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The voter fraud bait-and-switch

vote2Election law expert Justin Levitt has this must-read post today in the Washington Post about the lack of credible voter fraud incidents that a photo ID could have prevented.

Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, has been tracking such incidents since 2008 and reports that out of billions of votes cast during that period, he’s found 31 credible incidents.

Referring to claims asserted in recent cases in Mississippi and Wisconsin that voter ID can stop voter fraud,  Levitt notes:

This sort of misdirection is pretty common, actually. Election fraud happens. But ID laws are not aimed at the fraud you’ll actually hear about. Most current ID laws (Wisconsin is a rare exception) aren’t designed to stop fraud with absentee ballots (indeed, laws requiring ID at the polls push more people into the absentee system, where there are plenty of real dangers). Or vote buying. Or coercion. Or fake registration forms. Or voting from the wrong address. Or ballot box stuffing by officials in on the scam. In the 243-page document that Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed on Monday with evidence of allegedly illegal votes in the Mississippi Republican primary, there were no allegations of the kind of fraud that ID can 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.

 

 

 

4 Comments


  1. david esmay

    August 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Hans Von Spakovsky, the emperor has no clothes. Voter fraud is the brain child of this former Bush DOJ official, the only one whose co-workers wrote personal letters of objection to his presence and promotion. Now the darling of the Koch funded Heritage Foundation and coincidentally asked to testify on behalf of the NC GOP as an “expert” during the voter ID debate. Funny thing though, good ol’ Hans spent five years and millions taxpayer dollars investigating voter fraud during his tenure at the DOJ and found nothing. But that hasn’t prevented him from using voter fraud to collect pay checks.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    August 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    So what does this guy suggest be done about the other types of voter fraud. It is time to nip those forms in the bud too.

  3. Alan

    August 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Voter fraud is non-existent, and GOP leadership know it. It’s a tool used to fool the ignorant & the stupid, promoted by the extreme media outlets as “fact”. Just as factual as Noah’s Ark…

  4. Pertains!

    August 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Out of BILLIONS only 31!! What a waste of money and time.

    Let it go and concentrate on something important like voter suppression with some of the restrictions that truly cause a hardship on some voters.

    It can take months and months for parents to obtain a birth certificate if the family has moved several times to different states and
    I cannot imagine a 90 year old that does not drive having to produce the “required” ID.

    When they do not accept a college photo ID or allow the college student to even vote without returning “home” some will not vote which is the intention of the law. These voter laws can truly change the results of an election.
    Lucky us , NC is heading for some of the most restrictive set of voting laws in the nation.
    It is just amazing we do not have more absentee ballots.

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