January 29, 2023

WHAT A WASTE: GOP state “voter fraud” units discover a whole lotta nothin’

WHAT A WASTE: GOP state “voter fraud” units discover a whole lotta nothin’

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Get ready to put on your shocked face. As it turns out, investigative units organized in states to weed out the supposed massive amounts of voter fraud alleged by the likes of Donald Trump and Dinesh D’Souza have turned up…Wait for it…Waaaiiit for iiiiittt…bupkis.

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Yes, bupkis. Nada. Nothing. Zilch.

No widespread voter fraud. No conspiracy. No efforts by Democratic pols to submit false votes.

As initially reported by the Associated Press, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia all created special units to investigate reports of fraud following the 2020 election.

They found nothing then and they’re finding nothing now.

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has stated affirmatively that he’s found no evidence of fraud whatsoever.

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Meanwhile, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which has been charged with enforcing Georgia’s new election law, has so far not been able to bring a single investigation to the fore.

It is working with the Georgia Attorney General there on an investigation into one breach, however – involving Trump supporters in a district he won by 40% in 2020.

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In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis made quite the show of his Office of Election Crimes and Security.

While likely intimidating thousands of ex-cons who should be eligible to vote (despite Republican efforts to keep them from doing so), it made a grand total of twenty arrests – all of which appear to be cases of ex-cons thinking they were eligible to vote (based mainly on being told so) when they actually weren’t.

In all three states: a lot of huffing and puffing and no house to blow down.

There’s a good reason for this, of course — from a voter’s perspective, casting more than one ballot would be insanely stupid.

It would essentially do nothing to change the results of a major election, yet getting caught would result in serious penalties, including fines and possible jail time.

Who would take such a risk?

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Paul Smith, VP of the Campaign Legal Center, has a simple explanation for what’s really at work here.

“It’s a myth that’s created so they can justify making it harder for people to vote,” as he told the AP.

The “they,” by the way, are Republicans – this is not a “both sides” issue.

Republicans have been using accusations of voter fraud, voter ID laws, voter caging, the closing of polling stations, the purging of voter rolls, and every other trick they can think of to keep certain people from voting.

I won’t say who it is, but let’s just say that if you have white skin and live in an affluent area, you probably don’t have to worry too much.

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Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.

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