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Letter: The voter fraud reality


Monday, December 11, 2017
The voter fraud reality

Me thinks that Peter Burling doth protest too much (Sunday Monitor Forum, Nov. 26).

If there is no fraud in our elections and the Election Integrity Commission is a sham, why do Democratic and Republican politicians speak out so vociferously against it? How do they explain away the findings of the Heritage Foundation, which published an article titled “More cases of voter fraud pile up as liberals look the other way”?

One key takeaway from this commentary was, “The database now documents 1,088 proven instances of election fraud, including 949 cases that have resulted in criminal convictions.”

Liberals point out that there aren’t many cases of voter fraud and that they could not possibly change an election result. Elections can be decided by thin margins in today’s political environment. A 2015 city council election in Perth Amboy, N.J., was decided by only 10 votes. A judge overturned the election and ordered a new one when at least 13 illegal absentee ballots had been cast. The Heritage Foundation Voter Fraud Database presents documented voter fraud cases by state.

According to the database, “Derek Castonguay pleaded guilty to voter fraud in Salem District Court on Jan 15, 2016. While a resident of Manchester . . . voted in the towns of Salem and Windham in the general election of 2014, using addresses where he previously resided.”

All politicians have an agenda. They also have a demonstrated propensity to “spin” the facts to their own ends. They are not statesmen. Check out their claims yourself. Peter doth protest too much.

ANDREW SHARPE

Concord