Have you ever noticed that the hysteria over “voter fraud” only occurs during election years? I remember when Politico published a piece provocatively titled “Report: 1.8 million dead registered to vote.” It was later picked up by many media outlets, and it became a meme. Of course, the meme is always about “lib’rulls” trying to steal the government by cheating. You know, because we’ve been so successful thus far, right? But we want to install a Marxist regime, and in the process take all the money from the rich and “redistribute” it to everyone else, so we’ll stop at nothing. And that means we engage in massive amounts of “voter fraud.” Given that Republicans run most states and they have effectively run the federal government since 1981,
The problem is, the instances of “voter fraud” are actually relatively rare. Why wouldn’t they be? In order for voter fraud to be worthwhile, the effort would have to be massive. Check out the first paragraph of the Politico story, because it’s pretty massive:
The United States’s voter registration system is in chaos — with about 24 million registrations are no longer valid and nearly 2 million dead people still on voter rolls, according to a new report Tuesday.
That sure sounds dire. I mean, having “nearly 2 million dead people” voting…
Wait; WHAT? How is that voter fraud? I mean, unless those 1.8 million people are actually showing up to vote, that is. How would such a thing be possible?
Think about it. Someone would have to be keeping track of all the people dying, they would have to know which ones were registered to vote and where, which ones had not been purged, and they would have recruit someone roughly the same age to vote in their place. And to avoid detection, the same person couldn’t fraudulently vote for more than one person. That’s a hell of a lot of effort for what would surely be a relatively few number of votes.
According to an actual study by the Pew Center on the States (Source), the problem isn’t “voter fraud” but the fact that states aren’t keeping up with voter registrations, probably because the Republican Congress is starving them and they have other things to pay for. Despite the Pew Center finding absolutely no massive “voter fraud,” the concept persists among journalists, who have apparently forgotten to bother to look stuff up. No one will deny that the voter rolls are a mess, but the thing is, it’s mostly due to people’s increased tendency to move and not tell anyone, and registrars not keeping up with who’s died.
Do you know what real voter fraud is? It’s not people dying and registrars neglecting to move the voters off the rolls. It’s people who register illegally, and then cast a vote.
Real voter fraud is what was uncovered in Wisconsin recently. It seems that faithful Republican and health care executive Robert Monroe may have voted a dozen times between the recall elections of 2011 and 2012 election. According to investigators, he voted seven different times for Governor Scott Walker. Among his misdeeds was casting an absentee ballot for his son, who also voted from another area of the state.
The kicker? According to Wisconsin officials, it’s the worst case of voter fraud in memory. And it’s by a Republican, not a “liberal Democrat.”
Think about that for a minute. All of this talk about “voter fraud” as a serious problem for all voters, and yet a guy who voted for Walker seven times in a statewide election is the worst case “in memory.” What should that tell everyone, really? It’s simple; the Republican Party is always trying to drive down turnout, and this is one way to do it.
We can be reasonably certain the dead voters won’t vote. We also know the “fake people” supposedly “registered” by ACORN a few years back never actually showed up at the polls. I mean, someone may register “Mickey Mouse,” but unless “Mickey Mouse” actually shows up and casts a vote, it’s not voter fraud.
People move, they register in their new state, and sometimes they don’t bother to cancel their voter registration at their previous place of residence, and it takes a while to catch up. I suppose some could vote in both the new and the old neighborhood, but that’s a lot of effort and gas for one extra vote. And that’s just irrational, which is why a Republican stalwart like Robert Monroe is the only type of idiot who will do it. The days when a politician might pay $10 a vote are way over. No only does $10 not buy what it used to, but there are too many votes to buy.
Basically, what Republicans and the compliant press are usually talking about when they use the term “voter fraud” is imperfect record keeping, not a massive fraud that could swing an election. “Voter fraud” is largely a non-issue. If you don’t believe this, consult the experts at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (Source)
• Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare.
• Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud.
• Voter fraud is often conflated with other forms of election misconduct.
• Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda.
• Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.
Again; when you see or hear about claims of “voter fraud,” walk away laughing. And when “journalists” try to even imply that an imperfect registration system can lead to massive “voter fraud,” make that journalist explain why. If they simply say it and offer no support for the contention, they’re lying to you. Every time you say, or even imply, that registering to vote and showing up at the polls is in some way a futile exercise and might not count, you discourage potential voters from showing up at the polls, and the GOP loves you for it. Stop helping them win.
“Voter Fraud” has little impact on elections; certainly less impact on elections than depressing turnout.