Definition ‘FAIL SAFE’:  incorporating some feature for automatically counteracting the effect of an anticipated possible source of failure.
The “anticipated possible source of failure?” Valid citizen voters rejecting Democrat candidates.  The ‘Fail    Safe’ for “automatically counteracting the effect of”that reality?”  Voter Fraud.
But first, the usual denials, which put me in mind of an old radio  show The Lineup. Each episode began with a police sergeant telling potential witnesses in a flat voice how a lineup worked. He concluded with these words: “The questions I ask these suspects are merely to get a natural tone of voice so do not pay too much attention to their answers as they often lie.”
We are told by politicians, not surprisingly all Democrats, that there is no voter fraud problem.  That, not surprisingly, is a lie.  We are told, not surprisingly by Democrats, that requiring voter ID is racist. That, not surprisingly, is a lie.
Let’s take each in order.
Voter Fraud Not a Myth- a Reality
Evidence abounds.
“Research commissioned by the Pew Center on the States highlights the extent of the challenge: Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.  More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.  Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.” [Emphasis added.]
The old joke – “My father lived in Chicago all his life and voted Republican in every election til the day he died. Since then he has voted Democrat.”  Not a joke.
Political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest, writing in the Washington Post… based on their examination of thousands of voter interviews from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study: ‘Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008, and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.'”
The Heritage Foundation lists a sampling of more than 300 cases of voter fraud. They can be accessed here:
And here are additional instances of voter fraud:
These sites contain only the frauds that have been caught.
And the stakes  are high.
“Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress,”the researchers add. “Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes,” the researcherscontinue. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin.”(Washington Post, Oct. 24, 2014).
“According to the Columbus Dispatch, one out of every five registered voters in Ohio is ineligible to vote. In at least two counties in Ohio, the number of registered voters exceeded the number of eligible adults who are of voting age. In northwestern Ohio’s Wood County, there are 109 registered voters for every 100 people eligible to vote. An additional 31 of Ohio’s 88 counties have voter registration rates over 90%, which most voting experts regard as suspicious. Obama miraculously won 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland, and received over 99% of the vote where GOP inspectors were illegally removed.”
Voter Registration
In 2008, ACORN [Associated Community Organizers for Reform Now] was the poster child for this type of fraud. ACORN registered thousands including Roy Rogers, Mary Poppins, and Tony Romo. At one point, ACORN  submitted 91,002 completed forms in Nevada’s Clark County,  of which only 23,186 were valid.
When this all came to light, we were assured there was nothing to worry about because the fictitious would not be allowed to vote at the polls. Two things wrong with that assurance.
There was a strategy that would result in many fictitious registers actually voting. It included a plan to swamp election officials with overwhelming numbers of registrations at the last possible minute, a huge proportion of which are deliberately fraudulent, in order to create systematic chaos and make verification of registrations difficult, given the small size and limited budgets of state and local election offices.
And it does not consider that the phony registrations can be used for absentee voting.  Voter ID requirements generally apply to in-person voting, not to absentee ballotsor mailed ballots.
Absentee Ballots
“To vote absentee used to require providing a verifiable reason you couldn’t vote on Election Day. No more….ignores the serious problems with early voting, not least of which are information changes….Fraud, too, is a real problem, and it doesn’t have to be rampant to swing an election. Stories of trusted government officials stuffing ballot boxes are common, as are stories of people showing up to vote being informed their ballot had already been cast and studies suggesting illegal aliens have voted in large numbers.…[need]the requirement to show cause for voting absentee and proving you are who you are when you do vote. Voter fraud may or may not be rampant, but when so many races come down to a few votes, it doesn’t have to be. Ensuring ballots were accurately cast by people eligible to do so should be our top priority.”
Examples of fraudulent absentee voting are numerous.
I found a blog in which the author did a marvelous job listing  fraud and other undesirable results with
absentee voting. Among them: the early date of balloting means the voters do not have the benefit  of all the facts debated before election day; there is no control over incoming ballots as often a private company sorts incoming absentee ballots; it facilitates vote buying and vote stuffing because ballots are provided to registered voters so ‘extra ballots’ are available; double voting occurs with an absentee vote being mailed followed by the same person voting at the polling place; the time to finish the count is greatly increased, ballots being added  up to 2 -3 weeks after election day; and most vote by mail systems are counted by the very same computer systems that count the votes at a polling site: feeding paper ballots into machines but never auditing the paper ballots.
Electronic Voting
The last raises the dangers of electronic voting.
“Electronic voting machine manipulation can bring election fraud into realms of undetectibility previously undreamed of. If a clever programmer were to insert malicious code in the right place in the tabulation software, he or she could flip a minimum number of votes but spread over a maximum number of polling stations. This could achieve a win for their preferred candidate with the tampering being impossible to detect without an expensive and extensive audit of the results. All too often, such audits are not even possible thanks to electronic machines with no paper trail whatsoever.”
Remember the 2010 Senate election in Nevada. Harry Reid was trailing Sharon Angle by 4% days before the election and was projected to lose, but he won by 6%.
Some facts: The Service Employees International Union [SEIU] has motivation; if democrats are elected, government grows. That translates into more contracts, employees and dues for the union. It spent $60.7 million to get Barack Obama elected president. The union also spent an estimated $44 million in the most recent election cycle, almost all of it on Democrats.
In 2010, the SEIU was in charge of servicing all voting machines in Clark county, which includes Las Vegas.
Some ‘glitches’ occurred.
“In late October, during early balloting, for example, a number of voters in Boulder City (southeast of Las Vegas) complained Reid’s name already was checked. According to one eyewitness, Joyce Ferrara, the problem was rampant. ‘Something’s not right,’ she said. ‘One person, that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five-minute period of time – that’s wrong.’”
Nevada isn’t the only state where electronic voting “malfunctions” seemed to selectively afflict GOP candidates in 2010.  In North Carolina, an incident was reported in which a voter tried to vote a straight Republican ticket and instead the voting machine indicated that a straight Democratic ticket was voted. Sam Laughinghouse  pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.”They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,’ Laughinghouse said.‘That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.
Felons Voting
Recently we learned that Virginia’s Democrat governor had issued an executive order [Obama-like] that felons, normally denied the right to vote, would be enfranchised.

