Voting fraud: This election year’s wrinkle in the voting debate



This year’s election offers up a somewhat new wrinkle — though certainly not an original one — in America’s continuing debate over voting. It’s voting fraud.

Voting fraud, and charges thereof, are as old as the Republic, but this year the controversy seems to be centered around the possibility of people who might be “bused in” to vote for President Barack Obama. That has some conservation groups on high alert, as outline in Stephanie Saul’s New York Times story: Looking, Very Closely, for Voter Fraud: Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States . It says in part:

It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.

The bus has been repeatedly cited by True the Vote, a national group focused on voter fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht, the group’s leader, told a gathering in July about buses carrying dozens of voters showing up at polling places during the recent Wisconsin recall election.

“Magically, all of them needed to register and vote at the same time,” Ms. Engelbrecht said. “Do you think maybe they registered falsely under false pretenses? Probably so.”

Weeks later, another True the Vote representative told a meeting of conservative women about a bus seen at a San Diego polling place in 2010 offloading people “who did not appear to be from this country.”

Officials in both San Diego and Wisconsin said they had no evidence that the buses were real.

The True the Vote folks give themselves away with the quote that they people they suspect “did not appear to be from this country.”

In other words, they don’t look like us. Consequently, they aren’t like us. More importantly, they are likely not to vote the way we vote. And that, of course, is the real problem.

We Americans have never wanted to enfranchise people who might not believe or vote exactly as we do.

 

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