Thursday, July 20, 2017
For Those Who Say There Is NO Voter Fraud, Evidence Is Mounting That You Are Wrong
One of the left’s main arguments
against reform is that voter
fraud simply does not occur.
How liberals arrive at this
conclusion, we cannot say.
Time and again, studies and
analyses point to one
that voter fraud is a real and
pressing issue that deserves
serious solutions, and The
Heritage Foundation has
the evidence to prove it.
On Thursday, The Heritage
Foundation is releasing a
new edition of its voter fraud database. Featuring well over
100 new cases, the database
documents 1,071 instances
of voter fraud spanning 47
states, including 938
This revamped edition of the
database separates cases by
type of disposition, allowing
readers to easily distinguish
not only what type of fraud
occurred but the outcome of
the case—criminal convictions,
pre-trial diversion programs,
and other types of adjudication
used in various states and
counties across the United
Below are a few of the
egregious examples recently
added to the database.
Andrew Spieles, a former
James Madison University
student, pleaded guilty to a
charge stemming from his
false submission of 18 voter
registration forms during the
summer of 2016.
He had been working for
Harrisonburg VOTES, a voter
affiliated with the Democratic
Party, and used false birth
dates and Social Security
numbers to register deceased persons to vote. Spieles was
given prison time for his crime.
This incident is just one of
hundreds of cases in the
database where individuals
illegally registered dead
people, names out of the
phone book, or others to vote.
While Spieles was caught
before votes could be cast
on behalf of those falsely
registered individuals, there
have been many other cases
in which ballots were
successfully cast in the name
of deceased people.
In fact, a 2012 Pew study
concluded that 1.8 million
voters remained on the rolls
after their passing—a grave
vulnerability to the integrity of
Fredericus Hubertus Slicher, an
illegal alien living in Baltimore,
was convicted of numerous
charges in 2014. He was
residing illegally in the United
States, collecting Medicare
and Social Security benefits,
and voting in U.S. elections.
Slicher had been present in
the United States illegally since
his temporary work visa
expired in 1969. He was
convicted of child abuse in
2004, was a registered sex
offender, and yet he continued
to vote numerous times despite
His case was referred to
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, and he was
sentenced to three months’
imprisonment, one year’s
supervised release, and was
ordered to pay $48,928 in
The newest additions to the
database included a dozen
cases of illegal voting by
noncitizens. This is a particularly
important issue to address, as
each ballot cast by a noncitizen
effectively nullifies the ballot of
an eligible voter, effectively
Debbie Tingler of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, pleaded guilty (Case No. 12 CR 005249)
to illegal voting in 2013. She had registered
to vote, requested absentee ballots, and
submitted those ballots under two names—
Debbie Tingler and Deborah Tingler.
She was given a suspended sentence of
120 days’ imprisonment, and she was
ordered to pay a $200 fine and court costs.
Tingler’s experience is not uncommon.
There are dozens of cases in the database
where individuals voted multiple times in
the same election.
Given the fact that few states have adequate
policies and procedures in place to detect
and deter fraud—and prosecutors seldom
prioritize these cases—it is likely that far
more double voters, absentee-ballot
fraudsters, and ineligible voters get away
scot-free than are ever brought to justice.
The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud
database is by no means comprehensive,
but its 1,071 proven instances of fraud,
which took place across all manner of
elections and in nearly every state,
highlight the importance—and the urgency—
of the work of the Election Integrity
What is needed now is more data to permit
analysis aimed at determining, among other
things, whether the nation’s voter registration
records are accurate or riddled with errors.
In the coming months, the commission—which
includes Heritage’s own Hans von Spakovsky,
senior legal fellow and one of the nation’s foremost
election law experts—will seek to gather this
This begs the question, why? If fraud is as rare
as liberals say, and if state protections against it
are as robust as we are told, why withhold data
that would prove these claims?
Perhaps liberals are afraid that the data might, in
fact, say the opposite.
One can deny facts for only so long, and with
this newest release of The Heritage Foundation’s
voter fraud database, the evidence is clear and
incontrovertible: Voter fraud is real, and we
ignore it at our own peril.