In Milwaukee, about 75,000 people went through the process of registering at the polls in the November election. Got that? 75,000 people in a city of 600,000 were not registered to vote on the day of the election, so they registered at the the polls. That, in and of itself, seems to be a remarkable number to me, but I have not compared it to other municipalities.
Of those 75,000 registrations, a full 13% of them, or about 10,000 registrations, are illegible. Presumably the identity of the registrant was checked on election day, but since the registration can’t be read, there is no way to verify the registration. Off of the bat, we have 10,000 votes that were cast in Milwaukee for voters whose existence can’t be verified.
Of the remaining 65,000 registrations for which confirmation cards have finally been sent, the Elections Commission says to expect that a full third of them, or about 22,000, will be returned undeliverable. This means that the address was incorrectly written or outright fictitious. Considering that most people know how to write their own address and the poll worker should have confirmed the address from identification produced at the polls, I would say that the majority of these addresses are just outright fictitious.
We are up to about 32,000 people who voted on election day who should not have.
Of the remaining 43,000 registrants, there will be some who gave a real address, but don’t actually live there. There will also be some who have moved since the election. I would say that we could conservatively estimate that 10% of the remaining registrants - at the minimum - will be invalid. That’s an additional 4,300 people.
All told, it looks like there were a minimum of 36,000 votes cast in the City of Milwaukee for which no voter can be produced.
The election in Wisconsin was decided by 11,384 votes.
In the City of Milwaukee, there were 198,907 votes cast for Kerry/Edwards and 75,746 votes cast for Bush/Cheney. As you can see, the City of Milwaukee came out strong for Kerry/Edwards.
It is incomprehensible that most Democrats raise ancient race-related fears to argue against showing ID at the polls. Count every vote indeed.