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Re: “Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism

I have a premise about voting in elections. The Constitution begins with "WE the PEOPLE... I see that as the first cornerstone of the Constitution; as my first civil right and yes, duty. Anyone who causes a vote to be cast, for any office, for any person, for any party, for any referendum, for any measure when that person does not meet the requirements to vote in that election, precinct, county (parish), or state (commonwealth) has feloniously diminished the power or feloniously increased the power of every legal voter's vote. Thus an illegal vote is a violation of the civil rights every citizen with a legal right to vote, whether the citizen decides to vote or not. I do not want anyone, not a single person, who is eligible to legally vote in our country to be kept from enjoying that basic Constitutional civil right, once per election.

It is, "WE the PEOPLE..." not, "I the people..." not "me the people..." not us people who know better than the rest of the people..." It is the attempt to subvert the will of the people to select their representatives. I don't care if the illegal vote cast is the one vote which would seat the candidate of my choice - I want that illegal voter to go to prison for an attempt to overthrow our basic governmental principle. It would be, "Too Bad Granny, but I'll visit you whenever I'm near the Federal Prison!" With that said...

My lifelong profession caused me to move around the country on many occasions. I always registered to vote and voted wherever I became a new resident. It never occurred to me until the 2012 presidential election that my registrations going back to my first one in 1964 were never cancelled by me when I moved out of that jurisdiction.

I wrote to each of the fourteen registrars with whom I had registered and asked for my voter participation history. Eleven replied. The other three were the earliest and may not have any records still on file, but, gee, it would have been nice to hear something from them.

The eleven replies were interesting. In five instances complete voter participation histories were provided and corresponded with my actual voter participation history. Six replies provided more information than I expected.

Here is what I really did not expect and hoped I would not find. My voter registration was used in six elections after I had moved out of those states, registered in another state and voted in another state in the same election. I guess I committed voter fraud six times or, more accurately, someone used my registration to commit voter fraud in six presidential elections!

My father just complained but never registered to vote. My mother would not miss an election. As her executor and holder of her unrestricted Power of Attorney, I wrote to her last registrar for her voter participation record. I knew she was a diligent citizen, but I was dismayed to find she had risen from the dead to vote in the two presidential elections following her funeral.

That is eight violations of the civil rights of every person who is legally eligible to vote in U.S. national elections and I am damn pissed about it. I only checked on two legal voters, my Mother and I, and found eight illegal votes. I am not the person anyone should try to convince that illegal voting is not a real problem. These eight instances don't even have a home where they can be tallied to create a national database. The FBI Agent I talked with about this just told me straight out - "This would be a lot of paperwork and would not be filed under anything but the legal voter's names. The suspects walked in where there were no cameras, pushed buttons or handled ballots that several hundred other people have probably handled. There is no chain of evidence." I took that to mean that my civil rights might have just as well been violated by a tornado or some other Act of God, except I know this was done by the act of people bent on committing the perfect crime. And because it is a perfect crime, how many times have each one of them done it and how many others have done it? We just don't know!

Running for the President of the local high school's senior class is better regulated.

Each of the Registrars provided me with instructions on how to cancel a voter registration in their jurisdictions in the future and assured me that my registrations in each of the jurisdictions had been nullified before my initial letter to them after they had followed their "normal procedures" to keep the registrations accurate.

None of them replied when I wrote back to thank them, suggest they develop "normal procedures" which would work a little faster and ask who I should see to get those illegal votes purged from the vote tally.

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Posted by Michel Starker on 07/01/2017 at 7:37 PM


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