UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud

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We’re proud to collaborate with Mother Jones in sharing graphs and charts that reveal truth about voting obstacles. Scroll down for stats and facts related to efforts to restrict voting, the prevalence of voter ID laws, what discourages new voters and the the pervasive fiction of voter fraud.

BLOCK THE VOTE
Since 2001, nearly 1,000 bills that would tighten voting laws have been introduced in 46 states.

24 voting restrictions have passed in 17 states since 2011. This fall, new laws could affect more than 5 million voters in states representing 179 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

In the past two years, 5 battleground states (Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) have tightened their voting laws.

As of April, 74 restrictive voting laws were on the table in 24 states.

Sources: Brennan Center for Justice, NAACP


CARD-CARRYING AMERICANS ONLY

Since 2011, 34 states have introduced laws requiring voters to show photo ID, and 9 states have passed photo ID laws, affecting 3.8 million voters.

2.2 million registered voters did not vote in 2008 because they didn’t have proper ID.

*Does not include laws awaiting DOJ clearance, blocked by courts, or not in effect until after 2012. Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

Last year, 12 states introduced laws requiring birth certificates or other proof of citizenship to vote; 3 passed.

Only 48 percent of women have a birth certificate with their current legal name on it.

Texas’ new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs.

Sources: Brennan Center for JusticeGabriel R. Sanchez, Stephen A. Nuño, and Matt A. Barreto


DISCOURAGING NEW VOTERS

80 percent of the 75 million eligible voters who did not take part in the 2008 election were not registered to vote.

In 2008, more than 1/3 of voters cast ballots before Election Day. In 2011, 5 states passed bills to restrict early voting.

States with Election Day registration have 7 to 12 percent greater turnout than states without. Last year, 5 states introduced bills that eliminate Election Day registration.

12 percent of minority voters report registering through voter drives, twice the rate of white voters. In 2011, Florida and Texas passed laws making registration drives much harder to organize.

Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett, a supporter of the tougher voter registration law, said, “I don’t have a problem making it harder. I want people in Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who walks 200 miles across the desert. This should not be easy.”

Source: Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project


LOCKING OUT EX-CONS

4 million Americans who have completed prison sentences are ineligible to vote. 38 percent of disenfranchised voters are African American.

13 percent of African-American men cannot vote due to criminal records, a rate 7 times the national average.

The United States and Belgium are the only democracies that disenfranchise citizens for lengthy or indefinite periods after completing prison sentences.

To regain their voting rights, released felons in Iowa must provide the address of the judge who convicted them and a credit report showing they have paid off their court costs. “They make the process just about impossible,” said a 40-year-old ex-con who’d stolen a soda machine as a teen.


IN SEARCH OF STOLEN VOTES

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While defending its precedent-setting photo ID law before the Supreme Court, Indiana was unable to cite a single instance of voter impersonation in its entire history.

A 2005 report by the American Center for Voting Rights claimed there were more than 100 cases of voter fraud involving 300,000 votes in 2004. A review of the charges turned up only 185 votes that were even potentially fraudulent.

In support of a voter ID law, Kansas Secretary of State (and the legal brains behind a slew of anti-immigration laws) Kris Kobach cited 221 incidents of voter fraud in the state between 1997 and 2010. Yet those cases produced just 7 convictions — none related to impersonating other voters.

Last December, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Wisconsin is “absolutely riddled with voter fraud.” In fact, the state’s voter fraud rate in 2004 was 0.0002 percent — just 7 votes.

In 2008, John McCain said fraudulent registrations collected by ACORN were “one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” The Congressional Research Service found no proof that anyone improperly registered by ACORN tried to vote.

Federal convictions for election fraud, 2002-05

  • Voting while ineligible: 18
  • Voting multiple times: 5
  • Registration fraud: 3

UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

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Between 2000 and 2010, there were:

649 million votes cast in general elections

47,000 UFO sightings

441 Americans killed by lightning

13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation

Special hat tip to craigconnects.org

Additional sources:

  • A 2005 report by the American Center for Voting Rights…: The Myth of Voter Fraud by Lorraine C. Minnite
  • 13 credible cases…: Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School
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  • Jim Knopf

    It’s only a question of time until even Joe-the-Plumber realizes that the US government is a racket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.a.johnson1 Donald A. Johnson

    The UFOs are real–I have seen them! Hundreds of my friends have seen them, too, I have never witnessed voter fraud, however, even though I have twice served as an election judge. However, the US government is involved in a massive cover-up on the reality of UFOs, while the Republican Party is perpetuating the myth about voter fraud. Jim Knopf is right, it’s a conspiracy; worse yet, the game is as fixed as they can make it!

  • mario

    republicans are spending lot of time and money creating scare and misleading tactics to influence voters, hoping they won’t be able to see pass the smoke screen

  • Anonymous

    I wish I understood what the real agenda is. Why all this smoke and mirrors? Why keep American’s fearing things that are just fine? Who gains?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Rosman/1256018921 David Rosman

    Here is one for the road. My United States issued FAA Pilot’s license has no photo, therefore cannot be used an an ID. But I can fly any single engine private aircraft I want.

  • A soldiers friend

    What about Ohio soldiers? They are being disenfranchised by Obama right now. Where’s the outrage?

  • A soldiers friend

    Btw 13 is a bs number. At bank of america they have more than 13 cases of fraud out of 646 million transactions even with all their security checks!

  • Anonymous

    I live in Arkansas, where an ID is required, but a photo ID is not. However, during an education campaign during the 2004 elections to look for efforts of voter suppression, I thought I would test the law. Knowing that a voter registration card is an accepted form of identification under Arkansas law, that is what I showed to the official. Because I did not provide a driver’s license, he refused to check the box next to “ID Provided” under my signature (which matched their record), likely providing cause to contest my vote later. So even though under Arkansas law, a photo ID is not required, prominent signs proclaim that “ID is Required” leading people to believe they must have a driver’s license or other photo ID, and election officials still treat the photo ID as the standard for proper identification.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Schwarz/1398624609 William Schwarz

    to see all the roaches you have to turn on the lights

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