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia will use his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing his Republican-run legislature. The action will overturn a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans…The law will offer the right to vote to felons who are even convicted of murder and rape…. he will have to explain why he is enforcing this law so soon before a critical presidential election. Critics are quick to point out his longtime friendship with the Clintons – …Did McAuliffe just … secure an important swing state for Hillary in November?

Remember Franken and his long delayed “recount” victory for the Senate.

“A conservative watchdog group, Minnesota Majority, claims that felons’ illegally cast votes may have put Al Franken (D) over the top in the bitterly contested Minnesota Senate race.  The group reported that at least 1,099 felons voted in that 2008 election, which is far larger than Franken’s final, official, post-recount margin of victory over then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R).

What makes the democrats so sure that felons will vote democrat?
Because they do about 75% of the time. “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon articipation,” said the authoritative study in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The authors, professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one. In New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican. They also cited a study that found 73 percent of convicts who turn out for presidential elections would vote Democrat.

Voter ID – Not Racist
Millions of Americans thought that electing a black president would put an end, or at least considerably lessen, cries of “racist.” Rather, the cries have become more frequent and more vociferous, all  with the help and encouragement of that same president. [ARCHIVE ISSUE 6]
Voter ID has been tagged “racist.” The claim is made that that the poor and minorities do not have  IDs. But the Voter ID laws provide a simple way for anyone to obtain one from the local governments without charge. The elites, combining arrogance with ignorance, reject that as beyond the capabilities of those voters.
Cal Thomas noted:
“…poor and minority people are so inept that they can’t apply for an identification card? If that is their position, how are they able to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program) benefits, which require a photo ID? Why is voting the one category in which you don’t have to prove your citizenship and legal residence?… Ashe Schow of The Washington Examiner compiled a list of 24 things that require a photo ID. You must have a photo ID if you are 25 or under and wish to purchase alcohol or cigarettes. Store signs say so. Want to open a bank account? Photo ID required. Here are the rest of the categories: applying for welfare, Medicaid and Social Security (presumably poor people take advantage of one or more of these programs); unemployment benefits (ditto); rent/buy a house, or apply for a mortgage; drive/buy/rent a car; get on an airplane; get married; buy a gun; adopt a pet; rent a hotel room; apply for a hunting or fishing license; buy a cellphone; visit a casino; pick up a prescription (or buy restricted over-the-counter medications); donate blood; apply for a license to hold a demonstration; buy an “M”-rated video game; purchase nail polish at CVS.
Again, why is voting placed in a separate category? Why are liberal groups determined to repeal laws requiring proof of citizenship and residence? The answer is found in a definition of the word fraud: ‘deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.'”
One picture is worth a thousand words: here is Nelson Mandela advocating voter ID. 
South Africa, under a constitution signed by Mandela in 1996, has a rigorous election integrity system. Voters are required to have valid government-issued IDs to register to vote and then cast a ballot. [Emphasis added.]
There is only one reason not to require voter ID – it makes fraudulent voting more difficult.
Voter ID inevitable, but already ineffective
Knowing that voter ID is inevitable, the Left has begun countering it. Local governments are being required to issue drivers’ licenses to  illegal immigrants.  Think about that: a person who is violating the law goes to a government office and, rather than being arrested, he/she is given a driver’s license! 
which then can be taken to voter registration tables to obtain a ballot. Voila, people illegally in the country can overrule or dilute the votes of citizens.
