Extrapolating (Possibly Unscientifically) the Extent of Voter Fraud in Rhode Island from Rep Williams’ Experience

Though I was as surprised as Justin at its passage, bravo that Rhode Island has put a voter i.d. law on the books.
Arguments were made against the measure right until and even after Governor Chafee signed the bill, however. Rep Larry Valencia went so far as to say that we would be fixing a problem that doesn’t exist. Inasmuch as he sits near a victim of voter fraud in the House of Representatives, someone who also is the mother of a victim of voter fraud, it is completely unclear how the rep can make this assertion.
Such inattention aside, let’s do some numbers.
Rhode Island has 702,000 eligible voters.
In 2006, Rep Anastasia Williams and her daughter went to vote and were told that they had already voted. Their votes had been stolen from them. (She’s the colleague whom you want to inform, Rep Larry, that voter fraud doesn’t exist.)
Rep Williams is one member of a 113 member body. 1 / 113 = .009
[Feel free to correct any of this math.]
So the percentage of General Assembly members who have been victims of voter fraud (that we are aware of) is .9%. That becomes our multiplier.
Final step: 702,000 Rhode Island voters X .009 = 6,318
Accordingly, presuming the rate of voter fraud victimization is the same for the general population as it is for members of the General Assembly (one in 113), there have been 6,318 instances of voter fraud in Rhode Island, with the caveat that the multiplier and the total for the state change considerably if even just one more member of the G.A. has been a victim.

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ANTHONY
ANTHONY
10 years ago

As they say in Olneyville…..”This ain’t news”. The Kennedy-Nixon election was decided by dead people in Chicago. Voter fraud may be the worlds oldest profession…hey maybe RI will decriminalize that too.

Rodger23
Rodger23
10 years ago

Larry Valenci,
The FORMER PRESIDENT OF OPERATION CLEAN GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!
Will u people EVER abandon hope and just give up? Or are ya just masochists?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

I never heard of Larry Valencia until he was on Gene Valicenti’s Saturday radio show.
What an absolute ass he is.
I then saw him conduct a hearing on Capitol TV.He is totally unprofessional and abusive towards citizens who just want to state their opinion.
He was head of OCG?Boy,no wonder this state sucks(politically ).

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

I’ve always wondered about this. Aren’t the pole watchers or volunteers supposed to take some sort of official action when such a case presents? It seems a felony was committed, wasn’t the local cop informed, a police report filed?

Patrick
10 years ago

Chris, maybe they did, but what time did Anastasia Williams go to vote? If it was in the afternoon when well over 500 people had come through and you checked off her name and someone asks “What did that person look like?” are you going to have any idea? Sure, you can file a report but there’s zero chance of catching the person.

Russ
Russ
10 years ago

Let’s see… Justin is a carpenter. There are, what, five people who write here on AnchorRising, and there are roughly 1,000,000 people in the state.
Therefore 200,000 carpenters live in RI. Voila! Or is it, 200,000 people in RI are named Justin? Equally valid! You’re free to use my analysis, Monique. No charge.

Russ
Russ
10 years ago

btw, I’ve worked as a poll warden in Providence for years without having a single incident like that reported. Why not extrapolate that number, Monique?

Patrick
10 years ago

Russ, does the problem not exist at all?
And no, maybe you didn’t have the problem like Monique describes, but maybe the people who cheated the system were a little smarter than this one. Maybe they used names of people who don’t vote very often and didn’t show up to vote in the elections where you worked.
Is that possible?

Russ
Russ
10 years ago

And maybe cyborgs are infiltrating our midst. Perhaps I should screen voters with metal detectors just in case. Can you prove that isn’t happening?
One would think the burden of proof should be on the government when placing barriers to exercising Constitutional rights of citizens. Are there any other rights you guys think should be abridged based on a couple of annecdotes?

Patrick
10 years ago

Which rights are being abridged here, again?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

I don’t think Russ gives a flying f**k if non-citizens vote.
We should take this activist’s word that there’s no fraud?
Everything Russ doesn’t want to acknowledge is “anecdotal”.

ANTHONY
ANTHONY
10 years ago

Good show Russ. There is a USA hating socialist at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that could use you in his cabinet. You could be the “numbers Czar” and pontificate on issues like rising unemployment, jobs saved, increased revenues due to HusseinCare, Pelosi facelift incentives, number of oil & gas wells shut down due to lack of EPA permits (AKA rising energy costs), number of guns given to Mexican drug runners with taxpayer stimulus money. See Russ there are all sorts of needs for your numbers expertise. Why not go to DC? They can always use another talented liberal socialist such as yourself.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

Scott Mackay bellowed on Lively Experiment that voter fraud is a non-existent problem.
I hope the next time that gasbag goes to the doctor,the practioner refuses to let him see the license to practice.
Mackay is a journalist like I’m a nuclear physicist.

Kathy
Kathy
10 years ago

Having lived though and research extensively the voter fraud problem in East Providence in 2004 and 06, we have a problem. MacKay is Baghdad Bob on this issue. We had at least 13 indicments.

Bob Graves
Bob Graves
9 years ago

Possibly unscientific? That is an absurd extrapolation! Let’s see, if we take the percentage of Red Sox fans in Rhode and use it for the US population, we’ll get the number of Red Sox fans in the nation- really?

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