nephew elected the first time is likely all that is going to be necessary for their nephew’s political career due to the advantages that incumbents enjoy.
Next, in Montgomery County, Texas, the first of possibly seven trials involving alleged voter fraud is scheduled to begin today. Seven county residents were indicted March 8, 2012, for allegedly committing voter fraud in the May 8, 2010, election of The Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1 board. Voter Fraud in Texas is a third degree felony and if convicted it is punishable by a prison term of two to ten years and a fine up to $10,000.
Prior to the Road Utility District (RUD) election in 2010, 10 individuals – including the “RUD 7” – changed their voter registration address to 9333 Six Pines Drive in The Woodlands, the location of a Residence Inn hotel. Eight of the 10 subsequently testified it was their intent to establish the hotel as their residence and take control of the RUD board.
Three incumbent members of the RUD board lost the election May 8, each by a 10-2 vote and immediately filed suit, alleging the results were obtained by illegal votes.
Then, in the subsequent trial in June 2010, visiting Judge P.K. Reiter ruled the 10 votes cast during the election were not valid. His decision was upheld Oct. 28, 2010, by the 9th state Court of Appeals in Beaumont.
A Montgomery County grand jury indicted the seven RUD voters for illegal voting in March 2012. The state Attorney General’s Office stated the defendants voted in an election they knew they were not eligible to vote.
Finally, in Greene County, Ohio, a woman was sentenced to 180 days in jail after allegations of vote fraud. The woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor falsification. The director of the Greene County Board of Elections reported a suspected case of illegal voting which led to an investigation by the Sheriff’s office and the eventual apprehension of the woman. A judge suspended 160 days of the sentence. Additionally, she was issued a $250 fine and must complete 88 hours of community service.
These three stories prove that voter fraud still exists in this country and that it can in fact cost elections just ask Missouri House Candidate Will Royster.