Vouter fraud is disreputing U.S. elections

Voter fraud threatens our democracy but there isn’t any clear & trustwothy election monitoring system preventing voter fraud.

1) Stealing Elections gives us a chilling portrait of U.S. electoral vulnerability—in the 2008 & 2012 presidential elections and on into the future, it shows how a lethal combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot rigging have put our democracy at risk.

2) Election officials are trying to reassure voters by turning to computerized voting machines. But with the new technology come even greater concerns. Early in 2008 & 2012, for instance, the state of Maryland, which has 16,000 new Diebold machines, commissioned a security expert to try to rig a practice election. He and his team broke into the computer at the State Board of Elections, completely changed the outcome of the election, left, and erased their electronic trail—all in under five minutes.

3) The Florida Fiasco of 2008, with hanging chads, butterfly ballots and Supreme Court intervention, forced Americans to confront an ugly reality. The U.S. has the sloppiest election systems of any industrialized nation, so sloppy 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.

4) Stealing Elections takes you on a national tour of voter fraud scandals ranging from rural states like Texas and Mississippi to big cities such as Philadelphia and Milwaukee. it explores dark episodes such as the way “vote brokers” stole a mayoral election in Miami in 1998 by tampering with 4700 absentee ballots. it shows 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, while in St. Louis it was discovered that voter rolls included 13,000 more names than the U.S. Census listed as the total number of adults in the city.

About the Author
Elnaz Sotoodeh is from Tehran. She is an English translator for several news websites.