Vote fraud? There ain’ no stinking vote fraud! Or so said Attorney General Eric Holder:
Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed any belief of in-person voter fraud damaging American elections Tuesday evening, a day after the Justice Department blocked Texas’ photo voter ID law.
In an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Pete Williams, Holder reiterated his previous comments before Congress labeling photo ID laws a ‘solution in search of a problem’ and emphasized the importance of being allowed to vote.
‘What were talking here is a constitutional right,’ he said. ‘This is not a privilege. The right to vote is something that fundamental to who we are as Americans. We have people who have given their lives, people have sacrificed a great deal in order for people to have the right to vote. It’s what distinguishes the United States from most other countries.’
‘We want to make sure that our elections are free from fraud. But they is no proof that our elections are marred by in person voter fraud.
The same article was as credulous as Holder:
Despite the existence of some voter fraud, research has indicated that a person is 39 times more likely to be struck and killed by lighting than to commit voter fraud. The same research also found a person is more likely to see a UFO 3,500 times than engage in voter fraud.
Of course, it doesn’t matter how statistically likely it is that something will occur. It mattesr how often it does occur. Now it seems that North Carolinians are seeing UFOs and being struck by lightning:
State election officials in North Carolina are investigating hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud after identifying thousands of registered voters with personal information matching those of voters who voted in other states in 2012.
Elections Director Kim Strach told state lawmakers at an oversight hearing Wednesday that her staff has identified 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to have cast ballots in two states during the 2012 presidential election.
Strach said the first names, last names, birthdates and last four digits of their Social Security numbers appear to match information for voters in another state. Each case will now be investigated to determine whether voter fraud occurred.
But Eric Holder said there is no such thing as vote fraud, and he’s a member of the most ethical, transparent presidential administration ever! How can this be?! Regardless, when the dead vote, they virtually always vote for Democrats, and while the article doesn’t say for whom North Carolina dead voted, vote they did:
WRAL.com reported that 81 residents who died before election day were recorded as casting a ballot. While about 30 of those voters appear to have legally cast ballots before election day, Strach said ‘there are between 40 and 50 [voters] who had died at a time that that’s not possible.’
‘We have the ‘Walking Dead,’ and now we’ve got the ‘Voting Dead,’ said state Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg. ‘I guess the reason there’s no proof of voter fraud is because we weren’t looking for it.
And if Eric Holder gets his way, no one will ever be looking for it. Interesting that this was found in NC only after the legislature passed enabling legislation:
Republicans leaders immediately touted the preliminary report as evidence they were justified in approving sweeping elections changes last year that include requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls, cutting days from the period for early voting and ending a popular civics program that encouraged high school students to pre-register to vote in advance of their 18th birthdays.
‘That is outrageous. That is criminal. That is wrong, and it shouldn’t be allowed to go any further without substantial investigations from our local district attorneys who are the ones charged with enforcing these laws,’ state Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-Wilmington, told the Charlotte Observer.
State House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, issued a joint statement Wednesday on what they termed as the “alarming evidence.’
‘While we are alarmed to hear evidence of widespread voter error and fraud, we are encouraged to see the common-sense law passed to ensure voters are who they say they are is working,’ said the statement. ‘These findings should put to rest ill-informed claims that problems don’t exist and help restore the integrity of our elections process.
For true believers, no amount of evidence of vote fraud is sufficient:
Voting rights advocate Bob Phillips of Common Cause NC told WRAL.com that while he is concerned about the report, it still doesn’t justify requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls.
‘I think a lot of [lawmakers] are saying, ‘Aha, this proves what we did,’ Phillips said. ‘But if I have an ID, how is that going to stop me from voting in North Carolina if I’ve already voted in Florida?
Notice that Phillips is misrepresenting the effect of voter ID laws. Being required to present an ID has the very real potential to stop all manner of vote fraud before it occurs and in every state. Honest voters have no problem with it. Criminals, well, that’s another story, one with which Eric Holder, and Bob Phillips, are intimately familiar. And for those who might buy into Phillips obfuscation, a person registered to vote in Florida is not allowed by law to vote anywhere else. North Carolina authorities should not have him on the rolls. And if they do and he votes twice, the fact of having to present ID will help to deter some double voting and will help to prosecute it after the fact with deterrence doesn’t work.
Perhaps UFO sightings and lightning strikes aren’t that rare after all.