Pay no attention to that fraud behind the curtain…
February 14, 2013
Airport security can be exasperating but when we learned that passengers have been boarding flights using utility bills and Costco membership cards for identification we worry that our home-land defense against terrorism has been turned over to the Government Accountability Board (GAB).
Last week the GAB was celebrating a report that’s just about equally reassuring where election security is concerned.
The Pew Center for the States is ranking Wisconsin among the top ten for its performance in conducting elections, and the GAB whipped out a press release quoting Director Kevin Kennedy claiming it inspires “confidence in our elections as well as pride in our hard-working, dedicated election officials.”
We certainly don’t have a problem with those dedicated election officials who put in 20-hour days for practically no compensation, but to fortify “confidence in our elections,” Kennedy and the Pew Center aren’t necessarily asking the right questions.
For instance, Pew’s criteria include numbers of absentee ballots rejected or not returned, the availability of on-line voter registration, the percentages of registrations rejected, numbers of provisional ballots cast and/or rejected.
We wouldn’t advocate election workers reaching for excuses to reject as many ballots or registrations as possible, but it looks like a state might improve its standing in the Pew survey if its election workers did the opposite, and ignored evidence of dubious eligibility.
The GAB notes that Pew collects statistical data “over a period of several election cycles.” Those who are paying attention will have noticed that in Wisconsin nowadays, that might mean one year.
Meanwhile, a news report from Cincinnati confirms the supposedly nonexistent crime of election fraud exists after all. The culprit this time is a dedicated – make that an extremely dedicated—election worker.
According to the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati:
The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine witnesses are part of the probe.
Democrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election.
The Cincinnati report confirms what the Pew Center and GAB refuse to acknowledge: People commit election fraud because they can.