What voter fraud? 670 ballots cast in a Georgia precinct with 276 voters

What voter fraud? 670 ballots cast in a Georgia precinct with 276 voters
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We’ve seen this fun with numbers before. In 2012, the State Board of Elections in North Carolina discovered up to 35,750 instances of “double voting” in the general election. In 2014, an investigation determined that 141 counties across the U.S. have more registered voters than living residents. And a Freedom of Information Act request filed with by the Chicago Board of Elections in January in 2016 revealed 1,101,178 names on the voter rolls, of which 1,115,664 — or 102% — cast votes.

Now comes word that 670 voter were recorded in the Georgia primary from a precinct with 276 voters. According to McClathcy DC:

The discrepancy, included in a number of sworn statements and exhibits filed as part of a federal lawsuit against the state by election security activists, comes amid swelling public concern for the security of Georgia’s voting systems. Georgia is one of four states that uses voting machines statewide that produce no paper record for voters to verify, making them difficult to audit, experts say.

As the earlier examples show, Georgia is not alone. Voter fraud is rampant throughout the country. According to nonpartisan analyses, moreover, Democrats are more prone to committing voter fraud, which may explain their intense opposition to the issuance of voter IDs.

Their fallback argument is that the IDs impose a burden on the elderly and minorities, who will as a resultant be disenfranchised. Yet a test conducted in 2016 in Wisconsin, which had just passed a voter ID law, revealed just the opposite. In a statewide Supreme Court justice primary in February, voter turnout increased 55% over the previous election. Nor did any reports surface of people not being turned away from the polls because they lacked proper identification.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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