Voter fraud

October 16, 2012 

DON CURET, Richland

In the Oct. 1 Our Voice, the Herald editorial board described voter fraud is a nonissue because searches in Colorado and Florida identified one-tenth of 1 percent as illegal voters.

According to Byron York in the Aug. 6 Washington Examiner, there were 2.9 million votes in the 2008 election between Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken. One-tenth of 1 percent would have been 2,900 invalid votes. Coleman on the first ballot led by 725 votes and 206 votes after the first canvas. After much wrangling, Franken won by 312 votes.

According to York, 177 people have been convicted and 66 more are awaiting trial for voting fraudulently -- 243 out of 312 votes for Franken. "If Coleman had kept his seat, there would have been no (Democratic) 60th vote and no Obamacare," York wrote.

Likewise, Gov. Christine Gregoire won her first election by 133 votes, well below the one-tenth of 1 percent (2,800) of the 2.8 million votes cast.

Voter registration is more important than showing identification to cash a check, use a credit card, get on a flight, etc., and therefore I think it is specious pleading by those who think voter fraud a nonissue. What could be more important than having legal elections?

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