“True The Vote” Smart Phone App Comically Debunks Its Own Voter Fraud Claims
In the days before the 2014 November 4th mid-term elections, right-wing organization True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht was making media rounds touting the release of the organization’s VoteStand smart-phone app – which she claimed in one interview would create;
“an archive that will finally pull the curtain back on the myth that there is no voter fraud.”
The app, released in late October, was designed to give voter-fraud conspiracists a platform to report polling-place issues such as absentee vote fraud, illegal electioneering, multiple voting, voter intimidation, and a host of other issues the group claims are rampant.
The only problem? Voter fraud is nothing more than a Republican-pushed myth. It simply doesn’t exist. It’s nothing more than a ruse to bolster support for Voter I.D. laws – meant to disenfranchise minority and elderly voters voters that would likely vote Democratic.
A recent investigation published by the Washington Post found 31 cases of fraud out of 1,000,000,000 (that’s a billion) votes cast;
To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents… come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.
Right Wing Watch reports that, in the week the smart phone app was available, only 18 incidents were reported – and most of those were frivolous and even comical – like the user in Houston that reported that a *gasp* “African-American woman was standing near her while she voted:
RWW further reports that 8 of those 18 incidents were voting machine malfunctions, and a “disorganized” precinct that was missing their list of voters.
Additionally – in the most ironic of the reports – a voter in Ohio complained of her having to cast a provisional ballot because she had moved since the last elections, and Ohio does not permit Same-Day voter registration. True The Vote itself is against the Same-Day Registration, claiming it leads to fraud.
Demos – an organization the seeks to help amplify the voices of the underrepresented, begs to differ, noting the many benefits that SDR provides:
- Increases voter turnout.
- Eliminates arbitrary deadlines that cut off registration when voters are most interested.
- Remedies inaccurate voter rolls.
- Assists geographically mobile, lower-income citizens, young voters and voters of color.
- Greatly reduces the need for provisional balloting
Clearly, the launch of the True The Vote app landed with a “SPLAT.”
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