Iowa Republican Finds “Shocking” Number of Cases of Voter Fraud During 18-Month Investigation

1491116_10152104404737489_1947797890_nThe assertion by many Republicans that “rampant voter fraud” makes stricter voter ID laws necessary is probably in my top five most ridiculous things Republicans claim.

Not only is voter fraud not an issue — in any way — but their furious attempts to find it have produced laughable results.

Yet none of this has deterred Republican legislatures all across the country from spending a great deal of time and money to prevent this “horrific problem” that doesn’t exist.

Case in point: Iowa Secretary of State Matt Shultz, who’s spent around $150,000 on an 18-month investigation into voter fraud within the state.  How many cases of “fraud” did he find?  Exactly five — in a state of over three million people.  

Oh, and would you like to take a look at these five cases?  Here you go:

Of the five guilty pleas, three of them involved felons who had completed their prison terms but whose voting rights had not yet been restored when they went to vote.

In another case, a woman cast an absentee ballot for her daughter, who had recently moved to Minnesota and told her mother that she had missed the registration deadline there. After learning her daughter ultimately did vote in Minnesota, the mother self-reported the double-voting incident to the local county auditor’s office, resulting in a $147.75 fine, according to The Des Moines Register.

In the fifth guilty plea, a man was incidentally charged with voter fraud after a drunk driving arrest revealed that he had stolen his dead brother’s identity to obtain a driver’s license.

So, three were felons who had served their time and hadn’t yet had their voting rights restored.  Another was a woman who turned herself in and the last one was someone who had stolen his brother’s identity.

I’m sure glad Mr. Shultz has spent $150,000 investigating the “rampant voter fraud” that’s obviously plaguing the state of Iowa.

You would think these meager findings would be enough evidence for Mr. Shultz to end this pointless investigation, but apparently not.  He’s indicated that he fully intends to proceed for the next six months until the entire investigation is complete.

But then again, we all know the truth.  These new strict voter ID laws have nothing to do with voter fraud (because, again, it doesn’t exist) and everything to do with trying to deter voters who don’t normally vote for Republicans from voting at all.

If anything, what these laws have done is created the real problem of people who have legally voted for years being unable to do so because they fail to meet one of the new requirements.  That or some have given up trying to vote altogether because the process for having the right to vote is simply too difficult for them.

Which is exactly what these Republicans are hoping for.

It’s why they think they don’t need to worry about being better, or appealing to more Americans by being more mainstream, they’re just going to rig the elections.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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