So which of these voter fraud stories was fake? Yes I know, the whole idea of voter fraud is pretty much fake. It’s hard to find, outside Republican paranoid fantasies. Three of these stories were real news stories however. This time, the fake comes last just to build suspense. Can you feel the suspense building? Fine, humor me.
Republican secretary of state candidate calls voter fraud just “silly mistakes”: REAL. The catch is the fraud he calls “silly mistakes” is his own. Charlie White, Republican candidate for secretary of state in Indiana, registered and voted where he used to live instead of where he did live. It looks like he did this because he stayed on the town council after moving out of town. Did his vote change any elections? Probably not, which is part of the problem with claiming voter fraud: the fraudulent voter gets one vote, whereas the GOP operative (or crooked secretary of state) with the caging list can disenfranchise tens of thousands of people — with a tiny fraction of the risk of jail that faces the illegal voter.
Of course, since he described his knowing violations of the law as “silly mistakes”, he’ll be forgiving of former felons who mistakenly thought their voting rights were restored, right? And there would be no problem with Democratic candidates doing this, right? IOKIYAR (one of those internet acronyms: It’s OK If You’re A Republican)
MNGOP AG candidate thinks illegal aliens vote due to vouching: REAL Granted the link is a report on what Chris Barden said at a press conference, but his web site also has not one bit of proof for what he seems to be claiming as fact rather than suspicion.
If you think a group of people anxious to avoid attention or anything to do with contacting the government is going to take a very high risk of deportation just to vote, you might be a paranoid neo-Know Nothing conspiracy theorist — no wonder he won endorsement easily.
Tea partiers show voter registrations include vacant lots: REAL They also found 40 registrations from an eight-bed half-way house. Of course, they didn’t check some obvious things, like whether the registrations at vacant lots occurred when there were still houses there, and whether residents at half-way houses maybe stay just a short time. This is in Houston, but it sounds like the quality of data produced by Minnesota Majority. Voter registration rolls get purged regularly of voters who haven’t voted for a certain period of time, which is a way of removing people who moved. If they had evidence that 40 people actually voted in the last election while registered at an address that holds just eight, then might have something. They don’t. They do seem to have slowed down the registration of non-white people in Houston, which is presumably the point of cracking down on non-existent fraud.
Once they realize how these “fraudulent” registrations actually happened, maybe they’ll support a reform Mark Ritchie has proposed for Minnesota, where the registration would follow the voter to new addresses. Voters could change the address on their one registration instead of registering at each new address, and being registered at multiple addresses. That would also make registration rolls much smaller. Will any Republicans go for that? Nah, they’ll assume ACORN is pulling something (lack of existence not withstanding).
2% of voters in photo ID states used fake IDs: FAKE — I think. I’m sure I made it up, but it seems like a big gap in the argument that photo IDs will stop voting fraud. If we rely heavily on photo Ids, won’t every kid with a fake ID for buying liquor now be able to vote? Can’t anyone who can make or buy an ID get one vote per ID? Only someone who refuses to accept the evidence that voter fraud is rare can fail to see that. I can think of ways using fake IDs would still be difficult, but not one of those difficulties doesn’t apply already.