In the previous posts, I concentrated on the Heritage Foundation ‘database’ because it makes sense to see first if even the biased/partisan case holds water. The answer is that it doesn’t. In-person voting fraud is a not a major issue – for example, the Heritage Foundation data has a grand total of SIX entries listed as impersonation. Given the database was intended to bolster the case for strict voter ID requirements, that is extraordinary. Voter ID laws are like dropping a huge metallic object from orbit to crack a nut – and not an intractable nut like a Brazil, more like a pinenut.
The so-called voter suppression tactics are essentially fraudulent. The term is used because of an appearance that this is a case of over-zealousness on a topic on which state governments have a legitimate interest. Looking at the disparity between the damage done to the electoral process compared with the scale of the problem supposedly addressed shows that this is beyond over-zealousness.
40 thousand+ applications seized because of 10 applications with errors (and hence deemed potentially fraudulent registrations). Armed police used to raid an office – primarily it seems to disrupt their work.
Here is an alternate view http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/The%20Truth%20About%20Voter%20Fraud.pdf
This report calls for a narrow definition of voter fraud:
“Voter fraud” is fraud by voters.More precisely, “voter fraud” occurs when individuals cast ballots despite knowing that they are ineligible to vote, in an attempt to defraud the election system.This sounds straightforward. And yet, voter fraud is often conflated, intentionally or unintentionally, with other forms of election misconduct or irregularities.
Death records.Voting from the grave offers salacious headlines, and investigators often attempt to match death records to voter rolls in an attempt to produce purported evidence of fraud. Yet in addition to the problems with inaccurate matching identified above, a simple match of death records to voter rolls may conceal citizens who voted before dying, in quite ordinary fashion. In Maryland in 1995, for example, an exhaustive investigation revealed that of 89 alleged deceased voters, none were actually dead at the time the ballot was cast. The federal agent in charge of the investigation said that the nearest they came was when they “found one person who had voted then died a week after the election.”Similarly, in New Hampshire, postcards were sent to the addresses of citizens who voted in the 2004 general election; one card was returned as undeliverable because the voter died after Election Day, but before the postcard arrived at her home.