We have pretty reliable numbers when it comes to criminal offenses because they are prosecuted and sentences are handed down appropriately. This is not the case when it comes to vote fraud and this plays right into the hands of the left and their attacks on President Trump’s assertion that illegal voting is rampant.
Whether we’re talking federal, state or local laws (all of which are different) if you’re not busted for illegally voting within a certain amount of time, it’s like it never happened.
Section 3282 of Title 18, United States Code, is the statute of general application. It states that, “(e)xcept as otherwise expressly provided by law,” a prosecution for a non-capital offense shall be instituted within five years after the offense was committed.
— Length of Limitations, Justice Department
In some states, the Statute of Limitation on voter fraud is a little as three years.
U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia fired his chief of staff last year for orchestrating an unlawful absentee-ballot request scheme in 2012. Jeffrey Garcia ended up serving 65 days in jail. Two more aides who prosecutors say helped submit hundreds of ballot requests online without voters’ permission still have pending cases with the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office.
Prosecutors initially had two years to press misdemeanor charges against John Estes and Giancarlo Sopo. The statute of limitations was set to expire in July for Estes and this Sunday for Sopo. Had no charges been filed by then, the two men would have been in the clear.
— Miami Herald, 10/24/14
Voter frauds are being let off the hook with little fanfare despite how many times it indeed happens.
Mr. Kobach says that he knows of another 128 cases in Kansas but he cannot go after them because of the statute of limitations.
— The Economist, 7/20/17
Again, that only sounds like a small number because there are cases not even pursued as it may be too close to that statute expiration date. We also know when the media doesn’t highlight something, it’s not always because it isn’t important but because they hope it will all just go away.
Some states take voter fraud more seriously and leave no get-out-of-jail-free card just lying around.
There is no statute of limitations on voter fraud, says Albemarle County [Virginia] registrar Jake Washburne, so if anyone commits it this year, they could face serious charges in the future.
— The Hook, 10/17/08
Should the Virginia House of Delegates ever flip to the D side, the Statute of Limitations on vote fraud could be one of the first things changed when few are looking.
Depending on what state you live in, the Statute of Limitations for vote fraud is very brief.
A judge has tossed out the voter fraud case against a Sunapee man alleged to have altered an email just prior to the March 2016 school board elections which ended in a victory for his wife. Judge Gregory Michael ruled that prosecutors had filed three new misdemeanor charges against Joseph Furlong, 40, after the one-year statute of limitations had expired. Furlong had initially faced six other misdemeanor charges in Newport’s district court; however, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office dropped those charges July 11.
— Concord Monitor, 8/28/17
Politically, we’ll never know how bad it’s been because cases that expired the Statute of Limitations on vote fraud are as if they never happened, thus are not counted which is just the way the left likes it. Even when you visit some of the left’s favorite go-to sites regarding “voter restrictions”, there’s no mention of the Statute of Limitations.
It’s funny when Democrats win, the election was on the up-and-up and allegations of voter fraud are minimized if not mocked. When a Republican wins, Democrats allege collusion and fraud for months, whine that our system of elections is under assault, and they openly express their desire to eliminate the Electoral College that would disenfranchise millions of citizens not in New York City, Chicago, Miami or Los Angeles.
Consider the sources…
Jesse Jackson: Electoral college must be abolished
Al Gore: Let’s Get Rid Of The Electoral College, But I Have To Say This About Florida
Michael Moore: Trump Will Win Re-Election Unless We Undercut The Electoral College
As evidenced by all of the politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another thing after they are, voting is really the only recourse the American citizen has to the dishonest or rogue politician. Voting is a right guaranteed for a reason. Violating voting laws should be harsh because an election has ramifications that can last decades.