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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manual for the 2012 Election
I read this book. It is an excellent manual to understanding the mechanics of American elections. It documents extensive voter fraud across the nation and describes how voter fraud was responsible for delivering the 60th seat in the Senate and a filibuster proof majority for Obama care. The book quotes an actual felon who illegally voted for Al Franken and said she...
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manual for the 2012 Election, August 8, 2012
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I read this book. It is an excellent manual to understanding the mechanics of American elections. It documents extensive voter fraud across the nation and describes how voter fraud was responsible for delivering the 60th seat in the Senate and a filibuster proof majority for Obama care. The book quotes an actual felon who illegally voted for Al Franken and said she hoped her vote made a difference. Hard to quibble with a confession.

The book also describes why the Electoral College is an important tool to preserve freedom.

The book also names names, the names of people and organizions who are vote fraud deniers. These groups attack anyone who documents voter fraud (and you will probably see this species show up in the reviews). The authors also descibe how the Eric Holder Justice Department is facilitating the corruption of American elections.

Fund and von Spakovsky have written a highly accessabile book. It isn't something that would appear at a little-read academic publishing house. It is a readable catalog of how the machinery of American elections is dominated by groups adverse to election integrity and bureaucrats who enable them.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fund and von Spakovsky Hit Home Run, August 21, 2012
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Readers who wish to obtain information about enforcement of voting laws in the United States have two recently published choices: Who's Counting by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky and Voting Wars by Rick Hasen. Who's Counting gives an accurate depiction of the serious enforcement problems that have arisen because Liberal /Left ideologues in the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ have chosen not to enforce voting laws in a race-neutral manner. In addition, Who's Counting explores and explains the voting processes that will influence and may play a decisive role in this year's presidential election. The authors' descriptions of voting fraud expose the shallowness of voting fraud deniers's claims and make clear how voting fraud both diminishes voter confidence in the voting process and dilutes the votes of legal voters.
Because of personal experiences, I know that Hasen's Voting Wars is not a reliable discussion of issues that relate to the need for race neutral enforcement of our voting laws. The case of U.S. v. Ike Brown was the first time that the DOJ had ever filed a case under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, alleging that black election officials had discriminated against whites. It was filed in 2005 during the second George W. Bush Administration. After a lengthy trial both the federal district court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that black election officials had participated in intentional and widespread acts of race discrimination against white voters and white candidates. I served as the lead trial attorney for the United States in that case. At the time of the filing of New Black Panther Party (NBPP) case in 2008, I was Chief of the Voting Section in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and was actively involved in the supervision of the NBPP case.
In his book, Hasen focuses upon both the Ike Brown case and the Obama Administration's dismissal of parties and claims in the NBPP case. Regarding the Ike Brown case, Hasen claims that it was brought by the DOJ because lead defendant Ike Brown has been successful in organizing absentee ballot voting for black voters. Hasen's claim is blatantly false, as demonstrated by the rulings of the two federal courts that heard the Brown case. It is the same defense that Brown, a two-time convicted felon, and his attorneys made in the case but to no avail. Regarding the NBPP case, Hasen simply chooses to set forth the Obama's Administration's explanation for its dismissals in the case, and that version too is not correct.
If Hasen had interviewed for his book me or any of the other attorneys who were actually involved in the investigation and court proceedings in the Ike Brown or NBPP cases, he would have been provided information that would have demonstrated why his explanations of both cases are inaccurate. At least his investigation of these cases would have heard from persons other than apologists for racially selective enforcement of voting laws. Instead, Hasen did not do this type of even-handed research, and because he failed to do so, he has written an inaccurate book, at least on the Ike Brown and NBPP cases. His lack of a complete investigation of these two cases leads me to believe that Hasen is likely masquerading as an objective social scientist while actually carrying water for the Liberal/Left and the Obama Administration.
I recommend that you read the Fund and von Spakovsky's Whose Counting and that you read with skepticism, if you read it at all, Hasen's Voting Wars.

