The dead are voting in Colorado

During his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, Barack Obama promised that "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." 

But that's not the only godlike power our president posseses.  Apparently, he can even get the dead to rise from the grave to vote for him.

An investigative reporter in Colorado has uncovered significant numbers of voter fraud allegations involving dead people casting ballots.

Washington Times:

Election sleuthing by Brian Maass of KCNC-TV in Denver exposed multiple instances in recent years where dead Coloradans were still voting. A dead World War II veteran named John Grosso voted in a 2006 primary election, and a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Mrs. Sosa’s husband Miguel died in 2008, but a vote was cast in his name one year later.

“This is the kind of thing you hear rumored, joked about in Chicago, that kind of thing,” Mr. Maasssaid during a Thursday evening broadcast. “Tonight, that changes. We did find voter fraud in Colorado that essentially waters down your vote.”

At one point Mr. Maass‘ investigation led him to the Colorado Springs home of Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, the daughter of Mrs. Sosa. The reporter received the cold shoulder when he asked the homeowner about her mother’s “voting” record.

“Go talk to someone else,” the woman said. “I don’t have to clear anything up. I don’t know what that has to do with me.”

The son of Mr. Grosso, John, was much more willing to talk.

“I think that’s a disgrace,” he told the station. “The man is dead. He can’t vote. Somebody is cheating.”

Administrators with the Secretary of State’s Office said the veteran’s vote may have been the result of an election judge’s error, but the station said that still didn’t explain why “dozens of others were still listed as active voters months and sometimes years after their deaths.”

“Does this show the system is rife for fraud?” Mr. Maass asked the secretary of state.

“It shows that there is the potential for fraud,” Mr. Williams responded.

The CBS affiliate noted that voter fraud is important because often times a race is decided by a slim margin. Colorado’s 7th Congressional district came down to 121 votes out of more than 175,000 that were cast in 2002, the station reported.

No worries.  Nothing to see here...move along, move along.

If this was simply a question of a family member casting an extra ballot using a dead relative's name, there probably is nothing to worry about.  The examples would be isolated and not significantly affect the outcome of an election.

But what possible motive would a family member have in casting the extra ballot?  Perhaps she was paid to do so?  If that's the case, election officials have a huge problem.

Multiply what happened in Colorado by 50, and you begin to see the outline of the challenge.  Part of the problem is roadblocks put up by liberals to purge the voter rolls of the dead, those residents who moved out of state, and those residents who moved to a different congressional district.  Most state voter rolls are a mess, and, not surprisingly, liberals want to keep it that way.

So we're still stuck with trying to ascertain how big this problem is.  If one reporter could uncover dozens of examples of dead people still eligible to vote, you have to think the number is a lot larger than we are being led to believe.  Even if the fraud amounts to one percent of votes cast, that's 1.6 million fraudulent votes.

I would call that a significant problem, given that fraud might impact dozens of House races and a few close Senate contests. 

It's always amused me that claims that voter fraud isn't serious rely on a lack of evidence.  Isn't the whole point of voter fraud to hide evidence of the fraud from authorities?  What one reporter has done should be duplicated across the country, or the November election will be seen as illegitimate in the eyes of millions of Americans.

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