Check out this bit of circular reasoning: The Wauwatosa Common Council has rejected a request for officials to verify voter registrations because “There is no historical evidence to show (voter fraud) is a problem in Wauwatosa.” (Alderman Craig Maher) Except there is “no evidence” of voter fraud because the voter rolls have never been checked.
There is a debate going on in Wisconsin over verifying voter eligibility, since the Government Accountability Board refuses to follow federal law. As in other municipalities, there is a request for Wauwatosa election officials to check voter registrations from January 1, 2006 through August 4, 2008 against state drivers license records, which is required by the federal law. The officials have only checked registrations occuring after August 4, 2008.
The goal with these checks is clear: To make sure that registrations are legitimate, people live in the community in which they’ve registered, and they’re eligible to vote. Of special concern are the registrations filed through a third party or by mail.
In August, the state reported that 22% of voter registrations that they checked didn’t match driver records. The newspaper article about this cites “typos” as the reason for most of the mismatches, but then turns around and says that the state doesn’t really know how many of the mismatches are caused by this. (Translation: The reporter lied when he said the reason for the mismatches was typos.)
What happens to those whose information doesn’t match their driver’s license information? They get a letter telling them to fix it. How absurd that these checks don’t even disqualify people from voting!
Those against checking the registrations claim it “disenfranchises” voters, but there’s no evidence to support that claim. Rather, the claim is a bit of fear mongering. The claim that somehow legitimate voters will be denied the right to vote if registrations are verified is complete hogwash, but lawmakers are instead basically ensuring that illegitimate registrations will make it possible for many fraudulent votes to be cast.