All the data show that voter impersonation is exceedingly rare. Way more Americans claim to be Elvis than pretend to be someone they're not at the voting booth. Research showing that actual voter fraud is nearly nonexistent; accounting for 0.001% of the vote at most.
Nevertheless, Republicans are convinced that vote fraud poses a serious challenge to the integrity of elections. One wonders how they can be so sure…
A Pinal County supervisor candidate has withdrawn from the race in the wake of voter-fraud allegations involving a former companion who, records show, has continued to vote by absentee ballot in the five years since her death.
John Enright, 66, had been seeking the Republican nomination for county supervisor of District 5, an area that includes Apache Junction and Gold Canyon…
His statement made no mention of the scandal unleashed in an anonymous, undated letter sent several weeks ago to the Pinal County Recorder's Office. As recently as this year, the letter alleged, someone had been filling out and mailing in absentee ballots addressed to a woman who died on Feb. 3, 2007. The woman, Sheila Nassar, and Enright lived together at the time of her death.
Whether the allegations are true or not, it remains the case that the vast majority of voter ID legislation pressed in recent months is a response to in-person impersonation and doesn't apply to mail-in and absentee ballots disproportionately used by older, more Republican voters.
But hey, this is Arizona, at least it's dry voter fraud.
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