Voter ID Laws
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Voter Photo ID and Privacy.
In the US, voting civil rights advocates are locked in a struggle with federal, state and local
authorities over more restrictive voter identification and authentication requirements. This clash
over poll place practices and voter ID requirements was initially triggered by the passage of the
Help America Vote Act of 2002, which increased federal election requirements for first-time voters
who register to vote by mail. These requirements include that voters provide a form of
identification prior to voting in person for the first time. According to the Act, acceptable forms
of identification could include a photo ID, "utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or
other government document that shows the name and address of the voter." While new ID
requirements might appear minor to most voters, they threaten both privacy for all US voters and
civil rights for marginalized voter populations. Similarly, while the states raise barriers to
in-person voter participation through the new requirements, they leave the gate wide open to actual
voter fraud threats posed by absentee voting.
Liberal Activist Compares U.S. Voter Identification Laws To 'Rise Of Hitler'. This woman and her husband moved to Europe for
twenty years in protest of Ronald Reagan's election. Here's hoping they have to pack their bags again in November 2016.
ID Works in Mexico ... It Could Also Work In LA and the US. In Mexico, illegal aliens are not given free health
care, education and a driver's license. Instead, when found, they are detained, jailed and deported, in a matter of weeks.
No chance for them to go back on the streets, no amnesty — deportation. Mexico also, wants honest elections. They
demand Voter ID. If it is good enough for Mexico why does the President demand dishonest elections? Simply answer:
Barack Obama is a Chicago Democrat. That explains it all.
Requiring Photo-ID to Vote is Wrong. Speaking at the White House Thursday [8/6/2015], on the 50th
anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, President Barack Obama said that people do not take advantage
of the lack of voter ID laws to cast fraudulent votes in other peoples' names. The president
based his conclusion on government data on the number of people the government prosecutes for this
crime. "Sadly, too many states are making it harder for folks to vote — instituting
photo ID laws that on the surface sound good," said Obama.
Predicted, Texas Voter ID Swirls the Drain. Today [8/5/2015] the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
struck a potentially fatal blow to Texas voter ID. The Appeals Court upheld the lower federal
court's ruling that Texas Voter ID violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Writing for the
court, Judge Catharina Haynes (W appointee) upheld the lower court and adopted a version of the Voting Rights
Act that incorporates a statistical disparate impact analysis. Simply, if minorities are
disproportionately affected statistically by a state election law, it likely violates federal law.
Circuit Court of Appeals says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act. The Fifth
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday [8/5/2015] that Texas' voter ID law violates the Voting Rights
Act — but it also said the law is not a "poll tax." In an unanimous decision, a three-judge
panel ruled that the controversial and Republican-backed measure violated Section 2 of the landmark
civil rights law. The law has been part of a complicated legal battle for years.
You can vote all you want, but in the end, judges will decide what you get.
court strikes down 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID. A federal appeals court ruled
Wednesday [8/5/2015] that Texas' voter ID law has a "discriminatory" effect on minorities in a
victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the
weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in
Requires Voter ID, but George Soros and Hillary Clinton Are Determined the U.S. Won't.
It's been over seven years since the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision that was written by liberal
favorite John Paul Stevens, declared that voter-ID laws don't constitute an undue burden on people
attempting to vote. But that hasn't stopped liberals from fighting in legislatures and courts
against those laws and other efforts to promote voter integrity. The lawsuits are often brought
by Marc Elias, who doubles as the attorney for Hillary Clinton's campaign. And their efforts
have paid off: Only about 18 states currently require a photo ID to vote.
Clinton Lawyer, Soros Back
Anti-Voter ID Lawsuits. Hillary Clinton's top campaign lawyer is behind a multi-state push challenging voter
identification laws implemented in recent years, efforts that are expected to reach numerous other states ahead of the 2016
elections. Marc Elias, a top campaign lawyer for Hillary Clinton and a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm Perkins
Coie, has filed lawsuits in three states thus far. The nationwide campaign is being fueled with money from the liberal
billionaire George Soros. Elias first began exploring the possible challenges back in January 2014. Soros then
became involved, vowing to throw his weight behind the effort in collaboration with Elias.
