Total non-hack Hans von Spakovsky is determined to prove that voter fraud is a National Scourge, because he is a Proud Patriot, and also because pretending like voter fraud is a genuine problem is the scam that keeps him from having to get a job.
In the midst of the scandals engulfing the White House this week, an interesting story out of Kansas City, Mo., has gotten lost. Those who insist that (a) there is no voter fraud and (b) it does not affect elections when it occurs are probably happy about that.
Oh my balls.
Nobody says there is "no voter fraud"; they say "voter fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators."
And as an obvious corollary I'd add that if voter fraud did ever manage to affect an election, it would involve unlikely but still imaginable circumstances involving low turnout and a tight vote. It would also be highly local, and would also be astoundingly obvious, and thus whoever did it would inevitably get caught.
Back to you, von S.
On Monday, John C. Moretina pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of voter fraud. In the August 2010 Democratic primary, Moretina falsely claimed he was living in Missouri’s 40th legislative district just so he could vote in the primary there.
This is a Democratic district so the winner of the primary, John J. Rizzo, was highly likely to (and, in fact, did) win the general election for district representative. Why is this particular voter-fraud case so important? Because Rizzo defeated his Democratic opponent, Will Royster, by only one vote, 664 to 663.
And how did the villain not get away with it? Was it meddling kids?
On Monday, John C. Moretina pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of voter fraud. In the August 2010 Democratic primary, Moretina falsely claimed he was living in Missouri’s 40th legislative district just so he could vote in the primary there....
The plea agreement did not say whom Moretina voted for. But he is Rizzo’s uncle.
Well, fuck me, there exist clannish shenanigans involving races for state offices. Who knew.
The fun parts:
1. Even in elections involving about 1500 voters, it's not at all likely that a single case of fraud would matter.
2. It's clearly hard to pull off outright fraud in an election like this: guy got busted, after all, and it wasn't hard to bust him.
3. Fraud of this local, clannish sort might work in cases where a local machine runs everything, but then, none of the right-wing "voter fraud solutions" would remedy that, because the machine would enforce these remedies.
4. Relatedly, a photo ID check would have done squat to prevent the kind of fraud described in this case.
5. Extrapolating from this outer-orbit outlier to any sort of policy regarding national elections would be obvious horseshit.
Sometimes the "stupid or evil" nut is a hard one to crack. But with van Spakovsky, sucker is evil, simple and plain.
Raiders of the Lost Ark villain...
The Republican Party does not like it when lots of Americans vote. This is rather an important fact about Our Nation Today,