Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Voter Fraud

                    The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the need for integrity in the election system.  We must have a system that ensures that every legitimate vote is counted and that voter fraud does not decide who wins the elections.  The simplest and most effective way to assure election integrity is to require every voter to present a picture ID in order to obtain a ballot.

                    Alaska election centers have required picture IDs for many years.  I don't remember any time that I voted without presenting a picture ID.  In fact, I have to present picture IDs in order to see my doctor or to have a mammogram!  I do not understand why people are so much against the requirement for votes to identify themselves in order to vote.  I am far from alone in my belief that voter ID is necessary.

According to Rasmussen Reports"Seventy (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."

                    Voter fraud exists in spite of people thinking that it is a "myth."  Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at Heritage,  said that voter fraud is common in America

"The fraud denialists also must have missed the recent news coverage of the double
voters in North Carolina and the fraudster in Tunica County, Miss.  - a members of the NAACP's
local executive committee - who was sentenced in April to five years in prison for voting in the
names of ten voters, including four who were deceased.
                                        "And the story of the former deputy chief of staff for Washington mayor Vincent Gray,
who was forced to resign after news broke that she had voted illegally in the District of Columbia
even though she was a Maryland resident.  Perhaps they would like a copy of an order from a federal
immigration court in Florida on a Cuban immigrant who came to the U.S. in April 2004 and promptly
registered and voted in the November election."

                    Photo identifications are not limited to drivers' licenses.  Student IDs from any educational institution, tribal IDs, state government employee IDs, federal government employee IDs, military IDs, retired military IDs, and passports are all acceptable forms of identification.  Every state that has passed a voter ID law has arranged for any resident to receive an ID free if they cannot afford the fee.

                    So why is Attorney General Eric Holder "closely examining" any new state laws that require a photo ID before voting?  He claims he is looking for potential racial bias even though these allegations are baseless.  He wants to make sure that every Democrat - every liberal/progressive Democrat - has the opportunity to vote at least once!  

                    According to Spakovsky,  he could not find any evidence to support the claims of racial bias: 

"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."

                    Spakovsky joined Alex Ingram in a legal report entitled "Without Proof:  The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification" and dated August 24,2011.  The report begins with the following paragraph:

                                        "The primary argument against voter identification requirements - that many Americans lack
                    proper identification and would therefore be prevented from voting - is not supported by credible studies
                    of voter turnout rates.  In fact, the study most frequently cited by opponents of voter identification
                    requirements - Citizens Without Proof, a report produced by the Brennan Center at New York University's
                    School of Law - is both dubious in its methodology and results and suspect in its sweeping conclusions."

                    After presenting much evidence, the legal report ends with the following conclusion:

                                        "In the end, the Brennan Center report is clear in its intentions, fuzzy in its methodology, and
                    wrong in its conclusions.  Such doomsday predictions of widespread disfranchisement are increasingly
                    being exposed as untrue as more legitimate research is performed and reported.
                                        "Claims that millions of would-be voters will be turned away on Election Day because of
                    voter ID laws have been disproved in research, in the courtroom, and at the polling place.  Studies
                    like Citizens Without Proof are the last, desperate fits of a misguided resistance to the spread of common-
                    sense voter ID reform."

                    From reading the above legal report, it appears to me that no legitimate voters would be prevented from voting by requiring photo identification before obtaining ballots; however, it would be very difficult to obtain numerous ballots for one individual or any ballots for deceased persons.  I believe that requiring photo identification in order to vote would be the simplest and most effective way to bring more integrity into our election system.

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