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Ensuring integrity at the ballot box

Chad Groening   ( Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A legal scholar and former official on the Federal Election Commission says it's going to be a long, hard fight to protect election integrity in the United States.

As OneNewsNow reported last week, voting records from the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) board of elections reveal that Barack Obama received more than 99 percent of the vote in more than 100 precincts on Election Day. In fact, GOP candidate Mitt Romney reportedly received zero votes in several Cleveland precincts.

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and co-author of Who's Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, says Democratic poll officials in Philadelphia kicked GOP poll officials out for several hours.

"The GOP had to go to court and get a judge to order that Republican poll officials be allowed back into the polls," he reports. "That's something that should shake the confidence of people in the results in Philadelphia, because, of course, why would Democrats do that? And what was happening in those polls for the couple of hours that the Republicans weren't there?"

But von Spakovsky asserts it will be a tough proposition to overcome.

"It takes more citizen involvement to go in and be poll watchers and poll workers in places like that to make sure that there aren't any shenanigans being pulled by people who are doing things that are illegal," he contends.

But the legal scholar finds it fortunate that people who are in favor of voter integrity are slowly winning in the legislative arena. Also, the courts have upheld the voter ID laws passed by most states.

In a related poll, four in five OneNewsNow readers (80.3%) feel it is time to implement rigid voter ID laws to combat voter fraud.

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