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Just how prevalent is voter fraud?

Just how prevalent is voter fraud?

Pennsylvania's new voter ID law continues to be the source of much election day debate.

Some supporters have said the law will crack down on fraud but is fraud really a problem at the polls?

The first voter ID laws were signed back in 2003. Pennsylvania's was passed this year.

It's supposed to deter voting fraud but in PA but records show there isn't much to begin with.

Obama or Romney. For many casting your vote isn't as easy.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was on MSNBC this weekend arguing the case against the new law.

He used this example: "I'm 95 my social security is automatically deposited into my checking account. I don't need an ID." He continued "she's a solid vote for the President who would not be able to vote due to suppression efforts."

"I'm not aware of any cases of voter impersonation fraud in Lehigh County," said Tim Benyo, Lehigh County Head of Elections.

In 2004 a man was caught being registered in two different counties, saod Benyo.

Northampton County has never had a documented case of voter fraud.

Recently a nationwide study analyzed 2,068 instances of voter impersonation cases since 2000.

Only 10 were substantiated and none in Pennsylvania.

"Documented means someone went all the way through like in Bucks County. It was not documented because no-one counted those votes," said State Senator Bob Mensch.

Mensch, who backed the Voter ID bill, points to the Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Murphy Congressional race, where 500 absentee ballots were challenged for fraud, as an example of a case that clearly showed nefarious intent but was caught in time.

"I don't see anything wrong with trying to regulate to the greatest extent we can the person who is voting is actually that person that is entitled to vote," Mensch said.

However those like Pawlowski say the law disenfranchises minorities and the poor.

Mensch did say the law helps to deter fraud from absentee ballots which he says is a much bigger problem then voter impersonation.

The deadline to register to vote is October 9th.


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