Voter impersonation fraud – 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast

❝ Voter ID laws are back in the news once again, with two new opinions from the Wisconsin Supreme Court late last week dealing with the state’s ID requirement, which would allow people to vote only if they provide certain forms of government-issued ID. The Court made some minor changes to the law but otherwise upheld it. However, the ID requirement is still on hold pending a federal lawsuit.

Part of this litigation — and any rational debate about the issue generally — hinges on two things: costs and benefits. The costs of these sorts of laws vary, because the laws themselves differ from state to state (some are far more burdensome than others). The ostensible benefits, though, are all the same. And in addressing these purported benefits, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blew it. Twice.

❝ First, the court cited the idea that ID laws could enhance public confidence–that is, in theory, the laws might make us feel better about elections in that they might provide some security theater. It turns out, though, that this effect is hard to spot…

Second, the court said that ID laws can help stop fraud. It then cited an example of recent fraud … that ID laws aren’t designed to stop…

❝ Instead, requirements to show ID at the polls are designed for pretty much one thing: people showing up at the polls pretending to be somebody else in order to each cast one incremental fake ballot. This is a slow, clunky way to steal an election. Which is why it rarely happens.

❝ I’ve been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the Court. And since then, I’ve been following reports wherever they crop up.

To be clear, I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix.

So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country. If you want to check my work, you can read a comprehensive list of the incidents below.

To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.

So much for the happy horseshit shoveled atop public understanding of electoral fraud. The Republican Party in general – and lately, Donald Trump, el Supremo – have been parroting this crap at the expense of state budgets and constitutional rights.

Time to lose this latest Big Lie before it becomes any more acceptable by gullibilus voter americanus.

3 thoughts on “Voter impersonation fraud – 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast

  1. Confabulationists says:

    ‘Voter fraud’ is also used interchangeably with attempted voter registration fraud. One of the examples of this in New Mexico took place in 2011 and involved the state’s Republican Governor, Susanna Martinez. http://progressnownm.org/susanas-secret-voter-fraud-on-the-fourth-floor/ Also in 2011 Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced that an internal investigation revealed 117 instances in which foreign nationals registered to vote in New Mexico. Of those, she said 37 had actually cast votes. In the end, after an Inspection of Public Records Act lawsuit was filed by ACLU, no actual “voter fraud” list was produced. Duran resigned last October after pleading guilty to felony charges related to her embezzlement of campaign contributions to fuel a gambling habit and is serving five years of probation after spending 30 days in jail. https://www.abqjournal.com/761460/duran-case-ruling-could-cost-taxpayers-90k.html

  2. Cuckservative says:

    Oct 18: “Warning darkly of a stolen election, Donald J. Trump has called on supporters to turn out in droves on Election Day to monitor polling places, telling them they need to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged outcome.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/us/politics/donald-trump-voting-election-rigging.html Trump’s call to action is now being promoted by white supremacists on Stormfront, the world’s leading neo-Nazi website, as well as by other Alt-Right groups that espouse using violence to ‘take our country back and restore Democracy in America’.

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