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originally posted by: CB328
This would be sad if it wasn't so common- democratic voters being disenfranchised by the thousands. This happens around the country every election, why do people still stand for it?
The Hamilton County Board investigation into voter fraud included 19 possible cases, and 28 subpoenas have been issued as a result of the investigation. The board originally started with 80 suspicious cases, according to WCPO.
In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote.
We also find that one of the favorite policies advocated by conservatives to prevent voter fraud appears strikingly ineffective. Nearly three quarters of the non-citizens who indicated they were asked to provide photo identification at the polls claimed to have subsequently voted.
Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010.
There are obvious limitations to our research, which one should take account of when interpreting the results. Although the CCES sample is large, the non-citizen portion of the sample is modest, with the attendant uncertainty associated with sampling error.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
Every time this issue comes up, the numbers of actual cases of voter fraud speak very clearly. Virtually zero.
When forced to face this fact, the answer from the Right is always "Well, it could be happening, it might be happening, I'm afraid it might be happening, I believe it could be possibly happening somewhere sometime."
And actually, that's not surprising. The right-wing/Republican media has worked very hard to create this perception in the faithful.
But it's not factual. Every case that gets investigated produces the same results: virtually non-existent.
It's a problem of a fact-based versus a belief-based way of looking at the world.
Some of the concerns are turning out to be anecdotal. For example, someone using the Towson University early voting center tweeted that the machine flipped their vote but no complaint was made to the judges.
Chief Democratic Judge Denise Isaac said voters always get the last say on whether their ballot was cast the way they intended.
"When they've completed, the machine reviews everything they've voted so they can see, they can check and make any changes that they want," Isaac said. "The final vote is not cast until that person has a chance to look at everything that they've voted and they make their final decision."
A female voter in Howard County did complain to a judge. She told 11 News by phone that when she cast a ballot at the library for a Republican candidate on machine No. 18, the machine beeped and then her choice flipped over to the Democratic candidate. She said this happened repeatedly. Finally an election judge gave her a pencil with an eraser head to punch in her choice and that worked.
Officials in Frederick County believe the so-called vote-flipping problem was a "calibration issue" and they said a machine was removed from service and replaced.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
I look forward to a Republican win in the Senate this year, thanks to the gerrymandering effort Red State legislatures ... why?