Florida: Are shark attacks more common than voter fraud in Florida? | PolitiFact Florida

On March 1, 2012, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert moved in on Florida’s controversial new election law for a recurring segment, “People Who Are Destroying America.” The target: a Panhandle teacher named Dawn Quarles, who turned in 76 voter registration forms from her students beyond the state’s new 48-hour deadline. She could face a $1,000 fine. One of the people Colbert interviewed for his sarcastic report is Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. Florida officials claimed they needed to pass the law to prevent voter fraud, but these cases are actually pretty rare, he said. “There are probably a larger number of shark attacks in Florida than there are cases of voter fraud,” he said. We couldn’t resist diving in: Are there more shark attacks than cases of voter fraud in Florida?

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  1. Wayne Dickson says:

    The ACLU guy said, offhand, ”There are probably a larger number of shark attacks in Florida than there are cases of voter fraud”.… This may or may not be true, but it can hardly be characterized as a “claim.” Your calling it such must be rated “mostly untrue.”

    If you’re serious about this — a matter of crucial importance — then you ought to treat it seriously. Colbert’s a comedian. You are journalists. Your tongue-in-cheek puns are out of line.

    You want to be serious? Then be rigorous. As you note, the term “cases” as it’s used here is ambiguous . For shark attacks as well as for voter fraud. How about comparing the number of confirmed discrete shark attack victims with the number of individuals convicted of voter fraud?

    But of course the real point is that the number of both together is so small as to make screamingly obvious the hypocrisy of those who are pushing legislation that does orders of magnitude more damage through voter suppression than could ever realistically be done by voter fraud.