Attack on Electoral College Leads to Vote Fraud

Some states have more vote fraud than others. It’s clear that some, for instance Illinois, Missouri, Washington, Nevada and New York, have tons and tons of it while others don’t have so much. Eliminating the electoral college, as some in Massachusetts advocate, would allow vote fraud in one state to negate and overbalance legitimate voting in other states. It’s bad enough when vote fraud in one state negates legitimate votes in that state, but when unlimited vote fraud in one state negates legitimate votes in multiple other states that makes things even worse. By removing the barriers between states and their votes, it renders illegitimate the entire national vote when a single state’s vote has been corrupted by collusion between political party and state government.


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  1. The potential for political fraud and mischief is not uniquely associated with either the current system or a national popular vote. In fact, the current system magnifies the incentive for fraud and mischief in closely divided battleground states because all of a state’s electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who receives a bare plurality of the votes in each state.

    Existing federal law requires each state to treat as “conclusive” each other state’s “final determination” of its vote for President. No state has any power to examine or judge the presidential election returns of any other state.

    Under the current system, the national outcome can be affected by mischief in one of the closely divided battleground states (e.g., by overzealously or selectively purging voter rolls or by placing insufficient or defective voting equipment into the other party’s precincts). The accidental use of the butterfly ballot by a Democratic election official in one county in Florida cost Gore an estimated 6,000 votes ― far more than the 537 popular votes that Gore needed to carry Florida and win the White House. However, even an accident involving 6,000 votes would have been a mere footnote if a nationwide count were used (where Gore’s margin was 537,179). In the 7,645 statewide elections during the 26-year period from 1980 to 2006, the average change in the 23 statewide recounts was a mere 274 votes.

    Senator Birch Bayh (D–Indiana) summed up the concerns about possible fraud in a nationwide popular election for President in a Senate speech by saying in 1979, “one of the things we can do to limit fraud is to limit the benefits to be gained by fraud. Under a direct popular vote system, one fraudulent vote wins one vote in the return. In the electoral college system, one fraudulent vote could mean 45 electoral votes, 28 electoral votes.”

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