YOUR OPINION: Real Fraudulent Threat to 2020 Presidential Election is the Noncitizen Vote
By Ilene Davis, CFP // July 6, 2019
There Are Few Deterrents to Noncitizen Voting
I have a simple question for each person who is reading this: “Will your vote in the 2020 election be “stolen” by an illegal?
The Democrats have made a big deal about potential “Russian interference” in the 2016 election, apparently based on the fact that Russian operatives spent $100,000 to post misleading information on Facebook.
Of course, there is no law that restricts either political party from putting out misleading ads – and I’m sure that far more than $100,000 was spent per year for at least the last 50 years or so on misleading campaign information.
Furthermore, I’ve noticed none of the news media, either conservative or liberal, has pushed to require “truth in advertising” during any campaign in my lifetime.
However, at least with advertising, people can seek out the facts and determine the veracity of the information to make “informed” decisions at the ballot box.
That is not the case when people illegally in the country, or even voting where they are not legally registered to vote, are allowed to vote.
In the 2018 midterm election, several congressional districts had more people voting than the number of eligible voters living in the district.
Depending on how those people not eligible to vote did, in fact vote, the vote of a person legally allowed to vote was canceled out. Talk about influencing an election. This rampant election fraud totally deprives a legal citizen of their right to choose their local, state and national representation.
While the estimates of illegal voting vary, research firm Just Facts estimates that more than 5 million non-citizens voted in 2008.
With all the people illegally invading our country now and being allowed to get drivers licenses, and voter registration forms in places like California and New York, the “foreign interference” in future elections will be the noncitizen vote and not some social media scheme concocted by a sinister foreign power.
And, you can bet that Trump actually won even the popular vote over Hillary in 2012 if votes cast illegally were able to be identified and thrown out.
I was surprised to learn that, although a 1996 federal law prohibits noncitizens from voting in federal elections, election authorities rarely prosecute violators.
Inattention to the phenomenon of noncitizen voting and a failure to impose effective penalties against those who cast votes fraudulently has rendered laws against such activity a paper tiger, without deterrent effect.
If the problem is allowed to continue, it will inevitably lead to questions about whether the results of U.S. elections truly reflect the political inclinations of the American people.
Since Democrats keep saying there are no illegals voting, I propose that they agree to pass a law that establishes that any noncitizen caught voting on a ballot where members of Congress or the President are on the ballot be charged with at least a federal class D felony, which calla for a maximum prison term of less than 10 years but at least 5 or more years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ilene Davis, a resident of Brevard County since 1971, is a Certified Financial Planner with a bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, a bachelors degree in Accounting from Rollins College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University.
Davis became a stockbroker in 1982, earned her designation as a Certified Financial Planner in 1984, and with a desire to serve clients more on her own terms, opened her own financial consultant office in Cocoa Village in 1986.
She has combined her professional and personal experience with keen financial insight and instinct into her first book, Wealthy By Choice: Choosing Your Way To A Wealthier Future, which was recently published by Tablet Publications of Cocoa Beach and is now available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, TabletPublications.com and ChoosingWealth.com.
She is committed to helping each client create their own “Financial Freedom Fund,” and believes strongly in free market capitalism and a “hand up rather than a hand-out” as the best path to prosperity.
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