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The best book ever written about campaign strategy and tactics was written by Stephen Shadegg, father of Congressman John Shadegg.
How To Win An Election is a timeless must-have handbook for anyone who ever even has a faint desire to run for public office. On occasion during campaigns reporters will ask me about this or that strategy and my response is always the same: we’re running by the book. They rarely ask the follow-up of what I mean, because they think I’m being coy, but I’m being honest – we run campaigns by the book How to Win an Election.
Chapter 14 of the book is entitled, “Don’t let them steal it from you.” In it, Shadegg points out that the best prevention of voter fraud comes by not allowing unqualified voters from getting a ballot in the first place. Here is a poignant paragraph:
Once a fraudulent vote has been cast and counted, it is difficult if not impossible to correct the error. The secrecy of the ballot in this country gives the dishonest as well as the honest vote equal standing once the tally has been made. It is relatively simple to prevent an unqualified voter from voting. It is almost impossible to change the outcome or even to detect the fraud after the ballot has been placed in the box or the voter has been permitted to use the machine.
The circus that is going on in Minnesota is yet another example the potential theft of an election. Al Franken (really? Al Franken?!?) is about to be declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race over incumbent Norm Coleman. However, the questions about ballots and votes means that this race will remain in the courts for weeks, if not months.
At a minimum, this spectacle should serve as a catalyst to coming up with some solutions to prevent voter fraud. A minimum in every state should be requiring identification when you show up at the polls.
Update: Thanks to Corey for the link to the book on Amazon.