Christopher Coates
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I actually read the book -, August 9, 2012
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From cover to cover, the facts written have been well documented. One of the things explained in the book is how Al Franken won by 312 votes and about 1,999 have already been convicted of voter fraud with more to come. Al Franken was the 60th vote that passed ObamaCare, and just for the record, it is a nonpartisan prospective - The book has data from Democrats and Republicans. Question for non believers - If your vote is cancelled out by just one illegal, isn't that a reason to be concerned?

The book also explains that the "Tool of Choice" for voter fraud is the absentee ballot. The Obama Administration will have 10,000 Lawyers in every state in November. In 2000, the Bush v Gore was decided on 527 votes and so on.

This book is a must if you value your vote.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched and riveting account of the flaws in our system, August 28, 2012
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"Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk" by John Fund & Hans von Spakovsky is a brave, brilliant work. Brave because by attacking how election laws are enforced, they're attacking one of the Left's most sacred cows, and brilliant because of the tremendous amount of evidence they've amassed to support their claims that voting shenanigans are both commonplace, and ignored.

Citing studies such as the one completed by the Pew Charitable Trust, which determined that one of every eight voter registrations in the United States is either no longer valid or significantly inaccurate (more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters), Fund and von Spakovsky detail case after case where illegal votes were counted, casting doubt on the validity of election results, such as the election to the US Senate of former comedian Al Franken in Minnesota. In times like these, when people's political opinions are so polarized, there will continue to be more and more close electoral contests, and illegally cast votes can easily decide an election. Mixing hard data with intriguing anecdotal evidence, the authors present a compelling case for serious reform.

To insist, as many on the Left do, that no one takes advantage of the huge holes in the system is simply naïve. The authors highlight case after case where non-citizens were registered to vote, where votes were cast by people other than the "real" voter, how voters have been intimidated, how easy it is to circumvent the integrity of the absentee ballot process, and how these incidents have impacted and will continue to impact election results, as they have for years in Jersey City.

Fund and von Spakovsky demonstrate that voter fraud cases are rare not because voter fraud does not exist, but because the authorities aren't willing to investigate cases where these infractions occur. They cite repeated instances where the Voting Rights Division of the Department of Justice has consistently refused to investigate or enforce federal voting rights law on a race-neutral basis, and make a good case that this institutional reluctance is based on the belief, held by many career employees there, that anti-discrimination laws only protect the votes of nonwhites. Having worked in that division, von Spakovsky has a compelling insider's view of how the system works, and it is not grounds for much optimism. Similarly disheartening is the description of the amount of work necessary to investigate such claims; but there are some private successes, like the King Street Patriots of Houston, Texas, who exposed thousands of improper registrations in Harris County.

As with many of society's ills, the real challenge is to make people care enough to take action. Here's hoping this book will be widely read, and inspire Americans to do what's necessary to protect the integrity of our most precious right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How weak voting laws allow the powerful to corrupt elections, November 1, 2012
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Who's Counting is a book that reports many of the ways candidates can sway elections under our nation's varied and most-times flawed election rules. States have the duty to create and enforce election laws, and many laws enable organized efforts aimed at subverting elections and stealing electoral wins.

Most of the negative reviews of this book focus on the preponderance of examples cited by the authors that focus on Democratic Party misdeeds. At times, I agree that the authors appear to be a bit heavy handed towards Democrats. Nonetheless, the authors cite misdeeds by Republicans and Democrats. Further, they cite problems with Democrats when they control a party in an area and prevent fair elections between Democrat candidates in primaries. They also show how some political machines in African American dominated areas use weak election laws and law enforcement to control elections and prevent honest African American candidates to compete fairly. Basically, they show how black politicians have sometimes subjugated their black citizens.

The point of the book is that American election law is broken and is moving farther from a model that will encourage increased voter turnout and confidence that votes really count. One reason the authors are so critical of Democrats is that the Democratic party has repeately rejected Voter ID as a reasonable and important requirement for fair elections. The authors are clear that Voter ID laws alone will not solve the most important problems for fair elections, but it is obvious that requirements for voters to prove that they are residents in their precincts and are eligible to vote are common-sense solutions to some of the problems.

