Ever notice how selective Republicans are when it comes to legislating fixes to 'problems?' People dying for lack of health care? — Yawn. — Or gun violence? — Crickets. — But voter fraud? — OMG! Hair on fire!! The greatest threat our nation has ever faced!!! Make a law!!!!
(Cartoon used with permission from Remapping Debate.)
Here in Alabama, as in other states, the GOP has been all over the voter 'fraud' problem, even passing a new law requiring not just identification for voters — we already required that — but special photo IDs. That new law will mean a lot of registered voters in Alabama will be unable to vote unless they spend time and money to get the right kind of ID. The people most likely to be disenfranchised tend to vote Democratic, imagine that.
Just how big was the voter 'fraud' problem in Alabama?
Tiny. Miniscule. Extremely small. Four instances in 12 years.
A survey by the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) identified three potential instances of voter fraud between 2000 and 2010.
Berry and Tinker entered guilty pleas. The Twilley link is to an indictment; I can't find whether he has been convicted or sentenced — or perhaps acquitted — since then. Note that all three cases involved absentee ballot fraud — which the new photo ID law DOES NOT PREVENT.
On a separate page at the RNLA website is one single listing of in person voter fraud in Alabama, a case of an illegal immigrant using the name and birth certificate of a US citizen. Since the man was living under a false name and had a birth certificate, he could have easily obtained a photo id under the false name. Yet again, the new, Republican passed, photo ID law WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED this instance of voter fraud either.
That's it. 4 cases since 2000. NONE OF WHICH would have been prevented by the GOP's much touted photo ID law.
If you wonder why Republicans are so concerned about the voter 'fraud' problem but so unconcerned about genuine societal problems, problems that are actually killing people — think lack of health care, not just guns — it's because they have a 'solution' and need a 'problem' that allows them to implement it. Trouble is, their real problem isn't one they can admit to in public, so they have to make up a plausible-sounding 'problem.'
Like the made-up voter fraud 'problem.' In this case, the Photo ID law is the solution. The problem is not voter fraud, but too many poor, minority and elderly people voting for Democrats.
Of course, Republicans can't say that out in the open. Hence: Voter fraud!