There have been many moves in recent years to ensure no voters are disenfranchised. Legislation has been passed to allow for more time to vote leading up to the day of the election. In addition, obtaining and voting by absentee ballot has now become a breeze.
Are these moves, however, making voter fraud so much easier to commit?
According to The Huffington Post, a Nevada Republican was arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election when she attempted to vote for a second time. Roxanne Rubin, a worker on the Las Vegas Strip, claimed she was testing the integrity of the system. Authorities didn’t buy it, and she ended up with a $2,500 fine.
Fox News also reported Feb. 19 that 19 people are currently under investigating in Ohio for allegedly voting more than once in 2012. In one case, a poll worker openly told a television station she voted twice for President Barack Obama, one by absentee ballot and then again at the polls. Authorities believe it could have been many more times than that. They are investigating the possibility that Melowese Richardson actually voted up to six times. Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in 2012.
Is this growing problem likely to end up disenfranchising more voters than it is supposed to help? Is it time to revert to the old system of voting in person, on the day of the election, unless a case for hardship can be proven?