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Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud

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WASHINGTON, April 10 — A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.

The revised version echoes complaints made by Republican politicians, who have long suggested that voter fraud is widespread and justifies the voter identification laws that have been passed in at least two dozen states.

Democrats say the threat is overstated and have opposed voter identification laws, which they say disenfranchise the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely to have photo IDs and are more likely to be Democrats.


Though the original report said that among experts “there is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud,” the final version of the report released to the public concluded in its executive summary that “there is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud.”

The topic of voter fraud, usually defined as people misrepresenting themselves at the polls or improperly attempting to register voters, remains a lively division between the two parties. It has played a significant role in the current Congressional investigation into the Bush administration’s firing of eight United States attorneys, several of whom, documents now indicate, were dismissed for being insufficiently aggressive in pursuing voter fraud cases............

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/11/washington/11voters.html?hp

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/11/america/web-0411vote.php
 

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Methodology is everything. How do you measure voter fraud? How do you know how many people voted twice (or more often)? How do you know how many people gave false names (many jurisdictions do not do a good job of purging voter rolls for those who have died or moved away)? The only way to do a statistically accurate study is to randomly select a large number of voters, and locate & interview those people, to confirm that they are who they said they were at the polls.

A lawyer who is an expert on voter registration laws is no more qualified to run such a study than an architect.

Nothing in these articles about methodology, so there is no way to assess whether the study(ies) are valid. Also, did they analyze elections where the outcome was CLOSE? Those are the only ones where it matters. Ironically, most voter fraud takes place in innercities where Republicans don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning anything anyway.
 

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