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Voter IDs still a problem

This letter is written in response to an op-ed piece written by Linda Erdmann (The Union, Aug. 21) in response to another op-ed piece by Nancy Eubanks.

Ms. Erdmann implies Ms. Eubanks is “naïve” in her stating that voter fraud, e.g., impersonating another voter, voting twice, is “essentially nonexistent.”

The data noted by Ms. Erdmann, e.g., duplicate voter registrations, dead persons on the registrations rolls, appears to come from Pew Charitable Trusts, which did a study of voter databases across the country. Pew indeed found considerable discrepancies in these databases. But where are voter fraud and the need for voter IDs in this data?



More relevant data comes from News 21, a group out of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. In January 2012, this group began an exhaustive seven-month study of the issue called “Who Can Vote?” and used students from the universities of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and North Carolina and Arizona State. The students looked at elections in every state election from 2000 through 2010 and found exactly 632 incidents of a voter impersonating another. That is 632 voter fraud incidents out 621,000,000 voters! “Infinitesimal” (News 21), or “essentially non existent” (Eubanks).

Ellen Macdonald




Grass Valley


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