In-Person Voter Fraud: Not Really a Matter of Opinion

After running a story about voter access laws last Sunday, the New York Times got some complaints from readers about its he-said-she-said treatment of whether voter fraud is a serious problem. Margaret Sullivan, the Times' public editor, asked the report Full Story »

Posted by Pamela Hogle - via Jay Rosen, Steve Benen

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Beth Wellington
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by Beth Wellington - Sep. 17, 2012

This is a commentary on the discussion in the NYT about balance. The conclusion is valid, given what I've read elsewhere (i.e. I can prove it) and is well-written, but the author himself fails to support his conclusion by any linking to evidence for his arguments. It might have been nice to acknowledge the writings of Rick Hasen, who wrote back in February "there is no good evidence that impersonation voter fraud, the only kind of voter fraud an ID law can prevent, is a real problem." I've provided the link to that post on his own blog, as well as to a guest post and to his book which came out in August. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and is expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. From 2001-2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. Thus, Drum preaches to the choir of the typical reader of the magazine, rather than informing or swaying someone on the fence or who has been gulled by the talking points with whom the author would disagree. I prefer the HuffPo piece I've linked to with regard to information, although I like this one with regard to style. I've linked to some pieces that support the arguments, as well.

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