DNC launches voter expansion push with a hand from Bill Clinton

See on Scoop.itDidYouCheckFirst

Democrats are pushing back against laws they see as overly restrictive.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

It’s one thing to be uninformed about the realities of in-person voter fraud. IT’s another thing altogether to know those realities and still be in support of laws designed to disenfranchise citizens and restrict their ability to cast their ballots.


In-person voter fraud simply is not a problem.


Don’t take my word for it. Read Justin Levitt and the Brennan Center for Justice Report, The Truth About Voter Fraud, at http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/legacy/The%20Truth%20About%20Voter%20Fraud.pdf


Even the Republicans in Harrisburg who want to pass some of the toughest voter suppression laws in the country had to, "acknowledged at the start that it knew of no cases of in-person voting fraud, the kind addressed by voter ID." (http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/01/17/AP-Pennsylvania-judge-strikes-down-state-s-voter-ID-law/stories/201401170131).


So, let’s be honest, shall we?


There’s only one party who wants to limit the right of Americans to vote. One.


To pretend otherwise is an example of extreme hyper-partisanship and a willful desire on the part of some to support the taking away of the rights of others. I find that type of behavior and ideology to be about as repugnant, divisive, and despicable as it gets.


When one group is intent on limiting the freedoms, rights, and liberties of another, there can be no middle ground, no compromise, and no dialog. They are a danger to our society and to our democracy, and they must be opposed and stopped by every legal and ethical means possible.


What can you do to stop them?


Speak up. Don’t stay silent. When someone claims there’s a voter fraud problem in this country, ask them to show you the evidence. Evidence, not opinion. Facts, not hyperbole. Research and data, not claims and partisan positions. Evidence.


And when they say that there’s rampant fraud and it just hasn’t been caught, ask them why they believe that. Ask them why an individual would willfully risk the the penalties that come with voter fraud just so that they can cast one extra vote.


"There have been a handful of substantiated cases of individual ineligible voters attempting to defraud the election system. But by any measure, voter fraud is extraordinarily rare. 

In part, this is because fraud by individual voters is a singularly foolish and ineffective way to attempt to win an election. Each act of voter fraud in connection with a federal election risks five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, in addition to any state penalties. In return, it yields at most one incremental vote. That single extra vote is simply not worth the price." (Levitt)

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