October 22nd, 2008
05:44 PM ET

Voter fraud

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/22/art.absentee.ballot.jpg]Peter Ferrara
The American Spectator

In 1980, fresh out of school and working on Wall Street, I also worked for the Reagan campaign. I had the job every night at around 11 p.m. of going to Times Square and getting one of the first copies of the next day's New York Times. I would take it to the Reagan New York City headquarters in midtown Manhattan, where a phone number would be left for me as to where the traveling Reagan campaign party was staying that night. My job was to cut out the articles in the Times covering the Presidential campaign and "quip" (an early fax) them to the hotel where the Reagan party was staying.

As the election neared, I learned that the campaign high command had decided that Reagan would probably not win unless he racked up a vote margin of 2-3%. That was what was thought necessary to overcome Democrat big city machine voter fraud.

On Election Day, I was part of a team working to counter that fraud in New York City. A couple of us went to heavily Democrat neighborhoods to see what was going on. One of those was the orthodox Jewish Williamsburg neighborhood. A van was driving through the streets blaring something over and over in Yiddish. I asked my Jewish partner what the van was blaring. He said the van's message was "Vote for Reagan. He's the only hope." I knew then that Reagan would win, as he did 51% to 41%.

Filed under: Raw Politics • Voting
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Cindy

    So ACORN and their fraud is nothing new then huh? The democrats have always cheated! Go figure!!


    October 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  2. Brenda Harris

    NO It's finally coming OUT. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN STEALING THE ELECTIONS for some time now. That's how to explain how republicans won when the polls had democrats up by so many points. But it's coming to the end of the road for them. Everyone is hip to their tatics. They won't steal this election.

    October 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    With the attention being paid to the polls which show Obama ahead some people may think they don't need to go out and vote because "Obama has it in the bag". The press needs to push the necessity of voting despite what the polls say – after all the polls are based on the assumption that people will vote.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  4. Trisha

    Has CNN reported on the early voting problems people are experiencing in West Virginia and in Florida with the electronic ballots switching in mid-vote from Democrat to Republican? If so, can you rerun please. I haven't seen anything yet on it. I know you did a report on registering voters but this is mid-vote.


    October 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |