Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Texas has had "fewer than five" voter impersonation cases

In the past three years. Via ThinkProgress, the San Antonio Express News' Gary Scharrer:

Fewer than five “illegal voting” complaints involving voter impersonations were filed with the Texas Attorney General's Office from the 2008 and 2010 general elections in which more than 13 million voters participated.

Less than 5 out of 13 million. Aren't those fairly close to the MegaMillions winning odds? As the e-Trade baby says, 'that's the same chance as getting mauled by a polar bear AND a regular bear at the same time'. So clearly there oughta be a law.

Texas has suffered from “multiple cases of voter fraud,” Gov. Rick Perry said in a recent FOX News interview, though the attorney general handled just 20 allegations of election law violations in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Most involved mail-in ballot or campaign finance violations, electioneering too close to a polling place or a voter blocked by an election worker.

The Texas attorney general's office did not give the outcome of the four illegal voting complaints that were filed. Only one remains pending, according to agency records.

Sen. Rodney Ellis nails it.

"(T)here are more UFO and Bigfoot sightings than documented cases of voter impersonation."

Meanwhile, back in reality...

The D.C. district court has set trial in Texas’ voter ID suit for July 9-13.

That’s nearly three weeks earlier than requested by the Justice Department and intervenors.

However, the court also directed that issues related to the constitutionality of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act be bifurcated from the main trial and said that those issues would “not be addressed unless the Court denies judicial preclearance of Senate Bill [14].”

Since that means that hearings on constitutional issues would take place only after a ruling on the preclearance claims (by definition some time after the July 13 end of trial), that would seem to make it less likely that the constitutional issues could be teed up in time to get them to the Supreme Court before the November elections.

So there's a strong possibility that we won't have to deal with this BS in this election cycle. Everyone should continue to train and inform as if we will, however. One last legal note about the most active vote suppressors in the nation, that little old band of patriots thugs who call Houston home.

“The Texas Democratic Party contends that the King Street Patriots made unlawful political contributions to the Texas Republican Party and various Republican candidates by training poll workers in cooperation with the Republican Party and its candidates and subsequently offering the watchers’ services only to the party and its candidates.” The group also held forums only for the Republican Party and its candidates.

The court split off the KSP’s constitutional complaints into a separate lawsuit and in an opinion issued today sided with Democrats, rejecting the constitutional claims. This will allow the Democrats’ clams to go forward.

Cutting the nuts off these feral hogs is a great first step toward resolving some of the vote suppression efforts in Texas and everywhere else.


Unknown said...

This is about purging the voter rolls, plain and simple.

States have been trying to find new ways to do this for a long time.

Look at the situation with Florida a decade ago, where the State had been repeatedly told to change the way it was handling voting by folks supposedly convicted of felonies. Florida was buying lists from other states and throwing people off their rolls on very flimsy proofs - things like similar names and such.

Clearly, having been slapped down for purging the rolls in other ways, states have now struck upon this which, in light of the ACORN pseudo-scandal, seems warranted.

PDiddie said...

I would disagree that voter ID 'seems warranted', Katy. If Republicans wanted to do something about fraudulent voting then they would turn their attention to mail-in ballots. But see, that would suppress Republican votes.

Unknown said...

I agree. I didn't mean to say it seemed warranted to me. I meant to say that it seems warranted to a lot of folks whose knowledge of events doesn't go any deeper than hearing about ACORN and the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon fiasco in Illinois.

I don't think it's really much of a problem. Even with the ACORN thing, it seemed to involve people (and fake people) registering multiple times, which isn't illegal, the way I understand it.

It would only be illegal if Mickey mouse or I showed up to vote multiple times.

Macpappy said...

See the problem is when the fake people as you referred to them; start voting.
It's not about purging the voting rolls, it's about purifying the voter rolls of unlawful voters.

PDiddie said...

No fake people voted; at least none that anyone could find. The people and the problem are as frightening as the monster under your bed (and just as real).