The subject of voter fraud is purely political. Liberals claim that conservatives are “racist,” because they want laws that verify a voter’s identity either with a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID. Why is that racist? Well, because minorities are more likely not to have either of those.
Liberals argue that voter ID laws disproportionately affect minorities and disenfranchise them. Democrats invest so much time and money in pandering to minorities, and they know that many of these minorities don’t have sufficient ID. In order for them to get a return on their investment, they have to make the case that a valid ID is not needed to vote. In fact, it’s racist to require it. It’s not racist to require a photo ID for anything else. Just voting.
Conservatives counter with examples of voter fraud, which can easily occur without voter ID laws. Dead people can vote. People can be registered to vote in multiple states. People can vote multiple times.
Liberals counter that by downplaying the existence of voter fraud at all. They claim that it might happen a handful of times – they have to come across as somewhat objective – but they’ve calculated the rate of voter fraud to be something like 0.00000017 percent. In other words, it hardly happens, and conservatives are just paranoid conspiracy theorists.
Republicans are largely in favor of strict voter ID laws, not because they’re racist, and not so much because they care about the integrity of the electoral process, but because they know if most minorities without ID were allowed to vote, they’d vote for Democrats.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that’s probably not what most conservative Republican voters are thinking. They’re thinking that it’s unfair for so many people to vote fraudulently, regardless of who they’re voting for.
But the issue is purely political, on both sides of the aisle. Each side has something to gain or lose, depending on what the laws are. Democrats accuse Republicans of racism, and Republicans accuse Democrats of wanting to perpetuate and encourage fraud – which is true, since Democrats need all the votes they can get.
[A]s the election approaches, more and more cases of voter fraud are beginning to surface. In Colorado, multiple instances were found of dead people attempting to vote. Stunningly, “a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.” In Virginia, it was found that nearly 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.
In Texas, authorities are investigating criminals who are using the technique of “vote harvesting” to illegally procure votes for their candidates. “Harvesting” is the practice of illegally obtaining the signatures of valid voters in order to vote in their name without their consent for the candidate(s) the criminal supports.
These are just some instances of voter fraud we know about. It would be silly to assume cases that have been discovered are the only cases of fraud. Indeed according to a Pew Research report from February 2012, one in eight voter registrations are “significantly inaccurate or no longer valid.” Since there are 146 million Americans registered to vote, this translates to a stunning 18 million invalid voter registrations on the books. Further, “More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters, and approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.” Numbers of this scale obviously provide ripe opportunity for fraud.
Just because they only found a relative handful of cases of voter fraud, doesn’t mean that those are the only cases that exist. The Federalist writer above – who happens to be a black man – went on to use traffic violations as an example. Just because there were, say, 100,000 seatbelt citations issued in a state in one year, doesn’t mean that those must have been the only people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt. It’s just that that’s how many police were able to catch.
In fact, in the example that the writer cited, that 100,000 figure was up dramatically from the previous year, which resulted in about 30,000 drivers being ticketed for a seatbelt violations. So why the dramatic increase? Because of increased law enforcement.
They’d find way more cases of voter fraud if they were more proactive in ensuring no one broke any laws while voting. But, we can’t do that, because it would be “racist.”
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