Saturday, July 26, 2008

Voter Fraud Report

On Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on "Lessons Learned from the 2004 Presidential Election" at which Hans von Spakovsky provided testimony.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Director of the Immigration Policy Center, an immigration research organization in Washington.

"In the world of elections and politics, there isn't very much room for unanimous agreement.  Yet, when it comes to modern-day voter fraud, most election experts agree that it's an extremely rare and outright irrational occurrence.  A recent report published by the Heritage Foundation, entitled, The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting, written by Hans von Spakovsky, challenges sound research with unsubstantiated evidence and sheer innuendo to make the empirically outrageous claim that non-citizens are subverting the electoral process.

The rigorous research of both the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and Project Vote has shown that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost non-existent.  The simple act of voting is simply not worth the cost and likelihood of getting caught.  Virtually ignoring fact and evidence, the Heritage Foundation's report consists of a rambling "legal memorandum" claiming that an unknowable yet large number of non-citizens are voting illegally and subverting the electoral process. 

Allegations of fraud are commonly used for partisan political purposes to justify measures that would disenfranchise legitimate voters. Research finds that most allegations of voter fraud by non-citizens stem from faulty records, partisan politics, and commonplace error.

Rather than acknowledge von Spakovksy's largely discredited, false, and flashy alarms that translate into only a handful of fraudulent voters over the past couple of years, Congress should react to the growing numbers of would-be citizens who are being deprived of the right to vote because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fails to process naturalization applications in a timely fashion.  Disenfranchisement, not fraud, is the greatest offense that plagues our electoral process."

For more information contact Andrea Nill, 202-507-7520 or email anill@ailf.org

Fact Sheet from the Immigration Policy Center:

Chicken Little in the Voting Booth  (Washington, DC: July 2008).

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"The rigorous research of both the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and Project Vote has shown that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost non-existent. The simple act of voting is simply not worth the cost and likelihood of getting caught. Virtually ignoring fact and evidence, the Heritage Foundation's report consists of a rambling "legal memorandum" claiming that an unknowable yet large number of non-citizens are voting illegally and subverting the electoral process.

Allegations of fraud are commonly used for partisan political purposes to justify measures that would disenfranchise legitimate voters. Research finds that most allegations of voter fraud by non-citizens stem from faulty records, partisan politics, and commonplace error."

And we were supposed to believe Kennedy and other proponents of amnesty that illegal immigration would end with the last one. The fact that little illegal voting by illegal aliens has been detected does not negate the need to protect the integrity of the citizens prerogative anymore than the fact that a town that has little crime should not put locks on their doors. Why wait until widespread illegal voting occurs before taking action? It is not too much to ask a citizen to prove his right to vote. After all, we have no problems requiring citizens to present proof that they are elegible to drive an automobile. Rather than protest about ID requirements, the ACLU and others should be advocating the establishment of assistance for those citizens who have difficulties in proving their status.

Illegal aliens seem to have no problem presenting false documents to gain employment, the crime of fraud, so why should we trust them in their hour of desperation when they could attempt to elect politicians who would act on their behalf? Moreover, they are now present in numbers that could tip the balance in national elections.

The argument of disenfranchisement of the right to vote is specious. While this was once a valid argument, as birth records were once not as well safeguarded or recorded scrupulously, it is not today. as the vast majority of Americans alive today can easily prove their citizenship. This is a very old argument by the liberal left, one thats been overcome by the advent of modern record keeping.

Posted by: Horace | Jul 26, 2008 9:19:10 PM

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