The Democratic Party today tries to minimize the risks of possible electoral fraud, however, the party's presidential candidate, Joe Biden, spent decades of his career sounding the alarm about it.
Biden consistently shared the GOP's concerns about voter fraud during his 36 years as a United States Senator from Delaware..
“Should Voters Be Allowed To Register On Election Day? No,” Biden wrote in an op-ed to a now-defunct Wilmington, Del. newspaper in 1977. He even reproached President Carter for proposing it.
A “reservation I have and one that is apparently shared by some of the top officials within the Department of Justice is that the president’s proposal could lead to a serious increase in vote fraud,” Biden wrote.
He has since reversed course, now Biden says, “When you and I get elected, God willing, we’re going to push hard to make voting, Election Day, a national holiday so people don’t have to take off work. There should be same-day registration.”
Voter fraud has become a partisan issue in recent years. Republicans have warned that mail-in ballots, same-day registration and lack of voter ID laws create ripe opportunities for liberal cheat.
Democrats say these allegations are part of a broader GOP plot to suppress the vote of poor and minority communities in central Democratic constituencies.
“Voter fraud is, by and large, a myth,” said Georgia Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams.
Senator Bernie Sanders has called President Trump’s warnings of coming fraud “delusional.”
DNC boss Tom Perez has mocked that “you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning” than finding it.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Biden worked closely with now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stiffen penalties for voter fraud.
In 1988 Biden introduced the “Anti-Corruption Act,” which McConnell co-sponsored. The bill would have enacted penalties for anyone who deprived anyone of “a fair and impartially conducted election process through the use of fraudulent ballots or voter registration forms or the filing of fraudulent campaign reports.”
Biden and McConnell tried again in 1989. Senator Strom Thurmond was also a co-sponsor of the bill.
“Current law does not permit prosecution of election fraud … This bill makes it a federal offense to corrupt any state or local election process,” Biden argued on the Senate floor.
When Biden introduced the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993, McConnell snuck in voter fraud provisions as an amendment. But the bill died.
McConnell introduced the act on his own in 1995 without Biden’s participation it died again.
By the time he served as vice president to Barack Obama, Biden had fully, and publicly, abandoned his former views.
“Why, without any proof of voter fraud, have 81 bills been introduced in state legislative bodies … to make it harder for people to vote,” Biden asked an audience at South Carolina’s Allen University in 2014.