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Updated: Voter Fraud? Are you crazy?

The very concept of “voter fraud” is absurd. There, I said it. I’m not going to rehash all of the data showing that it doesn’t happen because you’ve seen that a million times already. I’m just going to say it’s completely illogical and asinine. Think about it. While a lot of people apparently imagine whole gangs of fake voters lining up to vote in someone else’s name or some such nonsense, in what alternate universe does that even make sense?

Let’s talk about what isn’t voter fraud. I have run voter registration drives before. We would pay a certain amount per registration to each person who registered voters. While the overwhelming majority of people who worked for us were open and honest about what they did, but every once in a while a joker would submit a few registrations that were ultimately invalid. That is not voter fraud, unless someone registers Bugs Bunny to vote and actually attempts to vote as Bugs Bunny. but registering Bruce Wayne, Batman or James T. Kirk is not voter fraud. I got all of those, as well as several Elmer Fudd (he lived in Brentwood) and Pope John Paul II. But unless someone tried to show up and vote as one of them, no one committed “voter fraud.”

Voter fraud would happen if someone showed up and pretended to be another voter and voted in their place. Think about what that would require, and you’ll see why it pretty much never happens.

First, you have to know the person’s name. That’s easy, but you would also have to know their address and their date of birth. Plus, since we all vote in our own neighborhoods, there is also a good chance that the people behind the desk know who you are. Even if there isn’t, the person committing voter fraud doesn’t know that. You would also have to know for a fact that the person you’re voting for won’t be showing up, which you can’t possibly know. You also don’t know how long the line will be or how much time it will take to vote. When you turn in your fraudulent vote, you often have to sign something, which is not likely to match the signature on file. Again, if the real person shows up, your fraudulent vote won’t count.

In other words, the odds of getting away with voter fraud are actually relatively slim. It would take a hell of a lot of planning and at least some reconnaissance. But what’s the payoff? If one voter could manage to travel from one precinct to another, they would have to have to have sufficient information at each one to do so successfully. How many votes do you imagine they will be able to make in one day? If they drive fast between polling places, perhaps a dozen? How much would it cost and how many such fraudulent voters would someone need to make a dent in any election larger than a town council race?

You don’t need to look at the data to know that there is virtually no voter fraud out there. There’s a lot of risk for no payoff. What else would you expect? it would be similar to building a shoplifting ring to rip off dollar stores. It’s just as much risk as ripping off Nordstrom, but probably not as prolific.

In other words, there is absolutely no rationale for voter ID laws. it solves a problem that doesn’t exist.

ADDENDUM:

I want to talk about the ridiculous concept that Dummy Trump brought up in the last debate.

Yes, there are probably at least 3 million dead people on the voting rolls right now. That is NOT “voter fraud,” unless they somehow rise from the grave and cast a vote. Might some family members try to cast a vote for Trump in the name of their recently deceased parent? I suppose that’s possible, but I doubt that most people would even think about it. Not only that, but see above; in order to vote in the recently-deceased person’s name, you run a serious risk that someone at the polling place would know that you weren’t them. Given that getting caught means a felony conviction and a loss of voting rights for life, what the hell sense would that make? For one vote?

Get real, people. There is virtually no voter fraud because there is no point to it. At all.

2 comments

  1. In the wingnut parallel universe, Democrats bring in busloads of “illegal immigrants” who impersonate dead people and vote over and over in places where there is no voter ID required. It’s an article of faith to them that this practice is common in Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit.

  2. I think you actually understated the absurdity.

    In Texas, Governor Abbot himself has bought into the voter fraud theory. Basically he is calling himself and all his Republican voting officials incompetent but never mind that.

    Quoting Juanita Jean: “Texas Republicans own all statewide offices, the Governor’s mansion, all the Courts of Appeal, the State House and the State Senate. So, paint this on the barn in waterproof paint: If there’s fraud going on, you’re the one doing it.”

    But the absurdity has a clear purpose. Look at what is happening in Tarrant County where Republicans are calling for poll monitors (armed I am sure) for just the Democratically controlled counties. Nowhere else. The intent is obviously to intimidate Hispanic and other Democrat-leaning voters but they can justify it if they keep up the voter fraud scare.

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