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Time to End the GOP's Voter Fraud Lie


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Kit
- 642 days ago - truth-out.org
For years, Republicans have been putting laws in place all across America, in an effort to combat what they say is a rampant voter fraud problem.



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Kit B. (276)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:00 am
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The Republicans have finally found voter fraud, and in Ohio no less!

For years, Republicans have been putting laws in place all across America, in an effort to combat what they say is a rampant voter fraud problem.

Since 2001, nearly 1,000 bills that would tighten voting laws have been introduced in 46 states, and since 2011, 24 voting restrictions have gone into effect in 17 states, including battleground states like Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

34 states have introduced laws requiring voters to show photo ID since 2011, and in 2008, nearly 2.2 million registered voters did not vote because they didn’t have the proper ID required by law.

But don’t be fooled by all of these laws, because they have absolutely nothing to do with combatting voter fraud, and have everything to do with keeping typically Democratic voters away from the polls.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the top 5 demographic groups that lack a valid photo ID are blacks, Asians, Latinos, and 18-to-24-year-olds.

And, not surprisingly, these are all portions of the population that Democrats typically win, and Republicans typically lose.

So this doesn’t have anything to do with stopping voter fraud.

But don’t tell that to Republicans in Ohio and across the country, who to this day, are still positive that America is home to rampant cases of voter fraud, that, as Senator John McCain said in 2008, are “destroying the fabric of our democracy.”

On Monday, the prosecutor’s office in Hamilton County, Ohio announced voter fraud charges against three people – including a nun.

According the prosecutor’s office, the nun, Sister Marguerite Kloos, lived with Sister Rose Marie Hewitt until Hewitt’s death in October of 2012. Hewitt had requested an absentee ballot for the November election, and the ballot arrived in the mail just days after she died. Kloos allegedly filled it out, forged Hewitt’s signature, and mailed it back.

Of course, voter fraud is illegal, and if Sister Kloos did in fact commit voter fraud, she should be held accountable for her actions.

But is finding one person who allegedly committed voter fraud really worth disenfranchising millions of Americans?

Between 2000 and 2010, there were 649 million votes cast in general elections, and only 13 credible cases of voter fraud.

In comparison, during that same period of time, there were 47,000 UFO sightings in the United States, and 441 Americans were killed by lightning strikes.

Legitimate cases of voter fraud in this country are extraordinarily rare. In fact, you have a better chance of dying from a TV falling on your head than you do of finding a case of voter fraud.

And, states that have introduced voter suppression ID laws are having a very hard time finding actual cases of voter fraud.

Indiana was the first state to implement a photo ID law, in an attempt to cut down on so-called cases of voter fraud. Indiana’s precedent-setting law made its way to the Supreme Court, and when it was argued, the state was unable to cite a single specific instance of voter fraud in its entire history.

In support of a voter ID law for his state, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach cited 221 incidents of so-called voter fraud in his state between 1997 and 2010. But, as it turns out, of those 221 incidents, there were only 7 convictions, none of which were related to the impersonation of voters.

Let’s move to Wisconsin, a state that Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus once claimed was “absolutely riddled with voter fraud.”

Sorry Reince. In 2004, Wisconsin’s voter fraud rate was .00002 percent, or just 7 votes.

It’s clear that, instead of being rampant like Republicans claim, voter fraud is virtually non-existent, no matter how hard you look.

Of course, this isn’t that big of a surprise to most of us, because we’ve known that claims about rampant voter fraud have been false all along.

According to a study conducted by Justin Levitt of the New York University Law School, “Many of the claims of voter fraud amount to a great deal of smoke without much fire…Most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless—and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct, rather than fraud by individual voters. The type of individual voter fraud supposedly targeted by recent legislative efforts—especially efforts to require certain forms of voter ID—simply does not exist.”

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been and will continue to be spent on these Republican voter suppression schemes, unless we bring an end to them.

It’s time to finally put this right-wing lie to bed, and ensure that every American who has the ability to vote is able to do so.
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By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed | Truthout |
 

pam w. (191)
Friday March 15, 2013, 11:01 am
"of those 221 incidents, there were only 7 convictions, none of which were related to the impersonation of voters."

+++++++++++++ Well, well, well! What NONSENSE!
 

