FBI arrests 8 in Florida for absentee ballot fraud

Just in case you were buying into the claim that voter fraud is a myth:

From WCTV: Madison County (Florida) Officials Arrested for Voter Fraud

The investigation revealed that Johnson and her husband, Ernest Sinclair Johnson, Jr., approached voters and obtained their agreement to vote, after which the voters were asked to sign an “Absentee Ballot Request Form.” Without the voters’ knowledge or consent, an alternate address was handwritten on the form, causing the ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the registered voters. In 2010, Florida law required ballots to be sent to a voter’s registered address unless the voter was absent from the county, hospitalized, or temporarily unable to occupy their residence. The Johnsons retrieved the ballots from the third party locations, brought the ballots to the voter, waited for the person to vote, and then returned the ballots to the Supervisor of Elections. In some instances, the voters were only presented with the absentee ballot signature envelope to sign and never received the actual ballot to cast their vote.

I don’t buy into the claim that any measure to add protections to the voting system disenfranchise voters. When voters have their votes overruled by those who are willing to cheat the system, that is a form of disenfranchisement. Checks can be made to prevent unjust voiding of ballots.

Which of course means that I’ll be voting no on question one in Maine. Same day registration is nice, but not essential. Two business days is not an undue burden to register prior to an election.