Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Voter ID, its the right thing to do

A grand jury report prepared by then-Brooklyn District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman in the 1980s revealed how difficult it is to catch perpetrators. It detailed a massive, 14-year conspiracy in which crews of individuals were recruited to go to polling places and vote in the names of fraudulently registered voters, dead voters, and voters who had moved. "The ease and boldness with which these fraudulent schemes were carried out shows the vulnerability of our entire electoral process to unscrupulous and fraudulent misrepresentation," the report concluded.

Those opposed to voter ID requirements using arguments like disenfranchisement are throwing up a smoke screen.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who first upheld Indiana's photo ID law in 2006, cited a state study that found 99% of the voting-age population had the necessary photo ID. Judge Barker also noted that Indiana provided a photo ID for free to anyone who could prove their identity, and that critics of the law "have produced not a single piece of evidence of any identifiable registered voter who would be prevented from voting."

Those opposed to voter ID requirements are not so worried about legitimate people being refused the ability to vote as much as they are worried that the "right" people won't be permitted to vote and in some cases vote multiple times. This includes illegal aliens and felons.

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