The Long Road to Democracy
19 March 2007 *** Published every Monday
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A Very Brief Course in Voter Fraud
The Voter Fraud Scam and the Fired Federal Prosecutors
"March 05, 2007 - Washington, DC - Widespread voter fraud is a myth promulgated to suppress voter participation, according to a new Project Vote report released this week. “The Politics of Voter Fraud” finds that fraudulent voting, or the intentional corruption of the voting process by voters, is extremely rare. Yet, false or exaggerated claims of fraudulent voting are commonly made in close electoral contests, and later cited by proponents of laws that restrict voting. The report is authored by Lorraine Minnite, PhD." Source: Project Vote
In the last eight years, there were 24 documented convictions for what Republicans like to call the wave of “voter fraud.” Voter fraud involves individuals or small groups who commit fraud on election day by their individual acts. They may try to vote twice, vote when not registered, or send in a few extra absentee ballots. Voter fraud is retail fraud done on an individual basis. It’s a favorite misdirection by the Republicans. They advance a non existent phenomenon and actually pass legislation to address the nonexistent problem. This legislation usually makes it harder for people to vote, poor and minority Americans primarily. The whole concept of voter fraud is a fraud in and of it self.
This scam is a convenient method of accomplishing two key goals:
(1) Since the description of “voter fraud” makes some sense as a possibility, some Republicans apply it to the Democratic Party as a means of deflecting attention captured by concerns about “election fraud.” Election fraud involves the exclusion of mass numbers of voters from the rolls (i.e., poor whites, blacks) to impact election outcomes or the theft of mass numbers of votes through e-voting technology or other means of digital deception.
(2) By repeating the “voter fraud” mantra over and over, Republican controlled or politically ignorant state legislatures have the cover they need to enact legislation against voter fraud. Since there are no real cases to speak of, these regulations have other purposes like keeping voters away from the polls, voter intimidation, and making it harder for people to access their right to vote. These steps generally work against the poor and minorities.
In essence, voter fraud is a non existent problem used to divert attention away from real election fraud. It’s also used to further suppress the voting rights of classes of citizens not well equipped to navigate the contrived obstacles placed between these citizens and the voting booth.
The report by Project Vote came out a week before the “Scoop” article below. It’s an academic study published by that organization. Charges of voter fraud can be dismissed out of hand since only 24 cases have been successfully prosecuted.