In 2005, a bipartisan panel convened to study the issue of voter fraud and, specifically, develop ways to prevent it from occurring.
The panel was headed by former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former Secretary of State James Baker, a Republican.
When the final report was presented to then-President George W. Bush, it came with seven recommendations to ostensibly prevent voter fraud, though conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh said on his Monday program the recommendations have been utilized by Democrats as a vote fraud roadmap, given what changes they have overseen in the way we vote over the past few years (and especially this year, leading up to Election Day).
The Daily Signal summarized:
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They called on states to increase voter ID requirements; to be leery of mail-in voting; to halt ballot harvesting; to maintain voter lists, in part to ensure dead people are promptly removed from them; to allow election observers to monitor ballot counting; and to make sure voting machines are working properly.
They also wanted the media to refrain from calling elections too early and from touting exit polls.
All of this may sound eerily similar to the issues in the prolonged presidential election battle of 2020. But these were among the 87 recommendations from the 2005 report of the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, known informally as the Carter-Baker Commission.
“This is 15 years ago, and this is just to show you how none of this stuff ever matters. It never sees the light of day. It’s not done for any real purpose other than for people to say they did it; they worked on it. But it is never, ever to be actually applied,” Limbaugh said.
“If there had been some actual legislation, it could have been entitled Election Reform. But, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no! All they did was farm it out. They farmed it out to some blue-ribbon deep-staters, Jimmy Carter and James A. Baker III, and these guys came back with exactly what was wrong, how to remedy exactly what was wrong,” he continued.
“They even forecast and predicted what would go wrong 15 years later, and they suggested ways to avoid it, and not one of the recommendations was followed. Not one. So they knew. They knew and they know. In fact, one might go so far as to say that the recommendations in this report may have actually provided a road map of how to do it rather than a series of suggestions on how to prevent election problems, this might have been the roadmap for how to execute them, because it’s eerie.”
Eerie, yes. And extremely frustrating, given what most rational people know happened on Election Day and afterward.
Here’s what needs to happen from this point on, if we are ever to trust our election outcomes again: In-person voting with a solid picture ID, the only exceptions being for military members out of the country, shut-ins, and absentee ballots for people who are going to be traveling on Election Day.
Will we get that?