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  • Seventy Percent of Americans Agree It's Time for Voter ID

    Think that you ought to be required to show photo identification before being able to vote? If so, count yourself among the majority of Americans — 70 percent — who support the requirement. Rasmussen reports on their findings in a new poll:

    Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to cast their ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% oppose this kind of requirement.

    Notwithstanding the overwhelming support, Rasmussen notes that Attorney General Eric Holder intends to examine new state laws that require showing a photo ID before voting for potential racial bias. But as Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky explains, claims that voter ID laws result in bias are based on faulty claims, and there is evidence to prove it:

    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.

    What’s more, surveys of registered voters show that requiring a photo ID to vote would not be a serious problem. An American University survey in Maryland, Indiana, and Mississippi found that less than one-half of 1 percent of registered voters lacked a government-issued ID, and a 2006 survey of more than 36,000 voters found that only “23 people in the entire sample—less than one-tenth of one percent of reported voters” were unable to vote because of an ID requirement.”

    Given the evidence of voting fraud, it’s not surprising that Americans support voter ID laws. Von Spakovsky details some recent cases:

    In August, three voters in Wake County, North Carolina, were charged with voting twice in the 2008 presidential election, apparently for President Barack Obama. In April, a member of the executive committee of the NAACP in Tunica County, Mississippi, was convicted on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots and sentenced to five years in prison. She voted in the names of six other voters, as well as in the names of four dead voters. There are pending indictments of city council members and an ongoing grand jury investigation of ballot fraud in Troy, New York, over a 2009 primary involving the Working Families Party.

    Learn more about voter ID in Without Proof: The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification By Hans von Spakovsky and Alex Ingram at Heritage.org.

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    10 Responses to Seventy Percent of Americans Agree It's Time for Voter ID

    1. Bobbie says:

      there's no reason but pathetic not to have voter ID! any other rule/exception applied in national, state, local voting process would be discriminating and leaves open the door of fraud whom many unworthy politicians befriend! the 22% need self respect!

    2. sheri fratis says:

      YES YES YES!!!! Does acorn ring a bell. Hello….
      You have to show your ID for so many things, why not voting.
      This is the only way good ol barrack HUSSAIN obummer got elected, and will be the only way he could get re elected…

    3. Nancy says:

      We have to show our photo ID to vote in Danbury CT and I've never heard anyone complain.
      It should be a requirement everywhere.

    4. Michael A. Gabel says:

      But as long as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz disagrees, we will continue to hear demagoguery from the left.

      This is, yet again,the left's attempt to destroy the concepts of personal responsibility, fair elections and self-reliance.

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      If any person has the where-with-all to register to vote, they should not have a problem obtaining a valid picture ID. Their is only one reason Eric Holder object to voter ID. It's to allow voter fraud. When we study Holder's past record and his involvment in the Okalahoma City bombing, Ruby Ridge, and Waco when he served under Clinton, then his posistion on the Black Panther case, we soon understand why Obama choose him as AG.

    6. Lawrence Burnham says:

      Agreed, a majority of Americans do favor showing ID (drivers license, non-drivers picture ID). However, the democratic party is counting on the illegal immigrant vote to win elections. The democrats WILL NOT respond to public opinion. They will only do what benifits them. Violate rules, regulations, and the constitution to accomplish their goals.
      There should be, or must be a way to stop them and enforce voter regulations. The office of the Attorney General is no hope as Holder is part of the democrat regime. And a major participant in the push to allow illegals to vote.

    7. Lawrence Burnham says:

      It would seem that there is no resistance to this in the ranks of elected officials of any party. The republican party does not have the guts to stand up and end this for fear of offending anyone. By not standing up to this illegal manuver, they are offending the American people and assisting the democrats to win elections by fraud and deceit!
      I don't know how to combat this and overcome the fraud and deceit other than to keep calling, writting, and e-mailing my representatives in hope that atleast one of them will stand up to be counted as an American and fight for the rights of legal Americans.
      If the democrats when this election by fraud (illegal voters, etc), there will be no stopping the drive to bring socialism to this country.

    8. rebo41 says:

      Louisiana has voter ID for several years with no outcry from voters as it being unfair. Of course the state has been Republican for many years also, except for the third world country of New Orleans. It seems that whenever there is outcry against voter ID, it usually comes from Democrats and minorities. BTW, you don't have to have a driver's license. You can get an official ID from a driver's license bureau at no charge. So, there's really no reason not to have a valid ID.

    9. JOHN HENRY says:

      A "Voter Registration ID Card " is not a national identity card and should not be considered as one!!

    10. zygote1331 says:

      The voter ID's that are mentioned here are discriminatory and used to suppress voters, not to prevent fraud. The DOJ finally has moved on SC to block these restrictive laws. Merry Xmas.

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