Wholesale Vs. Retail

2 comments March 29th, 2007at 07:06pm Posted by Eli

Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt have the quote of the day (yes, even better than the big-girl panties) in their WaPo piece on voter fraud:

Firing a prosecutor for failing to find wide voter fraud is like firing a park ranger for failing to find Sasquatch.

The analogy might be a little more apt if it were The Sasquatch That Laid The Golden Eggs, or possibly The Sasquatch Who Secreted A Magical Substance Vital To Your Entire Party’s Electoral Survival, but it’s still very good.

They also make a very important point that I had never heard before:

A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.

This is exactly right. Why would anyone put their neck on the line to game a single vote, or at most a handful of votes? No, if you’re going to commit electoral fraud, you want it to be worth the risk. You’re going to go large and try to hack the system. Not necessarily electronically, but you’re going to try to rig things behind the scenes to fudge a large number of votes, and no voter ID or voter roll purge is ever going to stop that. But they’ll sure as hell suppress the minority and elderly vote, yesireebob. (Indeed, the voter roll purge itself is very often a form of electoral fraud on a large scale.)

(Cross-posted at Mia Culpa)

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Rove


  • 1. Ruth  |  March 30th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    A worker in the campaign I volunteered in (progressive Dem who lost) I talked with one of the poll watchers. She casually told about being committed to take the votes to the Clerk after polls closed, without ever losing touch with them. She had not been in the car with the votes and the other worker since she had not wanted to have to drive or be driven back to the poll for her car. And still had to have sworn to meeting the conditions.

    Idiots are killing us. This one is on our side.

  • 2. charley  |  March 30th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    it’s hard enough to get people to vote in the first place.

    took 40 years and 3 criminal republican administrations to convince me.

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