On Thursday, The Federalist posted an article by John Gibbs titled “Voter Fraud Is Real. Here’s The Proof.”
Gibbs, who is a contributor to The Federalist and RealClearPolitics, and was also an engineer for Apple argues that “Data suggests millions of voter registrations are fraudulent or invalid. That’s enough to tip an election, easily.”
In his article Gibbs lists multiple instances of voter fraud that have been caught but says “These are just some instances of voter fraud we know about. It would be silly to assume cases that have been discovered are the only cases of fraud.”
Gibbs cites a Pew Research report from February 2012 that shows one in eight voter registrations are “significantly inaccurate or no longer valid.”
“Since there are 146 million Americans registered to vote, this translates to a stunning 18 million invalid voter registrations on the books. Further, “More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters, and approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.” Numbers of this scale obviously provide ripe opportunity for fraud.”
“We have no reason to believe that the low number of prosecutions means only that exact amount of voter fraud is happening. Rather, it could mean a lack of enforcement is failing to reveal the bulk of the violations that are occurring. Thus, as with many types of crimes, especially victimless crimes, the real number of cases is likely significantly higher than the number reported.”
While many people will say that Voter ID laws limit minority voting, but Gibbs who is an African American refutes this claim with a report from the Heritage Foundation that shows black voter turnout increased after North Carolina passed voter ID laws.
Not only was the claimed negative outcome false, but the reasoning was faulty as well. The fact that the law disproportionately impacts minorities does not mean that it is discriminatory. It means, unfortunately, that fewer minorities are in compliance with common-sense safeguards to protect the integrity of our elections (i.e., having a driver’s license or photo ID).