Over the last several years, dozens of state legislatures have moved to strengthen voter ID laws, potentially disenfranchising millions of Americans in the process. For example, nearly 10 percent of Pennsylvania's registered voters do not have photo identification cards from the DMV and could be ineligible to vote in November under the state's new Republican-backed voter ID law.
As noted by Mother Jones, actual instances of voter fraud are remarkably rare, with "13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation" occurring between 2000 and 2010, compared to 47,000 reported UFO sighting.
As it turns out, many more Americans are impersonating Elvis than illicitly pretending to be a voter. Here are 10 other occurrences more common than voter impersonation…
1. Babies named Unique (228 during the 1990s alone)
2. Shark attacks in the US (36 in 2011)
3. People Jack Bauer personally killed in one season of the TV show 24 (38)
4. Americans crushed to death by their furniture or televisions (about 15 per year)
5. Flushmate toilets that exploded on unsuspecting Americans before being recalled by the manufacturer ("304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries")
6. Being SET ON FIRE by your doctors during surgery (at least 100 surgical fires per year)
7. People claiming "Elvis Impersonator" as their primary occupation (84,000)
8. Americans killed by lightning (441)
9. Lemonade and other child-run snack stands shut down by government officials (dozens)
10. Americans who have a favorable view of North Korea (13%)
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Tags: Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression