February 19, 2014

THROWDOWN THURSDAYS | Creating a Problem to Solve a ‘Problem’

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By ERIC PESNER

If you listen to standard Republican talking points, you might think that elections in this country are stolen all the time. Republicans harp on fanciful tales of people voting multiple times, the dead casting ballots and fictional citizens being registered to vote. But is voter fraud an actual problem in the United States?

In 2005, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott launched an investigation of what he called a voter fraud “epidemic” in his state. Concluding his investigation in 2008, he found that only 26 prosecutable cases of fraud occurred during the three year period of scrutiny. And in a second Texas investigation of voter fraud, conducted between 2008 and 2010, only five cases of fraudulent activity were discovered of the 13 million votes cast during the same time interval. Not exactly an epidemic. Such is the case throughout the country.

Nicholas Parisi / Sun Cartoonist

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