Letters to the Editor

To vote fraudulently is to commit a crime

To continue the discussion regarding voter fraud and especially in response to the BND Opinion page of July 18, 2017: there is an untold story in Mr. King’s letter published that date.

No one should assume that the sum total of all voter fraud is the number of convictions from prosecuted cases. Voter fraud is a simple crime to commit given circumstances (singularly or combined) including but not limited to collusion; outdated or false voter information; ease of obtaining absentee/early ballots belonging to others; intimidation; and, yes, even cash incentives.

None of the motivations behind voting crime have legitimacy of purpose. Convictions alone indicate voting crime occurs only to affect the outcomes of elections.

Don’t like the idea of voter ID? Volunteer to be part of the voting process, then judge firsthand if voter ID, as Mr. King alluded to, equals vote suppression.

Widespread or not, prosecuted or not, and regardless how it is committed, to vote fraudulently is to commit a crime against not only the process, but also the will of the people.

Debbie LaFreniere, O’Fallon