Another Witness to Voter Fraud
When Rhode Island passed voter-ID into law this past summer, the RI Chapter of the ACLU responded by saying it had been passed “in order to address a non-existent problem of in-person voter fraud”. State Representative Charlene Lima, who has introduced a bill in this legislative session to repeal voter ID, told WPRO radio (630AM) that “there is no voter fraud as far as people posing to be someone else at the voter booth”.
Given the strong position taken in such claims, the buried lede in Simon van Zuylen-Wood‘s RI voter ID story at the New Republic website is the author’s mention of another Rhode Islander (the first being State Rep. Anastasia Williams) who has directly witnessed vote fraud…
Besides, as Providence College professor of political science Tony Affigne told me, minority legislators who voted for the law weren’t necessarily fabricating their tales of voter fraud—they were just ascribing too much importance to them. “I’ve seen [some voter fraud] with my own eyes,” Affigne told me. “But it’s certainly not the kind of problem that [necessitates] a statewide draconian law.”With the claim that in-person voter fraud doesn’t exist having been put convincingly to rest (from a number of different sources), progressives in opposition to voter-ID laws are now left to explain how much cancellation of the votes of law-abiding citizens they accept as being consistent with the principle that every vote counts.