OK, back to all the efforts now under way to combat “voter fraud” just for a minute. We’ve said before that the frequency of actual voter fraud —at least of the kind these measures are purportedly intended to prevent — is so small as to be statistically insignificant, and that remains true. From Mother Jones;
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.
A 2005 report by the American Center for Voting Rights claimed there were more than 100 cases of voter fraud involving 300,000 votes in 2004. A review of the charges turned up only 185 votes that were even potentially fraudulent.
In support of a voter ID law, Kansas Secretary of State (and the legal brains behind a slew of anti-immigration laws) Kris Kobach cited 221 incidents of voter fraud in the state between 1997 and 2010. Yet those cases produced just 7 convictions—none related to impersonating other voters.
Last December, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Wisconsin is “absolutely riddled with voter fraud.” In fact, the state’s voter fraud rate in 2004 was 0.0002 percent—just 7 votes.
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.
- Voting while ineligible: 18
- Voting multiple times: 5
- Registration fraud: 3
And this, to add a little context;
Between 2000 and 2010, there were:
649 million votes cast in general elections
441 Americans killed by lightning
13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation
And now this little demographic snapshot, which should be considered in the context of the new voter laws being overwhelmingly the result of GOP pressure;
There’s more at the MoJo link, all involving new rules about ID requirements, registration restrictions, early voting, felony records and etc. etc. Every single demographic group most likely to be inconvenienced is a group statistically more likely to vote democrat.