As you know, voter fraud has been a serious concern in recent years. Of course, most of that concern was drummed up by former President Donald Trump after he supposedly lost to Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
However, just because Trump was worried about voter fraud and claimed that it could have impacted the election results doesn’t mean that the concerns aren’t valid.
In fact, as we have learned in the years since then, fraud has become more than a problem.
Take the January 2021 Georgia senatorial runoff election, for example.
Again, it was claimed, by Trump and others, that fraud likely played a heavy role in the results, thanks to the major expansion of absentee and mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. And a growing number of individuals are being found and convicted of just that. In Walker County, Georgia, for instance, William Chase, age 62, was just sentenced to 25 years in prison for submitting an absentee ballot that was not his own.
According to District Attorney Chris Arnt, a couple living near Chase had asked for absentee ballots. But only one showed up. The other mistakenly ended up at Chase’s home. But instead of sending it back or just trashing the ballot, Chase decided to fill it out, forge the woman’s signature, and send it in, despite the fact that he had already voted in the same election.
Chase was caught when the couple called to see where the other ballot was, and the elections office found that it had already been “accepted, but not yet counted.” Upon looking at the ballot, the woman could tell that it had been forged, and once investigators got ahold of it, Chase’s fingerprints were found on it.
Chase was then convicted of “forgery in the first degree, illegal acts regarding election documents, unlawful acts regarding elector’s votes, and repeat voting in the same election.” For those crimes, he will serve 25 years in prison, with the first 15 without the possibility of parole.
Let that be a lesson to anyone who thinks election fraud is ok.