A California man, Jerry Mosna, found quite the surprise when he was gardening outside his San Pedro home, when he noticed something odd, outside his mailbox.
To the elderly man’s surprise, it was two stacks of 2016 ballots addressed to his neighbor. Inside, Mosna discovered 83 unused ballots. All listing different names. Suspecting this was a case of voter fraud, Mosna went to find answers.
Mosna said he told his wife,“I think this is spooky.” He added, “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.” His wife, Madalena Mosna, said their 89-year-old neighbor was hard of hearing and lived by himself. She jokingly said, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”
The couple took the ballots to the Los Angeles Police Department where they were directed to the post office. The husband and wife felt little hope there would be an investigation, so they called another neighbor, John Cracchiolo, who made contact with the local registrar’s office.
Both Jerry and Cracchiolo told Fox News they were confident they stumbled upon a case of voter fraud after they handed the ballots in. “Yes, there is voter fraud. We saw it with our own eyes,” Cracchiolo said. The Mosnas and Cracchiolo stressed that the ballots clearly were not intended for their 89-year-old neighbor — and have not even discussed the issue with her.
A spokeswoman for the registrar office said that they intend to investigate the matter.
The registrar’s office gave a statement to Fox News citing, “We are carefully reviewing our records and gathering information to fully identify what took place. Our preliminary assessment is that this appears to be an isolated situation related to a system error that occurred causing duplicate ballots to be issued to an address entered for a single voter. We are working directly with the system vendor to ensure the issue is addressed and to identify any similar occurrences.”
Another registrar spokeswoman, Brenda Duran, said the Postal Service “has indicated that they returned all of the improperly addressed ballots to our office.”
John Fund, a journalist and co-author of the book, “Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk,” said someone could easily have voted with these ballots using a variety of fake signatures. Fund added, “It is doubtful they would have ever been detected.”
Von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow and manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation, claims that voter fraud is more prevalent in close elections -which happens to be true in 2016’s election. The latest polls have the candidates neck and neck.
The Heritage Foundation has recorded 430 cases of voter fraud — proven cases where someone was convicted or a judge ordered a new election.
Voter fraud has been rare in previous elections, but this year voter fraud seems to be on the rise. Perhaps it is the polarizing candidates or simply some people who can’t come to terms with the opposing candidate winning. Whatever the reasoning, citizens should keep an eye out for voter fraud leading up to Tuesday’s election.