Voter fraud not a real concern
FROM: JIM MACMILLAN ELKTON
A recent writer stated, “there is no doubt in our minds that voting tampering has taken place.”
The writer is correct. Per a recent conversation on the Bill O’Reilly show there were four verified cases of in-person voter fraud in the entire country for the 2012 presidential election. The writer ends by saying, “questioning the integrity of an election is extremely dangerous, but unfortunately necessary.” No, questioning the integrity of an election is pretty much a witch hunt. The Oct. 29, 2012, issue of The New Yorker reported, “experts agree that actual incidents of in-person voter fraud, the type of voter fraud that stricter voter ID laws can prevent are virtually non-existent.”
In 2007, New York University of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice reported that, “voter impersonation is more rare than getting hit by lightning.” The Washington Post Wonkblog on Aug. 6, 2014, cited a study by Loyola University Law School professor Justin Levitt who found 31 incidents of in-person voter fraud since 2000 out of over 1 billion ballots cast. The point is that to imply current voter registration laws are ineffective, and that there is a need for more strict regulations simply is not consistent with any credible findings. The New Yorker article noted earlier suggests that, “the fears of voter fraud have been largely invented as a way to excite the base.”
There is enough real excitement in this election cycle. People should stop trying to make voter fraud an issue, when it clearly is not.