Jerry B. (120)
Friday March 15, 2013, 11:30 am
Noted..thanks Kit!
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:50 pm
What is running rampant are the attempts to keep citizens of this country from voting. It has nothing to do with the fear of voting fraud. It does have to do with people voting for candidates and issues that are not popular with the republican ideology.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:17 pm
Shows that the agenda has basis in myth and unethical desires to stack the deck instead of factual foundations quite effectively.
 

Robert B. (58)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:11 pm
The REAL voter fraud is being committed by the GOP with their bogus voter laws. Plain and simple, if they can't win fairly, they cheat. They are the frauds.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:29 pm

If you can not win fairly --Cheat. Hey it worked for GW.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:47 pm
It's not only the bogus voter laws that constitute the GOP fraud. They are also majorly tampering with electronic election equipment. For instance, a retired agent, I think it was of the CIA, found a pattern in Arizona of the machines systematically changing the votes for Democrats to Republican votes over a recent 10-year period. Not a huge number, just enough to throw some elections and to make some landslides look like squeaks. The article is on Care2 somewhere.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:09 pm

I think that article was in Mother Jones and it was proven to be accurate.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 12:06 am
Thank you for informing people. This has been a frequent topic of discussion on MSNBC. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg. The money behind the scenes that back the Republicans not only wants to deny people the right to vote; they also want to take over the country by any means possible. They have been gerrymandering states all across the country, and while they say democrats have done it, there does not seem to be a state where there is not a Republican holding an office to my knowledge.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 2:44 am
What is the woman's name from Ohio who went republic and said she voted for Obama six times? How did that happen?

What we all know as teenagers and adults is that we must have a photo ID. In order to drive a car teenagers must obtain a valid driver's license. ID's are required in college. ID's are required to apply for medicare, medicaid and social security. Want to write a personal check and cash it? You must have a photo ID. Want a home mortgage? You must have a photo ID. Want to get on an airplane? Produce your photo ID. Illegals in our country have driver's licenses....a photo ID.

To suggest that the republicans are trying to keep anyone from voting is absurd. The photo ID has been required for decades in our country to order to buy a home, a car, groceries, get on an airplane, etc.

I wonder if the woman who voted six times for Obama was required to show a photo ID? Hmmmm....

Tampering with voting machines is a myth. There's absolutely no way that that can be accomplished because there would have to be too many people involved to get it done. Has anyone been officially charged and taken to court over tampering with voting machines? I haven't read anything about that but as I have stated before, I learn something new everyday. Until we have formal charges brought against people who have actually tampered with voting machines I would have to stand on the side of this is pure speculation.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:14 am
Can't get into The Pentagon without a photo ID. Want to attend one of Obama's campaign events? You have to show a photo ID.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:17 am
Want food stamps? Better have a photo ID.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:22 am
Need to apply for unemployment benefits? better have a photo ID.

You get the point.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:38 am
Yes- I get the point Diane- Do you? How desperate must a NUN be to cheat to avoid the GOP??????

A 54-year-old NUN serves who as an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies at the
College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Sister Marguerite Kloos, faces one count of illegal voting, for allegedly submitting an absentee ballot in the name of a fellow nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had died before absentee ballots were sent out. She is accused of opening Sister Hewitt’s ballot, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.




 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:48 am
"Stuff" happens. However, in order to get medicare, medicaid and social security benefits you must show a voter ID. Americans cannot function in our society without a photo ID. Many states require a photo ID to vote. That's my only point.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:52 am
My only point is who DESPERATE must a NUN be to commit fraud to escape the GOP?

Or- do you want to stay steadfast with you point about the photo ID piece- in which the top 5 demographic groups that lack a valid photo ID are blacks, Asians, Latinos, and 18-to-24-year-olds.

Even so, Obama won. And a few cheated, its true- ONE OF WHICH WAS A NUN!
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:54 am
I think we REALLY ought to keep talking about the NUN WHO COMMITTED VOTER FRAUD.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:59 am
18 to 24 year old Americans have a driver's license. That's a photo ID. In college? Applying for college? They need a photo ID.

Blacks, Asians, Latinos etc must have a photo ID to write a check, get car insurance, buy life insurance, get on an airplane.....so you see your comment was far from accurate. Even illegal immigrants can get a driver's license in several states....that's a photo ID. They may not want to pay taxes but they can get a driver's license.

