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Comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion
Washington Post ^ | 08/06/2014 | Justin Levitt

Posted on 08/06/2014 7:35:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Voter ID laws are back in the news once again, with two new opinions from the Wisconsin Supreme Court late last week dealing with the state's ID requirement, which would allow people to vote only if they provide certain forms of government-issued ID. The Court made some minor changes to the law but otherwise upheld it. However, the ID requirement is still on hold pending a federal lawsuit.

Part of this litigation — and any rational debate about the issue generally — hinges on two things: costs and benefits. The costs of these sorts of laws vary, because the laws themselves differ from state to state (some are far more burdensome than others). The ostensible benefits, though, are all the same. And in addressing these purported benefits, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blew it. Twice.

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I’ve been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the Court. And since then, I’ve been following reports wherever they crop up.

To be clear, I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix.

So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country. If you want to check my work, you can read a comprehensive list of the incidents below.

To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; voterfraud
Note: This is a guest post by Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola University Law School and an expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, with a particular focus on election administration and redistricting.
1 posted on 08/06/2014 7:35:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I suppose Nelson Mandela believed in voter suppression?


2 posted on 08/06/2014 7:37:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: SeekAndFind

All based on the premise that we know all incidents.

Current law doesn’t allow for knowing how deep the problem runs.


3 posted on 08/06/2014 7:38:35 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you don’t have voter ID and don’t have blabbermouthed multi-voters, it is almost impossible to detect. The only real way to find this is to look for dead people still voting, which is a tremendous task.


4 posted on 08/06/2014 7:39:34 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind

With the commie ‘RATS always telling us that our vote is “sacred” and that ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ONE fraudulent vote is too much.


5 posted on 08/06/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.

He should have checked all billion of the votes if he wants to use that entire population in his results.
Otherwise he should give the number of votes he actually checked.

6 posted on 08/06/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Bogey78O
All based on the premise that we know all incidents.

Current law doesn’t allow for knowing how deep the problem runs.


EXACTLY! Just ask the Chris McDaniel camp how hard it is to get an establishment government (Rep or Dem) to assist in determining actual voter fraud!!

More importantly, has this person actually viewed the voting books and records for all 50 states and the millions of counties/cities/municipalities/school districts/etc... that have public votes? If not, then his work is, at BEST, contrived conjecture to dissuade Americans from ensuring that ALL votes are fair and free of ANY fraud!! PERIOD!
7 posted on 08/06/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Philadelphia has 120% turnout, the number of incidents is at least 1/6 of the total vote and almost certainly greater.

Nice of the dear professor from Illinois to state the Wisconsin Supreme Court blew it twice. Maybe he should run for a judgeship.

I also like that he takes for a given that this is a cost/benefit analysis.

No. It is, what does the law require, and does the law require anything against the constitution? Cost/Benefit is a political decision, outside the jurisdiction of the courts.


8 posted on 08/06/2014 7:48:23 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is a liar, a paid and professional “voter id” political hack.


9 posted on 08/06/2014 8:22:25 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I see. So if you define voter fraud as only the most uncommon type of voter fraud, and then you investigate, you won’t find very much of it. Funny how that works.

Now, maybe the Post can get around to investigating how many Democrats register and vote in two different states by abusing absentee ballots?


10 posted on 08/06/2014 8:24:03 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That’s great, I’m going to steal that pic and start throwing it in libs’ faces when they cry “Voter ID is racist”!


11 posted on 08/06/2014 8:25:31 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

“So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country.”

Without uniform voter ID laws in place there is no way of catching the fraud. How many tickets for driving without a license would be issued if it was illegal for cops to check?

When you make it illegal to collect evidence you haven’t proved the absence of crime.


12 posted on 08/06/2014 8:28:40 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind
Impersonating someone else is only one kind of voter fraud. There is also voting at multiple precincts, and voting in multiple states via absentee ballots.

But, the biggest voter fraud that ID is supposed to check is the illegal vote by non-citizens, and specifically, illegal aliens who have no documentation at all.

-PJ

13 posted on 08/06/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

This is what happens when you have your assistants, who are probably useful idiots do research for you.

You know how you can tell when someone is wrong? They try to self validate that they are right.


14 posted on 08/06/2014 8:52:12 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Justin Levitt is the new poster child for the legions of foolish “see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil” Democrats who enthusiastically approve of and support illegal acts that further the interests of the Democrats.

I understand the pathological phenomenon somewhat, because criminals make up such an important voting bloc within the Democratic Party base, and so of course they will cater to the needs and desires of those criminals.


15 posted on 08/06/2014 9:22:17 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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