I was disappointed to read about the problems with mail-in voting and inaccurate voter registration. Democrats also seem to reject the idea that cleaning up voter registration databases is important. Fraudulent voter registration is oftentimes the first step toward creating the ability to cast numerous fraudulent votes. Mail-in voting, in the form of absentee ballots or early voting, basically guarantees that massive voting fraud can be successful when combined with phoney registrations. In landslide elections, mail-in voter fraud cannot tip an election, but in closer elections it is relatively easy to create hundreds and thousands of fraudulent ballots. I want it to be easy for every citizen to cast their vote, but mail-in voting appears to be a serious threat to fair elections. Most of the election rigging cited by the authors involves absentee and mail-in ballots.

This is why I don't understand Democratic Party objections to Voter ID and other election regulations that reduce the ability for big-money, well-organized candidates to steal elections. If they really believe that big money is corupting elections, they they should be for Voter ID and for the reduction of mail-in voting. The authors clearly show how easy it is for political machines to dominate elections because of weak voting laws. So, Democrats, do you believe that Republicans are corrupting elections? If so, fix the voting laws! And that does not mean by rejecting Voter ID, rejecting the clean up of voter registration, and allowing undocumented mail-in voting!

If Democrats are not going to be part of the solution, then they must be part of the problem. Too many extreme Democrats deny the existence of organized voter fraud. This book proves that they are wrong. As Americans, we should all be part of the solution. This is an important book. Without reform, our elections will be controlled by political machines and big money--Republican or Democrat, or both--while ordinary citizens suffer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voter fraud continues to be a threat to the future of our republic., September 4, 2012
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"Americans must produce a photo ID to obtain a library card, drink a beer, cash a check, board an airplane, buy a train ticket, or check in to a hotel. They understand that requiring voter ID is a common-sense reform that helps protect the security and protection of the election process." ---former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis

As I prepare this review Democrats are gathering in Charlotte, NC for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. And lo and behold delegates are required to present a photo ID to gain admission to the Time Warner Cable Arena. Given their position on Voter ID the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party is simply stunning. To those who have studied this issue and to the vast majority of the American people the evidence is overwhelming--Voter ID should be instituted in all 50 states. John Fund, National Affairs columnist for National Review has been on this story for years. His 2004 book "Stealing Elections" is considered to the seminal work on the subject. Hans von Spakovsky also knows voter fraud issues intimately. He spent four years at the Department of Justice working in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. He was appalled at what he saw. Fund and von Spakovsky have collaborated on an eye-opening new book "Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk". It is a stunning expose of how elections are routinely stolen and who is responsible. Until major reforms are undertaken you will never look at our electoral process in the same way again.

The authors trace the origins of the problem back to the passage of the National Voter Registration Act or "Motor Voter Law" back in 1993. This dubious legislation requires state governments to allow for registration when a person applies for or renews their driver's license or applies for welfare. No identification is required. God forbid that someone would have to take an hour to appear at their local Board of Canvassers to register. Progressives characterize that as a "hardship". Meanwhile, liberals around the country have been busy ramming through legislation such as "no fault" absentee voting whereby people are allowed to vote by mail for virtually any reason. Once again no ID is required. The evidence compiled by Fund and von Spakovsky makes it abundantly clear that the opportunity for voter fraud increases exponentially with the use of absentee ballots. And that is just fine and dandy with some unscrupulous candidates and political organizations. The authors have dubbed chapter 6 of their book "Absentee Ballots--The `Tool of Choice' of Vote Thieves" and cite specific examples of voter fraud that occurred in Greene County, Alabama back in 1994. A federal investigation uncovered the following: 1) 60 ballots sent to one P.O. Box, 2) absentee ballots stolen from voters mailboxes, 3) voters threatened with loss of public assistance and 4) votes were cast in the name of voters who were dead or who no longer resided in the county.

