In Pursuit: Voter Fraud

Click here to download this In Pursuit on Voter Fraud as a PDF. Voter Fraud: The Crime that Disenfranchises Us All The issue of electoral (commonly—if slightly inaccurately—summed up as “voter”) fraud stands at a curious place in our culture.  No one denies that it’s part of our history, and many acknowledge that it remains a reality.  But despite the fact that voter fraud ought to be the ultimate in bipartisan issues, it has become a surprisingly contentious political topic, with some claiming that it is a nonexistent ruse designed to “intimidate” or even opposing the most basic legal protections against it.  In truth, electoral fraud disenfranchises us all, making it worthy of rooting out on principle alone, as even a single instance undermines our political system and our freedoms. An Introduction to Electoral Fraud Though the classic example of voter fraud in the public imagination may be the image of people fraudulently voting in the names of dead or fictional citizens or being turned away from polling places via intimidation and threats, electoral fraud is both broader and more insidious than its Hollywood image. Organizational fraud is the systematic effort by a group (or groups) to sway an election through vote buying and incentivization, obtaining and mailing fraudulent absentee ballots, and/or affecting the vote count by tampering with ballots, destroying ballots, etc.  Individual fraud occurs when a person misrepresents himself (or others) as eligible to vote, registers or votes multiple time or as other persons, etc.  Because of our system of voting, which separates registration and eligibility from the actual point of voting (and then further splits voting into absentee...

In Pursuit #7: Up and Down on Rail

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce the release of the seventh research paper in our “In Pursuit” series of policy analysis. The Honolulu Rail project was rushed through on the series of half-truths and unfulfillable promises that tend to characterize most attempts to extract large amounts of money from the public before they realize what’s going on.  As the Grassroot Institute has been a long-time opponent of the Rail project, it should be no surprise that we offer it as an example of government overreach.  However, you may be interested to see how completely the Honolulu Rail fails the ↑UP/↓DOWN analysis....

In Pursuit #6: Gutted

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce the release of the sixth research paper in our “In Pursuit” series of policy analysis. The topic of this month’s review is the controversial legislative tactic known as “gut and replace”, with particular attention paid to how it is used here in Hawaii. InPursuit_No6_April_2012...

In Pursuit : Issue 5

65 Questions for Those Aspiring to Elected Office in Hawaii The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is proud to announce the release of the fifth research paper in our “In Pursuit” series of policy analysis. The topic of this month’s review was the establishment of a series of questions designed to help the average Hawaii voter learn where the varied candidates for office stand on a host of issues....