8-in-10 back voter ID. Despite Democratic charges that conservative states and
politicians are engaging in discrimination by demanding that voters show identification, more than
three-quarters of likely voters believe photo ID laws are needed. A new Rasmussen Reports poll
out Wednesday [6/4/2015] found support for photo ID laws at 76 percent, nearly exactly the
78 percent support registered in 2006 when the latest movement to scrap the laws kicked off.
Swing State of Ohio Might Finally Be Getting a Photo Voter ID Law. A group of
Republican lawmakers in Ohio will introduce a bill in the Ohio House next week that will require a
driver's license, state ID card, passport, or military ID in order to cast a ballot in person in the
state. "This is a bill which I believe is very important for the state of Ohio for the sanctity
of our election system, for the sanctity of making sure that it is one person, one vote and they are
in fact residents and citizens of the United States," said Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), the primary
sponsor of the bill, in a press conference this week.
Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law. The Supreme Court on Monday
[3/23/2015] turned away a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law, after having blocked
the state from requiring photo IDs in November's general election.
Is Finally Free to Implement Voter ID Law. Great news for those interested in
election integrity and common sense reforms like voter ID: the Supreme Court today [3/23/2015]
removed the final legal obstacle to implementing Wisconsin's voter ID law. The Court refused to hear
the American Civil Liberties Union's appeal of a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that threw out
the injunction issued against the state's ID law by federal district court Judge Lynn Adelman.
Court rejects challenge Wisconsin voter ID law. The Supreme Court on Monday [3/23/2-15] rejected
an appeal to overturn Wisconsin's voter identification law, upsetting civil rights activists concerned the law
discourages minorities from casting their ballot. The high court said it wouldn't hear an appeal filed to
overturn the voter ID law, which was signed into law in 2011 by Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential
contender Scott Walker. The American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a motion to stop the law from
going into effect. The ACLU said in a statement that it is challenging the law on behalf of numerous Wisconsin
voters because it violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.
Voter ID Laws in Selma Speech. I defy President Obama to name me one person who has
been denied the right to vote as a result of the passage of any state voter ID law. The states that
require a photo ID have gone to great lengths to ensure its citizens receive their IDs free of charge.
For President Obama to compare contemporary voter ID laws to the laws of the Jim Crow South trivializes the
what those who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago achieved and is yet another example of the
President's dishonesty, disingenuousness and demagoguery.
Supreme Court asked to consider Wisconsin voter ID challenge. Civil rights advocates
asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reverse a decision upholding Wisconsin's voter photo
identification law, arguing the case raises questions of national importance about limits on a
state's ability to restrict voting. The American Civil Liberties Union and allied groups argued
in their filing that the Wisconsin case offers an "ideal vehicle" to settle the legal debate over voter
Pennsylvania Democrat Politicians Indicted for Taking Bribes to Oppose Voter ID Laws.
Two Pennsylvania Democrat state lawmakers have been indicted for taking bribes to oppose the state's
voter ID laws, a report says. The Philadelphia district attorney issued the charges after Obama's
Department of "Justice" refused to prosecute the lawmakers for their lawbreaking actions. Acting
in a purely political manner — as they always do — Obama and Holder cared more that
an indictment would hurt their case for voter ID laws than they did about prosecuting real lawbreakers.
Voter ID Laws Are Like Violent Attacks on Blacks at Selma. The journalists at CBS
This Morning on Monday [12/15/2014] compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans
during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years.
ID: The Ultimate Faux Controversy. If you've ever tried to board a plane, cash a check
or rent a car, you've almost surely had to show some form of identification with your picture on it.
For most people, that takes the form of a driver's license, but there are other forms of photo ID.
Millions of Americans produce them every day to do dozens of everyday tasks and think nothing of it.
