r/politics Nov 26 '22

New state voter fraud units finding few cases from midterms

https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-voting-rights-florida-georgia-4db14ddccf37e4597cb9b7f20ec499b4?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=TopNews&utm_campaign=position_01
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u/cbsson Nov 26 '22

I have one for the Georgia voter fraud unit: Herschel Walker apparently swore that his primary residence was in Texas to get a tax break, yet he registered to vote in Georgia.

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u/Setanta777 Nov 26 '22

When was that? Georgia has a residency requirement to run for the Senate (though I think it's only 1 or 2 years).

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u/cbsson Nov 26 '22 Wholesome

In 2021 Walker filed for a homestead tax exemption on a Texas home, claiming it as his primary residence. In the same year he registered to vote in Georgia, reportedly voting in two elections.

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/23/herschel-walker-texas-tax-break/

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u/Setanta777 Nov 26 '22

So if he claimed his primary residence in Texas a year ago, does he even meet the residency requirement to run for Senate in Georgia?

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u/cbsson Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

I don't know. The basic eligibility requirements for a US Senator are in the Constitution and I'm not sure the states can alter or add to them:

"No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen."

The Constitution does require one must be a resident of the state when elected, so that would be by the date the runoff election takes place in January 2023. Edit: The state probably defines legal residency somewhere.

However, I'm sure Georgia has regulations controlling how elections are actually run (filing deadlines, signatures collected, forms, etc.), so candidates would have to meet these to be on the ballot. The GA Secretary of State's office should have details on that.

And the individual political parties must also have requirements if you want to participate in primaries or get official party recognition. The various state parties would have that info.

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u/SquareWet Maryland Nov 27 '22

It also says “when elected” so it’s not fraud if he loses, only if he wins.

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u/AuthorityAnarchyYes Nov 26 '22

They need to look at the Republican leaning districts. Most voter fraud over the past few elections have been by the Qult.

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u/LLColdAssHonkey Washington Nov 26 '22

"Qult". Brilliant and to the point.

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u/Logistocrate Nov 26 '22

Weird...it's almost as if voter fraud is an almost non existent, overall insignificant problem that was hyped up so that the GOP could spend tax payer money on political theater. Who'd a thunk it?

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u/dawinter3 Nov 26 '22

“Breaking News: National Park Service having a hard time finding unicorns in the forest.”

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u/nhavar Nov 26 '22

Republicans: "We found this one horned goat once, clearly that's evidence that unicorns could exist"
Politifact: "The goat pictured in the meme appears to have had one horn sawed off. The remains of the horn and a saw can be seen in the left corner of the picture."

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u/5DollarHitJob Florida Nov 26 '22

I guess anti-fraud units scared all the would-be fraud from occurring.

Stopping election fraud before it happens!

Big ol' /s

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u/providencetoday Nov 26 '22

GOP Integrity: we couldn’t find it

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u/OgDimension Nov 26 '22

That's because Republicans are crybaby loser liars and there's nothing factual, yet again, for them to be making these claims about.

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u/CertainAged-Lady Nov 26 '22

My surprised face 😐

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u/Demuus_Rex Nov 27 '22

He's a sicko who supervised torture.

Makes him a giant P*ssy, in my book.

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u/Hot-Bint Nov 26 '22

NOOOO. You just didn’t search HARD ENOUGH

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u/nhavar Nov 26 '22

re-search

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u/Buckley_5150 Nov 26 '22

Trumps right about one thing, this guys not gonna be the next president.

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u/SueZbell Nov 26 '22

Taxpayer money .... flushshshshshsh.

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u/wheelofka Nov 26 '22

So they are not investigating gerrymandering? We have lots of that! Rules for thee but not for the not so secret police.

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u/12gawkuser Nov 27 '22

You spelled election fraud wrong

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u/burdfloor Nov 27 '22

If there was real voter fraud, states would earn millions of dollars prosecuting perpetrators. Florida lost a million harassing former felons. The cases will be thrown out of court.

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u/Falin_Whalen Nov 27 '22

Voter fraud is such a huge problem that during a five-year period under the Bush Administration, when 196 million votes were cast,

the number of cases of voter fraud reached 86. Not 86,000. Eighty-six.

Here's what that number looks like as a percentage of votes cast; 0.00004%. Four 100,000ths of a percent.

These voter fraud units would be called a solution without a problem, but it's not. It's just a solution to a different problem. Making sure the "right" people vote.