Help instead of accuse

Republicans are obsessed with “voter fraud,” “election security” and “voter confidence.”

As a result, Republican legislation in numerous states is directed at reducing voter turnout and even allowing legislators to install different vote counters if they don’t like the outcome. The latter is “election subversion”—endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

To allegers of voter fraud, I suggest volunteering to work at elections (most localities pay those workers). Then they might learn about the safeguards to prevent voter fraud.

Contrary to many claims, it is extremely unlikely that a “Mike Smith” or “Joe Brown” can visit multiple polling sites, ask for a ballot, and be allowed to vote. Acceptable identification and evidence of residence are required—the latter to assign the vote to a city, county, school, or judicial voting district. It’s not easy to provide convincing documents for multiple legal residences.

In the city of Chilton, a group housing resident without a driver’s license came to vote. The person also had no proof of residence (such as a utility bill or bank statement). Although well-known by the poll workers, under state regulations, the person was not allowed to vote.

“Dead people are voting.” On its face, that claim is true but the person’s mail-in absentee or early vote in a clerk’s office is not counted if the person dies before the official Election Day and election officials are notified of the death.

A Calumet County town clerk was informed that an absentee voter had died on the day before the April 2021 election. Her ballot was not counted.

In November of 2016, a friend in a neighboring county voted on Election Day at his town hall. On his way home, he drove through a stop sign, was broad-sided, and died at the intersection. His vote was counted.

Republicans rail about mail-in ballots (with justification in some cases). A Colorado man accused of killing his wife received mail-in ballots for her and himself. He submitted both ballots. In Ohio, a man received a ballot addressed to his deceased father. He submitted that ballot.

Both of those miscreants voted Republican. So, it’s refreshing to learn that Republican legislators are attacking voter fraud in their own ranks (that’s not a compliment).

Mail-in voting and early voting in clerk offices have surged in part because Republicans have closed nearly 2,000 previous Election Day polling places around the country in recent years.

If they want to thwart early voting, then Republicans should support the funding of sufficient polling sites (not waste $676,000 in Wisconsin on an election inquiry), along with staffing and training, for the official Election Day, so there won’t be back-ups on that day. Republicans have no qualms about spending tax monies on their own interests.

Following the casting of nearly 3.3 million ballots in November 2020, two cases of “voter fraud” are being prosecuted in Wisconsin—hardly evidence of the “massive voter fraud” still being claimed by Republicans.

The actual fraud is the unproven claim about massive fraud.

 

Ray Mueller

Chilton

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