We like to joke about the margin of voter fraud in close races. It is almost like some new, accepted normal where the right has been taught by political experience to leave no race too close to call lest our candidate face the wrath of some phantom Democrat electorate. While the exact size of this manufactured minority voter block remains incalculable, we are convinced that its impact is very real. Every now and then, some clumsy political operative leaves the closet door to Democrats’ shady voter registration efforts ajar and we come face to face with the very real skeletons that are contained within.
Earlier this month, New Jersey authorities made over a dozen arrests connected to a major voter fraud scandal in Paterson, NJ. The list of defendants and charges is too exhaustive to detail here, however one news source summed up the scandal:
The defendants arrested yesterday and Tuesday, as well as Fermin-Cepeda, all allegedly acted as bearers/messengers for mail-in (absentee) ballots. The complaint summonses allege that the defendants tampered with mail-in ballots and/or voted mail-in ballots on behalf of voters who did not receive the ballots or who did not authorize them to vote for them.
This is only a narrow view of what is indisputably a systematic problem. The Wall Street Journal points to several other New Jersey elections that are currently under investigation. A similar assault on the integrity of absentee ballots was discovered in Troy, New York, during the 2009 primaries. In this instance, the Working Families Party was caught forging mail-in ballots. The scandal is still under active investigation over a year later.
Of course, these recent stories pale in comparison to the rampant phantom voting of 2008. Doug Ross has an exhaustive list of each of the scandals over the last two years, but while the game has long been identified, the scale and scope of the players involved have gone overlooked.
For some time, the right has come to understand the direct relationship between massive fraudulent voter enrollment by activist groups and the propensity for voter fraud in absentee ballots. What is truly breathtaking is the shift in strategy for how operatives of the left actively engage in these tactics. We still see and will likely continue to be exposed to the stereotypical case of the mysterious “disappearing/reappearing voting machines” or the throngs of dead that vote Democratic. However, these criminal activities are usually carried out by groups, campaigns, or organizations. We are just now beginning to witness the fruits of the institutionalization of fraud among individuals.