Buzz Brockway, a state representative who is running to be the next Georgia Secretary of State, came out with an amusing campaign ad regarding voter fraud.
While working away at his desk, Brockway is seen denying a zombie’s application to vote. Interestingly, the zombie appears to be a supporter of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
As hilarious as the campaign ad is, it focuses on a systemic election issue.
Dead voters did not sway the presidential election last year, but enough instances of voter participation by people who passed away long ago are enough to warrant attention to voter fraud. We hear of examples every two years.
An investigation by a local Colorado news outlet found extensive numbers of residents in the state — people who died not just months ago, but years ago — voting in subsequent elections following their passing. One local Colorado woman, Sara Sosa of Colorado Springs who died in 2009, had cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 — eliminating any possibility that her case was a simple clerical error, but a case of malicious voter fraud. That single investigation uncovered 78 dead people still eligible to vote in the state.
The numbers are much higher in other parts of the country.
Reporters in southern California discovered 265 eligible dead voters in the area, the vast majority of them located in Los Angeles County alone. 212 deceased voters in the county were listed as eligible to vote and had the potential to participate in the 2016 election. Despite being dead as can be, records indicated many of these people voted not just once beyond the grave, but year after year.
These numbers around the country can add up, especially when we look at the increasingly narrow margins of victories in swing states.
An analysis by Judicial Watch and National Review reveal 462 counties in the United States where the registration rate surpassed 100 percent — something that should obviously be impossible. There were 3,551,760 more individuals registered to vote than voting-age U.S. citizens who reside in the flagged counties.
Georgia, typically considered a noncompetitive state, saw itself thrust into the national spotlight during Democrat Jon Ossoff’s failed (but competitive) bid to replace longtime Republican congressman Tom Price. That special election to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District included Fulton County. The report revealed that this voter-rich county in the state at an 108-percent registration rate — a number that should raise alarms for anyone who cares about the democratic process.
Unfortunately, as the 2018 elections heat up and voters once again begin to pay attention to political campaigns and their messages, not much attention will be given to candidates for secretary of state. As Americans who care immeasurably about our free and fair elections, however, we should give extra focus to secretaries of state — the office holders most responsible for keeping order in the voting process.
Kudos to Brockway for running on such a theme.