Concerns of voter fraud are popping up again, as we get closer to the June 5th recall elections for governor and five other state offices. But the Appleton Post-Crescent says the low numbers of fraud cases in the last two presidential elections don’t support those concerns. The paper said a bi-partisan Election Fraud Task Force only charged 20 people with election fraud in Wisconsin after the 2008 presidential contest. And that represents just seven-thousandths of one percent of all the votes cast. In the 2004 presidential contest, the Brennan Center for Justice found only 7 fraud cases in Milwaukee County – or two-thousandths of one percent of the statewide vote.
But Republican Governor Scott Walker recently told the Weekly Standard that there’s plenty of voter fraud to justify the photo ID law his party approved last year. He told the magazine that in close Wisconsin elections, “you probably have to win at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud – one or two points, potentially.” Walker said the court challenges to the ID law were specifically aimed at his recall. Photo ID’s will not be required for voting in the June 5th elections, while the courts consider whether the ID mandate is constitutional.