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Is Making Voting Easy Making it Too Easy to Cheat?

Investigations and charges have resulted from voter fraud in the 2012 elections.

There have been many moves in recent years to ensure no voters are disenfranchised. Legislation has been passed to allow for more time to vote leading up to the day of the election. In addition, obtaining and voting by absentee ballot has now become a breeze.

Are these moves, however, making voter fraud so much easier to commit?

According to The Huffington Post, a Nevada Republican was arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election when she attempted to vote for a second time. Roxanne Rubin, a worker on the Las Vegas Strip, claimed she was testing the integrity of the system. Authorities didn’t buy it, and she ended up with a $2,500 fine.

Fox News also reported Feb. 19 that 19 people are currently under investigating in Ohio for allegedly voting more than once in 2012. In one case, a poll worker openly told a television station she voted twice for President Barack Obama, one by absentee ballot and then again at the polls. Authorities believe it could have been many more times than that. They are investigating the possibility that Melowese Richardson actually voted up to six times. Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in 2012.

Is this growing problem likely to end up disenfranchising more voters than it is supposed to help? Is it time to revert to the old system of voting in person, on the day of the election, unless a case for hardship can be proven?

Shelly Powell February 21, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Voter fraud varies from person-to-person. Many believe that voting machine software manipulation is the major crime and should be punished severely possibly at Gitmo, others would say that destroying registration forms should receive the same punishment. Many voters have giving-up on the process because they know that their vote will not be counted or it would be counted the way the ones in power wanted it to be counted. Some would say that when you have 30% for Romney based on exit polls and the result ends-up being 47%, I would say there is fraud. When the systems were programmed to make the machine count go to Bush, that is fraud. At a Republican controlled voting place where they only hands out Republican ballots. That's voting fraud. Now, what do you call having people wait 5 - 6 hours to vote? I believe you think that you must make it as hard as possible to vote but I see fraud in other places. Who is right depends on the outcome you are looking for.
Shelly Powell February 21, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I find the site interesting. I will use this media more often in the future.
Kim Roberto February 21, 2013 at 05:25 PM
So is Melowese Richardson going to jail? Getting a fine? What is going to happen to her? I hope it is swift and severe. Many people knew there was fraud, but "some" did not want to see it and refused to believe it. Now we have people on TV boasting that they voted twice. Believe it yet? I favor going back to one day to vote - in person - with an ID. I'm not going to argue the ID issue. It does NOT disenfranchise anyone!! An absentee ballot should only be given to those that will actually be ABSENT (as in away from your district) on voting day. For years and years, people got out to vote on voting day. This giving people a month to vote is ridiculous. If you really want to vote, you will find a way.
walt123 February 21, 2013 at 07:51 PM
When arguing for an ID law, look at the facts. It's hard to find any widespread fraud in voting, based on data from across the country: Only 48 percent of women have a birth certificate with their current legal name on it. As many as 25% of eligible voters do not have a valid ID. Texas' new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs. Number of votes cast-2000 to 2010-649 million in general elections Federal convictions for election fraud, 2000-2010: 26 Number of people hit by lightning for same period: 441
Chris P February 21, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Having recently moved from Massachusetts I found the entire process quite refreshing here in Georgia. While computerized voting is certainly more efficient I would argue that a paper ballot is more secure. Perhaps a combination where you vote using the terminal, the terminal prints out a paper ballot which is then counted by an optical scanner. Just a thought. Also limit absentee ballots to those who will be out of town on voting day.
Sharon Swanepoel February 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Thank you Shelly. We're glad you found us. The conversation does sometimes get a little heated, but it does give people the opportunity to air their views on all sides of the issues.
Tammy Osier February 22, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Agree with Kim and chris. I was very suspicious about the absentee voting and voting so far in advance. I had to wonder why so many did that (maybe vote again later?) There was a big stink about voting in Philadephia with more votes than actual people but for some reason no one contested it. I think paper is moe secure (unless you're looking for hanging chads- lol).
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 22, 2013 at 01:15 AM
It's winter, some free heat is indeed welcome - as long as we're not backbilled by the therm in the spring...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
How do we know that fraud isn't really far greater that presented, since IDS aren't screened very closely...
Tammy Osier February 22, 2013 at 01:40 AM
R - we need ID's mandatory across the board. What's wrong with proving you are who you say you are and what's to keep you from voting numerous times if you don't have it? If no ID, then how do know someone is legal? Common sense.
Ms. Finn February 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I showed my I D and would not vote until the lady looked at it, I said nicely why wouldn't anyone be able to produce an I D I think everyone should and she said I agree. Here in NC we had at least 1000 112 year olds vote in one county. The majority were democrat registered. When I contacted the county Guilford they said that according to their census they do not have any 110 plus year olds... The elections board argued it was a computer default date when the birthdate was not collected at time of registration, however a birthdate is required to register to vote. Also the same issue with 108 year olds occurred in the 2008 election- so in four years it couldn't be correct, if the aforemention was the case?
Jo Abney February 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Just since you wondered...I would think there are many legitimate reasons to vote early - long commutes so common in Metro ATL, having a scheduled medical procedure the same day or recovering from such, obligations for school or work, being pregnant and due near this date etc. While there may be some small number of people who want to cheat, the vast majority of people just want their ONE vote to be registered. It seems un-American to deny this basic American right to those who care enough to want to vote early.
Maria Navarro February 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I think absentee ballots should only be issued to people who will not be in their district on voting day. That said, when we have a month to vote, why then have all these absentee ballots? We need to go back to paper ballots, way too easy to hack those computerized systems! And please, yes...ID's all the way. And since licenses are issued to non-citizens and illegal aliens, it needs to state whether the person is a citizen or NOT!!!! You need an ID to show at the doctor's, why not to vote? And...voter registration records must be updated!!
Stan February 22, 2013 at 07:40 PM
This is just nonsense. The number of cases of voter fraud are so low it doesn't merit attention. In Florida 186'000 names were flagged as suspicious by the GOP state government. They went through the names and came up with exactly one person was illegally registered. The real objective of theses voter ID laws is to prevent people from voting. This backfired badly for the GOP in 2012. What we need to do is make it easier for people to vote. Hold elections over the weekend when people aren't working to increase participation and extent early voting.
John B February 22, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Or make it a national holiday so everyone can get to the polls with a picture ID in hand.
Stan February 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
The problem today is that not everybody has photo ID. If we want to go through massive effort to issue ID's to every voter fine, but what's the point there isn't a problem to fix. The purpose of the voter ID laws is to make it hard for the poor and city folks (that tend not to have a driver's license and who also tend to vote democratic) to vote thereby benefiting the GOP. I think the entire premise of the article is completely wrong.

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