In the last 12 years – there have only been 10 cases of alleged in person voter fraud in the U.S. The laws that conservatives are passing throughout the country to require I.D. would not limit what fraud does exist … namely registration fraud and absentee ballot fraud. It is pretty clear to anyone who is watching … the reason for the concerted effort to push Voter ID laws throughout the country is to disenfranchise your constitutional right to vote for your elected representatives. They’re doing this because these laws would have a net effect of disenfranchising likely Democratic voters.
The Washington Post has the story HERE:
The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.
The News21 report is based on a national public-records search in which reporters sent thousands of requests to elections officers in all 50 states, asking for every case of alleged fraudulent activity — including registration fraud; absentee-ballot fraud; vote buying; false election counts; campaign fraud; the casting of ballots by ineligible voters, such as felons and non-citizens; double voting; and voter impersonation.
The analysis found that there is more alleged fraud in absentee ballots and voter registration than in any of the other categories. The analysis shows 491 cases of alleged absentee ballot fraud and 400 cases involving registration fraud. Requiring voters to show identification at the polls — the crux of most of the new legislation — would not have prevented those cases.
And as Mother Jones reports … UFO sightings are more common than voter fraud HERE. And yet – here are the list of states that have passed various laws to restrict voting rights in the country:
The National Conference of State Legislatures has done an entire analysis on this HERE; an excerpt:
Seventeen states require that the ID presented at the polls must show a photo of the voter. Some of these are “strict” voter ID laws, in that voters who fail to show photo ID are given a provisional ballot and must eventually show photo ID in order to get that provisional ballot counted. Others are “non-strict,” and voters without ID have other options for casting a regular ballot. They may be permitted to sign an affidavit of identity, or poll workers may be able to vouch for them if they know them personally. In these “non-strict” states, voters who fail to bring ID on Election Day aren’t required to return to election officials and show ID in order to have their ballot counted. In the other 16 voter ID states, there is a wide array of IDs that are acceptable for voting purposes, some of which do not include a photo of the voter. Again, some of these states are “strict” in the sense that a voter who fails to bring ID on Election Day will be required to vote a provisional ballot, and that provisional ballot will be counted only if the voter returns to election officials within a few days to show acceptable ID.
And the Brennan Center for Justice adds HERE:
As many as 11 percent of United States citizens – more than 21 million individuals – do not have government-issued photo identification. Eleven percent of the American citizens surveyed responded that they do not have current, unexpired government-issued identification with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or military ID.8 Using 2000 census calculations of the citizen voting-age population, this translates to more than 21 million American adult citizens nationwide who do not possess valid government photo ID.
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