Clearly I see Fed. elections and many state elections will still be won by voter fraud. Even though there is some good info in this, much is not and thinking our deployed troops votes are being counted is less than honest. Some are, most are not! So, the ballot box will not fix our country's problem.
Please, don't anyone start posting comments of hype talking about winning elections. Nothing is more discouraging than seeing folks ignore facts and prefer hype talking just because they don't like the fact before them.
Dear Mrs. Blevins:
Thank you for your correspondence. As your voice in Washington, I appreciate knowing your views.
A number of steps need to be taken to ensure the integrity and security of our election process. Foremost would be requiring photo identification for voting. In 2002, I supported an amendment to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that would have mandated that states require individuals to show a photo ID in federal elections. However, the measure failed 42-54, mainly along party lines. Currently, HAVA only mandates that states require identification from first-time voters who registered by mail and did not include a photo ID with their forms.
As a result, states vary greatly in what identification they require voters to present, ranging from nothing beyond the federal requirement to photo identification for all voters. On November 10, 2010, Oklahoma passed a voter ID law through referendum, passing with 74% approval of Oklahoma voters. Voters must show a government-issued ID or cast a provisional ballot. Other states such as Georgia, Texas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have recently implemented voter ID requirements. The Supreme Court upheld the validity of such voter ID requirements in the case Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. In the 112th Congress, the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2012 (H.R. 5971) was introduced in the House of Representatives and is pending in the Committee on House Administration. This bill, if passed, will require voters to present photo identification when voting in federal elections.
Proof of citizenship is another proposal that Congress has considered to help protect against voter fraud. HAVA only requires that individuals check a citizenship box on national registration forms affirming their citizenship. While the law requires that forms be rejected if the box is not checked, the law leaves the system open to abuse.
Another step is to ensure our overseas military voters are able to take full advantage of their right to vote. Data collected from the 2004 and 2006 elections showed that efforts made by our deployed troops to exercise their right to vote were hindered by inadequate processes, slow delivery methods, and countless other absentee voting procedures that are often confusing and vary with each state. Given these difficulties, I cosponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L.111-84), that facilitates the absentee ballot process and ensures voted ballots are received in time for counting. Overall, this new law requires states to send out absentee ballots at least 45 days before an election, makes voting material available electronically, and uses expedited mail delivery service for completed ballots.
Again, thank you for your comments. Please do not hesitate to contact me again.
James M. Inhofe
United States Senator