Eric Holder is suing North Carolina in an effort to bully them into dropping their voter ID law. Don't believe the hype. This is what the lawsuit is really about. The voter margins in North Carolina are small and voter fraud can easily swing an election into the democratic column, just as it did in the 2008 election of Al Franken in Minnesota.
Holder and the democrats claim that voter ID laws are unfair because the poor do not have ID. But is that true? The poor get government aid in the form of food stamps, HUD, HEAP, welfare and any other number of federal programs. What do all these government programs have in common? You must have a valid picture ID to collect them. They can use the same ID they use for those programs to vote.
Republicans argue that if we don't get a handle on voter fraud, legal voter's ballots will be worthless. Democrats insist that voter fraud doesn't exist. So who is right? (That was a rhetorical question) Let's take a look at recent elections in North Carolina and see what we shall see.
Provisional ballots. Provisional ballots are used when someone shows up at the wrong precinct or cannot verify who they are or a number of other reasons. In the 2009 election, there were 50,000 provisional ballots cast. Of those ballots, 28,000 were thrown out. That year Republican Dan Forest, won the Lt Gov election by a mere 6,858 votes. How many of the remaining 22,000 provisional votes were fraudulent but could not be verified? And what if only 21,000 ballots had been tossed?
Older voters. Many older voters voted in North Carolina. In fact there have been at least 2660 voters ages 112 or older who voted in the 2010 election. Now either North Carolina has the real Fountain of Youth or someone has a lot of explaining to do. 2 of those votes came from overseas. Wintering on the French Riviera no doubt. Two voters were over 200 years old. They had to vote absentee because the election clashed with their ski trip to Aspen.
Illegal votes. Illegal voting is a tough violation to catch with absentee ballots and online voting and election day registration make it extremely difficult to catch. Most people get caught when they brag to reporters about their illegal votes. But between 2008 and 2012, 475 cases of voter fraud were sent to local DAs for prosecution.
Absentee ballots. People who commit voter fraud love absentee ballots because it's almost impossible to get caught. In 2012, there were 2,774,594 absentee ballots cast out of a total of 4,448,786 total votes. That's over 62% of the votes were absentee votes.
Voter fraud is hard to prove and so a case from North Carolina, where a GOP official, acting in a role of private citizen, brought 60 challenges against voters for fraud. Despite the high hurdles required to throw out a vote, a bipartisan commission threw out 57 of the 60 votes. Even more troubling is they voted absentee and when notices were sent out that their votes were being challenged, 52 of the notices came back as "Undeliverable".
No voter fraud in North Carolina? Surely you jest.