Pointing out the obvious: we don’t have to sit around and take it

by Roxeanne De Luca | November 11th, 2012

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Pointing out the obvious: we don't have to sit around and take it

Stacy McCain has a great post up about the “bizarre sta­tis­ti­cal improb­a­bil­i­ties” of Obama win­ning over 99% of the vote in some dis­tricts that also have over 100% turnout.

We can com­plain about voter fraud and sound like a bunch of con­spir­acy the­o­rists and/​or sore losers, or we can prove voter fraud and thwart it in the future.

Let’s talk about thwart­ing voter fraud. Indi­ana has one of those nifty photo-​ID laws (which also helps the poor, in that the state gives free photo IDs to those who can­not afford them). Work to get one in your state. Remem­ber, we swept state leg­is­la­tures and gov­er­nor­ships in 2010, and con­tin­ued to pick up gov­er­nor­ships in 2012. We have friendly leg­is­la­tures and friendly exec­u­tive offices.

If you aren’t able to get “show ID to vote” laws passed, why not try to lobby for the low-​tech, tried-​and-​true pur­ple fin­ger approach? Sure, it won’t elim­i­nate absen­tee voter fraud, but peo­ple will have to work a lot harder to com­mit voter fraud if they can only vote once on Elec­tion Day.

Troops, those are your march­ing orders. Get it done in your states.

Now, the tedium of prov­ing voter fraud. What you need to do is prove that peo­ple who voted do not actu­ally exist, do not live in the dis­trict, or are oth­er­wise inel­i­gi­ble to vote (e.g. are not cit­i­zens). Given that over one hun­dred mil­lion peo­ple cast bal­lots in the last elec­tion, we need to nar­row down a search and to get a, er, um, army of Davids to work through the data. Voter reg­is­tra­tion (name and address) is pub­lic infor­ma­tion, as is the num­ber of times a per­son has voted and in which elec­tions. Now, if I were try­ing to steal an elec­tion, I wouldn’t bother as much with non-​swing states, nor with get­ting peo­ple to the polls for pri­maries and munic­i­pal elec­tions. I wouldn’t bother with small sub­ur­ban areas where every­one knows every­one else.

So here’s how to do it: we (yes, dear com­menters, want to join in the fun?) get voter lists from coun­ties, pick off peo­ple who are reg­is­tered Democ­rats and only voted in the gen­eral elec­tion, not the pri­mary elec­tion. Then we look at their addresses: does each and every address actu­ally exist? Is it a res­i­dence, or did peo­ple reg­is­ter with the address of the local Kroger? Do you have far too many peo­ple all reg­is­tered at the same address, given the size of the res­i­dence? (With this thing called the inter­net, the USPS site, and Mapquest’s satel­lite func­tion, we can make short work of this.) Now for the vot­ers them­selves: did any­one dead vote? If you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­larly ambi­tious and have the shoe leather to do so, you can mosey around the dis­trict, knock on doors, and ask if the voter lives there.

At the end of it all, you have a spread­sheet show­ing a lot of legit­i­mate, low-​turnout vot­ers. But you also have a whole pile of peo­ple who reg­is­tered at non-​existent addresses, at busi­nesses, who died before the elec­tion, or who do not live where they claim they live. (Prov­ing that non-​citizens voted is a nightmare.)

Just a thought. Sounds more pro­duc­tive than sit­ting around and complaining.

Update: (DaT­e­chGuy) I sec­ond Roxeanne’s post

Stacy McCain has a great post up about the “bizarre statistical improbabilities” of Obama winning over 99% of the vote in some districts that also have over 100% turnout.

We can complain about voter fraud and sound like a bunch of conspiracy theorists and/or sore losers, or we can prove voter fraud and thwart it in the future.

Let’s talk about thwarting voter fraud.  Indiana has one of those nifty photo-ID laws (which also helps the poor, in that the state gives free photo IDs to those who cannot afford them). Work to get one in your state.  Remember, we swept state legislatures and governorships in 2010, and continued to pick up governorships in 2012.  We have friendly legislatures and friendly executive offices.

If you aren’t able to get “show ID to vote” laws passed, why not try to lobby for the low-tech, tried-and-true purple finger approach?  Sure, it won’t eliminate absentee voter fraud, but people will have to work a lot harder to commit voter fraud if they can only vote once on Election Day.

Troops, those are your marching orders.  Get it done in your states.

Now, the tedium of proving voter fraud.  What you need to do is prove that people who voted do not actually exist, do not live in the district, or are otherwise ineligible to vote (e.g. are not citizens).  Given that over one hundred million people cast ballots in the last election, we need to narrow down a search and to get a, er, um, army of Davids to work through the data. Voter registration (name and address) is public information, as is the number of times a person has voted and in which elections.  Now, if I were trying to steal an election, I wouldn’t bother as much with non-swing states, nor with getting people to the polls for primaries and municipal elections.  I wouldn’t bother with small suburban areas where everyone knows everyone else.

So here’s how to do it: we (yes, dear commenters, want to join in the fun?)  get voter lists from counties, pick off people who are registered Democrats and only voted in the general election, not the primary election.  Then we look at their addresses: does each and every address actually exist?  Is it a residence, or did people register with the address of the local Kroger?  Do you have far too many people all registered at the same address, given the size of the residence? (With this thing called the internet, the USPS site, and Mapquest’s satellite function, we can make short work of this.)  Now for the voters themselves: did anyone dead vote?  If you’re feeling particularly ambitious and have the shoe leather to do so, you can mosey around the district, knock on doors, and ask if the voter lives there.

At the end of it all, you have a spreadsheet showing a lot of legitimate, low-turnout voters.  But you also have a whole pile of people who registered at non-existent addresses, at businesses, who died before the election, or who do not live where they claim they live. (Proving that non-citizens voted is a nightmare.)

Just a thought. Sounds more productive than sitting around and complaining.

Update: (DaTechGuy) I second Roxeanne’s post

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