Republicans Using Inaccurate Info to Make Vile Voter Suppression Legislation

An August 11th Washington Post story the headline “Election Day impersonation, an impetus for voter ID laws, a rarity, data show,” and it revealed the stark fact of the GOP con game to steal the election – its claim of massive voter fraud – to be a lie (although the Post is much too politically prim to state it that bluntly):

A new nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the past dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which has prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tougher voter ID laws, was virtually nonexistent.

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.

It is important to remember that the statement of one case of “alleged in-person voter impersonation” per every 15 million voters is over the course of more than 10 years, not one case each year. In short in-person voter fraud is mathematically infinitesimal, something a microscope couldn’t even find.

In the relatively few other cases of voter uncertainty, the Washington Post concludes “Requiring voters to show identification at the polls — the crux of most of the new legislation — would not have prevented those cases.”

Rest of article here


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