The left denies vote fraud exists even when their own leaders admit it. An example that surfaced yesterday is of Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of the leaders of House Democrats' impeachment efforts, speaking on vote fraud in 2004.
Jerry Nadler in 2004: “Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud...I can show you experience which would make your head spin.” pic.twitter.com/L7zJhoB3O8— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) May 25, 2020
This is important because arguably the worst paper ballots are vote by mail ballots. This does not mean that they should never be used but rather that it is important that steps be taken to ensure that elections are open and transparent. This goes beyond fraud.
Another recent story detailed the results of an audit of the infamous Broward County, Florida.
By the time the polls closed on election night, 121,599 mail ballots were received and tabulated. But 49,861 vote-by-mail ballots weren’t tabulated by the time workers went home the night before the election. Another 18,116 came in on Election Day. As a result, there were 69,902 mail ballots that needed tabulation when the polls closed at 7 p.m. It took days to finish, resulting in “untimely reporting of election results, and compromised voter confidence.”
Missing ballots: As was widely known at the time, 2,335 ballots went missing during the recount. As ballot pages that needed to be recounted for the close statewide races were separated from pages that didn’t need to be counted again, some pages with statewide races went into the wrong box. “Staff became aware of the issue during the recount and attempted, but were unable, to locate the misplaced pages in a timely manner,” the audit found.
Problems with paper ballots led the auditor to conclude:
“We conclude that the November 2018 election was not efficiently and effectively conducted,” Melton wrote in to county commissioners. “Based on the totality of these issues, we are unable to provide assurance over the accuracy of the November 2018 election results as reported.”
No election will be perfect. But we should all agree that we can make them better with safeguards and transparency.