The Right Coast

July 26, 2004
Stealing Elections
By Gail Heriot
Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund’s new book "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy" isn’t on the shelves yet, but it will be in a month or two. Since Fund is a friend of mine, he gave me a copy of the manuscript on the condition that I alert him of any typos or other glitches. (Yes, I found a couple of minor ones, but as a charter member of the American Association of Ethical Proofreaders, I am honor bound not to disclose them, not even the funny one.)

If you want a one-sentence summary of the book, it would be this: When it comes to elections, the United States is in many ways a third-world nation. Sloppy is one word for it. But it goes way beyond sloppy. According to Fund, "At least eight of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon were actually able to register in either Virginia or Florida while they made their deadly preparations for 9/11." Thanks in part to the lax standards of the Motor Voter Law the voting rolls are rotten with non-citizens, non-residents, dead people, fictional people, dogs, cats, and at least one elephant. And a good number of them vote.

Check the book out if you get a chance. It is filled with both amusing and scary anecdotes from every part of the country. I’m not usually an anecdote person. I don’t like to generalize from a few stories that there is something wrong (or something right) with the world. But Fund has uncovered so much that it’s impossible to disagree with him. Something really is wrong with our election practices.

Sorry, but I don't have a link for the book, since it's not in print yet.  But here's a link to Fund's column today, which, interestingly enough, is on blogs.