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OPINION

HUCKABEE: Election fraud a real risk in Florida

By Mike Huckabee | Guest Contributor

A recent Patch survey found that people don’t generally think that voting by mail encourages fraud. They’re mostly right, but that’s missing the point — a mostly fair election isn’t a fair election at all.

It’s not that absentee voting is wrong or should be banned or anything like that. It’s that fraudsters have always done whatever they can to tilt elections — and the massive upswing in voting by mail, combined with very specific rule changes being advocated by Democrats, make cheating much easier.

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The New York Post’s Jon Levine, for instance, recently published a tell-all from a former Democrat election official — and admitted election fraud engineer — in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The fraudster describes photocopying mail-in ballots and placing them in unsuspecting voters’ legitimate envelopes, visiting nursing homes where friendly (or paid-off) staff allowed them to “help” elderly residents fill out ballots for whom they’re supposed to, and handing out cash at homeless shelters to “help” them fill out their ballots.

Mike Huckabee is an Emerald Coast resident, former governor and former presidential candidate.

Some of the schemes he describes have nothing to do with mail-in voting. That’s not the point. The point is that nefarious actors are already out there, and the unprecedented complexity of so many people voting by mail is going to create opportunities for them — particularly because Democrats are changing rules wherever they can in ways that inevitably make fraud easier.

States under complete Democratic control — including the battleground state of Nevada — have enacted “universal mail-in voting” laws, using COVID as a flimsy justification. Nevada and other states are now the subject of Trump Campaign lawsuits over the matter.

It would be difficult to design a set of laws more beneficial to the fraudsters like the one Levine interviewed. Not only do such laws dramatically increase the number of genuine ballots and return envelopes in circulation, they also specifically put them in the mailboxes of people who did not request them and who are unlikely to notice if they go missing. Nevada’s law also legalizes one of the greatest tricks of the election fraud trade, so-called “ballot harvesting.” Under the rules set by California — and now Nevada — that’s all perfectly legal.

Florida has — perhaps as a legacy of its famously poor handling of the 2000 presidential election — a relatively secure system in place. Florida has resisted calls for “universal mail-in voting” — calls that emanate exclusively from the left, seemingly for the sole purpose of making the work of fraudsters easier, or at least for simply driving turnout among Democrat-leaning low-propensity voters.

Florida should not, however, allow the smart decision to avoid bad voting laws to make it complacent or convince people that it is immune from the risk of election fraud. The experience from other states has shown that sudden increases in the volume of mail-in ballots leads to errors and irregularities.

You should vote this election cycle. Vote in person if you can. Request an absentee ballot and mail it in yourself if you feel uncomfortable going to a polling place. Whatever, you do, however, know that fraud is real, and take precautions. Fraudsters are out there, and they will take advantage of any opportunity we give them. 

Mike Huckabee, who lives along the Emerald Coast, was the 44th governor of Arkansas and a 2016 Republican candidate for president. He is currently host of "Huckabee" on TBN.