Judicial Watch’s Robert Popper Opinion Editorial, “Political Fraud about Voter Fraud,” Appears in The Wall Street Journal
APRIL 28, 2014
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that Senior Attorney Robert D. Popper, who previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has an opinion editorial, entitled “Political Fraud About Voter Fraud,” in today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal pushing back against President Obama’s use of faulty data and misleading arguments about election integrity measures:
In an April 11 speech to Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, President Obama recited statistics purporting to show that voter fraud was extremely rare. The “real voter fraud,” he said, “is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
These arguments themselves are bogus
Popper goes on to take apart the faulty statistics that President Obama used to discount concerns about voter fraud, while also showing that voter fraud in under-reported:
More generally, judging voter fraud by counting criminal proceedings is misguided. For any crime, convictions are a fraction of prosecutions, which are a fraction of investigations, which are a fraction of known offenses, which are, in turn, a fraction of committed crimes. This is even more likely to be true of voter fraud, which is often a low enforcement priority… many states do not even track it. Moreover, the fraud may be all but impossible to investigate or prove if it is carried out successfully.