Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Indiana's voter-ID law

Walter Dellinger and Sri Srinivasan whined in Slate Magazine There is no dispute that Indiana's photo-ID
Something you need to cash a check, boar a plane, enter some public buildings, rent a video at Blockbuster, etc.
requirement addresses one, and only one, species of fraud—so-called "in-person impersonation fraud,"
And democrats are desperate to avoid blocking that form of voter fraud. Can they not win elections without it?
which would occur if an ineligible voter were to come to the polls and attempt to cast a ballot by falsely claiming the identity of an eligible voter. In the entire history of Indiana, the total number of reported instances of this kind of fraud is zero.
No one has been caught because they have not been checking ids.
Nor is there reliable evidence that in-person impersonation fraud has occurred anywhere else in the country.
That is not surprising, as this kind of fraud would be an exceedingly irrational way to attempt to affect the outcome of an election.
And it would create problems for Democratic efforts like ACORN that register fake voters.
For starters, the impersonator would need to know that the actual registered voter would not herself be showing up to vote.
Like maybe they registered under a fake name, or the registered voter is dead, or traveling, or in the hospital, or .....
If the real voter had already voted, the impersonator would be exposed at once. And in any event, why would any sane person risk going to prison to influence an election by one vote? It is all the more implausible to imagine an army of impersonators coordinating their efforts on a scale that could affect an election, let alone doing so without being detected.
And without checking ids, they won't be detected.
That is why the election fraud that's actually been tried involves ballot-box stuffing or bulk submitting of absentee ballots—schemes that allow a few people to roll up a lot of fraudulent votes.
And they should be stopped as well.
A photo-ID requirement does nothing to prevent those real shenanigans.

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