Why should it be any different when we vote? Anyone can show up and claim to be you. Imagine if
all someone had to do was state your name and address. I don't know about you, but producing a form
of ID when I vote gives me some peace of mind that no one else is voting in my name.
Poll Tax That Wasn't. When the Supreme Court over the weekend rejected a petition to
stop a Texas voter ID law from going into effect for the midterms, the left commenced its wailing
and gnashing of teeth. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the law "purposely
discriminatory," and everyone piled in behind her with denunciations of the Lone Star State's
blatant racism. For the left, voter ID is tantamount to a poll tax.
Level of 'Progressive' Voter Fraud Already Everywhere You Look. For all
those — like myself — who figured Obama was only flooding us with illegals so
as to later register them as lifelong Democrats, SURPRISE: it's here now, as illegal
immigrants present on nation's soil for dubious reasons have been already automatically added to
voter registration lists in North Carolina through Obama's 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals'
program. You know, same North Carolina where skeevy Team Obama conspired to sign-up 11,000+
illegally-registered voters last time round... and not coincidentally, where no
voter ID law exists.
correction made in Justice Ginsburg's dissent on Texas voter ID law. The U.S. Supreme
Court made a rare correction on Wednesday [10/22/2014] to an error in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's
scathing dissent of the majority opinion on Texas' controversial voter ID law — a dissent
that had been highly touted by critics of the law. The dissent attracted widespread attention,
in part because Ginsburg and fellow dissenting justices were up all night Friday, into Saturday
morning [10/18/2014], writing their statement skewering the law. They came down hard on the majority
opinion by the Supreme Court to allow Texas to enforce the voter ID law in the upcoming November elections.
Why Do Democrats
Oppose Voter ID? Lots of folks think Democrats oppose voter ID laws because they want
to cheat and such laws interfere with their plans. That's an attractive explanation, but it ignores
the far more complex architecture of voter ID opposition. Here's the real reasons Democrats oppose
voter ID. Understanding these three reasons will help you decode the whole narrative behind voter
ID. [...] [Reason #3] They Need Money. Groups like the NAACP and ACLU are looking to justify
their continued existence, decades after they won the fight. Opposition to voter ID helps them
fundraise, and pay salaries.
Court says Texas can use Voter ID law in November elections. The Supreme Court said Saturday [10/18/2014] that Texas can use its
voter identification law in November's election. A federal judge struck down the law earlier in October, saying it created "an unconstitutional
burden on the right to vote." That same judge later issued an injunction blocking the law's implementation. That decision was put on hold
by a federal appeals court, citing issues with changing voting rules so close to an election, according to the New York Times.
Supreme Court allows Texas
voter ID law for now. Texas election officials can go ahead and enforce a controversial voter
identification law opposed by the Obama administration and civil rights groups, the U.S. Supreme Court
said early Saturday [10/18/2014]. The decision comes just two days before early voting begins in the
state. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it was "a major step backward to let stand a
law... (that was) designed to discriminate."
voter ID law reinstated. A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas's
voter-identification law for the November election, which the Justice Department had condemned as
the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. The ruling by the New
Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit temporarily blocks last week's ruling by
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, who said the law was unconstitutional
and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting.
court reinstates Texas voter ID law. The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos
in Corpus Christi, who determined the law unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to
dissuade minorities from voting.
voter ID laws blocked by courts. The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday blocked
Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in November's election. By a 6-3
vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers, who argued it was too late
to put the rule into effect this year. Lawyers for the ACLU noted that the state had already
sent out thousands of absentee ballots without mentioning the need for voters to return a copy of
their photo identification.
Judge strikes down
Texas voter ID law. A federal judge on Thursday likened Texas' tough voter ID law to a
poll tax meant to suppress minority voters and blocked Texas from enforcing it just weeks ahead of
next month's election, knocking down a measure the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as
block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin. A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a
poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election
Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.
