Why Don't We Have Universal Voter Registration?
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As the last of the lawsuits against ACORN gets laughed out of court, and as Republican Secretaries of State grumble about having to reinstate voters to the rolls, it's clear that, no matter what happens in the election, this insanity around voter registration and zombie lies about voter fraud has to stop. Exhibit A is the fact that John McCain's own head of his "Honest And Open Election Committee" can't name any evidence of voter fraud.
But Ronald Michaelson, a veteran election administrator and member of the McCain-Palin Honest and Open Election Committee, said in an interview that he could not name a single instance in which this had occurred.
â€œDo we have a documented instance of voting fraud that resulted from a phony registration form? No, I canâ€™t cite one, chapter and verse,â€ he said [...]
Asked for specifics about the dangers of fake registration, Ben Porritt, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, provided links to 13 news clips and a 2003 Missouri state auditorâ€™s report. Eleven of the cases did not involve registration fraud. Two recounted how felons appeared to have cast illegal votes under their own names. The lone example of a forged registration leading to an illegitimate vote comes from The Wall Street Journalâ€™s John Fund, who in April 2006 wrote that a community organizer had improperly registered a noncitizen, and â€œsomeone eventually voted in [the noncitizenâ€™s] name.â€
Michaelson, who served for 27 years as executive director of the Illinois Board of Elections, said the sharp exchanges over registration fraud have undermined votersâ€™ confidence in the electoral system.
â€œThe fact that so many of these illegal registrations are being made public raises a perception in the minds of people,â€™â€™ he said. â€œThatâ€™s more of a general concern. You donâ€™t want to perpetuate the idea that our election process is lacking integrity.â€
Asked whether his own party was responsible for fostering that perception, Michaelson said, â€œWell, it doesnâ€™t help. It has captured the attention of a lot of people.â€ Why do it, then? â€œMaybe itâ€™s because thereâ€™s nothing else to talk about,â€ he said.