In Fraud We Trust
It appears that we have a liberal (see comment section) running around parroting the Voter Disenfranchisement Lie. He’s the same fellow who made the same claim here but couldn’t quite bring himself to address the facts.
I have bad news for Mr. Drugs. I found another doozey for him to ignore…. a new book detailing the depth and scale of need for voter identification laws. To wit:
Who’s Counting? treats readers to a trove of actual facts about the tactics of fraudsters, along with lucid explanations of the relevant legal issues. By way of illustration, we learn that a Pew Center study published in February 2012 found that 1.8 million dead people are still on state rolls of registered voters, and 2.75 million voters are registered in more than one state. Small wonder, then, that a Rasmussen poll found 82 percent of Americans — including 67 percent of African-Americans and 67 percent of Democrats — “supported requiring that voters prove their identity before voting.”
In addition, the authors explain that the Supreme Court and lower federal courts have consistently upheld voter identification laws. The charge that reasonable identification requirements are somehow illegal or unconstitutional is utterly baseless. Nevertheless, and despite well-documented evidence of fraud and abuse in numerous states and localities, “only 17 states require some form of documentation in order to vote.”
Most examples of actual vote fraud presented in the book involved Democrats, but Fund and von Spakovsky are prudently sensitive to charges of partisanship, and they address the issue forthrightly. “Voter fraud occurs both in Republican strongholds such as Kentucky hollows and Democratic bastions such as south Texas.” Moreover, when Republicans “operated political machines… they were fully capable of bending — and breaking — the rules.” Still, as Larry Sabato has noted, “Republican-base voters are middle-class and not easily induced to commit fraud,” and the inner city populations that “appear to be available and more vulnerable to an invitation to participate in vote fraud tend to lean Democratic.”
For the enlightenment of skeptics, the book provides detailed descriptions of numerous vote fraud enterprises, and they are by no means limited to big city political machines. The authors acquaint us with fraud that perpetuated the power of local Democratic Party politicians in rural Alabama and Mississippi — where both perpetrators and victims were largely African-American, and the candidates on both sides were Democrats — to a variety of schemes in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and elsewhere.