The Voter Fraud Fraud
But the big lie is about voter fraud. NPR quoted Senna Bellows of the ACLU of Maine as saying that in 38 years of same-day registration, there were only two cases of voter fraud. The Boston Globe has reported that in 2010, Maine registered 60,000 new voters on election day and there were no proven claims of voter fraud.
There has never been a problem in this country with ordinary people trying to vote illegally. There is, however, a long, sad and well-documented history of efforts to stop people from voting.
New voter ID rules are even more troubling than laws that cut down on the registration period. As the editorial board noted in October, sevens states this year have passed bills requiring strict photo ID to vote. Such measures disproportionately affect the poor, the elderly and minorities — groups that traditionally favor Democrats. They represent craven abuses of power to gain partisan advantage.
As this debate has heated up, some proponents of voter ID laws have used the airport security dodge - I have to show my ID to get on an airplane so what’s the difference?