Mike Vasser: Voter fraud is a myth
Terry McLaughlin, in her June 30 column, begins with the statement, “the push to force an all-mail national election on our citizens by mailing to every name on the current voter polls is fraught with problems.
To make her point she describes 11 instances of voter fraud. They must be some of those included in the .0025% mentioned in a Washington Post analysis of data collected by three vote-by-mail states with help from the nonprofit Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). They found that officials identified just 372 possible cases of double voting or voting on behalf of deceased people out of about 14.6 million votes cast by mail in the 2016 and 2018 general elections, or 0.0025%.
In 2011 the Republican National Lawyers Association compiled a list of voter fraud convictions and prosecutions that occurred between 2000 and 2011. In 21 states, the RNLA found either zero convictions or one conviction for illegal voting activity.
Researchers at Brigham Young University examined impersonation both at the polls and by mail ballot in selected jurisdictions in Florida, Ohio and Utah. Outside of two previously known fraud cases, they found no additional incidents. They wrote that their results” support the conclusion that electoral fraud cases, they found no additional incidents. They wrote that their results “support the conclusion that electoral fraud, if it occurs, is an isolated and rare occurance in modern U.S. elections.
Lorraine Minnite, author of “The Myth of Voter Fraud”, (Cornell University Press, 2010”) tracked incidence rates for voter fraud for two years, and found that the rare fraud that was reported could be traced to “claims by the loser of a close race, mischief and administrative or voter error.” Her analysis of a Justice Department initiative to uncover voter fraud, which ran through 2005, found only 14 convictions of non-citizen for voting.
The fifth Circuit, Texas 2016, in an opinion finding that Texas strict photo ID law is racially discriminatory, noted that there were “only two convictions for in-person voter impersonation fraud out of 20 million votes cast in the decade” before Texas passed its law.
McLaughlin is trying to justify Trump’s claim of potential massive voter fraud related to mail-in voting so he can claim voter fraud when he loses the November election. The above referenced studies indicate otherwise.
Mike Vasser lives in Grass Valley.
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