If a Republican or Scott Walker tell you we need to pass the Voter ID bill, otherwise known as the Voter Suppression Act, to stop voter fraud, they are simply lying through their teeth.
They would not be able to back up any tangible evidence that there is any voter fraud in Wisconsin that gets anywhere near 0.0003%, based on ACTUAL facts and evidence.
Again, if a Republican or Walker say on TV, radio, in newspapers or other media that they are voting for the Voter ID legislation because of voter fraud, they are lying. They are not just lying, but deceiving the Wisconsin taxpayers to pay for their lies by spending millions of dollars and disenfranchising voters and making it harder to vote.
If your representative or state Senator is trying to cling to the myth of voter fraud to vote for the Voter ID legislation, they are to be trusted as you would a compulsive liar asking you for money that they say they will repay but never will.
Where’s the proof behind the myth of voter fraud?
There are many sources disproving the myth of voter fraud, but the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law clearly has been investigating voter fraud allegations nationally (by Republicans) and have found that states like Missouri have overall voter fraud rates of 0.0003% in 2000, 0.0001% in 2004, 0.0006% in New Hampshire in 2004, 0.0004% in New Jersey in 2004, 0.000009% in New York in 2004 and without much ado, Wisconsin elections have been investigated. What did they find?
The 2004 election was hotly contested in Wisconsin, and various irregularities led to inflated claims of widespread fraud. At the same time, Wisconsin citizens were debating a proposal to require restrictive identification of each voter at the polls, and the fraud claims were used to support the call for ID. We examined each of the allegations of fraud by individual voters — the only sort that ID could possibly address — to uncover the truth behind the assertions.
The allegations yielded only 7 substantiated cases of individuals knowingly casting invalid votes that counted — all persons with felony convictions. This amounts to a rate of 0.0025% within Milwaukee and 0.0002% within the state as a whole. None of these problems could have been resolved by requiring photo ID at the polls.
The analysis below examines the allegations of fraud in more detail.
The rate of substantiated fraud:
The allegations of fraud related to the 2004 general elections, in which 277,565 votes were cast in Milwaukee, and 2,997,007 votes were cast in all of Wisconsin.
There were 7 substantiated cases of individuals knowingly casting invalid votes that counted — all persons with felony convictions. This amounts to a rate of 0.0025% within Milwaukee and 0.0002% within the state as a whole. None of these problems could have been resolved by requiring photo ID at the polls.
Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen is been abjectly silent about how his two-year investigation of voter fraud proved that it was more of a possibility of someone get struck by lightning or winning the Power Ball Lottery than being a victim of voter fraud (0.0003% error rate). Note that Van Hollen has removed the official study mentioned in the news report from the Wisconsin DOJ web site. It’s like magic!
What the Republicans really want to do is make it much harder for those who usually vote for Democrats to vote. In the study “The Driver License Status of the Voting Age Population in Wisconsin by John Pawasarat, Employment and Training Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 2005.”, findings estimate these statistics:
If Scott Walker signs the Voter ID legislation and makes a statement about ending voter fraud in Wisconsin, you will know he is lying through his teeth like a coward.