July 6, 2012
We have seen shenanigans in voting laws across the country under the guise of creating barriers to voter fraud. The numbers on cases of voter fraud vs the instances of humans struck by lightning make it obvious that voter fraud is teeny tiny problem. Also, we have seen how the changes in voter laws in an election year are being drummed up in the Red GOP states only. It makes me wonder, why do only the Repubs seem to believe that vote fraud is a problem. You only hear about this plague, this tumor on our body politic in the GOP camp.
Why is it only the GOP states that think we have a vote fraud problem? The reason I ask is that the measures these states are taking far and away do more damage to a free and fair vote than they protect the system from fraud. Could it be that the voter fraud is actually a lie perpetrated in order to disenfranchise thousands of legitimate voters from the rolls in key states that could swing the election?
How is it fair if hundreds or thousands are removed from voter rolls to protect us from the 10 or 20 people that vote fraudulently in a state?
Through the early 2000s, there have been allegations of vote mishandling through the hacking of computerized ballot and counting systems in place now. We have some evidence but no real formal investigation to show that rigging the vote count by election officials is an actual problem. It is well documented that some poor and minority dominated areas in red states, have suffered reduced access to voting, not just registration, but such things as numbers of voting machines and hours of operation rigged and not given due diligence. My sense of it is that the GOP loves to play around the edges of every election and jimmy the system in as many ways to Sunday as they can invent without getting caught.
The fact that they must go to what are unfair and extreme measures to swing the vote count in their favor shows that they have very little to go on in terms of public policy and benefit to the average citizen. I believe that some of their measures are so clumsy that they will be read by the public for what they truly are. In a way, the fact that so much money is spent still gives me hope that the vote count is still at least conducted partially fairly.
I wish there was a mechanism in congress to remove electoral votes from states whom continue to exhibit improper voter registration and counting. Dishonest conduct in elections is tantamount to treason and should be rigorously penalized but not at the expense of the honest average citizen voter.
- Is Voter Fraud A Problem? (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Behind the Myth of Voter Fraud (washingtonmonthly.com)
- UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud (motherjones.com)
- Pennsylvania Voter-ID Law Could Disenfranchise Up To 750,000 (Talking Points Memo)