Monday, September 10, 2012

Ethan Bronner goes murky on voter fraud on New York Times A1

The front page of today's NYT has an update on voting law developments ("A Tight Election May Be Tangled In Legal Battles.") We learn that "Republicans have expressed concern over what they call voter integrity. They say they fear that registration drives by liberal and community groups have bloated voter rolls with the dead and the undocumented and have created loose monitoring of who votes and low public confidence in the system." And then we hear that "[Democrats] say voter fraud is largely a myth" -- but that's set up simply as a counterpoint to the claims of conservatives. What about, what's the real truth?

The article later notes that "Courts have taken a mixed view of the two sides’ claims." Which is somewhat true, thanks to some rather conservative judges in some states. But putting this out there without explanation effectively muddles things for the reader into a mush where it's hard to know what to believe.

The reality on voting fraud, or the lack thereof, can be found explained in many places, including a number of NYTimes articles from the past.


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