Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Voter fraud" is not the problem....

The folks who are pushing for new voting restrictions “to prevent voter fraud” are trying to hide their real reasons for doing it.

That’s because voter fraud just about actually doesn’t exist.

TheHill.com recently reported that a study of more than a billion votes cast during 2000-2014 has identified merely “31 credible instances of voter impersonation.”

That’s 31 out of 1 billion. That’s 0.0000031 percent.

That is, if a billion people voted in an election, and if Candidate A would beat Candidate B by a count of 500,000,016 to 499,999,984—that is, A won by 32 votes—there wouldn’t be any good theoretical reason to suspect that voter fraud could have tipped the election to Candidate A.

In 2014, about 124 million votes were cast in the U.S. presidential election. Based on the statistics, maybe four of those votes were cast by people who faked their identity.

Let’s call it what it is: the whole Republican-sponsored mess of new voting restrictions is aimed at keeping prospective Democratic voters away from the polls.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015 All rights reserved.

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