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  • The Uproar Over Voter-ID Laws

    The left is in an uproar over new voter-ID laws passed by states including Texas, Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. Their complaint? That requiring someone to authenticate his or her identity at the polling place amounts to racial discrimination.

    The Heritage Foundation’s Hans Von Spakovsky writes in this week’s National Review that, in truth, the vast majority of Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds support voter-ID laws. And he breaks apart liberals’ arguments against the requirements:

    Once you get past the race-baiting, you will find that opponents of voter ID generally rely on two arguments, equally specious: 1) There is no need for photo ID, because there is no voter fraud in the United States; 2) This is a deliberate effort to suppress the turnout of minority voters, who often don’t have photo ID. Liberals keep repeating these false claims despite the fact that they have been disproved both in the courtroom and at the polling place.

    The claim that there is no voter fraud in the U.S. is patently ridiculous, given our rich and unfortunate history of it. As the U.S. Supreme Court said when it upheld Indiana’s photo-ID law in 2008, “Flagrant examples of such fraud . . . have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.” The liberal groups that fought Indiana’s law didn’t have much luck with liberal justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the 6–3 decision. Before being named to the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens practiced law in Chicago, a hotbed of electoral malfeasance . . .

    Election data in Georgia demonstrate that concern about a negative effect on the Democratic or minority vote is baseless. Turnout there increased more dramatically in 2008 — the first presidential election held after the state’s photo-ID law went into effect — than it did in states without photo ID. Georgia had a record turnout in 2008, the largest in its history — nearly 4 million voters. And Democratic turnout was up an astonishing 6.1 percentage points from the 2004 election, the fourth-largest increase of any state. The black share of the statewide vote increased from 25 percent in 2004 to 30 percent in 2008, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. According to Census Bureau surveys, 65 percent of the black voting-age population voted in the 2008 election, compared with only 54.4 percent in 2004, an increase of more than ten percentage points.

    Read more of Hans Von Spakovsky’s “Not a Race Card” at NationalReview.com.

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    11 Responses to The Uproar Over Voter-ID Laws

    1. Bobbie says:

      Explain why one rule applied to all, is racial discrimination? whoever explains is racially belittling!

      America can regain her integrity with less the fraud potential that voter id will eliminate. Simple rule applied to all and if you want to vote, you'll have no complaints. You'll do what's required. If you want to complain than you're obviously not in favor of integrity and therefore you and your vote is not favored.

    2. William says:

      Imagine if instead of voter ID laws, the requirement to be allowed to vote was to correctly answer why voter ID laws are being pushed. Under that scenario, I don't think a single Republican could get 10 percent of the vote.

      The notion that there's significant voter fraud is a false narrative driven by those who bank on the stupidity of their followers. You're more likely to be struck by lightening than encounter a case of voter fraud. That's part 1 of the GOP scam.

      Those that drive the voter ID agenda know that those who don't have government issued ID are those who don't drive a car or travel outside the U.S. (i.e. they don't have a driver's license and don't have a passport). They know the vast majority that fall into that category are either poor or live in a metro area with public transportation (or elderly). In other words they don't generally vote Republican. Furthermore, they know that a significant percentage of these will not (for a variety of reasons) correctly navigate the new obstacles placed in front of them, thus completely eliminating them from getting into a voting booth.

      You're a complete sucker if you truly believe voter ID laws are intended to protect the integrity of the vote (and that's what they're those who drive the voter ID agenda are banking on).

      • Bobbie says:

        Couldn't disagree with ignorance more. Everyone knows one requirement to get government subsidies which over half the country has is through identification. No problem there! Is there a word beyond ignorant when it comes to suggesting fraud doesn't exist in the American election process?? Talk about a sucker! Fraud wouldn't exist to the extent with voter id. and if you don't hold America important enough to want honest elections with less potential of fraud, you're part of the mind set without principle that's ruining this country. the more exceptions the process makes, the more fraud there is. one requirement!

        where's the racial discrimination? what the other side drives on?

        How terrible of true Americans to push for integrity. What a crime to ask so much. that would just blow the minds of Americans today to be expected responsible to ONE requirement to vote! why should people care what they're voting for? especially when government has taken so much beyond their duty, people don't have to care…

        if requiring id to vote is too much to ask, then the minds of people have been severely damaged! quit making a mountain out of a mole hill! Simple idea, simple request! Americans have the integrity that can be shown through this SIMPLE requirement!

      • 1nativeamerican says:

        Like I said, if it's not a big deal and there's not that much to worry about then pass it and get on with more important things

    3. 1nativeamerican says:

      Then if there isn't that much of it and it's not a big deal, then what's the big deal about passing it, pass it and let's get on to more important things

    4. carol,az says:

      This isn't about race but about legal residence of the USA voting their natural Constitutional Rights .
      Race will certainly be used over this issue.
      Reverse discrimination to all of us who are citizen, used thousands times on all issues, called race is used by this leadership.
      It's disgusting and I have wondered so many time where's the Black caucus in all of this.?
      Certainly they are being discriminated as well. .
      Numerous States are now being sued over voter fraud .
      Who out there would allow any non-citizens to be bussed to the polls , given a free ATM card, and told what to do, how to it, and skew the electorial process for choice.
      It happens all the time on border states and we already have the law. .

    5. Debra NC says:

      Our Democrat Governor in North Carolina, Gov Perdue VETOE'D the 'Voter ID Bill' when it came to her desk not long ago, because she said, "It will make it too difficult for some people to vote." I'm prety sure she means, It will make it difficult to vote more than once. I just wonder how Voter ID would work when people vote in person and by Voter ID, which many did in the last election. The also sent in Voter Absentee ballots for people who were deceased.

    6. Jon says:

      Several years ago here in New Mexico they issued new plastic voters cards complete with a magnetic strip on the back. No one in the last two elections has anyone asked to see it no one has checked the magnetic strip ! You walk in pick out a completly diffrent number tell them what it is and your voting! They don't even ask for your name!

    7. Joan of Snark says:

      How about not only proper ID but a certified copy of your tax return, too. And if the tax return shows you didn't pay any taxes but instead got other people's money back, you don't get to vote.

      That would keep voting to legal citizens and those who actually have skin in this game. For after all, if the person with their hand out gets to make the rules, the person with something to give will soon have nothing.

      • screwed by the gov. says:

        but you didnt think of the ppl getting assistance.(welfare and ssi) THEY DONT HAVE TAX RETURNS!

    8. Chris Barnett says:

      More info about Rhode Island's voter ID law is posted on the Secretary of State's website at http://sos.ri.gov/elections/voterid/.

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