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Voter Fraud at the Highest Levels

Don't be misled when you hear the words "voter fraud."

Over the last several years, there has been a proliferation of bills introduced in
Virginia and in many other states to prevent voter fraud.  Conspicuously missing from the debate on these bills has been any specific examples of voter fraud having been committed.  In fact, the greater problem with voting has not been that persons have been fraudulently voting; voter participation in Virginia and the nation has been embarrassingly low.  The emphasis needs to be on getting more
people to vote and not to make the process more cumbersome and bureaucratic
that it discourages voters.

The real fraud in the voting process occurs when legislators and others argue that
the new laws are needed to clean up voting when the real purpose is to suppress
voter participation.  Under the guise of preventing voter fraud, legislators are taking fraud-like actions by establishing rules and procedures intended to confuse older and minority voters and to make it more difficult for them to vote.

Laws to discourage or prevent voting are not new to the American democracy.  In the period ending Reconstruction after the Civil War, Democrats in Virginia and other southern states enacted voter registration requirements that disenfranchised most newly freed slaves.  A blank-sheet registration form was used to register new voters.  Whites from the right families could expect some help as to what to write on the sheet.  Blacks were left to struggle about what
information the state constitution required to be listed and in what order.  The $1.50 poll tax had to be paid three years in a row, six months before the election in order for a person to vote.  The system of controlling the electorate kept the Byrd Machine in Virginia and others in other states in power.

The current effort clearly aimed to ensure that President Obama is not re-elected
is more circumspect.  Already the courts have thrown out attempts in several states to suppress the vote.  Virginia’s new voter requirements are not as
bad as those in Pennsylvania and Florida and several other states, but voters
do need to be aware to ensure that their vote is counted.

Voters in Virginia on November 6 will be required to show identification.  A photo ID is not required, but your valid driver’s license may be used for identification as well as your voter registration card, military ID, government issued ID, concealed handgun permit, student ID, utility bill, or bank statement.  Without ID, a person will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot that will not be counted unless acceptable identification is provided by noon on Friday of the week of voting.  For
complete voting information, go to www.sbe.virginia.gov.

We need in the marketplace and in our communities to be aware of fraudulent
actions that may take away our lifestyle and our property.  In the voting process we need to ensure that we are not misled by fraudulent-like statements by politicians.  Exercise and protect your right to vote; our democracy depends on it.

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Virginia Harlow September 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
http://blogs.ajc.com/kyle-wingfield/2012/08/07/2012-tuesday-voter-fraud-not-suppression-is-real/ http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/19/gop-group-dismisses-study-saying-voter-fraud-cases-infinitesimal/ I think there's ample evidence that vote fraud has occurred and will again. If a person needs a photo ID to get medical attention, to cash a check, to open a bank account, to drive a car, I see no reason on earth why they should not be able to prove their are actually eligible to vote!
Uncle Smartypants September 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Your two links don't offer any evidence at all, let alone "ample evidence". This is the GOP trying to keep the black man down. Shameful.
Virginia Harlow September 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
In my neighborhood the black man is a minority, and so is the white man. According to the Census Bureau anyway. That old senseless racism charge is wasted here. How about just keeping voters honest? If you aren't a citizen of the US, you shouldn't be voting. Period.
the-stix September 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Voter fraud and irregularities exist! Even the Supreme Court answered this question in 2008 when it upheld Indiana's voter ID law. "Flagrant examples of such fraud … have been documented throughout this Nation's history by respected historians and journalists," the court said, "[and] not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election." Dems oppose any corrective efforts including voter ID’s because they know any reduction would be to their disadvantage. Therefore it can be concluded that the Dems support voter fraud and irregularities even though they piously claim otherwise.
Virginia Harlow September 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
To claim that voter ID laws would somehow harm blacks is just plain silly. Since they are largely US Citizens, why on earth would they want non-citizens voting and reducing the value of their own votes? Uncle Smartypants makes an argument that makes no sense.
Uncle Smartypants September 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
There is voter fraud, but it is miniscule. From propublica.org: There are "very few documented cases," said UC-Irvine professor and election law specialist Rick Hasen. "When you do see election fraud, it invariably involves election officials taking steps to change election results or it involves absentee ballots which voter ID laws can't prevent," he said. An analysis by News21, a national investigative reporting project, identified 10 voter impersonation cases out of 2,068 alleged election fraud cases since 2000 – or one out of every 15 million prospective voters. According to NYU's Brennan Center, about 11 percent of U.S. citizens, or roughly 21 million citizens, don't have government-issued photo ID. This figure doesn't represent all voters likely to vote, just those eligible to vote. These laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democratic. Obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome, with even free state ID requiring documents like a birth certificate that can cost up to $25 in some places. State figures can be hard to nail down. In Pennsylvania, nearly 760,000 registered voters, or 9.2 percent of the state's 8.2 million voter base, don't own state-issued ID cards, according to an analysis of state records by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Virginia Harlow September 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Well, gee, then I guess Pennsylvania has 760,000 folks who can't see a doctor, or cash a check either. Pity. You couldn't get into a political convention without a picture ID either.... Then again, when it comes right down to it, the current administration has done more to harm these same individuals you mention by printing money like it's nothing but paper, and devaluing the dollar to the point it's difficult to choose whether to put gas in the car to go see that doctor, or get a new pair of shoes when needed. But, hey, those democrats are really looking out for those people. Funny, even with that government health care that costs so much more and fails to cover everybody, and will cost many people their jobs...hey, you will have to have a picture ID to get that health care, won't you. This is a stupid issue. It's a reasonable requirement to have a say in the government today. Indeed, big government has been trying desperately to get everyone to have a uniform ID that includes a picture for some time. "Show me your papers" is definitely in your future....if the federal government has a say. States should have the right to check on a person's citizenship in order to allow them to vote.
Uncle Smartypants September 21, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Doctors? Bank accounts? These people don't see doctors or write checks. Your ignorance of how the bottom 10% of this country survives is pathetic. Your callous contempt for the poor, reflecting Willard, is disgusting. You should have just written "The peasants have no bread? Let them eat cake." Show me your papers? Really? Holy crap, do you realize what you're saying?
the-stix September 21, 2012 at 09:54 AM
There you have it Virginia, if you do not agree with the liberal/progressive view that fixing voter fraud is not worth the relatively miniscule cost, you are ignorant and contemptuous of the poor. That this nation can waste taxpayer money by the billions but not ensure the complete integrity of the 'right to vote' is pathetic in my view.
DGeorge September 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
My uncle was a republican his whole life and he voted republican. He passed away five years ago and he has voted as a Democrat ever since.
Skip Endale September 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Instead of focusing on voter fraud why not look at voting equipment. Seems like at least one voting machine in particular has malfunctioned over time and created a lot of problems at poll stations across the nation. Given the choice, I would fill a paper ballot and have it scanned. Seems more real.
the-stix September 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Right on! At least with the paper/scanner method there is a paper trail and relatively high voter confidence that each vote will be reliably counted. And in question another scanner can be used to verify.
Laurie Dodd September 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Delegate Plum is right - voter ID laws pushed by Republicans are an effort to suppress the vote of those who are less likely to vote for their candidates. Republican efforts to document the kind of voter fraud that these laws would prevent have come up nearly empty-handed. If legislatures tried to regulate any business based on these miniscule levels of fraud, Republicans would be up in arms. The right to vote is an American freedom that must be protected.
Virginia Harlow April 03, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Vote fraud occurred in the 2012 election. http://tinyurl.com/pljmpby If thousands of votes were by one name and one birth date, don't try to tell me there is no vote fraud.

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