Liberals dismiss the notion that voting by felons ineligible to cast a ballot is a problem in America. But examples of felons voting in numbers sufficient to overturn a close election aren’t infrequent as witnessed by the 2004 Washington state governor’s race or Al Franken’s 2008 Senate squeaker. Both elections saw more illegal felon voting than the margin of victory.
Voter fraud by felons can happen at the top. Last week, former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon was indicted for illegally voting after he had been convicted of taking more than $50,000 in bribes offered by FBI undercover agents. “I did this without thinking,” Cannon said. “The light didn’t come on that day.”
That didn’t impress U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney, who upbraided the former mayor for “causing further pain for our community” and put him under house arrest. Cannon is now serving a 44 month sentence at a federal prison in West Virginia.
Cannon’s attorney, James Ferguson, protested the voter fraud indictment by saying “Patrick Cannon publicly acknowledged voting inadvertently, that it was a mistake on his part, a mistake he regretted very much . . . So what is the purpose of this indictment under these circumstances?”
Excuses for voter fraud are rampant, but it’s still shocking to see a former mayor of America’s 16th largest city claim he didn’t know it was against the law to vote after being sentenced to prison for a felony.