Just a few weeks ago, a longtime election judge in Pennsylvania pled guilty to voter fraud. On Friday, a conspiracy of New Jersey elected officials was indicted.

I don't understand the blindness by certain elected officials to the stolen civil rights of American citizens when it occurs at the ballot box. Why pretend it isn't happening when we have volumes of records that demonstrate the stealing elections is something that happens all too often?

The current round of indictments is based on a city election that occurred last month. This isn't a story about how Nixon and Kennedy operated in the state of Illinois in 1960; this is about the American citizens of a city in New Jersey, with a majority-minority population, being robbed of their civil rights by a criminal conspiracy.

According to CNN, "the investigation began after the US Postal Inspection Service found hundreds of mail-in ballots in a mailbox in Paterson. Numerous additional ballots were found in another mailbox in nearby Haledon, according to a release from the attorney general."

Everyone should be concerned about the security of their vote. Voting by mail is vulnerable to criminal conspiracies, particularly when elected officials and election officials are involved.

CNN reports the following information about civil rights violations: "A city councilman and a councilman-elect are among the four people charged with voting fraud related to the May 12 municipal election, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Thursday. Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-elect Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique, and Abu Razyen have been charged with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots during the election."

Pay attention to how the election laws are being changed, because the criminals sure are.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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