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26.VoterFraud - Voter Fraud Law and Politics 1 Frequency In...

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Voter Fraud: Law and Politics 1 Frequency In the U.S. there is much talk of the potential for large scale voter fraud before elections. And there is almost no discussion of this issue after they are over. Why? That is because real voter fraud is very rare—and large scale voter fraud has never occurred in recent decades. I did a Goggle search for the terms “2008 voter fraud” and found 60 pages of entries, about 1,200 stories. Every one of them was written before election day—both sides publicly claiming that they were worried about likely fraud committed by the other side–none after . You will hear the same claims in 2012. The charges: Republicans charge that Democrats register voters who are not quali- fied to vote under the law. Democrats charge that Republicans engage in in voter suppression— activities intended to convince eligible voters that they do not have the right to vote and thereby keep them from the polls. Both charges involve the same groups of voters, low educated (often minority) voters who do not know their rights and might be easily intimidated. 1.1 False Registration You probably all know about the ACORN registration campaign in 2008. In one well publicized case it registered a voter named Mickey Mouse. In 1
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another the roster of the Dallas Cowboys football team was registered in some precinct outside of Texas. In more common and less publicized cases numerous nonexistent persons are registered. This clearly is registration fraud. People—or at least names—that do not exist are entered on the registration rolls. The cause in the ACORN case is that minimum wage workers, paid either by the hour or by the voter, cheat. It is a lot easier to register a fake name than to go out and find a real person to register. (This problem exists also in survey research, where interviewers sometimes make up fake interviews instead of talking to real respondents.) The Obama campaign, which received some registration information from ACORN, had a similarly dismal view of the quality of work performed. It was not up to the high standards of that very efficient organization. But how many of the Mickey Mouses, Dallas Cowboys (in Kansas or wherever the story came from), or nonexistent people—John Does—showed up to vote on November 4? Answer: none . The victim of this fraud is ACORN and similar groups who employ workers who cheat. Their intention is to increase the number of voters , not the number registered. Having a John Doe on the registration rolls serves no purpose.
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