Nice column by the indispensable Christian Schneider on National Review's Corner. I have often written about or told the story of one polling place in Milwaukee on election day in 2004. At one point, there were eight lawyers at the Washington Park Library. We had two GOP lawyers, two Democrats, three from various Democratic front organizations and an assistant district attorney. It was a legal dream team. Some of the people there were rather high end. I guess it's cost between $ 3000-3500/hr.
There could have been rampant fraud taking place two feet from us and we would have no way of knowing. As Christian points out, there are plenty of indicia that something has happened - people registered from commericial and noncommericial addresses, huge numbers registered from shelters or places that could not accomodate the number of registrants.
These could be clerical errors. In the case of shelters, there could be a large number of voters. Or it could be indicia of fraud. I have always said that there is probably not wholesale fraud, but there may be enough to make a difference in close elections. That, in my view, justifies the same type of reasonable steps that we use to ensure the integrity of other processes.