Here are some questions I’d like to ask (or some news person should ask) Mitt Romney, assuming he’s ever available to talk to the
“liberal establishment” mainstream media.
–Do you think voter fraud is a problem in the United States?
–How many cases of voter fraud have been committed in the last ten years?
–Is is a coincidence that swing states with Republican-dominated legislatures are leading the drive for voter ID cards?
–Are you telling the truth?
Fact is that there is no voter fraud problem in the United States.
What there is instead is a cynical Republican scam to suppress voting, abetted of course by Fox News, which has a Voter Fraud Unit reporting about the non-existent problem.
A report by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law says the problem does not exist:
* Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare.
* Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud.
* Voter fraud is often conflated with other forms of election misconduct.
* Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda.
* Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.
Here’s a link to the full report: http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_the_truth_about_voter_fraud/
Jon Stewart had a perfect take on the story, closing with a great line: “Next up, leashes for unicorns.”
It isn’t a joke of course. Florida, among the voter ID states, showed what it could do in suppressing the vote in 2000. The Republican-controlled state wrongly purged people from the rolls, claiming they were ineligible as felons, hindered access in some cases to election booths in likely Democratic-voting minority areas — and of course fought off a recount, with an assist from the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of the dissenting vote on the Supreme Court likened the 2000 election to a coup.
They are at it again, it is systematic and no accident. It’s an outrage.