Kris Kobach disputes
study showing Kansas voter ID law likely reduced voter turnout. Voter turnout between
2008 and 2012 took a bigger hit in Kansas than other states, and that's likely due to voter ID
requirements, a study released by U.S. Government Accountability Office Wednesday [10/8/2014] argues. Kansas
Secretary of State Kris Kobach disagrees with the methodology of the report, which was requested by four
Democratic and one independent U.S. Senate leaders. There were no statewide political campaigns in
Kansas in 2012, Kobach noted in a rebuttal letter to the GAO.
losing long war against voter ID. You would not know it if you read only the New York Times or watched only
MSNBC, but the Left and President Obama are losing their fight to block the widespread introduction of voter ID cards.
In courts of law and the court of public opinion, the issue is gaining traction. With few exceptions, liberal pressure
groups have lost lawsuits in state after state, with courts tossing out their faux claims that ID laws are discriminatory,
unconstitutional or suppress minority voting.
court orders Wisconsin's voter ID law to be reinstated. U.S. District Judge Lynn
Adelman struck the law down as unconstitutional in April, saying it unfairly burdens poor and
minority voters who may lack such identification. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked
the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to overturn that ruling.
Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S.
court. A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday [9/2/2014] in a case over a law requiring voters to present
photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it an attempt at suppressing
ID Laws Winning, Obama and Holder Losing. The left claims that voter ID laws are the
second coming of racist Jim Crow laws. They say it is onerous for people to have to get a valid
photo ID in order to vote. They say having to get a photo ID is somehow "just like" the expensive
poll taxes forced on blacks between the end of the Civil War and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But, since photo
IDs can be gotten for less than $10 — and in many cases, free of charge — in every state in
the union, this claim of left-wing liars is hard to make Americans believe. And the polls show it.
Around in BHO Land. Last week when I went to peruse the shelves at Barnes & Noble and
used my educator card for a purchase, I was asked to show a photo ID. The next day, when I went for
a planned medical procedure, I was required to display a photo ID. And finally, when I cashed a
check at the local A&P, the cashier requested to see some identification. Even at a local Goodwill
store, I had to show a photo ID in order to buy an item. In addition, I needed to show my driver's
license to get a new library card.
Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong: [#35] The Department of Justice has worked overtime to help
increase voter fraud by fighting against voter ID. This is despite the fact that you need ID to buy alcohol,
drive a car, fly on a plane or even to use Obamacare.
Court Smacks Down Eric Holder's Attack on NC Voter ID. The left trumpeted a voter ID decision in Wisconsin as if it
were the end of the issue. Let's see what they do with this one. A federal court today [8/8/2014] smacked down the Holder
Justice Department and refused to enjoin (block) North Carolina's voter ID law, curtailment of costly early voting and end of
fraud-infested same day registration. This means the state's voter ID law will be in place for the midterm congressional
(and Senate) elections in November. The Justice Department had actually argued that even if black voters turned out at
higher rates under voter ID (which they do), because blacks have to take the bus more and their life is generally harder,
then voter ID and curtailing early voting violates the Voting Rights Act.
voting restrictions in NAACP address. Civil rights groups complain the measures make it harder
for minorities to vote because they have less access to identification and depend more on early voting.
Mississippi's voter ID law could be
[an] example for [the] nation. Mississippi might be an example to the rest of the
nation on voter identification. The Mississippi voter ID law received its shakedown cruise in
the June 3 primary elections and passed muster with only a few issues. Of the 397,822 ballots
cast, 513 voters did not have a photo ID compliant with the law and 177 returned with ID later to
have their votes counted. Missing the Tuesday deadline were 298 voters whose ballots were rejected
because the voter never returned with an acceptable ID. Thirteen more were rejected for other
reasons. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the success of the new law is proof the state
doesn't need federal oversight of its elections and redistricting.
Voter ID [was] Implemented With No Problems. It wasn't the biggest story following
Tuesday's elections in various states, but it was the biggest and most-ignored non-story. [...]
