The vast majority of what has been reported as “voter fraud” has actually been voter registration fraud. For example, the supposed “voter fraud” cases that were used to destroy ACORN were actually cases where people who were paid to register voters submitted extra registrations in order to get paid more, and almost certainly resulted in no actual voting fraud.
So it is interesting to see an actual, bona fide case of voter fraud. In this case a Democratic state representative from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to casting absentee ballots for voters who were either ineligible or were not aware that ballots were being submitted in their names.
As a result, the guilty party will resign and will not be allowed to run for office for five years.
It is also interesting to note that none of the current voter ID laws that claim to be fighting voter fraud (but are really thinly veiled attempts to suppress the vote) would have prevented this actual voter fraud.
Here’s a link to our fraud in the Portland suburbs: http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-29411-suspect_in_clackamas.html
It’s not voter fraud, but a republican-registered election worker marking several ballots. And of course, no real outrage or effort to fix this sort of problem.
Why do you say that’s not voter fraud? Sounds like an illegal vote to me.
And of course, none of the new supposed anti-voter-fraud laws would have done anything to stop it.
Well, it’s not fraud committed by a voter, which seems to be the boogeyman that Repubs are all worked up about. It was fraud committed by a paid election worker (happened to be a republican in this case). Much worse, because we have no idea how many ballots she marked, as opposed to individual voter fraud, where you could really only theoretically make a few fraudulent votes in a day.
Any time it involves actual votes, it is voter fraud. That is as opposed to what ACORN was accused of, which was actually registration fraud, which doesn’t involve any actual votes.
which ACORN was FALSELY accused of.