According to the Pew Center (see Blog for February 15) 24 million – one out of every eight – voter registrations in the US are very significantly inaccurate. “The Pew report did not identify voter fraud as a problem, saying the inefficiencies could lead to “the perception that they (elections) lack integrity or could be susceptible to fraud.”
That is definitely what I suspected. According to the report it is not deliberate, malicious politicians who have done this. It is outdated technology. Some examples of inefficiencies:
1.8 million registered voters are dead
2.8 million voters are registered in more than one state.
12 million have incorrect addresses meaning the election board and political parties are unable to contact them.
We are not a nation “of the people and by the people” because of inefficiencies? Our elections may lack integrity and could be susceptible to fraud? That is no surprise, because we have watched “inefficiencies” in elections on television and in the news for years.
51 million – or 25% of the possible electorate don’t vote – perhaps because they don’t think it will do any good. 12 million can’t even receive ballots because of incorrect addresses although they are registered. That’s 63 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Newsroom, 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 election – a large turnout because it was a presidential year and Obama was the candidate. The 63 million are 48% of those who did vote. Almost 50%. How much difference would it make if that 63 million were involved?
And then there are the 2.8 million voters who get to vote at least twice or more than twice. What do we do with that?
I registered black voters in 1965 in South Carolina. At that time there were books of laws to keep blacks from voting. It took a Civil Rights Movement to change those laws. How long will we as a nation stand for a voting system that doesn’t work?
What factors are involved? That’s for next time.