Prosecute O’Keefe Voter Fraud! Make An Example!

A new video is circulating showing an actual case of voter fraud! We can finally show people what happens if you commit voter fraud. Let’s prosecute the perpetrator, put him in jail for a long time, and set a clear example and send a loud message: do not do this!
“To be sure, a federal prison term here will deter others from entering a path of criminal behavior.” — US government statement on the actions of Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, sent to prison for 2 years for disrupting a corrupt, illegal oil and gas lease auction.
An Actual Case Of Voter Fraud!
A conservative website has documented an actual case of actual voter fraud – caught on video! From, finally an actual instance of voter fraud:

The video shows a young man entering a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, on primary day of this year–April 3, 2012–and giving Holder’s name and address. The poll worker promptly offers the young man Holder’s ballot to vote.

Set An Example!
The basis of public trust in our voting system is that if they commit voter fraud they will be prosecuted. This serves as a deterrence. But deterrence doesn’t work unless you make strong public examples that show people what will happen to them if they commit a crime.
Finally, finally, there is an actual instance of voter fraud. Finally we can publicly prosecute a voter fraud case and set an example! By making an example of what happens to people who actually commit voter fraud we can nip this problem in the bud before it gets started!
Will our government finally do something about public concern over this issue, by prosecuting and jailing the perpetrator? We need to set an example and let the public know what happens when you commit voter fraud, to keep this from happening anywhere else!
Decades Of Crying Wolf
Conservatives have for decades made the claim that there is voter fraud occurring across the country, in order to justify restrictive laws that prevent members groups that primarily vote Democratic from being able to vote. But they have been unable to find actual cases of voter fraud to justify these laws. They have used these ginned-up claims of a supposed voter-fraud problem to justify laws denying millions the right to vote. Now after decades of crying wolf they are clamoring that they have made a video of someone actually committing voter fraud.
Prosecute One Case – Or Deny Millions The Right To Vote?
We need to make an example of this documented case of voter fraud so the public understands what happens to people who commit actual voter fraud. The point of having jails is to show people what happens to them if they break laws. If you want to do something about voter fraud, make a public example by prosecuting it and sending the violators to jail. Then others won’t do it.
The solution is not to make it difficult for citizens to vote. We want more citizens to vote. Stores don’t make it harder to buy food to stop shoplifting, why should we make it harder for millions to vote when all we need to do is prosecute this case publicly, so people will see what happens if they do this.
Precedent For This Approach – Tim DeChristopher
In this case the person committing voter fraud claims he was doing it to serve as a whistle blower. There is a recent case in which the government very publicly prosecuted a whistle blower to set an example.
Tim DeChristopher is a climate activist. In 2008 he protested a corrupt, illegal Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases, by bidding on parcels that he could not immediately pay for. Even though many previous cases of people bidding and then not paying for land were not prosecuted, and even though DeChristopher did raise the money for a down-payment on the land, the government prosecuted him and sentenced him to two years in jail. He was even held in solitary confinement. All to “set an example.”
In DeChristopher’s case, the government stated, “To be sure, a federal prison term here will deter others from entering a path of criminal behavior.”
Now that there ids an actual, documented case of voter fraud the government should set an example, and prosecute. If convicted the lawbreaker should be sent to prison.
This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.
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