Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Voter Fraud Does Not Exist

File this under things you will hear Republicans bitching about endlessly that are completely, 100% made up.

In states across the country, republicans are attempting to stop people from voting and are doing so under the guise of stopping "voter fraud". There's one small issue: Voter fraud is not an actual problem.

Rolling Stone did a really good job looking into the various types of fraud these bills claim to combat, and showing how each one is made up.
As we've reported at Rolling Stone, over the past few years Republicans in more than a dozen states have been knocking themselves out passing laws that make it harder for people to vote. It hasn't escaped notice that the voters most affected by these measures – from voter ID laws to restrictions on early voting – are Democrats. But no matter: Republicans deny they're waging a partisan "war on voting" – they say the new laws are needed to combat rampant voter fraud. That's the line laid down most recently by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to justify purging his state's voter rolls of alleged noncitizens. "We need to have fair elections," he said last week. "When you go out to vote, you want to make sure that the other individuals that are voting have a right to vote."

But here's the thing: Not only is voter fraud not rampant – it's virtually nonexistent. The iron-clad word on the subject comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, whose 2007 report, 'The Truth About Voter Fraud,' sorts through thousands of allegations going back to the 1990s in the most in-depth voter fraud study ever undertaken. The bottom line, confirmed by all subsequent research: "Usually, only a tiny portion of the claimed illegality is substantiated — and most of the remainder is either nothing more than speculation or has been conclusively debunked." In fact, "one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud."
Check out the full article, really interesting stuff. And bookmark it while you're at it, because you're going to hear a lot of lying about "voter fraud" over the next six months.

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