By Thomas Mitchell
Clark County has caved to the Democrats and agreed to mail primary ballots to inactive voters, according to The Nevada Independent. This is a recipe for voter fraud. An inactive voter is one whose address was found to be invalid when voter registration forms are returned in the mail. According to the Clark Country Registrar of Voters, as of February there were 39,517 inactive voters in the county.
This means nearly 40,000 ballots will be sent to addresses at which the intended recipient probably no longer lives. How many will land into the hands of unscrupulous people who might dare to forge a signature and mail it back?
Two Democratic groups had sued demanding more in person voting locales and the mailing of ballots to inactive voters, as well as not rejecting ballots when the signature does not match the one on file.
The county apparently agreed to a review of all mismatching signatures by at least two reviewers of different parties, as well as attempting to contact those voters within 24 hours. How many could slip through?
The Democrats also demanded an end to a state law against ballot harvesting, in which a non-family member collects and mails in ballots. They said they may still pursue the effort to overturn that law.
I remember going door to door with morning paper columnist John L. Smith in 2002 in search of people who had registered to vote via
absentee ballot at a North Las Vegas biker bar. Every home was long deserted. In that case the bar owner bragged about his misdeeds and eventually was convicted.
Smith quoted the bar owner as saying, “Yes, I did say I got her (a county candidate) 100 votes, but I didn’t say I voted for her myself. I had 100 people I knew were voting for her. But I didn’t fill out the ballots. They came in (to his bar) and asked me who to vote for and I
helped them. That’s all.”
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Thomas Mitchell is a former newspaper editor who now writes conservative/libertarian columns for weekly papers in Nevada. You may email Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at http://4thst8.wordpress.com/.