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Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy Paperback – September 25, 2004
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I was hooked from page one, where Fund asserts that "the United States has a haphazard, fraud-prone election system benefiting an emerging Third World country rather than the world's leading democracy." Those are bold words, but in the chapters that follow Fund chronicles a rash of voter scandals from across the country-from Florida to Texas, from Missouri to South Dakota, and from Hawaii and elsewhere. The voting shenanigans pulled by many of the persons chronicled, the lax procedures and lack of serious law enforcement are particularly outrageous--if not downright SCARY.
Very intriguing was Funds reference to the "conflict of visions" concept proposed by Thomas Sowell and how those competing visions of human nature and reality provide the lenses through which competing political forces view the goals of electoral law. Seeing as this book is a compact one, Fund does not delve too deeply into the philosophical, but this reviewer (who is an admirer of "A Conflict of Visions") nonetheless appreciates this insight.
Most of the voter scandals discussed by Fund were perpetrated by Democrats (sometimes carried by Democrats battling other Democrats in local primary elections). However, Fund also points out incidents of voter fraud carried out by persons who are Republicans. Crime, including voter crime, is an equal opportunity offense. One need not be a member of a particular party to appreciate the contents of the book and the arguments presented.Read more ›
Fund opens his book by describing the two types of people who are concerned about threat to the integrity of elections. One group, mostly Demcorats, are primarily concerened with the most people voting as possible, the "Unconstrained" view of Democracy that deempahsizes rules governing registration and voter ID in favor of getting as many people as possible to the polls. The other, "constrained" view, held by Republicans, is that the rule of law in elections must be upheld. This came to a head in two states in particluar in 2000, Florida and Missouri. Florida's problems are well-known, and Fund effectively and convincingly demonstrates that while the largest stories about fraud focused on so-called "disenfranchised" voters, the real problem was outright fraud committed in battlegrounds like Palm Beach Co. He decontructs the myth that 1000's of lower-income and minority votes were surpressed by relying on facts and statistics, not charges that were made only in the media, not the Courts. He also demonstrates that the Media probably crushed turnout in the Florida panhandle, which operates on Central Time, by declaring the polls closed statewide while there was still and hour of voting left in the Panhandle, and then calling Florida for Gore with 12 minutes left before the polls closed in that part of the state.Read more ›
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It's no wonder many people are worried about our country and voter fraud. Here in NC thousands of dead people voted Democrat in the last election, and I personally know someone in... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Josie Louise
Although Fund's basic premise is very sound--the American election system is broken and is in need of repair--the incidents that he cites are either partially-inaccurate or are... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Melanie Smith
Blatant attempt by this partisan republican to attack the democratic party and blame them for voter fraud, to cover up the fact that the 2000 and 2004 elections were outright... Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Aladdin Sane
This book is another example of the Republican Party attack strategy. Say anything to discredit the Democrats, regardless of the truth. Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by T. J. Cook
I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I found it to be even-handed, but more importantly, it presented a great deal of very specfic information, including... Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by G. H. King
John Fund insightfully explores the world of stolen elections - a problem no longer limited to corrupt governments on the other side of the world. Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Current Events
This book properly recognizes that election shenanigans are virtually an American tradition, but slinks into pure propaganda with its implicit and explicit contention that... Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by Paul R. Lehto
This book is nothing but a shameful and disguised attempt (notwithstanding his denials) to discredit Democratic voters and to advocate the enactment of "election reform" laws that... Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by D. Tavris
Voter fraud, intimidation, ballot-stuffing and other chicanery regarding elections has long been a sin Americans laid on the doors of other countries. Read morePublished on September 2, 2005 by Newton Ooi