Voter Fraud in Virginiaon April 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 AM
The Virginia State Police have been more active pursuing voter fraud cases throughout the Commonwealth than most people may have thought. Fairfax County had the second most cases opened in an investigation which goes back to 2008.
The worst part of these shenanigans is that some cases were the result of a voter advocacy group soliciting to register felons by inaccurately saying that their status as an ineligible voter would change. That is outrageous. Voting laws, districting, registering information and the whatnot are not common information. Even though people should know this stuff and the information is easily accessible, but nevertheless the people just don’t know it. It is very easy to tell the average citizen a fictitious story about voting laws. Prying on the weak and stupid is lower than Busch League, especially when holding a clipboard because clipboard holding conveys a degree of authority. And it is difficult to believe that these voter advocacy groups have not yet been identified by the police. C’mon. How many groups are there? And how many had Republican in their name?
Voter ID may not have stopped something like felons showing up and claiming to be who they really are. But voter ID and strict enforcement would deter voter fraud in addition to hampering the efforts to pull it off. With the law in place penalties for violating it could be enforced which would deter phantom voter advocacy groups from fraudulently registering ineligible citizens. Sure the bad guys will find a way, but why not make it tough.
Here is a Richmond Times-Dispatch article from yesterday on the investigation.