Even on issues where Republicans and Democrats agree on a problem, they differ on solutions. Case in point: mail-in ballot fraud. With the Texas Legislature midway through a special session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say something should be done to better prevent, detect and punish people who abuse the mail-in ballot system and steal the votes of vulnerable seniors. But, Republican legislative proposals to do that have drawn little support from Democrats. Jonathan White, who works on voter fraud cases in the Texas Attorney General’s office, says the mail-in ballot is more of an honor system, and that’s why it gets abused. He says prosecutors like him need more tools to tackle the problem. … But where White sees voter fraud as a problem largely undetected and prosecuted, Myrna Perez from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University says the statistics are clear: Voter fraud is extremely rare, though it is more likely to happen through mail-in ballots than in person.
Perez is one of the lawyers who sued the state over its voter ID law, which supporters say was intended to make elections less vulnerable to fraud. In April, a federal judge ruled the measure intentionally discriminated against black and Latino residents by making it harder for them to vote.
“In a climate where Texas has been found by multiple courts for making it harder for eligible Americans to vote and making it harder for illegal reasons, changes to the election system that constrict access should be very carefully and skeptically considered,” Perez said.