While Rick Perry and Texas Republicans defend voter suppression laws with the excuse that they are necessary to prevent voter fraud, the San Antonio Express-News reports that voter impersonation is virtually unheard of in that state, as it is in every other state.
Allegations of voter fraud fueled the successful push for a controversial voter ID law in Texas last year, making a picture ID necessary to vote despite scant evidence of actual cheating at the polls.
Fewer than five “illegal voting” complaints involving voter impersonations were filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office from the 2008 and 2010 general elections in which more than 13 million voters participated.
No one disputes some level of voting abuse, said Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.“However, what every investigation has proven is that the kind of fraud voter ID laws would address — voter impersonation — doesn’t really exist,” Ellis said. “In fact, there are more UFO and Bigfoot sightings than documented cases of voter impersonation.”
Five cases out of 13 million votes — and those aren’t even convictions, they’re just complaints. Boy, that’s worth worrying about and preventing people from voting to stop.