Buying Votes is Illegal


John Daniel Davidson writes at The Federalist regarding a scheme in Nevada involving a group called Native Vote:

“Offering voters anything of value in exchange for their vote is a violation of federal election law, and in some cases punishable by up to two years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines. That includes raffles, free food, free T-shirts, and so on.”

Though the article focuses on activities in Nevada, it includes this point: “It also matters because this didn’t just happen in Nevada. Organizers there might have been more obvious about what they were doing, but there’s evidence that similar efforts, including gift card and electronics giveaways, were undertaken in Native communities in South Dakota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, Idaho, Minnesota, and Texas.”

For a country to maintain real, secure elections, it cannot allow violations of election law. Places that change rules at the last minute, pressure or bribe voters, disregard voter ID, etc. are holding sham elections.