Stop the presses, drop everything you are doing…because we have an actual real life case of voter fraud!

Per the Des Moines Register:

Terri Lynn Rote, 55, was booked into the Polk County Jail about 3:40 p.m. Thursday on a first-degree election misconduct charge, which is a Class D felony.
Rote, a registered Republican, reportedly cast an early voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office, 120 Second Ave., and another ballot at a county satellite voting location in Des Moines, according to a Des Moines police report.

Two additional persons are suspected of casting mail-in ballots and voting in person; they have not been arrested yet.

Based on the rapid response to this incident, it certainly appears that Polk County, Iowa, has everything under control.

Unfortunately for Donald Trump, the lady in question was a registered Republican, so this does not play into his strategy of convincing everyone that democrats steal elections rather than win them.

The principal fraud that Mr. Trump and most Republicans assail, and the only one that voter identification laws address — voters who intentionally misrepresent themselves at polling places — is exceedingly rare, experts say. They add that it is almost impossible to perpetrate on a scale that would affect the results of a national election. Democrats also note that with Republican domination of state governments, voting nationwide is increasingly overseen by Republicans.

Because of the publicity the few cases receive, and due to the myths perpetuated by the Republican Party in general, almost half of Americans think voter fraud occurs somewhat often, and 70 percent believe it occurs at least occasionally.

After the 2000 election, they realized how important it was to gain control of voting rules as a political strategy. This is when voter fraud became code for making it more difficult to register and to vote. No matter what they did, though, they really could not invent voter fraud cases.

During the administration of George W. Bush, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, a Republican, directed United States attorneys to aggressively pursue voter-fraud cases after Mr. Bush and his political adviser, Karl Rove, called for a focus on the issue. By 2007, five years after the fraud crackdown began, the attorneys had brought just 120 cases nationwide — many involving mistakes or petty violations like completing more than one registration form — and won 86 convictions out of about 200 million votes cast. (Source)

Frankly, the voting experts will tell you that threats of disenfranchising voters are much more worrisome than widespread fraud.

“The frame is being controlled here by those who are promoting the idea that fraud is the problem,” said Lorraine Minnite, a Rutgers University professor of political science and author of the book “The Myth of Voter Fraud. If we shifted the framework to people who are trying to vote but don’t get their votes counted,” she said, “we’d be having a different discussion.”

We have certainly seen voter disenfranchisement this year, in places like North Carolina, where their new laws were struck down in the federal courts.

Unfortunately, we are living in a post-truth, post-fact time. The truth is cases like Terri Lynn Rote of Iowa are extremely rare. Our focus should be on finding a way to ensure everyone is able to vote. And Republicans need to find a way to attract voters rather than suppress them.


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