Christie Vilsack, Here is Your Evidence of Voter Fraud in Iowa

christie-vilsackFormer First Lady of Iowa, Christie Vilsack, said during her last debate with Congressman Steve King in the Iowa 4th Congressional District race that she didn’t believe there was any evidence of voter fraud.  According to the debate transcript she said:

I think that we should do everything in this country, especially since we are celebrating the Constitution today, we should do everything we possibly can to encourage every person to vote. It is restrictive in many cases for people who are elderly, there are a lot of situations where people don’t have a picture ID and they need to be able to vote. And I think that the most important thing we can do is to make sure that the people are allowed to vote and I don’t think that there is any evidence that there is a great deal of voter fraud out there and I think that it’s the most important right and responsibility that a person has in this country to be able to vote. And I’ll do everything that I can to make sure that people are allowed to do it.

Perhaps because nobody was looking until now.  Mrs. Vilsack, here is your evidence.  Three people were charged with felony voter fraud in Pottawattamie County, and Secretary of State Matt Schultz has found 3500 non-citizens on the voter rolls.  While the three arrests may not seem like a “great deal of voter fraud,” I think you and I can agree that even if only a fraction of those non-citizens that Schultz found didn’t become citizens after obtaining a drivers license that is scandalous.  Especially when you consider we are a swing state and this election is likely to be very, very close.  We need integrity in the system.  We must be wary of voter suppression as well to which I know we can agree.  What is happening in New Hampshire could very well happen here.  Our elderly can be at risk of being disenfranchised as well.

The simple fact is this until Matt Schultz came to office nobody was looking into voter fraud so we really don’t know what kind of a problem we have..  Now he’s diligently trying to make sure that our voting process in Iowa has integrity.  I still can’t wrap my mind around, and neither can the majority of Iowans why you and other liberals – I won’t say Democrats because I believe this to be a bipartisan issue – can’t support a voter ID.  Perhaps your statement that you want to “encourage every person to vote” is telling.  Congressman King noticed that and rebutted, “Well I heard that we should do all we can to encourage every person to vote. I don’t agree. I completely don’t agree. I think they need to be citizens of the United States of America in order to cast a ballot.”

Only citizens should be allowed to vote, and we can and should have a voter ID requirement.  For those that don’t have one I believe we can have a rationale discussion about how one can be provided.  Like I said before I don’t want to see any citizen’s right to vote suppressed.  This isn’t hard.  It’s  a no brainer and those who oppose voter ID and favor status quo frankly are in favor of voter fraud.

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  • http://twitter.com/AdamBSullivan Adam B Sullivan

    All of the people you’re talking about have valid photo IDs. A voter ID law would not protect against this type of fraud.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Sure it would, it may require tweaking our driver’s licenses to have a citizenship status if non-citizen driver’s licenses don’t already have some indicator.

  • mobyditch

    Too bad Shane and others on the right don’t understand the meaning of voter fraud. This example is not considered voter fraud. Thanks for playing Shane and better luck next time.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      When somebody is not eligible to vote and they vote, that is voter fraud. If you vote more than once that is voter fraud… what is there to understand beyond that?

      • mobyditch

        Not even close. Thanks for playing though. Try google sometime as it can answer the questions for you.

      • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

        Ok Mr. Smarty Pants… here’s the Iowa Code which is a much more reliable source than Google. Yes it is much broader than what I mentioned. See #3. Thanks for playing.

        b. VOTE FRAUD . (1) Destroys, delivers, or handles an application for a ballot or an absentee ballot with the intent of interfering with the voter ’s right to vote. (2) Produces, procures, submits, or accepts a ballot or an absentee ballot, or produces, procures, casts, accepts, or tabulates a ballot that is known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, forged, or fraudulent. (3) Votes or attempts to vote more than once at the same election, or votes or attempts to vote at an election knowing oneself not to be qualified. (4) Makes a false or untrue statement in an application for an absentee ballot or makes or signs a false certification or affidavit in connection with an absentee ballot. (5) Otherwise deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the citizens of this state of a fair and impartially conducted election process. c. DURESS. Intimidates, threatens, or coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, a person to do any of the following: (1) To register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register to vote. (2) To urge or aid a person to register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register to vote. (3) To exercise a right under chapters 39 through 53.

  • mdfillipp

    (‘Not sure why I’m posting this, since I doubt Mr. VanderHart’s could be influenced by someone who wasn’t Graham, Falwell, Robertson, or Reagan, but here it goes:)

    non-citizens shouldn’t be allowed to vote, or illegal immigrants shouldn’t be allowed to vote ? There’s a big difference. Why is citizenship the cut off ? Why not permanent residents (green card holders) ? They haven’t earned anything ? Why should I care ?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      You obviously don’t read this blog because I’m no fan of Pat Robertson. I wasn’t a big fan of Jerry Falwell either, but he’s dead so I don’t think I’ll be listening to him. I’ve never heard Graham (either Billy or Franklin) talk about voter ID… so your point was what?

      As far as your question… Neither non-citizens or illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote. Why? The Constitution. If a non-citizen would like to be able to vote he or she could become a citizen which is what my Aunt who was originally a German citizen did. This isn’t rocket science. A green card just means they’re here legally. I’m glad they’re obeying our laws and I am for legal immigration, but until they are ready to make an commitment to give up citizenship in their own country and become U.S. citizens they shouldn’t be deciding our office holders. If they would like to become U.S. citizens – great.