Election Day voter fraud places at risk the 2012 Presidential Election, and it costs taxpayers money and wastes election board employees’ time. And Sarah Palin is telling her Facebook fans to be sure to record and report it.
The Clarion Ledger says in-person voter fraud can include someone voting as someone else, whom they may look like, and have an ID belonging to, or it can include other forms of fraud.
The voting crime also includes those who cast their legitimate vote in more than one polling location in the same state, giving them two or more votes for the candidate of their choice.
It can also include casting an illegitimate ballot in an out-of-state voting poll location that doesn’t have a strict voter ID law, in addition to casting their legitimate vote in their own state.
Other in-person voter fraud on Election Day can include showing up at a poll location without proper voter ID–if the state requires one, such as the state of Georgia–and asking for a provisional ballot.
Provisional ballot voting allows someone without an ID on them to cast their vote in the state of their residence on Nov. 6 (or other election days in the state) with the understanding that the person will show up in three day’s time at their local election office to show ID evidence to support their right to vote.
If they don’t do so, of course, their vote is null and void–if the elections board employees catch it.
The possibility that the elections office in that area might not be as diligent to void that illegal vote as they should be is a concern, and it also wastes time and effort of the local elections board office personnel to have to police those kinds of votes.
The provisional ballot vote option was only created to help those local and state residents who were ill-informed about the ID requirements needed to vote their first time at an election site, so they would not have to run home and get the proper items on voting day.
Absentee ballot voting fraud exists as well, and it is one of the voting fraud activities that can be done without showing ones face at an election poll location. Past news accounts have reflected such fraud has taken place in prior presidential elections.
In September the AJC reported that the NAACP is the organization most at issue with the laws requiring voters to show proper IDs when casting Election Day votes. And that is because the national African American group feels voter ID laws discriminate against their race and other minorities.
Many states disagree and contend that voter ID laws help limit the fraud attempted in elections in their state.
The AJS points out that in-person voter fraud, also known sometimes as voter impersonation, is either a rare phenomenon or the culprits are rarely caught or prosecuted if the NAACP is right about the statistics they shared recently.
The NAACP says only 10 in-person voter fraud cases have been proven nationally since 2000. That does not mean only 10 cases existed, however–just that only 10 of them were “proven.”
Georgia Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Michael McDonald says “It’s difficult to study the issue of impersonation fraud.” And as difficult as it is to study, it’s even more difficult to devote time and attention to proving each case.
That’s why the Georgia Secretary of State is asking anyone with knowledge of voter fraud in their state to contact them by either calling their voter fraud hotline at 877-725-9797 or to report such fraud by filling out the Stop Voter Fraud Form online.
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