Christina Stableford: Real voter fraud

April 2, 2013 

Real voter fraud

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fraud as “deceit, trickery; specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.”

The bills filed recently by Sen. Jerry Tillman and Rep. Edgar Starnes that would halve the early voting period, eliminate same-day voter registration and outlaw Sunday voting could easily be interpreted as legislative trickery intended to induce thousands of N.C. voters to surrender their legal right to vote. Statistical data clearly indicates that the primary beneficiaries of extended early voting, same-day voter registration and Sunday voting are the young, working people managing multiple jobs, the elderly and minority voters – typically Democratic-majority constituencies.

Many of these individuals cannot get to the polls during regular voting hours and are not able to wait for over two hours to vote during shortened early voting periods. The legislators proposing this legislation clearly hope to game the rules of the voting system to prejudice it against easy access for supporters of the opposing party.

This loosely disguised partisan gamesmanship is designed to rig our electoral system in favor of one party – a far more egregious example of “voter fraud” than anything presented to support the upcoming voter ID legislation.

Christina Stableford

Raleigh

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