Now, one learns in law school that driving a motor vehicle is not  a right  but  a privilege and so can be regulated.  I went to Google to get a cite  and found that the mine had been salted. There were a number of sites proclaiming words to the effect that the US Supreme Court has ruled no license is necessary to drive a motor vehicle; it is a right that cannot be regulated. I checked and found that the sites had identical content and did not cite any Supreme Court case to that effect. Even,  Snopes, often accused of a Left bias, deemed the information FALSE.
As a 9th Circuit case put it:
“What is at issue here is … his right to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways, and we have no hesitation in holding that this is not a fundamental right.” Miller v. Reed, 1999
A Solution
A solution is found in perhaps an unlikely spot – close to home – Mexico.
David Arredondo,  the son of Mexican immigrants,  testified before a Congressional committee:
“Every eligible Mexican citizen has a tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram. All voters are required to vote in their neighborhoods and in 2005, the law was amended to allow for “external,” or out of country absentee voting. There is no such thing as a provisional ballot. All elections are held on Sundays.  …The registration process requires all citizens to personally enroll. Proof of birth or citizenship is step one. Applicants are photographed and fingerprinted and then required to personally return to collect their voting credential.” [emphasis added]
Other features: About 95% of eligible voters are registered.  The registration list is audited regularly, and the photos of the voters are on the list in each polling site. Each of Mexico’s main political parties receive approximately $24 million of public financing for a three-month campaign; They can also receive 10% of their funds from supporters, but no one can give more than $71,000. IFE [Federal Electoral Institute, a nonpartisan, professional institution] pays for media advertising, and ensures that the candidates have equal access. Mexico’s constitution prohibits re-election in order to prevent incumbents from using government to manipulate the electoral process. Judging disputes. Mexico has minutely-detailed election laws, and a professional and independent Electoral Tribunal to judge election disputes. Both registration and turnout increased after the new strict laws.
Some of these will be difficult to implement in the United States anytime soon , particularly the financing restrictions.
But there are  steps that can be taken for future elections:
  1. adoption of the tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram; 
  2. set election for Saturday or Sunday to convenience most working voters;
  3. require the vote to be cast in the voter’s precinct;
  4. ban early voting;
  5. allow absentee voting only on affidavit demonstrating good cause;
  6. count all ballots by hand;
  7. institute term limits.
As to counting the ballots by hand, fraud investigator Richard Hayes Phillips put it this way:
“In my judgment, the solution is this: paper ballots, counted by hand, in full public view, at the polling place, on Election Night, no matter how long it takes.”
Restricting voting to registered citizens- how can anyone who supports our Republic disagree with that?
Read this and weep:
“Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them.  On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court seeking to reverse a recent decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Commission’s decision allows Kansas and other states, including Arizona and Georgia, to enforce state laws ensuring that only citizens register to vote when they use a federally designed registration form.”
The Left is determined to keep its ‘Fail-Safe.’ They fear, and rightly so, they cannot prevail without fraud.
For this Nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American’s vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished….

Every American must know he or she can count on an equal chance and an equal vote.

– Ronald Reagan

Dick Coleman

Richard M. Coleman served as National Co-Chair, Lawyers for Reagan-Bush ’84 and really does miss RR. A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Dick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and of the National Caucus of Metropolitan Bar Leaders. A professor on the faculty of Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution for 17 years, he received Pepperdine’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has hosted TV forums on legal and financial topics and written and spoken extensively on political issues.

© Richard M. Coleman 2018