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Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy

Tuesday October 2004


John Fund The Wall Street Journal

The Florida Fiasco of 2000, with hanging chads, butterfly ballots and Supreme Court intervention, forced Americans to confront an ugly reality, writes John Fund. The U.S. has the sloppiest election systems of any industrialized nation, sloppy enough that at least eight of the 19 hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were actually able to register to vote in either Virginia or Florida while they made their deadly preparations for 9/11.

In Stealing Elections, John describes voter fraud scandals throughout the country — in such rural states as Texas and Mississippi as well as in big cities like Philadelphia and Milwaukee. Among the shocking examples he cites are the way “vote brokers” stole a mayoral election in Miami in 1998 by tampering with 4,700 absentee ballots, and how, in the aftermath of the Motor Voter Law of 1993, Californians used mail-in forms to get absentee ballots for fictitious people and pets.

John Fund has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. We invite you to learn more about a subject he knows well: how a lethal combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot rigging puts our democracy at risk.