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Real voter fraud: A Bay Stater votes in Manchester

Granite Staters are repeatedly told — by Democratic politicians and the activist left — that voter fraud is a “myth” and that the only effect of voter ID laws is to “suppress” the vote. They repeat that spin even as instances of actual fraud pile up.

The latest involves Lorin C. Schneider Jr. of Carver, Mass. It is a fact, documented by records in Hillsborough County Superior Court North, that Schneider has pled guilty to one felony and two misdemeanor charges of wrongful voting. According to the state Attorney General’s office, Schneider voted in Manchester’s Ward 9 in the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012, and in the 2012 Democratic primary. No one will be surprised to learn that Schneider took a Democratic ballot.

On July 29, 2012, the Concord Monitor editorialized that “voter ID laws enacted by legislatures in New Hampshire and at least nine other states have nothing to do with fraud and everything to do with a Republican campaign to suppress the vote and steal elections.” What great timing.

Twice that very year — six months before and three months after the publication of that editorial — Schneider voted illegally in Manchester. He was everything the Republicans had warned about: a Massachusetts voter traveling to New Hampshire to vote illegally in the hope of changing the outcome of our elections. Schneider said he voted here because he figured his vote would count here, but would not count back home in Massachusetts.

(Also in the 2012 general election, someone voted illegally in Manchester’s Ward 3 under the name of Caitlin Legacki, a former Jeanne Shaheen staffer who was then living in Missouri.)

Schneider’s illegal voting occurred both before and after the state’s voter ID law took effect. Gloria Pilotte, Ward 9’s longtime moderator, said she never caught the fraud, so someone must have reported Schneider. So we see that the voter ID law is no cure-all for voter fraud. But as Pilotte said, it probably makes it harder to commit. Though the law helps, it does little good if the voter rolls are not regularly scrubbed of voters who died or, like Schneider and Legacki, moved away.

Trace Adkins
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