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WASHINGTON – Although Democrats consistently attack President Trump’s voter fraud commission, insisting significant voter fraud doesn’t exist and that Republican efforts to curb fraud actually are intended to suppress minority voters, the existence of a Heritage Foundation database filled with voter-fraud cases is refuting the entire Democratic narrative about electoral integrity.

The database reveals voter fraud is a real and pressing issue.

The Heritage database, covering recent years and elections, contains 1,088 voter fraud cases, 949 of which have resulted in criminal convictions, impacting nearly every state and elections for all levels of government.

In hundreds of cases, individuals illegally registered dead people and copied names out of the phone book to vote. In some instances, illegal aliens and felons were documented voting.

Fredericus Hubertus Slicher was recently added to the database. Slicher was an illegal alien who had lived in Baltimore since his temporary work visa expired in 1969. He was not only voting in U.S. elections, he was collecting Medicare and Social Security benefits.

WND assembled a Big List of vote fraud reports following the 2012 election, including one in which 108 percent of registered voters in a locale voted for Obama.

Slicher was convicted of child abuse in 2004, was a registered sex offender and yet continued to vote.

Ultimately he was caught, sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, one year’s supervised release and was ordered to pay $48,928 in restitution after his case was referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Among the cases are dozens of illegal voting by noncitizens. It’s a particularly important issue to address, as each ballot cast by a noncitizen effectively nullifies the ballot of an eligible voter, disenfranchising American citizens.

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In October, an Ohio woman named Debbie Tingler plead guilty to felony charges of voter fraud after the state board of elections reported she had registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot.

She then voted as both Debbie Tingler and Deborah Tingler.

She was given a suspended sentence of 120 days’ imprisonment, and she was ordered to pay a $200 fine and court costs.

The case of Andrew Spieles is one of the most egregious examples in the database. In 2016, during the presidential race, Spieles submitted voter registration forms in the names of 18 deceased individuals.

The 21-year-old, who was a James Madison University student at the time, had been working for Harrisonburg VOTES, a voter registration organization affiliated with the Democratic Party. He used false birth dates and Social Security numbers to register dead voters.

Spieles pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in June. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to a prison sentence of 100 to 120 days.

He was busted before he could cast votes on behalf of the falsely registered individuals, but there are numerous incidents in which ballots were successfully cast in the name of the dead.

In Colorado, a woman named Sara Sosa, who died in 2009, was recorded to have voted in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while a ballot in the name of deceased World War II veteran John Grosso was cast in a 2006 primary election, the database reveals.

Nearly 2 million voters remained on the rolls after their passing, according to a 2012 Pew study.

There are 146 million Americans registered to vote, and one in eight voter registrations, or 18 million, are “significantly inaccurate or no longer valid,” Heritage states. “More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters, and approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.”

The cases on the list compiled by Heritage, however, are just the tip of the iceberg, warns Jason Snead, a policy analyst in the Heritage Foundation.

“The Heritage database is not a comprehensive tally of election fraud. That figure would almost certainly be substantially larger,” Snead wrote. “Most states, after all, lack the robust procedures needed to detect fraud when it occurs. Even when fraud is detected, prosecutors often opt not to pursue cases because their priorities lie elsewhere.

“Put simply, American elections are vulnerable and fraudsters know it,” he continued. “Not content to leave their ideological causes or their own careers up to the unpredictable will of voters, many fraudsters choose to act on this knowledge.”

The president repeatedly claimed throughout the 2016 election season that fraudulent voting is a threat to the integrity of American elections.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he wrote on Twitter in November.

He established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May 2017 by executive order to examine voter fraud and voter suppression, spearheading the first significant action to request a wide range of information about all registered voters in every state, including partial Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and voting history.

Substantiating Trump’s claims, Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the president’s commission and the Kansas secretary of state, revealed last month that out-of-state voters may have changed not only the outcome of the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race but also could have impacted who won the battleground state’s presidential contest.

New Hampshire has same-day voter registration, which eliminates the ability to determine the eligibility of those voters, he pointed out.

“New Hampshire is one of fifteen states that allow same-day voter registration. The benefit of same-day registration is that it allows a person who has procrastinated or has forgotten to register to nonetheless cast a ballot on election day,” Kobach wrote. “The downside of same-day registration is that it does not allow the state time to assess the eligibility of the voter. A volunteer poll worker simply accepts a modicum of identification and takes the voter at his word that he’s a U.S. citizen resident of the state who is eligible to vote.”

Residents of New Hampshire are required to obtain a state driver’s license within 60 days of moving, yet since the election, “5,313 of those voters neither obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license nor registered a vehicle in New Hampshire. They have not followed the legal requirements for residents regarding driver’s licenses, and it appears that they are not actually residing in New Hampshire. It seems that they never were bona fide residents of the state.”

The commission is slated to examine Kobach’s assertion, but not if Democrats get their way.

Arguing that voter fraud is entirely in the imagination of those who use voter ID laws to deny minorities the right to vote, they are pushing back on Republicans’ efforts to prevent it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., demanded Trump rescind his executive order creating the panel and compared the commission to the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“After Charlottesville, it’s time to end the assault on voting rights,” Schumer wrote in a blog post on Medium. “I have been encouraged to see a good number of my Republican colleagues in the Congress speak so strongly against the hateful agenda of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi movement. But we need more than just words — we also need action.”

Schumer called Republicans’ claims of widespread voter fraud “a ruse.”

“Their only intention is to disenfranchise voters. This is how the appalling failure to use the right words and stand up to hate in the aftermath of Charlottesville is made real in the form of policy; they are two edges of the same sword,” he wrote. “If the president wants to truly show that he rejects the discrimination agenda of the white supremacist movement, he will rescind the executive order that created this commission.”

Last week, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office calling for an investigation into the  White House panel on voting.

“We fear that the manner in which the (commission) is conducting its work will prevent the public from a full and transparent understanding of the commission’s conclusions and unnecessarily diminish confidence in our democratic process,” the three lawmakers wrote.

Following the demands of Democratic senators, the GAO accepted the request Wednesday and will begin an investigation into the commission.

Democratic lawmakers have also repeatedly obstructed Republican attempts to implement voter ID law, arguing that mandating that people show identification to vote is comparable to ”dragging us back to the days of Jim Crow.”

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