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Vote Early, Vote Often in D.C. By: Marion Edwyn Harrison, Esq.
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 17, 2009

Some local political leaders within Washington, D. C., (nominally, District of Columbia; actually, District of Confusion) are advocating same-day voter registration. What an ingenious way to facilitate fraud! This is the same jurisdiction most of the liberal leaders of which, contrary to the Constitution, want to have all the attributes of statehood without a Constitutional amendment to allow it.

There are two theoretically unrelated, if at times functionally related, voting deficiencies in a number of States of the Union, particularly in some large and/or fast-growing metropolitan areas. One is erratically - or not so erratically - malfunctioning voting machinery or other voting procedures. In this age of unparalleled technology, there is no convincing reason why those troubled states cannot correct their procedures.

The other cause is treated mostly hush-hush, lest somebody in mentioning the subject would offend a racial or ethnic minority, a lawful or unlawful immigrant, an itinerant (sometimes homeless) resident/nonresident. Already some polling places are the play-thing of people who do not live in the precinct or ward, have not lived there long enough to vote, already have voted elsewhere, or a combination of the foregoing.

The Founding Fathers envisioned established landowners would vote. Ownership of one’s physical residence is no longer the inevitable attribute of a citizen resident in the community. However, a long-term lease or sublease, tax record, or other proof of established residence can prevail. That assumes, of course, some kind of requirement.

If our country is to have honest and truly representational elections, we must have an electorate which is educated and which is physically present in its jurisdiction, more than transiently resident. Real proof of citizenship and of relevant residence is a condition precedent. The proposed Washington, D. C., allow-anybody-in-to-vote-and-out-and-often-in-again approach is the opposite of the solution.

This commentary in April discussed some then-existing aspects of the problem. Now that fake state, the District of Columbia, appears ready to propose a simple route to aggravate the problem.

This commentary also discussed the preposterous and unconstitutional D.C. drive to function at statehood equivalence. In addition to FrontPage Magazine, these columns appear on the FCF website, www.freecongress.org.

Marion Edwyn Harrison is President of, and Counsel to, the Free Congress Foundation.

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