Aside from being able to use any form of government-issued photo ID, like every other state with ID
requirements, Mississippi provides a free ID for anyone who does not already have a government-issued
photo ID. Contrary to the claims of those who say large numbers of Americans don't have an ID,
Mississippi estimated that only 0.8 percent of Mississippians lacked an ID. In fact, even
that may have been an overestimate since the state had to issue only about 1,000 voter ID cards.
All those who forgot their ID on Tuesday also could vote by an affidavit as long as they returned and
showed an ID within five days.
for Mississippi Voters. Tuesday [6/3/2014] is the first time Mississippi voters will
be required to show a photo ID when they vote. Lauderdale County election commissioner, Wallace
Heggie, says you must have your photo ID ready to show when you check in to vote. This is required
even if a poll worker knows who you are.
70 percent support voter ID laws. Seven in 10 registered voters are in favor of
identification laws in order to root out fraud at the ballot box, according to a Fox News poll
released this week. The survey found majority support in every major demographic, including black
voters and Democrats. The 70 percent who support voter ID laws remains largely
unchanged in the past few years. Another 27 percent believe the laws are unnecessary.
Paul's PAC clarifies: He never said he opposed voter ID laws, did he? The full quote
reported by the [New York] Times (which itself noted that Paul said nothing about opposing voter ID
laws) was, "Everybody's gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing. I think it's wrong for
Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it's offending people." Obvious question:
How much effort on voter ID is too much, before it crosses into what Paul would regard as Crazytown?
Sen. Paul's Office
Responds to my Voter ID Critique. [Scroll down] I don't see any evidence to support Paul's contention
that voter ID is "a defining issue of the Republican Party" much less something the GOP has "gone completely crazy" about.
It's certainly not a defining issue for the Republican Party in the way something like Obamacare has been. To the
extent voter ID has been an issue for Republicans, it has been on the state level which is the forum where Paul believes
it should be sorted out.
Diverges From His Party Over Voter ID. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday [5/9/2014] with fellow Republicans who
have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures
alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party. "Everybody's gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,"
Mr. Paul said in an interview. "I think it's wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it's offending
Pennsylvania Democrats Walk Out of Hearing on Members Accused of
Taking Bribes. This morning, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee held a hearing on
the case of the Democrats caught accepting bribes in exchange for voting against voter ID in the state.
The case against the Democrats is well-documented, yet Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat,
scuttled it shortly after she took office. Kane also accused the career investigators who built the case
of racism. That charge doesn't stand up to any level of scrutiny. The investigation targeted
Republicans and Democrats, male and female, black and white. As it so happens, only Democrats chose to
accept the bribes, and those members who did happen to be black.
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law.
A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that
voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.
The Editor says...p>
You can vote on this issue all you want, but the activist judges will decide what you get.
of the Disappointed. Some 34 states now require voters to show some form of
government-issued photo identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures,
up from zero in 2006. The states say such rules uphold public confidence in the integrity of the
ballot. And if the states are secretly trying to suppress minority turnout, they're doing a lousy
job. The Census reports that the black voting rate rose 13 percentage points from 1996 to 2012.
At 66.2% black participation in 2012 surpassed the rate for non-Hispanic whites (64.1%).
Voter fraud is no
myth. Opponents of voter identification legislation consistently contend that it
proposes a solution to a non-problem. [...] But the folks at the North Carolina State Board of
Elections have offered fresh evidence that a significant amount of voter fraud does exist.
On April 2, The Raleigh News & Observer reported that officials from that agency told state lawmakers
"they have identified hundreds, and potentially thousands, of voters who may have cast ballots in
two states in the 2012 general election." That conclusion was the result of cross-checking voting
records from 28 states, including North Carolina. The process found that 765 voters whose
first and last names, birth dates of birth and final four digits of their Social Security numbers matched
exactly with a voter registered in another state and who voted in both states in 2012.
