VoterID and Voter Fraud
The purpose of this aimless article isn’t to convince people of any particular solution, it is to meander through the facts, eviscerate the fallacies, and give everyone the data to come to their own conclusions about Voter fraud and VoterID. There are a lot of fallacies and noise about voter fraud and whether voterID (requiring ID at voting places would fix it). I’ll list just a few of the many examples of voter fraud, and reasons for concerns below -- yet, there's are a lot of DNC fronts (media outlets) that claim there’s virtually none. Why the discrepancy? Well the reason is that voter fraud overwhelmingly benefits the Democrats (DNC). If you were them, would you want it to stop? Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
|VoterID and Voter Fraud
|The left wants to protect Democracy, and the right wants to undermine it. There's no problem with voter fraud. Since there are no convictions it must never happen. And demanding ID at a voting booth is just a way to oppress minorities and poor people who can't afford ID.
|Voter fraud swings elections. The left has gotten caught bussing people to other areas, ballot stuffing, encouraging illegal voting, discouraging legal voting, and the crux of the left's argument is that 3rd world countries like India can require ID to vote, but it's too big a hardship for Americans (who need ID for almost every basic service)?
Here's a list of things they do:
- (1) pretend it doesn’t exist, and it’s absurd to think it might..
- (2) And even if it did exist, it couldn’t possibly sway an election…
- (3) And even when it does, it’s absurd to think VoterID would fix it…
- (4) And besides, the only bad people would want VoterID (to suppress the minority vote)…
- (5) Then they support the first 4 with FakeNews and shoddy research/reasoning...
- (6) and if that doesn't work, they call you a racists and start back at #1.
It’s very circular referencing gish gallop (which is slang for the debate style of Duane Gish, who could spew out so many bullshit arguments at once, that people would give up). But whether you agree or not, in order to understand the issue, we need to know the facts. Not that I think this will do much -- a few people that read this just claim, "see no evidence" despite many pages of it. But for those with open eyes and minds, here's a list of evidence that it's a problem.
How popular is Voter ID?
- 74% of Americans support, according to The Washington Post.
- 71% of Latinos support it, according to the PEW Research Center.
When you can't fight popularity numbers like that fairly, then you better lie until the public changes their mind. #amiright?
Where's the beef?
There are multiple books that offer many chapters of evidence to detail how bad voter fraud is, or at least has been. This article is only covering a fraction of what’s out there that shows what’s real. New York, Chicago, Detroit, DC, and many cities are infamous for their voter corruption that goes back to the rise of progressives (Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed, Chicago Political Machine), though much of that political corruption goes beyond just cooking elections and into what they do with their power once annointed.
I have a list of some book and experts at the end of this article, that you can use to dive deeper. But even if all the books, examples and common knowledge was wrong (which their evidence implies they are not), the popularity of the books and people that believe that it is a problem proves that the public doesn’t trust the insecurity in our election process. Even if it was just a placebo to increase public's trust, it's worth doing.
|Examples of Voter Fraud
And this just skims the surface.
The knee-jerk anti-voterID response is, “but Voter Suppression”. While voter suppression is real, and infrequently happens on both sides of the aisle -- it's usually done by not having enough polling places in the right areas, not by checking ID. And you can tell how seriously the Democrats care about it, because in cases where goons in Philadelphia are standing outside a polling station with clubs, presumably to intimidate away anyone not voting how they might prefer, the Obama Administration's DOJ (Democrats), just dropped open-and-closed case, to prevent sending a signal that such voter intimidation/suppression will not be tolerated. It would only be a problem for them if white folks did that. more...
The point are NOT that
- VoterID fixes everything ~ There are many kinds of voter fraud. But locking a door might not keep out a determined criminal, yet it still makes it harder to get robbed and decreases the frequency, and it certainly gives the occupants a little confidence that they’re at least doing something to prevent it. So we can only make it harder, never eliminate it.
- Not that every example of questionable voter roles, scans, or too many votes proves voter fraud. There's a lot of nuances. But those claiming that it doesn't exist or isn't a problem are fools or frauds. They're ignorant of the rich history of it in the United States, or choosing to deny realities they don't like. Like how voter fraud has swung local, regional and nation elections. And they either don't know that, or they're actively choosing to keep their head in the sand about it.
All you have to do is remember that it would have swung the 2000 election if the Supreme Court hadn't step in for other reasons, it likely swung the 2008 or 2012 elections, it definitely swung balance of power in many State and local elections. And despite a lack of convictions, there are hundreds of thousands of voters on the roles that shouldn't be, and very poor policing of them. And one party fighting voraciously to prevent any improvement in quality controls on our election quality.
Where's the rotten beef? (FakeNews)
No report would be complete without showing many examples of FakeNews -- how the Democrat media spins yarns and pretends that the real evidence is trumped up conspiracies by the evil Republicans, while all the real (phony) evidence supports their causes. When a causal scanning of their data/methodology shows laughably flawed and biased thinking.
Most rationalizations of the far left / anti-logic position stem from either:
- (A) A few softer “investigations” that show that not all the cross-state or dead-people name collisions are nefarious, thus we should ignore all incidents of it.
