Noah Webster once described what he apparently considered the ideal result, when voters in the United States remember “that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God.”
But in just the last few months there have been scandals over fake voters reportedly “registered” by ACORN activists and states being reluctant to send their ballots to overseas military personnel in time for them to vote and return them.
Further, testimony from J. Christian Adams and Chris Coates, both former insiders in the U.S. Justice Department, suggests there are major problems within the federal government because of an attitude against enforcing voter-rights laws equally.
Now alarms are being raised over the unwillingness of some states to purge their voter-registration lists adequately, leaving the names of the deceased on the rolls and opening the door for voter fraud.
An organization called Americans For Restoration is launching a campaign to address the issue, spokeswoman Terrye Seckinger said. She said, without some corrections, the nation truly will experience “the resurrection of the dead” on Nov. 2, this year’s general-election day.
Several states, she noted, have done nothing for years to remove the deceased from voting rolls and conduct other regular cleanup procedures.
According to Scripps Howard columnist Deroy Murock, Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and Tennessee removed exactly zero dead voters from their rolls between 2006 and 2008.
And there are several regions, including counties in North Carolina and Iowa, where there are more registered voters than there are live, voting-age adults.
“Registered voters equal 104 percent of Baltimore County, Maryland’s voting-adult population; and, according to documents … 113 percent in Lincoln County, West Virginia. Alaska’s and Michigan’s statewide figures are 102 percent,” the report said.
Recent vote-fraud indictments have resulted from cases in Minnesota, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and other states, the report said.
Seckinger, a former elections commissioner in South Carolina, said the work was begun following the brave testimony from Adams about the federal government’s apparent unwillingness to enforce voting laws equally – specifically when a minority is the offender.
“It’s a systemic problem,” she suggested.
And the problem creates the potential, she said, for the November elections to be swayed.
So her organization is raising funds for legal actions to force states to update their voter rolls and then keep them current.
“We are collecting funds to litigate in individual states … we feel are going to be in noncompliance,” she said.
Without integrity in the voting booth, the nation simply devalues the votes of citizens, she warned.
She cited the statement from Alexander Hamilton, who said, “A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large in voting at elections, is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.”
Seckinger cited the work of the Election Law Center, which documents elections-law disputes.
“At the end of the day, when you work on all these issues and campaigns, and do due diligence, the last thing you want is to have the vote stolen at the ballot box on election day,” she said.
The National Voting Registration Act of 1993, in Section 8, requires states to do reasonable work to maintain the integrity of the voter rolls and remove ineligible voters.