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Yes, Voter Fraud Is Real

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Hans von Spakovsky has this op-ed in the WSJ:

In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn't reside. (She hasn't entered a plea.) A Mississippi grand jury indicted seven individuals for voter fraud in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral contest, which featured voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud. A woman in Polk County, Tenn., was indicted on a charge of vote-buying--a practice that the local district attorney said had too long "been accepted as part of life" there.
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Their refrain is that voter fraud either doesn't exist or is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done to improve ballot security. Yet in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 ruling that upheld Indiana's voter ID law, Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged "flagrant examples of such fraud" throughout the nation's history and observed that "not only is the risk of voter fraud real" but also that "it could affect the outcome of a close election."
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Voting by noncitizens alone could swing such races. A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, found that 6.4% of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2% voted in the 2010 midterms.

Since 80% of noncitizens vote Democratic, according to the survey, the authors concluded that these illegal votes were "large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections." Those that might have been skewed by noncitizen votes included Al Franken 's 312-vote win in the Minnesota race for the U.S. Senate. As a senator, Mr. Franken would cast the 60th vote needed to make ObamaCare law.

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I used to live in Italy and it's a non-issue over there. People left, right and center show their national identity card or passport when they vote and would think it absurd were it otherwise.

As someone who normally votes for Democratic candidates, I just can't go along with the party on this one. American history is replete with examples of voter fraud. The Democrats' strident opposition to voter-ID laws makes it seem as though the Democrats want to be free to commit fraud and get away with it.

I am all for voter ID, but I will admit the Posner dissent from rehearing en banc made some good points, that getting a ID for some people can involve a lot of for lack of a better word "jumping through hoops".

Assuming that 80% of non-citizens vote democratic the impact might be less than assumed as I bet most of that 80% are right here in California and their votes just add to the obligatory democratic onslaught (not saying this justifies it, just making an observation).

Finally, I think just like every newborn gets a social security card these days, I think as the older generation dies off, there will be very few people without picture id.

Voter fraud has always been a real election-day problem. It is even more prevalent now with the growth of absentee ballots and "early" voting.

The fact that the left has gotten as far as it has in turning this common sense solution into another "bias" issue is a testament to their pervasive influence within the activist courts of our land.

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