Re: Voter Fraud
I can't really keep up with this thread because it grows too quickly, but in a quick review of the past pages, I'm still not seeing that these ID laws would solve a problem that (to any meaningful degree) exists. Two points seem worth clarifying:
1) These laws only stop very specific sorts of fraud. Anything involving the officials themselves or tampering with ballots...etc. won't be at all hindered by these laws. Voter IDs will pretty much only get in your way if you are trying to impersonate someone else (living or dead) at the polls. That's the only kind of voter fraud that matters here because that's the only kind of fraud they'll stop.
2) Evidence for that kind of fraud should be really easy to get, even if we can't rely on people to report at the polls. Pick a state (or county for that matter) and look at the people who voted. Check and make sure they aren't dead (that will give you a count of all deceased "voters"). Then statistically spot-check the rest by contacting people and asking "Did you really vote?" If they say no, then you know someone fraudulently voted in their name. You don't have to call everyone; just a statistically relevant sample size. It's the same method every polling agency uses. In the end, you'd have an actual percentage representing (within a margin of error) the ID-related voter fraud in a given area. And it really wouldn't be that hard to get.
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