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Election fraud a concern

“Election fraud a concern”, Monterey Herald – Oct. 27, 2021

Your Oct. 19 editorial “Trump asks fans to drink the Kool-aid” misses the point. In recent years, Republicans have been concerned about the long-time American practice of cheating at the polls.  Many books have recorded such incidents, including two books by Wall Street Journal writer John Fund. Hundreds of documented cases of voter fraud have been exposed, some committed by Republicans, but many others by Democrats in big cities and during the Deep South Democratic Party era.

One such case involved President Jimmy Carter’s first election in 1962 in Quitman County, Georgia. He lost and suspected his Democratic opponent of cheating during the primary election. Carter sued; he discovered voter fraud and the court overturned the election.

Back in the 1980s, the Department of Justice prosecuted its largest voter fraud case, in the city of Chicago. DOJ estimated that 100,000 bogus ballots were cast in the 1982 gubernatorial race. During the federal grand jury investigation, officials discovered “similar fraudulent activities” had occurred in past elections.

Everyone should be concerned about voter integrity, not just Republicans. Elections are too important to allow fraudsters a free hand in the election process.

— Lawrence Samuels, Carmel