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Shirley Haidinger: Voter fraud found to be exaggerated

Shirley Haidinger: Voter fraud found to be exaggerated


The author of Monday's letter "Reported fraud makes voter ID necessary" should read the 2007 report by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice titled "The Truth About Voter Fraud" (see Wisconsin was one of the states investigated.

The center's conclusion: "The 2004 election was hotly contested in Wisconsin, and various irregularities led to inflated claims of widespread fraud... ." The allegations yielded only "seven substantiated cases of individuals knowingly casting invalid votes — all persons with felony convictions. This amounts to a rate of 0.0025 percent within Milwaukee and 0.0002 percent within the state as a whole. None of these problems could have been resolved by requiring photo ID at the polls."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also published several articles refuting the allegations. One includes a quote from Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who has prosecuted voter fraud cases: "In the course of our work we have never found any evidence to support allegations of organized, large scale vote fraud or dissuasion."

— Shirley Haidinger, Madison

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