116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
“There are documented cases where deceased people and animals were registered to vote and voted, and where voters voted more than once. Fraud exists.”
So says Robert Larsen in an Aug. 10 letter “IDs required for many things; add voting.” Not only is this contention illogical, but the implication that voter fraud is rampant in Iowa is plain nonsense.
It's about as ridiculous as the Citizens United decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Whatever happened to integrity in political dialogue?
According to a recent analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, in a Carnegie-Knight reporting project, 10 cases of alleged voter impersonation were found since 2000, representing about one for every 15 million registered voters - which hardly indicates rampant fraud. It would seem present laws and the honorable and honest service of volunteer polling place monitors have ensured honest voter participation in Iowa.
Now we are told that the Iowa Secretary of State's Office will spend up to $280,000 of tax dollars to chase voter fraud by using a state DCI agent. This action appears to be politically motivated. This is an affront to all polling place volunteers of both parties and an insult to the intelligence of Iowa voters.
Kenneth D. Gould