There is something fundamental to ask regarding the individual action of voting within our republic. Is the act of voting somehow inoculated from the fraud which infiltrates many other government sponsored endeavors? Has the human condition elevated to the point that the acts of lying and cheating have been left out of our highly evolved DNA?
There is currently an uproar among the left and some on the right over the fidelity of our nation’s election system. This non-issue or controversy, depending on how you see it, has been covered by the MSM and many alternatives news sources. The defending or questioning of election results by either political side has significant consequences to the support or lack of support of our elected officials.
Suffrage is a state ‘supervised’ activity back by the US Constitution (the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amedments) as well as additional federal back-up supplied by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but is the act of voting and the tally of results in today’s America above reproach?
The questions being currently raised by both sides in this controversy leads to questions as to:
- Is the act of voting somehow different than other actions and interfaces between the individual and the state (general term for government)?
- Does the human condition of seeking its self-interests not apply to the act of voting?
- Are the individual states’ voting systems (casting and counting) fool-proof such that fraud is impossible?
As a libertarian, I like those on the left and right view voting as essential to our republic’s continuance. Notwithstanding, the state has a very poor record when it comes to being a victim of fraud perpetrated by individuals and organizations seeking to further their self-interests.
To examine the track record of the state in resisting fraud, listed below are a few examples of actual payment fraud being perpetrated upon the state as reported by the Federal government. Billions of dollars are being taken by fraud from the state.
A warning, this list is not even close to complete in describing the state’s unwilling being duped. There is no inclusion of fraud by Wall Street, DoD contractors and suppliers, special interest groups, corporate entities, individual taxpayers, military commanders, academic researchers, etc.. These and other offenders are not on the list below but their actions are well known to add support to the need to answer the question below.
Could there also be problems with suffrage in America?
Table from https://paymentaccuracy.gov/high-priority-programs/