There have been no instances of voter impersonation fraud in Missouri since 2000 (from an investigative news report). Zero. Nada.
It’s all about pretending to solve a problem that doesn’t exist as a cover to suppress the vote of qualified voters who tend to support the other party.
From Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (r):
Denny Hoskins, CPA
Speaker Pro Tem
Missouri House of Representatives
February 27, 2014
Preventing Fraud in Missouri Elections
This week on the House floor we debated Voter ID reform. Currently, Missouri voters are not required to present photo identification in order to vote, leaving ample opportunities for fraud in the election process. HJR 47 would require every voter to submit a photo ID on Election Day. To prevent the disenfranchisement of voters who do not have or cannot afford to obtain photo identification, HB 1073 allows voters to cast provisional ballots and then return to the polls with a photo ID so their vote may be counted. Individuals who do not have proper photo identification will also be provided a free photo ID. Fair and reliable voting is the backbone of democracy and in some counties across the state there are more registered voters than eligible voters. I believe this legislation will help protect Missouri elections and now is the time to reduce voter fraud.
[emphasis in original]
“…this legislation will help protect Missouri elections and now is the time to reduce voter fraud…”
Interesting. Representative Hoskins didn’t mention “voter impersonation fraud”. Voter ID wouldn’t in any way address registration fraud or double voting at the polls on Election Day.
If you’ve worked a polling place on Election Day you understand the extreme risks someone would have to take to perpetrate voter impersonation fraud. The poll workers are usually from the precinct (your friends and neighbors). They may know the person the hypothetical impersonator would try to impersonate. There may or may not be Poll Watchers or Poll Challengers from the political parties keeping track of voters they’ve identified as part of their get out the vote programs. The person who someone might try to impersonate could have already voted or could be in the immediate vicinity about to vote. The thing is, the hypothetical impersonator wouldn’t have a certainty of knowing. All that risk for one vote? It’s not worth it.
However, anything that suppresses the vote of 220,000 qualified Missouri voters that tend to vote for the other party is a good thing in the eyes of the republicans in the General Assembly.
Representative Hoskins (r) thinks we’re all too stoopid to understand that.
HJR 47: a “constitutional” solution in search of a problem (February 25, 2014)
Secretary of State Jason Kander (D): on attempts to suppress the vote (February 23, 2014)
Finally, documentation of voter impersonation fraud in Missouri. Zero. (August 12, 2012)