During last fall’s campaign, liberal commentators attacking laws combatting voter fraud would frequently claim that the penalties for committing voter fraud were such that no sane person would take the risk.
But they fell silent this year whenever someone prominent was charged with voter fraud, including the election supervisors in Madison County, Fla. or Troy, N.Y., and a leading candidate for mayor of New Albany, Ind. In Lincoln County, W. Va., the sheriff, county clerk, and a local commissioner were all sentenced to prison for an election-fraud scheme.
Today, we have a new example of just how far prominent people will go to commit voter fraud. Wendy Rosen, who until last September was the Democratic nominee in Maryland’s Eastern Shore congressional district, was just indicted for voting in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006. Each of the two counts she was indicted on carry a possible sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine of $2,500.
Nor is Rosen the only candidate for Congress who has become, shall we say, personally involved in stuffing the ballot box. A few years ago, former Democratic congressman Austin Murphy of Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to illegally entering nursing homes and overly “assisting” incapacitated voters with filling out ballots.