Sticking to the Voter ID issue Fund and von Spakovsky go on to cite an interesting case from my home state of Rhode Island where Voter ID was passed just last year. One of the chief proponents of Voter ID was Harold Metts, a 69 year old African-American state senator and a lifelong Democrat. Metts revealed that he had been fielding complaints for years from his mostly black and Latino constituents in the inner city of Providence. What is truly instructive is the event that convinced him that Voter ID was needed. His own state representative Anastasia Williams, an outspoken liberal herself, revealed that she and her daughter had their votes stolen in 2006 by people voting in their name. Metts joined forces with the Democratic Secretary of State Ralph Mollis to campaign for passage of a Voter ID law in the Ocean State. Much to my surprise the law was passed by our mostly Democratic legislature and signed into law by our "lefty" independent governor Lincoln Chafee. It was a reform that was long overdue!

Throughout the book von Spakovsky recalls his stormy four year tenure at the Department of Justice. While there he discovered that the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division was packed with liberal lawyers. Conservatives need not apply. To me the most disturbing observation made by the author is that there are nearly 80 lawyers assigned to enforce voting rights laws while there are just two to investigate voter fraud. It is abundantly clear where the priorities of the department lie. And it has only gotten worse under Attorney General Eric Holder who simply refuses to investigate alleged voter fraud. Meanwhile, what I found equally disturbing in "Who's Counting?" are the persistent calls by those on the left to abolish the Electoral College. The latest was made by former Vice President Al Gore in just the past couple of days. The authors argue passionately and convincingly the National Popular Vote (NPV) would be a very bad idea. They also reveal that there is an extremely sinister plan afoot by those on the left to circumvent the constitutional amendment route to achieve this goal. Very disturbing indeed!

When I was growing up my father warned me about people who would "do anything to win". That was great advice but unfortunately there are growing numbers among us who fit that description. "Who's Counting: How Fraud and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk" presents us with a comprehensive and rather chilling overview of the challenges we face in conducting honest elections in this nation. In the final chapter of the book entitled "What Is To Be Done" the authors offer up a number of common sense solutions to correct many of these problems and abuses. While the need for Voter ID may be the centerpiece of their presentation, John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky cover a number of other problems and abuses that compromise our electoral process in great detail. The next time someone tries to tell you that voter fraud is grossly exaggerated or virtually non-existent don't you believe it! Rather, refer that individual to "Who's Counting?" Tell them that this is an extremely well written and meticulously researched book with more than 30 pages of endnotes. Then challenge them to come up with some credible evidence to the contrary. Very highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Met the Author last night, very insightful., February 20, 2013
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John Fund spoke to our Republican Club at our President's Day Dinner. He knows what's going on and tells you what to watch out for. He also tells you that Obama's bubble will burst. To stay strong, and do the morally right things and we will survive. I also bought his latest book and got his autograph.Smart and entertaining guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and reported, December 16, 2012
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Title:"Who's Counting." Excellent discussion about the current mendacity parading as truthful reporting. Reportage's truthfulness can be compared to the Democratic Party of Texas reporting the early election victory of Lyndon B. Johnson wherein Democratic voters amazingly all voted in alphabetical order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book., December 7, 2012
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I really loved this book. The authors really do a wonderful job arguing there side. Well done. Thank you very much
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reasoned Case for Election Integrity, November 24, 2012
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In the United States of America you need a photo ID to live. That fact is indisputable. Getting a photo ID is easy, cheap, and quick. That fact is also indisputable. Yet if you suggest that people ought to show a photo ID to vote, you're going to be accused of trying to suppress the vote of poor people, Blacks, Hispanics, the elderly, and left-handed jugglers on unicycles. The accusations would be hilarious if they weren't so effective in suppressing calls for honest elections.

In their fact-filled reality check, Fund and von Spakovsky show how election fraud has a long and storied history in America, a history that has infected all political parties. While requiring a photo ID at the polling place won't cure all election fraud, it's the easiest, cheapest, and quickest way to make a major strike against it. Yet one party, in particular, goes ballistic at the suggestion of it.

There are myriad claims about the harm a photo-ID requirement would wreak by intimidating and disenfranchising vulnerable voters. But there remains only one reason to oppose the requirement: you expect your side to profit from voting fraud. Fund and von Spakovsky show how such fraud continues to effect election outcomes around the country, and call for reasonable measures to rein it in.
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