I realize this is a long statement, but it will be worth the effort. Thank you for your time and consideration.
The problem we have is that we have no idea how many fraudulent votes are being cast. We know there have been convictions, but we also know that for every crime that gets a conviction there are a significant number crimes that are done and never make it to trial. How many known crimes go unconvicted in your city? How many car thefts, rapes or murders are NOT convicted? These are the serious crimes that we know about and there are clear victims. How many crimes go unreported because the loss isn’t directly felt by a person?
In order to get get a conviction, let’s look at the process:
1) someone has to report the crime. That means someone does something at the polling place that raises the suspicion so-much-so that the authorities are called. Do you think anyone will call just because a suspect is speaking a foreign language? Not where I live. If the stranger in front of me is claiming to be my neighbor is probably when I start dialing.
2) the police have to respond in time to catch the person in the act OR there has to be enough evidence to have an investigation.
With violent crimes police response is 4-5 minutes, a person who’s been reported will be long gone before the police show. That means the suspect has to leave something behind that leads investigators somewhere. How much time do you think your local police can afford to spend on finding a non-violent crime suspect? One that has no stolen money, no loss to a person? Just the integrity of the election.
3) if the person happens to leave behind their real address and the police catch the suspect, they still need to have enough evidence to present to a district attorney OR get a confession.
4) the DA needs to review that evidence, be convinced that it’s strong enough they would win at trial AND that it is worth the taxpayers time and money to prosecute, convict and punish the suspect. Again, no person has lost anything, no grieving widow, no victim crying in their office pushing for justice. Just the integrity of the law.
5) if the case finally makes it to court, the jury has to also review all the evidence, the defense attorney has the opportunity to dismantle, discount and explain it away. If the jury still finds for the prosecution, then we get the conviction.
Do I want a police state where everyone must show ID to jack-booted thugs asking, “Papers please” of course not.
But I also want our elections to mean something. When a person or issue carries the day or goes down in defeat it should be because We The People of the United States have deemed it so, not because a group of people have gamed the system by stuffing the ballot box. Asking people to prove they are citizens before they get a voter registration card is a reasonable step.