I’ve been fighting for Photo ID for several years now. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s op-ed proves the point I’ve repeatedly made: that voter fraud does exist and that it potentially could tip elections. Here’s the part of Freeman’s op-ed I’m pointing to:
In 2008, when more than 665,000 people voted in Hennepin County, 40 were charged with voting while a convicted felon, and three with voting twice.
Those 43 votes could’ve potentially defeated by state representative, King Banaian. King’s certified margin of victory was 13 votes.
Freeman rightly says that “Illegal votes are exceedingly rare.” That’s the wrong benchmark. Statistically insignificant isn’t the right benchmark. Electorally significant is the right way of measuring voter fraud’s impact.
Those perpetrating voter fraud don’t target lopsided races. They target the tightest of the tight races. They did that in Seattle in the 2004 gubernatorial contest. Ditto with the presidential race in Minnesota in 2004:
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As far as we know, the fraud didn’t happen but it was planned down to the final detail. ACORN and ACT have put plans together to commit either voter fraud or voter registration fraud. Isn’t the question whether it’s silly not to do things to prevent voter fraud?
Here’s another way of looking at this issue. Not having a way of verifying voters’ identities is essentially the deregulation of elections. If we’re taking people’s word that they’re residents of that ward, that precinct, we’re essentially saying that we don’t care if they lie.
Would any other government agency accept a person’s word that they’re complying with the law? Address that reply to the IRS.
Further, this exposes as myth the notion that voter fraud is rare. If you can’t verify a person’s identity, it’s impossible to authoritatively make that statement. Not relatively difficult. IMPOSSIBLE. How can you make categorical, unequivocal statements without having a way to verify voters’ identies and locations?
Freeman’s arguments are flimsy at best. They’re the usual ‘voter fraud doesn’t exist’ arguments that we’ve heard for years. As I’ve just shown, it’s impossible to verify the accuracy of that statement. That invalidates the entire premise of the argument.
TRANSLATION: The DFL’s argument is worthless.