In his book, STEALING ELECTIONS: HOW VOTER FRAUD THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY, John Fund describes a haphazard, fraud-prone elections system that, he suggests, imperils the world's leading democracy. Fund is a columnist for the WALL STREET JOURNAL'S OpinionJournal.com and has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade.
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks at Chicago Stadium November 4, 1960. Standing on the platform behind Kennedy are his sister, Eunice Shriver and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. (AP Photo)
Voter fraud occurs in both Republican strongholds such as Kentucky hollows and Democratic bastions such as New Orleans. When Republicans operated political machines such as Philadelphia's Meehan dynasty up until 1951 or the patronage mill of Nassau County, New York, until the 1990s, they were fully capable of bending -- and breaking -- the rules.
Earl Mazo, the journalist who exhaustively documented the election fraud in Richard J. Daley's Chicago that may have handed Illinois to John F. Kennedy in the photo-finish 1960 election, says that there was also "definite fraud" in downstate Republican counties "But they didn't have the votes to counterbalance Chicago."
Demonstrators argue in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 11, 2000, as the vote recount continues inside. Supporters of George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore bickered over whether votes should be recounted and how to do it. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The current toxic political atmosphere, in which one side is concerned about voter fraud and the other about voter disfranchisement, is largely a product of the 2000 election and Florida recount. Indeed the level of suspicion has grown so dramatically that it threatens to undermine our political system. Nearly 10 percent of Americans believe their votes are not counted accurately, according to a July 2004 poll by John Zogby.