Stop making excuses. Americans have photo ID's otherwise they cannot function in society. When you need to go to the emergency room....they ask for a photo ID. You can't get on a military base anywhere in the world without showing a photo ID.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:00 am
The nun is of little or no importance. She is but one person.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:03 am
YOU bout up the topic when you can to this thread to say

"What is the woman's name from Ohio who went republic and said she voted for Obama six times? How did that happen? "


And likewise- I say to YOU- a NUN (with photo ID) is charged with fraud, and suddenly your response is "stuff " happens? Why is that? Because she is not a minority?
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:05 am
Im not making ANY excuses- you are- brushing off the NUN (with photo ID), charged with voter fraud as "STUFF HAPPENS".
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:07 am
What kinda "STUFF HAPPENS" to make a NUN cheat????????????????????????????
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:05 am
Obviously, you are focusing on one person's personal choice. What makes a priest molest little boys? What makes someone cheat on their taxes? It's the individual. All of us are a product of the choices we make for ourselves.

No one can make you rob a bank. Yes, stuff happens. Just like Sandy Hook when a mentally ill person steals a firearm and murders innocent people.

Your point IMO is not well taken.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:19 am
If a nun was acused of voter fraud and she had an ID then someone made a mistake. That's an isolated case. There are priests with photo ID's and they are criminals. When I say "stuff happens" you know exactly what I mean. Things can go wrong under the best of circumstances.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:35 am
No- "OBVIOUSLY". I am focusing on your opening comment coming to this thread. If it bore no relevence, why did you bother to come here to say it????

This is exactly what you said-
"What is the woman's name from Ohio who went republic and said she voted for Obama six times? How did that happen?"
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:37 am
And I gave you an answer about a women from Ohio, who is a nun.

A 54-year-old NUN serves who as an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies at the
College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Sister Marguerite Kloos, faces one count of illegal voting, for allegedly submitting an absentee ballot in the name of a fellow nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had died before absentee ballots were sent out. She is accused of opening Sister Hewitt’s ballot, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:43 am
And futhermore, when you say
"What makes a priest molest little boys?"

I dont know- probably the same thing that makes them molest little girls- unless you want to focus on the homosexual thing again- while ignoring the fact that PEDOPHLIA is no more HOMOSEXUALITY than a woman who wears makeup is a prostitute.
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:47 am
But? As long as you are at it- and the topic is voted fraud- lets take a jab at homosexuals, too, even if the dont fit into the catagory of top 5 demographic groups that lack a valid photo ID- which are blacks, Asians, Latinos, and 18-to-24-year-olds.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:46 am
It's called personal choices. We have bad people in our society but the majority of Americans are good and decent people.

What about homosexuals? You've got to be kidding me. They don't have photo ID's? Think about what you are saying. You aren't making sense.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 8:50 am

Not every one drives a car or possesses a photo ID. If we are to use them, I suggest we have one national ID, that will cover all needs for identification. Along with that we should have one Federal law of voting standards. That should include the number of functional machines at each poll site, to include the number of ballots, each voter is given a numbered receipt so their individual vote can be tracked at any time. Include in that the exact number of "early" voting days, and if needed for elders or the disabled chairs for waiting in line, and lower machines that are reachable. States seem to attempt to make up new rules for each election, that is intolerable for open elections. All citizens in good standing have a right to vote, allow them this right and this discussion will end, no more finger pointing at either group or party.
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:34 am
ty
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:01 am

@ Diane - "Need to apply for unemployment benefits? better have a photo ID. "

I'm so sorry you missed the point of the Nun she is but an example of what is happening to so many people. If I earn as little as $7.25 an hour, and then must buy a photo ID, which will most certainly mean for far too many people, taking a day off from work at my expense. Traveling to the nearest place that offers a photo ID, paying for that ID which averages $25.00 to 45.00, pay my expenses for bus travel to that location than your causal dismissal, of my tenuous financial burden, has cost my family a couple of days of food. Please do remember than many trying to live on these miserly income are not as able as you to pay for these "luxury" items. And...yes, when food, rent, utilities, health care and daily transportation are barley if at all affordable than an extra expense for this photo ID is indeed a luxury item.

