The integrity of our election process has been declining for decades, and people (at least those in power) don't seem to care. Election fraud—dead people voting, fraudulent registrations, ballot box stuffing, counterfeit write-in ballots, corrupted voter rolls, and boxes of ballots turning up in the trunk of someone's car—has become all too acceptable. Media pundits and politicians make jokes about “voting early and often.” No, make jokes is not the right phrase. The laugh about it, but they don't act as though it is joke. The act as though it is the truth, and they think that truth is funny.
I don't think it's funny. Our freedoms, including our election rights, were purchased with the blood of countless men. No doubt many took some comfort in their last moments knowing they had sacrificed their lives to preserve our American freedoms—including our free elections. I doubt any thought “I'm spilling my life out on this battlefield so some guy can stuff a ballot box in Chicago.”
Voter fraud should be right up there with child abuse as an act that is universally abhorred. An act so despised that even making jokes about it is condemned. Those that sacrificed everything to give us the gift of free elections placed a clear obligation upon us. It's time we honor that obligation and return the integrity to our election system.