Who's Counting? The Real Threat of Voter Fraud

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The 2012 presidential election is being described as the most critical in our country's history. With polls showing the race extremely tight, concerns over voter fraud are growing.

In 2008, an election study revealed 62 percent of voters feel fraud is common.        

"When someone engages in voter fraud, it's stealing," former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said. "And we have a low voter turnout to begin with. Even just one fraudulent can be significant."

That's why Gonzales cautiously backs states that require someone show a photo ID to vote.

"I support voter ID laws, but they cannot be used in my judgment in a way that would intentionally be used to suppress minority voting," he said.

Gonzales added, however, that he hadn't seen any evidence of it.

"There is obviously a lot of rhetoric about it," he said. "And recently we saw the Department of Justice rejected the Texas voter ID law, saying it had a disparate impact on minority voting. That was then reviewed by a special three-judge panel. They also reached the same conclusion."

Meanwhile, legal challenges are still playing out in Texas and Pennsylvania.

Opponents claim ID laws keep minority populations from the polls. Supporters argue they guard against fraud.

Regent University's Dr. Charles Dunn said the Electoral College helps relieve some of the concern.

"The Electoral College serves to give us stability, certainty that after the Tuesday night vote is turned in, we know who our president is going to be," Dunn told CBN News.

"It did fail in 2000 in Gore-Bush," he acknowledged. "But even there, you had a quarantine of the problem in Florida. And it didn't become a nationwide problem."

No one wants a repeat of that problem in 2012. That's just one of the issues political columnist John Fund raises in his new book, Who's Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk.

"While Americans frequently demand observers and best practices in the elections of other countries, we are often blind to the need to scrutinize our own elections," Fund writes.

"We may pay the consequences in 2012 if a close election leads us into pitched partisan battles and court fights that will dwarf the Bush-Gore recount wars," he warned.

John Fund talked more about his new book and the threat of voter fraud, on "The 700 Club," Oct. 24. Click play above for the interview.

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