By Collin Roth
According to Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ”Convictions of voter fraud in Wisconsin in recent years have not kept pace with Republican claims of its prevalence in the state.” So despite real cases of voter fraud, a crime with a very high burden of proof, Mr. Stein and his paper have concluded that it is just not a real problem.
Using the statements of Wisconsin Government Accountability spokesman Reid Magney, Stein attempts to paint a picture that the incidents of voter fraud that have occurred in Wisconsin are all just cases of individuals who made a mistake by voting when they were not eligible (i.e. felons voting).
Stein quotes Magney saying:
Put another way, the convictions are of voters who improperly voted on their own, not for any kind of ballot-stuffing or an organized ring committing large-scale fraud, Magney said. Local, state and federal authorities and prosecutors have examined the issue without unearthing widespread fraud here.
Of course, the problems and instances of voter fraud taking place in Wisconsin are well documented for those willing to look at the evidence. Just recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) issued an amicus brief for the photo ID case heading to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Beyond the damning evidence of the Milwaukee Police report detailing fraud in the 2004 election and ACORN fraud in 2008, WILL’s brief documents three voter fraud cases just in the last two years that have not received widespread media attention. One such case is one unearthed by Media Trackers whereby out-of-state SEIU operatives voted illegally from a hotel in Glendale using out-of-state ID’s and hotel bills. The case remains under investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney.
As the WILL brief states, “The fact that successful prosecutions are rare has mostly to do with the difficulties of detection and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not mean that voter fraud does not exist or that it is not a serious problem.”
But that of course does not fit narrative from the Left and the media. First, that voter fraud doesn’t exist. And when fraud does occur and is prosecuted, it is simply not “widespread,” and therefore not a problem.
For all of the sanctimonious talk of disenfranchisement, there is no clearer case of disenfranchisement than to have one’s voice cancelled out by a stolen or ineligible vote.