. . . because nations can only be free and fair as long as their elections are free and fair.
For too long, Americans have taken voter integrity for granted, walking around with the idea that our way of electing leaders–while not perfect–was “good enough.” But things have changed. We’ve had numerous close elections that were overturned after lengthy recount efforts and other elections that spurred charges of massive voter fraud.
The good news is that the United States already has laws on the books to protect the voting rights of all law-abiding citizens. The bad news is that the U.S. Justice Department has been slow to the fight in some cases (like the New Black Panther voter intimidation suit). The best news is that the laws were written to make sure all citizens can exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Of course, there is a catch to all those voter rights laws: We only get to keep our freedom as long as we are willing to work at maintaining it. We lose that freedom as soon as we take a passive attitude toward our electoral process and decide that “somebody else can do the work.”
Voter Integrity Project (VIP) is a non-partisan organization. While some have made election-law reform into a partisan issue, we view it as a constitutional issue, much bigger than any political party. Our purpose is to organize, train, and equip people who want to ensure that our elections are fair and free. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of all lawfully registered voters. The only condition for Voter Integrity Project volunteers is that all must agree to support and defend the constitution of this great nation. The actual work that volunteers do will depend on their experience, talents, and interests. All parties are welcome, since protecting the ballot box should be less of a partisan issue and more of a constitutional one.
“. . . to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Ben Franklin one pointed out that one of the greatest weaknesses in the US Constitution is the integrity of the governed. History has shown that if voter fraud is rampant, good people eventually decide that rigged elections are the norm and they abandon the fraudulent electoral process. Like throwing kerosene on a fire, some of the discouraged voters decide to “double down” on voter fraud and things get even worse. The Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina (VIP-NC) is founded on the principle that free and fair elections are the bedrock of our liberty and that defending the Constitution also means defending the right to free and fair elections.
The three primary goals of VIP-NC:
- To train, equip and organize people who want to help correct the weaknesses in our current electoral process
- To gather data on the extent of the voter-integrity problems in NC
- To propose and support legislative actions that would bring long-term stability back into the electoral system
We are at a point in history where people will be forced to decide whether or not they want to sit back and let evil triumph or pull up their sleeves and do the hard work of defending our great constitutional freedom.
While there are similar organizations springing up all across our nation, VIP is starting as a North Carolina initiative. It springs from my outrage at the news of how election after election is stolen in some amazingly brazen way. Organizations in other states have started paving the way to turn this problem around such as King Street Patriots and their True the Vote campaign, that started in Texas.
Anybody from any political party (or no party at all) can join our effort, provided they view the constitution as something worth honoring and preserving.