At The Polls: Who Is Stealing Your Vote? At The Polls: Who Is Stealing Your Vote? | Flopping Aces Publius @ International Business Times: Theft is usually a personal tragedy, but when an election is stolen, its a national one. Voter fraud numbers are staggering. Forty-six states have prosecuted vote fraud cases in the past decade, which collectively number in the thousands. Thousands more likely have gone unprosecuted. We should all be asking why. Pollsters tell us the election will be determined by turnout, or by unemployment numbers, or by Gov. Mitt Romneys binders of women, or whether we force the Catholic Church to pay for Sandra Flukes birth control. But the glaring omission from the strategists calculus is the real dark horse of the 2012 election, and thats voter fraud. Both the Left and Right are concerned about it. The election integrity crisis has been highlighted by journalists on both sides of the political spectrum from the right, the American Spectators Quin Hillyer, and the National Reviews John Fund; on the left, Mother Jones Jaeah Lee. Most Americans share their concern. More than 70 percent of Americans in a number of public opinion surveys favor anti-fraud measures, like voter ID requirements. Thats because there is both motive and opportunity for stealing elections. The stakes could not be higher. An American need not be old enough to remember the Kennedy-Nixon election, where just one more vote in each precinct would have changed the outcome and history. But one doesnt have to look any further back than the 2000 election. A few hundred fraudulent votes, and the leader of the free world might have been implementing climate change regulations rather than invading Iraq. People around the world live and die based on the outcome of U.S. elections. One U.S. Senate race in Colorado shows us the vastness of the problem. During an audit, authorities took a closer look at who voted and were surprised to find that nearly 5,000 people voted illegally. Colorado is not alone. Vote fraud likely changed the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race when Al Franken won by just a 312-vote margin. After the fact, investigators discovered the election was rife with fraud. No one knows the full extent, but investigators were able to find more than 1,000 of the illegal votes cast. At least 170 of those illegal voters have been convicted so far. Some activist groups deny that vote fraud is real. But the numbers and prosecutions reveal that the activists live in a parallel universe. So they resort to the second line of attack: labeling anti-fraud efforts like voter ID and maintenance of the voter rolls as voter suppression. Read more: At The Polls: Who Is Stealing Your Vote?