Anyone who puts the term “vote fraud” in a search engine will find multiple postings from left wing groups, claiming that Republicans only want Voter ID to suppress the minority vote. The actual facts prove otherwise. After Georgia become one of the first states with a Voter ID law, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported “turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.”
66% of likely U.S. Voters believe voter fraud is a serious problem in America today (October 2012 Rasmussen national telephone survey). And yet, Democrat talking points assert that “voter fraud” (the general term for all sorts of election abuse) occurs rarely.
Let’s look to our neighbor to the north, Wisconsin, for multiple flagrant examples. In 2000, a Marquette University student called a morning radio show to brag he had voted 25 times for Al Gore. Same day registration allows someone producing a utility bill to vote, without producing an ID. In the 2000 election, 30,000 persons in Dane County (home of U.W. Madison) were registered and voted on election day. Gore won Wisconsin by less than 6,000 votes. How many out-of-state students cast votes for Gore with a local utility bill?
Last summer, Big Labor worked hard to recall Wisconsin Republican Senator Alberta Darling. Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty, working in conjunction with True the Vote, reviewed a sample of 4500 signatures. They found a signature fraud rate of 37%! This means that Darling, though she won her recall election, probably should never have been recalled in the first place.
A December 2011 National Review article, humorously titled, “If a Fraudulent Vote Falls in the Woods . .” cites the 67-page Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) report detailing vote fraud in the 2004 election. The MPD task force believed 16 workers from the John Kerry campaign and third-party groups “committed felony crimes” that went unprosecuted.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “Tighter voting laws urged - Milwaukee police report findings from probe into 2004 polling” quoted the report’s recommendation that “eliminating same-day registration and requiring voters to show photo IDs would minimize the problems found.” The 2004 Bush/Kerry race was decided in Wisconsin by 11,400 votes. At UWM’s Sandberg Hall, 2,101 ballots were cast, but only 1,887 people were recorded as voting. MPD found one property where 128 persons were registered to vote. One Milwaukee homeless shelter featured 162 registered voters, another boasted 136.
The investigators found that five of the city’s election inspectors were convicted felons, and thus ineligible to fulfill the role, plus two who had pleaded guilty to 2003 charges of misdemeanor election fraud.
But the pièce de résistance in the Milwaukee investigation was that “the Journal Sentinel first estimated the discrepancy between the ballot count and the number of people listed as having voted at about 7,000,” later revised to 4,600. Upwards of 4,000 people who voted, even with Wisconsin’s liberal same day registration allowance, were unaccounted for.
Check the astonishing Gateway Pundit article reporting a left wing group’s extrapolation that “nearly 160,000 African-American voters in Milwaukee were no longer reachable at their last documented address — representing 41 percent of the city’s 2008 electorate.” Canvassing beginning in April 2012 by the League of Young Voters found that “during those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with only 31 percent of their targets. Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.”
The new Democrat talking point is that “There is no vote fraud, only Republican attempts at voter suppression.” In the past, both parties freely admitted its existence. Wall Street Journal writer John Fund reports that, thanks to the Motor Voter law of 1993, “Eight of the 19 hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had registered to vote.”
Count me a member of True the Vote, and someone who hopes states across the nation will enact Voter ID laws. I can’t get a library book out or buy liquor without my drivers license. Shouldn’t my vote be that much more valuable?
Jane Ryan Carrell earned a master’s degree from Brown University, is a wife and Grandma, and has served as Coordinator of Northern IL Tea Party. She can be reached at JaneC@TeaParty-NIL.com