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Is Making Voting Easy Making it Too Easy to Cheat?

Investigations and charges have resulted from voter fraud in the 2012 elections.

There have been many moves in recent years to ensure no voters are disenfranchised. Legislation has been passed to allow for more time to vote leading up to the day of the election. In addition, obtaining and voting by absentee ballot has now become a breeze.

Are these moves, however, making voter fraud so much easier to commit?

According to The Huffington Post, a Nevada Republican was arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election when she attempted to vote for a second time. Roxanne Rubin, a worker on the Las Vegas Strip, claimed she was testing the integrity of the system. Authorities didn’t buy it, and she ended up with a $2,500 fine.

Fox News also reported Feb. 19 that 19 people are currently under investigating in Ohio for allegedly voting more than once in 2012. In one case, a poll worker openly told a television station she voted twice for President Barack Obama, one by absentee ballot and then again at the polls. Authorities believe it could have been many more times than that. They are investigating the possibility that Melowese Richardson actually voted up to six times. Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in 2012.

Is this growing problem likely to end up disenfranchising more voters than it is supposed to help? Is it time to revert to the old system of voting in person, on the day of the election, unless a case for hardship can be proven?

Jo Abney February 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Just since you wondered...I would think there are many legitimate reasons to vote early - long commutes so common in Metro ATL, having a scheduled medical procedure the same day or recovering from such, obligations for school or work, being pregnant and due near this date etc. While there may be some small number of people who want to cheat, the vast majority of people just want their ONE vote to be registered. It seems un-American to deny this basic American right to those who care enough to want to vote early.
Marie N. February 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I think absentee ballots should only be issued to people who will not be in their district on voting day. That said, when we have a month to vote, why then have all these absentee ballots? We need to go back to paper ballots, way too easy to hack those computerized systems! And please, yes...ID's all the way. And since licenses are issued to non-citizens and illegal aliens, it needs to state whether the person is a citizen or NOT!!!! You need an ID to show at the doctor's, why not to vote? And...voter registration records must be updated!!
Stan February 22, 2013 at 07:40 PM
This is just nonsense. The number of cases of voter fraud are so low it doesn't merit attention. In Florida 186'000 names were flagged as suspicious by the GOP state government. They went through the names and came up with exactly one person was illegally registered. The real objective of theses voter ID laws is to prevent people from voting. This backfired badly for the GOP in 2012. What we need to do is make it easier for people to vote. Hold elections over the weekend when people aren't working to increase participation and extent early voting.
Stan February 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
The problem today is that not everybody has photo ID. If we want to go through massive effort to issue ID's to every voter fine, but what's the point there isn't a problem to fix. The purpose of the voter ID laws is to make it hard for the poor and city folks (that tend not to have a driver's license and who also tend to vote democratic) to vote thereby benefiting the GOP. I think the entire premise of the article is completely wrong.

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