The constant kerfuffle about voting rights does get your attention, doesn’t it? To the left, it seems that attempts to embed a sense of order and integrity to our voting process is the right’s way of disenfranchising minorities and the elderly. To the right, every attempt to make voting easier and more remote—that is, you don’t have to be “there” to do it—represents just one more dilution what some say is our most precious right: to have our say at the ballot box. … With at least nine different kinds of voter fraud available—as defined by The Heritage Foundation (“Does Your Vote Count?”)—it seems there’s no dearth of opportunity for those with initiative to cheat the rest of us out of our voice at the polls. Some say there’s very little evidence of voter fraud, so what’s the big deal? … The ninth kind of vote fraud outlined by The Heritage Foundation is “Altering The Vote Count,” and of all of different ways our votes can be stolen, this one is the most understated, threatening, invisible, and probable. For those who might challenge that statement, my answer is that our own life experience shouts an affirmative.
Until the massive electronic thefts of credit card data at Target, Home Depot, and Bank of America, to name three—oh, and how about the latest at the USPS?—wouldn’t we suppose that executives at each of those institutions presumed their data was vault-safe? Recently, we learned that the largest background investigations firm in the US lost its federal contracts because its database of highly sensitive personal data was hacked by a foreign power. There are untold—and as yet, undiscovered—other examples.
If credit card, personal, and security clearance data—all thought to have been Fort Knox protected—can be exposed for manipulation, what about our votes? Again, I’m not referring to Fido or residents of the local cemetery joining the voting queue. No, I’m describing a situation where in three or four battleground states, one party or the other arranges for an electronic heist—somewhere between the precinct where we vote and county seat, or between the county seat and the state capitol. With just a bit of electoral sophistication to shave votes here, add them there, like magic, the party’s candidate wins the state, or two or three, and is our president-elect. And how would we know it?
That’s the “big deal.”