Take a month of your own life and live as 50 million Americans are living, or "walk a mile in their shoes" and than tell us how easy that was.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 11:06 am
While it is good to ensure that voting is done accurately, the Republicans seem to be trying their best to make it more difficult than necessary. Democracy seems to be too messy for Republicans to tolerate. Just look at Michigan where a Republican Governor and Legislature have decided that the voters wishes on what they want is completely irrelevant. A law to replace elected city officials with an unelected dictator was overturned by the state's voters, but the Republicans just a new law to do the same thing that can't be overturned. Democracy is too pesky a thing, huh?
 

Louise D. (38)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 2:45 pm
Given that the Republicans have used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters it seems strange that most of the cases of voter fraud are done by Republican affiliated groups.

Now is it me or doesn't Diane O.'s new picture look like a PEZ dispenser possessed by a Victorian ghost? Still she has been keeping a low profile after that nasty wee man Jeffery W. was arrested on charges of aggravated abuse of a disabled adult.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:14 pm
In order to buy some prescription meds at your local drug store you have to show a photo ID. I understand that not everyone drives a car but certainly it must be a very low percentage of Americans but in order to receive food stamps, medicaid, travel by air, etc they must have a photo ID. It's archaic not to have one. And, honestly, what IS the excuse for not getting one?

Regarding republican voter fraud, the last election is now uncovering some very shocking information about voter fraud. It's a wait and see situation at the moment.

I believe that everyone who votes today in our country should have proper identification. I would think that the liberals would insist on that as well.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:22 pm

I have NEVER shown any ID at the pharmacy. I did notice that you completely ignored my statements above.

As I said, I happen to agree that we should have one national ID card, that should not mean any form of punitive expense. In keeping with voting being completely honest it should be taken out of the hands of any state. Form one set of Federal rules, but *sigh* I' m repeating myself.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:14 pm
Fantastic, Kit, we agree. The national ID works for me, too. We need a photo ID. Must have one's photo on it.

You seem to be frustrated today, Kit. Take in a deep breath, my friend, and try to relax. We all come to Care 2 for our own personal reasons. We need to remind ourselves that it is better to enjoy what we are doing than become frustrated by it.

I have seasonal allergies and before I can buy a certain OTC which is now behind the counter, and I've been going to this pharmacy for eight years, I have to show my photo ID and then sign for the OTC Claritan.

Yes, it has come to this.....

 

Robert K. (31)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:15 am
If any state requires a photo ID they should be required to come to your home or under your bridge or onyour heating grate and provide it free. Any othr program is proof of voter suppression.

And Diane, you're still worthless as a commentator, always posting mindless crap. Go to Storm Front with the rest of the nazis.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:48 pm
No surprise whatever!
The Repugs have been disenfranchising people all over the place. Without their efforts we would never have had Bubba Bush, nor his idiot wart in Iraq that has cost so much hurt to this country. And now, the right is apparently considering Jeb for a 2016 candidacy? the man ought to be in prison for voter fraud!
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:57 pm

I have serious doubts that Jeb Bush will run for president. yes, We do have a black president, but I wonder if the GOP will be accepting of Jeb's wife.
 

Diane O. (167)
Monday March 18, 2013, 3:17 pm
Kit, we don't know what the future holds for Jeb Bush but I have to ask here why would anyone have an issue with Jeb's wife? She's an American citizen. Our country was built on the backs of immigrants...legal immigrants....who took the time to get the paperwork done. Many immigrants today are proud of being legal Americans.

Kit, I watched (last night) a documentary on PBS about the Scotch Irish. It was fascinating because both Germans and the Scotch Irish came to America and settled in West Virginia and North Carolina. The Scotch Irish brought their fiddles with them and their "songs" which always told a story, real stories, about life there. Do you not love this history? I know you do and so do I. Now, we seem to be focused on illegal immigration from The Americas....mostly from Central America and Mexico.

It's fascinating getting into the actual history of our country. The republicans and perhaps the democrats both want to get them legal. When they are legal in our country that is when they prosper.

Your thoughts on this....
 

James Maynard (68)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:27 pm
Have said it a dozen times, the only voter
fraud I have seen is being committed by
the excessive, restrictive, unnecessary
laws being passed by republican legislatures.
 

Michael M. (5)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:25 pm
There is not enough tin-foil hats to cover all the fat heads of the GOP who have paranoid and delusional dreams of living in the 18th Century!
 
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