"Dire predictions of 'rampant signature fraud' and 'floods' of phony signatures have been proven false" in Wisconsin recall

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We here at TPC have written endlessly about the myths of voter fraud and the attempts at voter suppression through enforcement of Voter I.D. laws.

As Think Progress noted, "voter fraud is rarer than getting struck by lightning — they are potentially having their right to vote stripped away... Many citizens don’t have immediate access to their birth certificate or similar documents required for a voter ID."

A lot of people don’t have a driver’s license, or live too far from a provider to get one, or are too ill to travel or stand in line (some states even require one for absentee voters), or simply can’t afford the money it takes to access the required documents.

Attempts to disenfranchise voters are thinly veiled efforts to stop left-leaning voters from casting ballots. Those who would be affected most by these laws are low income voters, the elderly, young voters, minorities, and as stated above, the ill who can’t leave home, and anyone without transportation... and these groups usually tend to vote Democratic.

Which brings us to the Wisconsin recall. Per the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board ( GAB), not only was there a very low error rate for the signatures collected for the Scott Walker recall petitions, there were also low rates on the petitions for state senators Fitzgerald, Wanggaard, Moulton, and Galloway.

P.R. Watch.org has the details, but here's the bottom line:

While only 931,000 signatures were submitted, slightly short of the one million claimed, the GAB disqualified only 30,000 from the Walker recall, and about 34,000 from the Kleefisch recall. The three percent error rate is significantly below the 15 percent rate predicted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It was also dramatically below the 30 percent rejection rate for the one million signatures collected for the referendum to reverse SB-5, the Ohio collective bargaining measure, in 2011. [...]

The GAB review showed the True the Vote allegations of massive problems to be false... Five "fraudulent" signatures were found... but joke signatures are hardly likely to come from proponents of the recall. [...]

One ... isolated incident did not go unchecked -- the man is facing felony charges. A handful of problems hardly constitute a "flood" of fraud, but these rare instances been repeated endlessly in the past few months by conservative media sources such as American Thinker, the MacIver institute and Red State, and even on the website for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Dire predictions of "rampant signature fraud" and "floods" of phony signatures have been proven false.

This article is well worth a read, so please go here to do just that.

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  • Sibiur

    At our local polling place in middle Tennessee, we made it simple; we ignored the law and allowed our friends and neighbors to vote without the photo ID.

    We encourage all poll workers to do the same.