So I've been job coaching a client of mine at a place that does community activism for immigrants and refugees. They help people reunite with their families, they aid them in the immigration process (which can take upwards of 10 years, by the way), and work with them on finding jobs and the like. While my client was helping them sort out their budget, I overheard one of the attorneys talking to his client.
His client, who confirmed that he is not a U.S. citizen, informed the attorney that he registered to vote. The attorney sounded flabbergasted. "Are you a U.S. citizen?"
"No," the guy replied. He was of some sort of Latin heritage.
"Well how were you even able to register if you couldn't prove your citizenship?"
"I don't know," he replied. "I just filled out the card and then got something in the mail telling me where to vote."
I don't really know why this came up in their conversation, but it did. The attorney was in awe that the guy was able to register to vote, and he was extremely worried because his client--if caught--could possibly be pinched for voter fraud.
Fortunately, his client said that he did not, in fact, go vote. The client sounded really worried about it all, so I'll just err on the side of optimism and say that he was telling the truth. Even though he didn't vote, what the hell does this say about the voter registration process? There was a worry that non-citizens were voting--I think the worry being that they were voting under aliases or whatever--but this seems to be a bit more unsettling.
You don't even need an alias to commit voter fraud. It would be very interesting to see just how this guy was able to register without any red flags going off. What's more, if he had voted, who's to say he would have been caught? Wht would prompt anyone to look at a registered voter's name--someone who is alive and proved his identity by the address he gave them (ha)--and just get an inkling that maybe he was not a U.S. citizen?
To Democrats: I know you all like to pretend that voter fraud doesn't happen, or doesn't happen on a meaningful scale, but let's be honest: if you thought the Republicans were committing voter fraud, you'd be allover it as well. Many Democrats always point to the fact that there's not been many proven cases of voter fraud. That's pretty laughable seeing as how the whole point of committing fraud is to get away with something without being caught.
It's sort of like saying that just because we can't prove that mafia money is dirty, that must mean they don't have any dirty money, like we've never even heard of the concept of money laundering.
I know that many Democrats want to go on believing that their party is the party of honesty, justice, and all those other warm-and-fuzzy words. But the truth of the matter is that a Democrat is just as dirty as a Republican. If we could only expose their corruption to the light of day, I'm sure that many Blue Dogs would vomit uncontrollably for a couple of hours.
The takeaway from this should be that we should stop pretending like there are many--if any--politicians who are actual bastions of virtue and integrity. I know of one so far, and he's retiring.