With the validity of the American election process under increasing scrutiny and facing more and more questions every election cycle, there is a growing trend among the states to find ways to ensure that our election process is on the up-and-up. After all, it wouldn't do any good for the world's greatest bastion of freedom and democracy to slide down into the chaos of widespread voter fraud, graft, and corruption. There is enough corruption in our political system as it is, without throwing our entire democratic process down the toilet.
This has led to the recent trend of states debating and passing voter ID laws. The argument in favor of voter ID laws is simple: if we want election results we can depend upon, voters should be required to prove that they are who they say they are. After all, the trend of fraudulent voter registrations collected by political groups, community organizations, and labor unions has been ongoing for decades. We've all seen the stories about dead people and fictional characters being registered to vote, often multiple times and in multiple electoral districts.
It's bad enough that we can't trust our politicians to tell us the truth. At the very least, we need to be able to trust our election process, and not be left wondering every time if the winning candidate cheated his or her way into office.
But voter ID laws are not supported by everyone, and there are far-ranging arguments against such laws, most having to do with disenfranchisement in one form or another.
The general theme is that voter ID laws will discourage people from voting. More aggressive opponents focus on minorities and the poor, pretty much saying that they won't be able to obtain identification in order to vote. I would ask, how is it that the poor and minorities are somehow so dumb that they cannot obtain legal identification in order to vote. Almost anyone can obtain a driver's license, and even if they can't get a license, most, if not all states issue ID cards.
The bottom line is, obtaining valid identification is not a major burden. Pretty much anyone can obtain valid ID in any state in the union, whether or not it is a driver's license.
We hear the stories every election: labor unions, political action committees and community organizations out on the streets before every election registering voters. And then the truth inevitably comes out: some portion of the registrants are either deceased, fictional characters, or otherwise made up. The reports always come out about how all of the fraudulent registrants, but I don't remember ever seeing a report about how many of those fraudulent registrants showed up at the polls on election day.
In the 2008 election, members of the New Black Panther Party
were filmed engaging in voter intimidation outside polling places in Philadelphia. The Obama Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder (currently embroiled in scandal as he lies to Congress about his role in Fast and Furious) refused to prosecute. His reasoning basically amounted to "white people are evil." In Holder's twisted logic
, African-Americans were discriminated against during the Civil Rights movement much more severely than what the New Black Panthers did in Philadelphia...and therefore the New Black Panthers committed no crime, regardless of the fact that their actions clearly violated the law.
This is the most important factor in the current debate over voter ID laws: the Democrats don't care about the validity of our election process. They don't care about enforcing election laws. They only care about winning, and when it comes to bringing honesty to our election process, they are against it because it would cripple their ability to subvert our election process.
What other reason could there be? Are poor people and minorities truly so stupid that they are unable to obtain valid identification? I don't think so. The statistics show that even most of the poor in America own flat-screen TVs, one or more motor vehicles, and cell phones. Compared to that, obtaining valid identification is child's play. The only conceivable reason to oppose voter ID laws would be to subvert that system through voter fraud.