- (B) A liberal NYU Justin Levitt study or reasoning (or the link to WaPo articles, which all refer to Justin’s “study”). Justin's flim-flam is that in his research he found shows only "31 instances” of convictions between 2000-2014. And since there’s no convictions, there’s no problem. (With a side argument that few elections are close enough to matter). Thus we should ignore all incidents of it
So ignore the problem, it’s just evil racist republicans that want to suppress the vote. By their reasoning, since most college sexual assault perpetrators aren't convicted, we should ignore all of them. But of course anyone with a brief understanding of the topic would laugh out loud at that reasoning.
- Q: Why aren’t there any convictions?
- A: Because there’s poor monitoring and no voter ID to catch frauds in the first place.
How can you prove someone isn’t who they say they are (and convict them), if you don’t check their ID’s? They walk up to a list of names, and point, and say, “that’s me there”, and they get a ballot. And if the real person comes in later, they have no way of getting back to the fraudulent voter to do those conviction. So it's a circle-reference (begging the question) to assume a lack of convictions proves a lack of a problem. It shows how bad it is.
So any study with the “methodology” of only looking at convictions, should be openly laughed at and mocked. No credible academic, institution, publisher, or journalist can defend the holes in reasoning required. Fortunately for WaPo or NYU, their readers and alums don’t care.
- 2007 Justin Levitt (Brennan Center for Justice) :
- WaPo regurgitating stuff that bad study as fact
- Politifact goes full retard: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/aug/18/cory-booker/lightning-strikes-more-common-person-voter-fraud-s/
- Democrat Activist “information” site that tries to minimize the risk by conflating convictions with incidents, or distract with total votes cast, instead of key elections swung by a few questionable votes:
- Just to make sure you realize how reputable the proponents of the "no fraud here" theory are, he's HuffPo's Voter Fraud specialist, explaining how he likes to commit Voter Fraud (while writing that it's not a problem on HuffPo):
- This is the same party that has many people getting caught committing the crimes they actually deny exist:
- There are people dumb enough to tweet or FB that they voted multiple times — now whether they did or not, it undermines voter confidence and turn out if they think others are doing this:
- There were many others, but the links/accounts were stale
- Lorraine C. Minnite did "meticulous research" in her "Myth of Voter Fraud" book, and didn't find any of the evidence presented in this article, and concludes since she couldn't find it, that there's no problem. It is very popular with those that don't want to know facts.
- There’s also things like this on the other side, claiming 3M illegal aliens voted. Of course I don’t leap to assume everything by infowars or voterfraud site is automatically true (or false). I suspect this means they found 3M name-collisions with illegals, and the actual number is more in line with other studies and 200K. But still, if I’m linking the far left anti-stuff, then a far right pro-voterfraud is equally valid.
- Books and experts
- John Fund is an expert on the topic, and he’s written many books and articles on the topic:
- Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk - https://www.amazon.com/Whos-Counting-Fraudsters-Bureaucrats-Your/dp/1594036187/
- Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Democracy - https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Elections-Voter-Threatens-Democracy/dp/1594032246/
- 100,000 Stolen Votes in Chicago: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/04/where-theres-smoke-theres-fire-100000-stolen-votes-in-chicago
- The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/07/the-threat-of-non-citizen-voting
- Hans von Spakovsky (Federal Election Commission and a former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice)
- Cowrote Who’s Counting with John Fund, and has many articles on the topic as well.
- Richard Hasen : The Voting Wars - http://thevotingwars.com/reviewsmedia/, http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300198249/voting-wars
- Larry Sabato: Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics - https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Little-Secrets-Persistence-Corruption/dp/0812924991
- Tracy Campbell: Deliver the Vote: A History of Election Fraud - https://www.amazon.com/Deliver-Vote-Election-Political-Tradition-1742-2004/dp/0786718439/
- Jimmy Carter (right-wing racist) studied the issue (along with James Baker), and recommend we implement a voterID solution: https://www.cartercenter.org/news/editorials_speeches/voter_id.html
- John Fund is an expert on the topic, and he’s written many books and articles on the topic:
- Voter Fraud Map: http://www.rnla.org/votefraud.asp
- Heritage examples: http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/pdf/VoterFraudCases-8-7-15-Merged.pdf
- General voter fraud topics: http://aceproject.org/ace-en/topics/vo/vog/vog05/vog05b
- David Horowitz, VoterID and the bigotry of the left: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBxZGWCdgs
- Summary Articles
- http://www.truethevote.org - Site that tracks voter issues
- Archive of truethevote summary - http://web.archive.org/web/20130411031115/http://www.truethevote.org/news/how-widespread-is-voter-fraud-2012-facts-figures
- Computers are better than hand counting:
- Doing a real audit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/18/election-audit-paper-machines-column/93803752/
- California has 11 counties with more voters than those eligible to vote: https://mishtalk.com/2017/08/05/california-has-11-counties-with-more-registered-voters-than-voting-age-citizens-registered-voters-144-of-egilibility/amp/