Editorial: Same-day voter registration invites fraud

Progressives are always clamoring to make it easier to vote. To that end Democratic state Sen. James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas has introduced Senate Bill 123 that, among other things, would allow people to register to vote on Election Day.

“The purpose of SB123 is to make it more feasible for people to be part of the government of ourselves, by making it easier to register to vote, and offer a few more options to vote during the early voting period,” Ohrenschall said during a recent hearing on his bill, according to The Nevada Independent.

Election officials testified that the bill will cost millions of dollars to implement and take years to adequately change the system to comply.

Additionally, Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria warned, “If same-day registration process is handled with a paper form, other than signing an affidavit affirming that the voter has not already voted in the election, there can be no guarantee that the voter has not registered to vote at another location on Election Day. Not until after the election will clerks have the ability to identify that the voter has not voted at another site, which is problematic.”

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, calls same-day voter registration a prescription for fraud and says it does almost nothing to increase voter participation.

“Allowing a voter to both register and vote on Election Day makes it nearly impossible to prevent duplicate votes in different areas or to verify the accuracy of any information provided by a voter,” von Spakovsky writes. “Election officials are unable to check the authenticity of a registration or the eligibility and qualifications of a registrant by comparing the registration information to other state and federal databases that provide information not just on identity, but also on citizenship status and whether the individual in question is a felon whose voting rights have been suspended. Since Election Day registrants cast a regular ballot, even if election officials determine that the registration was invalid after the election, they have no means of discounting the ballot.”

He notes that Wisconsin allows same-day registration and after a comprehensive investigation of voter fraud in the 2004 election, the Milwaukee Police Department concluded that the “one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of fraud or the appearance of fraudulent voting in any given Election is the elimination of the On-Site or Same-Day voter registration system.”

Von Spakovsky also points out that Oregon dumped its same-day registration law after a cult tried to take over a county by planning to bring in large numbers of nonresidents, many of them homeless, to flood the polls with ineligible voters.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said at a Heritage Foundation meeting in 2013 that voters can make up names and addresses and go from poll to poll to vote, and there is no automated system that can stop such nefarious deeds.

While Election Day registration invites fraud, it does little to actually increase turnout.

In 2008, according to von Spakovsky, four of the eight states with same-day registration reported lower turnout than in 2004. The state with the largest decrease in turnout in 2008 was Maine, which also has Election Day registration.

“It has always been abundantly clear that, after four decades of making it easier to vote and having turnout decline (among most groups) except for elections driven by fear and anger,” wrote Curtis Gans of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate in 2008, “the central issue governing turnout is not procedure but motivation. These new procedures, except for Election Day registration for some states, don’t help turnout and pose some discrete dangers for American democracy.”

In Nevada one can already register online or at the DMV or any county elections office.

The risks of fraud due to Election Day registration far outweigh any convenience for those too lazy or disinterested to register to vote by the deadline before each election.

A version of this editorial appeared this week in some of the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel,  Sparks Tribune and the Lincoln County Record.

16 comments on “Editorial: Same-day voter registration invites fraud

  1. Rincon says:

    Seems the National Conference of State Legislatures has some serious disagreements with this article:

    “Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia make same day registration available on Election Day” Seems that your predicted massive voter fraud hasn’t dissuaded them. Maybe that’s because it isn’t happening.

    “Some states indicate there is little to no additional cost in implementing same day registration, especially those that have had this option available for a long time.” Millions? Like one or two maybe?

    “There is strong evidence that same day and Election Day registration increases voter turnout, but the extent of the impact is difficult to conclude. Immediately following the implementation of SDR, states usually see a boost in voter numbers.” “Multiple studies place the effect between an increase of 3 to 7 percent, with an average of a 5 percent increase.” You weren’t cherry picking by any chance, were you?

  2. What is the benefit of having more numbskulls voting?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The right sure has a problem when more Americans choose to exercise the franchise; why do you think that is?

    For as long as I can remember, whether it’s poll taxes, or demands that…some, voters recite the entire Constitution front to back, and then back to front, or requirements that voters own property, or some other something that eliminates….those people, the right just can’t do enough to stop citizens from voting.

    What do they got against the founding fathers belief in Americans and voting?

  4. Some people can’t figure out how to pour piss out of a boot, even when the instructions are printed on the heel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “I love my uneducated voters”

    I’m wondering Thomas whether, if smarts were the test for voting would the right win or lose do you figure?

  6. HighflyinBrien says:

    And the buses of progressive (regressive) paid “volunteers” offer free pizza to those who register on voting day at UNLV and they transport these new voters to the nearest polling place with a handy “voting guide” suggesting the candidates that best represent their left leaning valueless agenda. Across town the union buses transport union workers from the strip hotels with a free “box lunch” and a handy dandy “voting guide” (in multiple languages) suggesting the candidates who will best do the bidding of the union leaders. I can’t imagine what is wrong with these scenarios. (Even though none of their pertinent information can be validated that day). It used to be called the Reid Machine…and it is as crooked as the day is long. Move along…nothing to see here.

  7. Rincon says:

    The pizza and box lunches should be outlawed. Driving people to the polling place should not. Neither have much to do with same day registration, unless you’re arguing that presently, it costs two boxed lunches as if that would be critical.

    If you don’t like stupid people voting, then what you really want is a literacy test.

  8. Linda says:

    Impulse voting is just plain stupid and you’ve listed some good reasons. “Wish Common Sense Were More Common?” (I personally favor the original requirements: land owner)

  9. Anonymous says:

    I personally favor anyone affected by the decisions made being able to help decide who gets to make the decisions.

    Crazy right?

  10. Rincon says:

    Hey Linda, as long as you’re going with the original requirements, how about being male? Of course, more men own land than women, so the women’s vote would be automatically stunted. Or are you just enamored with the idea of a plutocracy? How about those with mortgages? They don’t really own real estate until it’s paid off. That pretty much means that us oldies would rule! How cool is that?

  11. Jake Marley says:

    Okay, the deflection worked. Now, instead of thinking how to get vote participation to increase, I’m thinking about how the urine got in the boot in the first place …

    Are there really people who can’t tell the difference between footwear and a toilet?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Now that the administration admits that Russians actually PENETRATED voter systems in the US to the extent that they at a minimum COULD HAVE changed votes, I wonder what they will do about it?

    Perhaps announce the opening of a Trump Tower Moscow, and blame democrats?

    And where do you figure those righteous voices from the far right will fall on this issue I wonder? Knowing how strident and all those voices get when Americans try to vote and all, I wonder when they feel the same about Russians voting?


  14. Anonymous says:

    Man, the CYBER scare in you is absolutely SCATHING.


  15. […] “Allowing a voter to both register and vote on Election Day makes it nearly impossible to prevent duplicate votes in different areas or to verify the accuracy of any information provided by a voter,” von Spakovsky writes. […]

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