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Voter fraud cure could be worse than the disease
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:00am
The claim is that millions of people voted illegally in last November’s presidential election.
President Trump says he is going to have an investigation into how large the problem is.
We want to be sure that the cure is not worse than the disease. One possible solution to the problem of voter fraud is to create one national database of voters. That way any registration in one state will automatically cause registrations in other states to be nullified. We think there is probably a large number of people who have moved across state lines in their adult life who have registered to vote in their new home. And we think that many, maybe most, never thought to unregister in their old home state. And we are also pretty sure that most survivors never think about sending death certificates to the election officials in their loved one’s home state.
While it used to be said of Chicago that politicians urged people to vote early and often, we don’t think there is widespread abuse of this manner. Only a federal investigation will clear up how large this problem is.
But one thing we are very sure of is that there is computer hacking going on every day. Target, Yahoo, Arizona’s voter registration system, the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. State Department are some of the entities known to have been hacked. It took months in some cases for these entities to realize it had happened, years in other cases.
So the one thing we don’t want to see come out of this investigation is a single, on-line database of voter registration records. Such a database would make the system more vulnerable to hacking by a world full of people with evil intentions as well as kids who just want to see if they can change everyone’s name in the database to Donald.
Goodyear voting underway
Speaking of voting, Goodyear’s City Council election is right around the corner.
The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 13. Election day is March 14. Voters should start receiving their ballots shortly after Feb. 15, but before you rush that completed ballot off to the post office, you might want to attend a candidate forum co-sponsored by the West Valley View and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. There you will hear from Mayor Georgia Lord who is facing off with former Mayor Jim Cavanaugh for mayor, as well as Councilwoman Wally Campbell, Councilman Joe Pizzillo, and newcomers Brannon Hampton, Sara Gilligan and Jayson Black, who are all vying for three council seats. Litchfield Park Vice Mayor Paul Faith will moderate.
The forum is set to begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Skyway Church, 14900 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear.
We’ll see you there!
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