Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have sharply criticized President Donald Trump and his advisers for suggesting that there could be numerous instances of fraud in the Nov. 3 election due, in part, to the greatly increased number of mail-in ballots.
According to the New York Post, yet another instance of voter fraud that, fortunately, was caught and investigated, involved a seemingly more common theme emerging in recent weeks of deceased voters somehow having their ballots registered and validated on the voting rolls.
The latest instance of dead voters being successfully registered with the local board of elections happened in New York City, New York, with a person by the name of Frances Reckhow — a registered Democrat — ending up on the rolls, according to the Post.
As records indicated, Reckhow would be 105 — if she was still alive. The Staten Island resident, who was born in July 1915, died in 2012, according to an obituary in a local newspaper. Yet somehow her registration was not only sent in, but recorded as “valid” with the New York City Board of Elections.
Adding to that, some requested an absentee ballot for Reckhow far back as September and then mailed the ballot back in early October. Her daughter, who happens to be a registered Republican, is the only person listed at Reckhow’s address, although she couldn’t be reached for comment, according to the Post.
Another ballot sent by a registered Democrat came through a woman by the name of Gertrude Nizzere, who would be 101 as of today. However, a later search indicated that Nizzere was deceased.
Like the previous case, Nizzere’s ballot was counted as “valid” by the board of elections. Luckily, it too was discovered in time and investigated, though it’s still unclear who requested the ballot in the deceased person’s name.
What’s being done about it?
It’s fortunate that the two deceased voters’ ballots were discovered and invalidated in time for what will be a tight election at all levels, but it’s highly likely that a number of other deceased voters’ ballots won’t be caught in time, which could give candidates an unfair advantage in elections that could be won by razor thin margins.
“People should be on the alert for dead people voting. There are people using the names of dead voters to cast ballots,” said Staten Island GOP chairman Brendan Lantry, who added that he believes they’ve only discovered the “tip of the iceberg” as far as fraudulent ballots.
The good news is that there are a number of groups, including the Staten Island Republican Party, who have invested time and resources into discovering these fraudulent ballots. Returning a ballot in the name of a deceased voter is a crime that others have been successfully prosecuted for.
Another attempt at fraud by using deceased voters made headlines in the critical battleground state of Florida recently, when authorities were alerted that someone had sent in registrations for 54 Democrats who have been deceased for some time, according to a report from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Only time will tell how nasty and widespread the voter fraud issue truly is. With a number of states expected to have unbelievably close outcomes, it may be weeks or months before vote counts are validated and the American public is made aware of what kind of effect it had on the process.