Right wing radio host Barry Farber has a column at the Worldnetdaily calling voter fraud a “serious threat to America.” As usual, he provides no evidence at all of such a threat or of widespread voter fraud and manages to distort the findings of one recent report on the subject.
One single fraudulent vote is an “attack” on our democratic system. Massive voter fraud is a massive attack. The website Watchdog.com tells us that a group known as the Virginia Voters Alliance counted 44,000 voters registered in Maryland as well as Virginia. An additional 40 to 60 thousand dead voters were found to be on the active voters list in that one state of Virginia, according to the Social Security Administration. It’s not just Chicago any more.
It’s watchdog.org, not watchdog.com. And he’s being highly dishonest about what the article says. They found 44,000 voters who might be registered in both places, but that’s only based on having the same name. Lots of people have the same name. And the article says that they’re still trying to figure out how to investigate to find out if there are actual duplicates. But how many actual cases of voter fraud did they identify from that 44,000?
“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.
George acknowledged that the number of voters who actually cast multiple ballots is relatively small. In the case of Maryland and Virginia, he revealed that 164 people voted in both states during the 2012 election.
And even that is not a verified number. Once it’s referred to prosecutors, they can do the research necessary to find out if there are any actual cases of people voting in both states, as opposed to people with the same name. And in every case of such allegations in the past, it turns out to be a far smaller number or none at all. But even if it’s all 164 that are guilty of voter fraud, that’s out of more than 3.7 million votes cast in 2012, a vanishingly small percentage. And guess what? Voter ID laws wouldn’t do anything to stop that.
As for dead voters, this is hardly a surprise or cause for concern. About 2.5 million people die every year in this country. Virginia has about 2.6% of the American population, so about 65,000 of those would be in Virginia. A person doesn’t get automatically purged from the voter rolls when they die, it takes some time before they fall off the rolls. And there’s no evidence at all that people are showing up at the polls to vote in the name of a dead person.
First of all, there may still be those who think the fraud-vote sort of cancels itself out; some illegal voters vote Democratic and some Republican, Right? Do a little thought-experiment. Picture the illegal immigrant family (I said it, and I’m glad and I don’t have a basketball team you can take away from me!) a few weeks before the election. The father says, “After dinner tonight we’ve got to sit down together and review the issues and study the candidates and decide how best to vote in November!”
Does that image, or its real-life equivalents, really survive in your conscience? You may yell “bigot” all you please, but this point carries the virtue of truth. The overwhelming majority of illegals vote Democrat.
Notice what’s missing from this little fantasy? How about any evidence whatsoever of voting by those who aren’t citizens? He’s made an assertion with no evidence at all to back it up and just declared it to be true. That’s really the only way one can make an argument for the existence of widespread voter fraud, by mere assertion or by distorting the facts as he did above.
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