Voter Fraud App Disproves Voter Fraud Fears

True The Vote is the main right wing group pushing absurd fears of widespread voter fraud. In fact, they have a smartphone app that allows people to report instances of potential voter fraud to them while at the polling place, but as Right Wing Watch notes, those reports showed quite the opposite:

A week before Election Day, the “voter integrity” group True the Vote released a new smart phone app to empower its army of citizen detectives to report suspected incidents of voter fraud and intimidation across the country, in the hopes of creating, as True the Vote’s founder Catherine Engelbrecht put in an interview on Monday, “an archive that will finally pull the curtain back on the myth that there is no voter fraud.”

But it seems that the evidence of massive voter fraud that Engelbrecht hoped to expose failed to materialize. In the week that the app was available, users recorded only 18 incidents of election irregularities, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with True the Vote’s policy priorities.

Eight were incidents of voting machine malfunctions — a serious and persistent problem, but not the product of a voter fraud conspiracy. One was a report of the disorganization that left a number of Hartford, Connecticut, precincts missing their lists of voters.

Three reports were of suspected “voter intimidation” — one, a report of a camera in a polling place, another of an elderly woman who claimed a poll worker snatched her ballot out of her hands when she was done with it, and one from a Houston voter who was very concerned about an “African American woman” standing nearby while she voted…

Only one app user reported a suspected case of voter impersonation — the main bugaboo behind restrictive voter ID laws — an Iowan who reported getting a call about a rejected absentee ballot despite never having submitted one.

Ironically, one report to True the Vote’s app chronicled a voter’s struggle with an overly restrictive voting law that True the Vote supports. An Ohio voter reported casting a provisional ballot because they had moved since last voting. This voter would have been allowed to cast a ballot if Ohio permitted same-day voter registration, a practice that True the Vote opposes.

How completely predictable.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN TONS OF REPORTS BUT YOUR MOTHER AND I COULDNT GET THE AP TO WORK ON THE APPLEPHONE YOU GOT US FOR CHRISTMAS!!! HOW DO WE START IT?!!! IS IT THE KEY WITH THE BIRD ON IT?!!! THE GARBAGE CAN?!!! AND WHY IS THE TV SCREEN UPSIDE DOWN?!!! CALL US AND LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE EMAILS FOR HOW TO WORK IT!!!

  • dogfightwithdogma

    I found a comment I just feel compelled to post here. I went to the Right Wing Watch site and read the item there. I clicked on one of the links there and it took me to a story about the app at a website called Canada Free Press. I read the story and then took a look at the comment section. There was only one comment posted, by someone named Andrew Littler.

    More people were involved in the creation of this app than were convicted of voter fraud.

    I don’t know if this is literally true, but it sure makes a point that is true.

  • Alverant

    I wonder how many of those who downloaded the app mentioned attempts at voter suppression or even if the app allowed people to report illegal attempts to prevent legitimate voters from voting.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Alverant “I wonder how many of those who downloaded the app mentioned attempts at voter suppression or even if the app allowed people to report illegal attempts to prevent legitimate voters from voting.”

    Yes, but for those options the autocorrect changed whatever you typed to read “New Black Panthers! New Black Panthers!”

  • Jared James

    Out of about 50 million votes cast, 2 WERE ALMOST DEFINITELY PROBABLY FRAUDULENT therefore voter ID isn’t strong enough to prevent the nidead people and illeagles from voting.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    citizen detectives…

    I always get a laff when someone creates a phrase with “citizen” in it like this. Like referring to bloggers or Twitterers as “citizen journalists”. What, are professional detectives and journalists not citizens?

    The word they’re looking for is “amateur”.

  • Jared James

    I believe you misspelled “sucker,” Area Man. That crazy autocorrect, filling in words you didn’t mean again, no doubt.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    From the stories I’ve read about “voting fraud” in the US, the total number of fradulent votes in the US since 2000 – ALL elections in total, not just the most recent – are less than 200. That wouldn’t be enough to overturn a senate race. At most, it might affect a single city council election.

    The real voting fraud is the denial of people’s right to vote. If the democrats were smart, they would campaign for donations now long before the next election, and help disenfranchised voters get picture ID. Take away the basis by which republicans to commit voting fraud. Howard Dean’s “50 state strategy” worked once before.

  • mithrandir

    If the democrats were smart, they would campaign for donations now long before the next election, and help disenfranchised voters get picture ID. Take away the basis by which republicans to commit voting fraud. Howard Dean’s “50 state strategy” worked once before.

    This, so very much. It’s pretty clear from the behavior of the Supreme Court of late that the voter suppression laws aren’t going away anytime in the next two years (and the Republican state legislatures that enacted them are still there, and sure as hell aren’t going to repeal them). We must be prepared to win elections in an environment where they still exist.