voter fraud vs. election fraud

The republican frame is “voter fraud” and is pretty rare. It is saying that people are sneaking into the polls, misrepresenting who they are and voting fraudulently. If this were a big problem (it is not) it is used to try to enforce voter ID laws which actually disenfranchise traditionally democratic voters…poor urban (mostly black) voters.

Election Fraud on the other hand is what Democrats are pushing to investigate. It includes the use of electronic voting machines, voter purge lists, voter disenfranchisement, redistricting etc.
Many democrats are pushing for investigations into this because it is believed (and I agree) that it threatens the fundamentals of democracy itself. -val

Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud

By IAN URBINA
Published: April 11, 2007
WASHINGTON, April 10 — A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.

The revised version echoes complaints made by Republican politicians, who have long suggested that voter fraud is widespread and justifies the voter identification laws that have been passed in at least two dozen states.

Democrats say the threat is overstated and have opposed voter identification laws, which they say disenfranchise the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely to have photo IDs and are more likely to be Democrats.

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  1. On the Huffington Post…

    Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud

    By IAN URBINA
    Published: April 11, 2007
    WASHINGTON, April 10 — A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

    Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.

    The revised version echoes complaints made by Republican politicians, who have long suggested that voter fraud is widespread and justifies the voter identification laws that have been passed in at least two dozen states.

    Democrats say the threat is overstated and have opposed voter identification laws, which they say disenfranchise the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely to have photo IDs and are more likely to be Democrats.
    (read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/11/washington/11voters.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin)

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