More Voter Fraud Hysteria at the Worldnetdaily


Right wing radio host Barry Farber has a column at the Worldnetdaily calling voter fraud a “serious threat to America.” As usual, he provides no evidence at all of such a threat or of widespread voter fraud and manages to distort the findings of one recent report on the subject.

One single fraudulent vote is an “attack” on our democratic system. Massive voter fraud is a massive attack. The website Watchdog.com tells us that a group known as the Virginia Voters Alliance counted 44,000 voters registered in Maryland as well as Virginia. An additional 40 to 60 thousand dead voters were found to be on the active voters list in that one state of Virginia, according to the Social Security Administration. It’s not just Chicago any more.

It’s watchdog.org, not watchdog.com. And he’s being highly dishonest about what the article says. They found 44,000 voters who might be registered in both places, but that’s only based on having the same name. Lots of people have the same name. And the article says that they’re still trying to figure out how to investigate to find out if there are actual duplicates. But how many actual cases of voter fraud did they identify from that 44,000?

“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

George acknowledged that the number of voters who actually cast multiple ballots is relatively small. In the case of Maryland and Virginia, he revealed that 164 people voted in both states during the 2012 election.

And even that is not a verified number. Once it’s referred to prosecutors, they can do the research necessary to find out if there are any actual cases of people voting in both states, as opposed to people with the same name. And in every case of such allegations in the past, it turns out to be a far smaller number or none at all. But even if it’s all 164 that are guilty of voter fraud, that’s out of more than 3.7 million votes cast in 2012, a vanishingly small percentage. And guess what? Voter ID laws wouldn’t do anything to stop that.

As for dead voters, this is hardly a surprise or cause for concern. About 2.5 million people die every year in this country. Virginia has about 2.6% of the American population, so about 65,000 of those would be in Virginia. A person doesn’t get automatically purged from the voter rolls when they die, it takes some time before they fall off the rolls. And there’s no evidence at all that people are showing up at the polls to vote in the name of a dead person.

First of all, there may still be those who think the fraud-vote sort of cancels itself out; some illegal voters vote Democratic and some Republican, Right? Do a little thought-experiment. Picture the illegal immigrant family (I said it, and I’m glad and I don’t have a basketball team you can take away from me!) a few weeks before the election. The father says, “After dinner tonight we’ve got to sit down together and review the issues and study the candidates and decide how best to vote in November!”

Does that image, or its real-life equivalents, really survive in your conscience? You may yell “bigot” all you please, but this point carries the virtue of truth. The overwhelming majority of illegals vote Democrat.

Notice what’s missing from this little fantasy? How about any evidence whatsoever of voting by those who aren’t citizens? He’s made an assertion with no evidence at all to back it up and just declared it to be true. That’s really the only way one can make an argument for the existence of widespread voter fraud, by mere assertion or by distorting the facts as he did above.

Comments

  1. matty1 says

    So people who are not citizens are so eager to take part in the democratic process they pretend to be a dead person in order to register to vote? Surely this is a sign of commitment to their new home and a reason to hurry up their transition to citizenship so they don’t have to break the rules to participate.

  2. John Pieret says

    Picture Barry Farber sitting down to review the issues and study the candidates and deciding how best to vote in November.

  3. Chris J says

    matty1 @ 1:

    But didn’t you hear? The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants vote democratic (despite… not being able to vote, where the hell does that statistic come from?), it would be unfair to let people become citizens if they’re just going to side with the enemy! /s

    I wonder how true that snark is, actually… Do Republicans oppose immigration reform because they think it would cause a huge influx of democratic voters?

  4. gshelley says

    @4
    So a lot of them say – Apparently they are so convinced in the bankruptcy of their ideas, that they think in the 14 years it would take for an illegal immigrant to get citizenship, they couldn’t be persuaded to vote Republican.

  5. says

    Chris J , look, it’s obvious that they’ll vote for Democrats, despite the fact that the consistent GOP platform of gutting social programs, cutting not-their taxes and kicking them out of the country should appeal to Latinics (Hispanos?).

     
    Next on the agenda: Figuring out why “urban” Americans (*wink wink*) won’t vote for them, either, and if there’s time wondering why slutty broads who can’t keep their legs crossed vote for the other party.

  6. dingojack says

    There are just under 46,000 people called ‘John Smith’ in the US. How do you know that they aren’t all Timelords from the planet Gallifrey, and that they didn’t vote 45,999 times for the Democratic, or Republican candidate?
    DIngo

  7. says

    To even raise the specter of voter fraud, you have to completely ignore the fact that voter apathy is by orders of magnitude, a greater problem in the USA, especially amongst young people, who are far more likely to vote Democrat these days when they do vote.

    Of course, the encouragement of greater participation in the most fundamental of democratic institutions has never exactly been the top priority of conservatives in this country — to put it mildly.

  8. says

    WND might want to reconsider playing the voter fraud card. It might backfire on them by convincing some of their readers not to vote, since all that horrible voter fraud just makes their votes meaningless. “It’s all rigged, so why should I bother?”

  9. says

    I have the same name as my father, my grandfather, and a great great uncle. Were it not that the latter three are registered Republicans, would we all look like one person trying to vote four times in their eyes?

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