Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Believing in Vote Fraud May be Dangerous to a Democracy's Health

From an article in Slate Magazine By Dahlia Lithwick -
"Large-scale, coordinated vote stealing doesn't happen. The incentives—unlike the incentives for registration fraud—just aren't there. In an interview this week with Salon, Lorraine Minnite of Barnard College, who has studied vote fraud systematically, noted that "between 2002 to 2005 only one person was found guilty of registration fraud. Twenty others were found guilty of voting while ineligible and five were guilty of voting more than once. That's 26 criminal voters." Twenty-six criminal voters despite the fact that U.S. attorneys, like David Iglesias in New Mexico, were fired for searching high and low for vote-fraud cases to prosecute and coming up empty."

It will be interesting to see what efforts are made to skew the vote this time around. There have already been some number of voter purges in Montana where an Army Reservist and one of the most highly decorated veterans of World War II were taken off the registration list by Republican zealots.

PBS and YouTube have teamed up to encourage people to send in videos of their election day experience to Vote 2008 Election Connection.

Michael Waldman from the Brennan Center for Justice talks about voter purging in this CBS News video -