John Fund: U.S. Has 'Sloppiest Elections Systems of Any Industrialized Democracy'

By Patrick Burke | November 5, 2012 | 11:19am EST

Cover of the new book, "Who's Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk" by John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky.

( -- John Fund, journalist and author of the new book Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, said the United States has the “sloppiest election systems” of any industrialized democracy in the world.

He added that both the Mexican and Canadian governments have more sophisticated voter ID systems than the United States in order to prevent voter fraud. Editor-in-Chief Terry Jeffrey asked Fund, “A lot of people associate voter fraud and rigged elections with Third World countries. They don’t associate it with the United States of America. Does voting fraud really happen to any significant degree in this country?”

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Fund responded, “Well, it’s interesting that we have the sloppiest election systems of any industrialized democracy. That’s not my opinion, that’s the opinion of Walter Dean Burnham, our premier American political scientist.”

He continued, “And if you look around the world, we’re the only industrialized democracy that doesn’t ask ID of everyone who shows up at the polls. The Mexicans do a very good job; they have very sophisticated security with their ID. You also have to dip your finger in ink to show you can’t vote twice. The Canadians, those intolerant awful Canadians, require ID. But over half our states really don’t require any effective ID.”

Walter Dean Burnham, a leading authority on U.S. elections and voting patterns, is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Texas-Austin.

Fund also said there currently are 11 states that require a potential voter to show a government-issued ID. There are 19 states that require some form of ID that doesn't need to have a photo of the voter, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Fund is a National Review columnist and co-author, with Hans Von Spakovsky, of the new book, Who's Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk. In the book, Fund writes that 3 out of 50 states -- Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas -- require proof of citizenship when and individual registers to vote.

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