Fraud claims don’t hold up

October 16, 2008
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There’s a fight going on in Indiana against early-voting sites, but the punches are being thrown at the wrong opponent.

A few Republicans in the typically Democratic-leaning Lake County have challenged the use of satellite voting sites because they feared it would increase the chance of voter fraud.

Because of conflicting court rulings in Lake Circuit and Superior courts, the Indiana Supreme Court stepped in and consolidated the cases for a speedy resolution yesterday.

Why? Because people want to vote early. Lines are forming in clerks’ offices and satellite voting sites across the state because people are eager to cast their votes.

The Republicans challenging the early-voting sites are using the excuse of voter fraud to try to make a legitimate claim to close these voting sites, but it seems to me those Republicans want to restrict voters’ access to these sites, which may be easier for voters to get to instead of the clerk’s office. Typically, it’s Democratic voters relying on public transportation or a ride from someone in order to vote. These closer, early-voting sites will help them out more.

How will voting early, in person, increase the chance of voter fraud? Voters will still have to produce a government-issued ID in order to vote, just as they would if they voted on Election Day.

If the Republicans (or Democrats for that matter) want to challenge something, how about absentee voting, in which you don’t have to produce an ID before mailing in your vote? Seems to me that’s where you’ll get your voter fraud, not from in-person absentee ballots cast at a satellite voting site.

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