Posts tagged voter fraud

Since 2001, nearly 1,000 bills that would tighten voting laws have been introduced in 46 states.
24 voting restrictions have passed in 17 states since 2011. This fall, new laws could affect more than 5 million voters in states representing 179 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
In the past two years, 5 battleground states (Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) have tightened their voting laws.
As of April, 74 restrictive voting laws were on the table in 24 states.
Since 2011, 34 states have introduced laws requiring voters to show photo ID, and 9 states have passed photo ID laws, affecting 3.8 million voters.
2.2 million registered voters did not vote in 2008 because they didn’t have proper ID.
Last year, 12 states introduced laws requiring birth certificates or other proof of citizenship to vote; 3 passed.
Only 48 percent of women have a birth certificate with their current legal name on it.
Texas’ new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs.
80 percent of the 75 million eligible voters who did not take part in the 2008 election were not registered to vote.
In 2008, more than 1/3 of voters cast ballots before Election Day. In 2011, 5 states passed bills to restrict early voting.
States with Election Day registration have 7 to 12 percent greater turnout than states without. Last year, 5 states introduced bills that eliminate Election Day registration.
12 percent of minority voters report registering through voter drives, twice the rate of white voters. In 2011, Florida and Texas passed laws making registration drives much harder to organize.
Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett, a supporter of the tougher voter registration law, said, “I don’t have a problem making it harder. I want people in Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who walks 200 miles across the desert. This should not be easy.”
While defending its precedent-setting photo ID law before the Supreme Court, Indiana was unable to cite a single instance of voter impersonation in its entire history.
In 2008, John McCain said fraudulent registrations collected by ACORN were “one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” The Congressional Research Service found no proof that anyone improperly registered by ACORN tried to vote.
Federal convictions for election fraud, 2002-05
Voting while ineligible: 18
Voting multiple times: 5
Registration fraud: 3
  • Since 2001, nearly 1,000 bills that would tighten voting laws have been introduced in 46 states.
  • 24 voting restrictions have passed in 17 states since 2011. This fall, new laws could affect more than 5 million voters in states representing 179 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
  • In the past two years, 5 battleground states (Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) have tightened their voting laws.
  • As of April, 74 restrictive voting laws were on the table in 24 states.
  • Since 2011, 34 states have introduced laws requiring voters to show photo ID, and 9 states have passed photo ID laws, affecting 3.8 million voters.
  • 2.2 million registered voters did not vote in 2008 because they didn’t have proper ID.
  • Last year, 12 states introduced laws requiring birth certificates or other proof of citizenship to vote; 3 passed.
  • Only 48 percent of women have a birth certificate with their current legal name on it.
  • Texas’ new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs.
  • 80 percent of the 75 million eligible voters who did not take part in the 2008 election were not registered to vote.
  • In 2008, more than 1/3 of voters cast ballots before Election Day. In 2011, 5 states passed bills to restrict early voting.
  • States with Election Day registration have 7 to 12 percent greater turnout than states without. Last year, 5 states introduced bills that eliminate Election Day registration.
  • 12 percent of minority voters report registering through voter drives, twice the rate of white voters. In 2011, Florida and Texas passed laws making registration drives much harder to organize.
  • Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett, a supporter of the tougher voter registration law, said, “I don’t have a problem making it harder. I want people in Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who walks 200 miles across the desert. This should not be easy.”
  • While defending its precedent-setting photo ID law before the Supreme Court, Indiana was unable to cite a single instance of voter impersonation in its entire history.
  • In 2008, John McCain said fraudulent registrations collected by ACORN were “one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” The Congressional Research Service found no proof that anyone improperly registered by ACORN tried to vote.
  • Federal convictions for election fraud, 2002-05
    • Voting while ineligible: 18
    • Voting multiple times: 5
    • Registration fraud: 3
Here’s the proof that conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe’s latest video on “voter fraud” is a fraud itself.
This is the naturalization certificate of one of two men he accused of voting as a “non citizen,” who are actually citizens.

Here’s the proof that conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe’s latest video on “voter fraud” is a fraud itself.

This is the naturalization certificate of one of two men he accused of voting as a “non citizen,” who are actually citizens.

The Four Main Facts on Voter Suppression

  • 11 percent of American citizens don’t possess a government-issued photo ID (of over 21 million citizens)
  • 3 of the photo ID bills to have passed expressly do not allow students to use photo IDs issued by state schools to vote. Wisconsin’s bill excludes most student IDs as well.
  • 3 million Americans tried to vote in 2008 but couldn’t, due to voter registration problems.
  • 25 percent of African-Americans do not possess a current and valid form of government photo ID, compared to 11 percent of all races.

More info on the right-wing attack on voting rights

liberalsarecool:

Voter fraud happens .00004% of the time in elections.
There is no voter fraud. There is no evidence to support the claims
The alarmingly large amount of voter fraud laws to combat this fake threat are a result of Republicans looking to suppress votes from black voters, young voters, students and language minorities. These demographics vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and in the last election, voted for Obama.
Video from The Colbert Report here.
The Brennan Justice Center policy brief here.

liberalsarecool:

Voter fraud happens .00004% of the time in elections.

There is no voter fraud. There is no evidence to support the claims

The alarmingly large amount of voter fraud laws to combat this fake threat are a result of Republicans looking to suppress votes from black voters, young voters, students and language minorities. These demographics vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and in the last election, voted for Obama.

Video from The Colbert Report here.

The Brennan Justice Center policy brief here.