-By Warner Todd Huston
A new Pew Center on the States study has revealed that approximately 24 million active voter registrations across the United States are either invalid or contain significant inaccuracies. Worse, some 1.8 millions deceased citizens are still legally registered to vote casting into doubt the legitimacy of America’s voter registration rolls and leaving the door wide open for massive voter fraud.
Pew reports that 1 in 8 registrations is either invalid or has major inaccuracies. The study also finds that the United States spends more money on voter registration but gets less accurate results than other countries such as neighboring Canada. Costs in the US are 12 times higher than costs in Canada, Pew found.
Oregon spent $8.8 million on voter registration in 2008, the cost amounting to $4.11 per voter. Yet in Canada, which adopted a digital registration system, spends only 35 cents per voter nationwide.
“Voter registration is the gateway to participating in our democracy, but these antiquated, paper-based systems are plagued with errors and inefficiencies,” said David Becker, Pew’s director of election initiatives. “These problems waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections”
Some of the highlights of the report includes:
- At least 51 million eligible citizens remain unregistered—more than 24 percent of the eligible population
- More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters
- Approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state
- About 12 million records have incorrect addresses, meaning either the voters moved, or errors in the information make it unlikely any mailings can reach them
Pew Center on the States has been working with several states to help create proposals for upgrading voter registration systems using advanced technology.
Now, it should also be remembered that this is all already against the law. Section 8 of the Motor Voter law (a federal law) already states that every state must make an effort to true their voter rolls. But to date no state has followed this law. During the Bush administration the Dept. of Justice made some moves toward forcing the states to follow the law but since the Obama administration began no effort at all has been made to force states to follow the law. That is, of course, because Democrats want to foster vote fraud, not stop it.