O'Reilly to Conservative Guest: 'That's Right-Wing Paranoia'. "I am all for combating
voter fraud by using voter I.D.," [Monica] Crowley told O'Reilly. "My issue with the social security
card in particular is that that is is the federal government doing it. I think it would be better
left to the states." When O'Reilly protested, she said it was as if the federal government were
trying to tell people, "Show me your papers." "That's right-wing paranoia," O'Reilly told Crowley.
Atlantic Calls Out Obama for Race-Baiting in Voter ID Debate. The Atlantic criticized
Barack Obama Monday for "racializing" the issue of voter suppression. Friday, Obama delivered a
speech on the evils of voter suppression efforts at Al Sharpton's National Action Network, giving
what The Atlantic calls "the right speech in the wrong place."
Obama at Sharpton Event: Voter ID Supporters Are 'the Real Frauds'.
Obama, who hails from a city known for the Daley Machine and its "vote early and vote often" slogan, ripped Republicans for
trying to preserve the integrity of the ballot by reducing voter fraud and requiring voter IDs. He made the accusation
that there is a "well-organized effort" to undo gains the Civil Rights Movement has made in the last 50 years, and he
said voting rights are "under particular assault." "Voters who want to vote should be able to vote," Obama said.
decries 'bogus' voter fraud complaints. President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud "bogus"
and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday
at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton. Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter
identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make "it harder, not easier to vote."
And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred. "So let's be clear, the
real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud," Obama said.
Former ACORN CEO at Sharpton Convention: Amnesty Opponents, Voter ID Supporters Want
USA Apartheid. Bertha Lewis, the former CEO of ACORN, claimed at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention
on Wednesday that opponents of amnesty and supporters of voter identification laws want to institute in America something similar
to South Africa's apartheid. President Barack Obama will address the convention on Friday and discuss voting rights issues
and voter ID laws. Speaking on a panel about immigration reform, Bertha Lewis, who is now the president and founder
of The Black Institute, noted that America will soon "have a new majority, and that majority will be darker — black,
and brown, and Asian."
Fudge Says Changes in Ohio Voting Are 'Racist'. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) says the recent changes
in voting in Ohio are "racist." "I believe, personally, that a lot of this really is racist. I
believe that. They cannot make me believe that they do not understand how important the right to vote
is to me and people like me," Fudge told WKYC-TV last week. "Ohio has become the butt of jokes —
even in Washington. Because our governor and our legislature are doing everything they can to prevent
certain constituencies from voting. Poor people, minorities, the elderly, the disabled —
and they are doing it knowingly," Fudge said.
The Editor says...
Yes, it's true that the legislature is trying "to prevent certain constituencies from voting." They're
trying to prevent dead people from voting, and trying to prevent certain individuals from voting multiple times.
Those actions are already illegal, but the requirement of photo identification at the polls is the mechanism needed
to put teeth into those laws.
fraud as 'payback time'. Melowese Richardson is the poster girl for vote fraud.
The Ohio poll worker was sentenced last July to five years in prison after being convicted of voting
twice in the 2012 election and voting three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2012 — in the name of
her sister, in a coma since 2003, according to USA Today. This might be below Chicago graveyard
standards, but it's still impressive. Ms. Richardson has become a heroine to the left, which is
working with its legal arm — the U.S. Justice Department — to kill voter photo-ID laws
in order to ensure that creative voting continues.
Court rules states can require ID to vote. A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona and Kansas
can require anyone registering to vote to prove their citizenship and the federal Election Assistance Commission cannot block
them. The ruling is a boost for states' rights and marks a setback for President Obama and other liberals who fought
stiffer voter ID checks with an argument that they reduce voter turnout. "This is a huge victory for me,
personally, for the states of Kansas and Arizona, and for the whole cause of states' rights," said Kansas Secretary
of State Kris W. Kobach, who led the challenge.
Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where is Holder? Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance
tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of
Tiffany's jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for "NO" votes on a
Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012. Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen
Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat. Kane's excuse for her inaction? Racism: some
of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Dem took bribe to oppose voter ID law, but never got charged. Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly were caught
on tape accepting cash bribes, including one lawmaker who was paid to vote against a state voter identification law, but Democratic
Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the investigation. "Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the
inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments
in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
offers 'private' access to Va. Gov. McAuliffe for as little as $50K. Got $50,000? Then you, too, can
attend a "private evening reception" with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who wasted little time after Virginia's General
Assembly session gaveled to a close to launch a political action committee that offers such meetings with the governor in
exchange for high-end donations. Such arrangements are commonplace, and the practice of Virginia governors creating
their own fundraising PACs dates back 20 years. But the move was made after a legislative session in which
reducing the influence of money in politics was one of the top priorities for a governor who drew up plans to rent
out the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton administration.
Favor Proof of Citizenship Before Being Allowed to Vote. A federal judge last week
upheld the right of states to require proof of citizenship before allowing someone to register to
vote. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support such a requirement. A new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required
to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. That's up from 71% a year
ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement.
Bill Clinton says Republicans want
fewer people to vote. Former President Bill Clinton has signed on to promote a new Democratic voter project, claiming that the
GOP is trying with voter identification laws to block divorced women, college students, blacks, the disabled and younger Americans from voting.
"There is no greater assault on our core values than the rampant efforts to restrict the right to vote," Clinton said in a YouTube video
distributed as part of the Democratic Party's new Voter Expansion Project unveiled Thursday [2/27/2014].
The Editor says...
Republicans want fewer dead people to vote. Dead and fictitious people are an important component of the Democrats' base, but
they do not have the right to vote. As for the other groups, how many women have been married and divorced and do not have any
identification with a photo on it? (Nobody.) How many college students do not have a photo ID issued by the college?
(Zero.) How many "younger Americans" — who are old enough to vote legally — do not
have a driver's license, which is a major goal at that age? You no longer have to be a land owner to vote, but you
should be engaged in our society to the extent that you carry some sort of identification.
VP Biden Claims
'Hatred' Is Force Behind Voter Id Laws. On Tuesday [2/25/2014], Vice President Joe Biden blamed "hatred" as the motivating
force behind voter identification laws in states such as North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas. Biden wants new laws to block "former
slave holding states in the south" from discrimination against blacks and other minorities.
marchers protesting North Carolina voter ID law To Show Photo ID. North Carolinians marching to protest voter-ID laws must present
a valid photo ID to participate in an NAACP-hosted protest against voter-ID laws in Raleigh on Saturday [2/8/2014]. The central claim among
the protesters is that the voter-ID laws disenfranchise certain segments of the voting population, particularly minority voters and poor voters.
According to official NAACP flyers passed out at the rally, protesters must carry the precise kind of ID that they would be expected to present at
the voting booth.
ID's required to
attend NAACP rally to protest voter ID requirements. The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is holding a rally to protest that
state's new voter identification law, but participants are being advised to bring photo identification.
Black America: Stop The Insanity! Why do you
continue sleeping with the enemy, voting for liberal Democrats whose policies imply that you are inferior, stupid, and culturally immoral? When
the NAACP and Democrats claim that requiring a photo ID disenfranchises blacks, such implies we are stupid. For the life of me, I do not understand
why millions of blacks are not highly insulted by this absurd claim. Do blacks fly? Do blacks drive cars? Do blacks cash checks?
Speaking of photographic identification...
Bill Would Make Food Stamp Recipients
Show Photo ID. A group of House conservatives have introduced legislation to require that people using food stamps show a photo ID
whenever using them. The bill, introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), would "amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require households
that receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits to present photographic verification at the time food is purchased with such benefits."
Eric Holder Tells MSNBC: Feds Must Intervene to Stop Voter Photo ID Laws. In an interview that has gotten little notice so far,
US Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC's Ari Melber that the federal government should intervene and stop states from enforcing voter ID.
Holder tells Melber, "Photo ID efforts are done inappropriately and for improper reasons. I think that ought to be the basis for federal
Eric Holder: Voter ID [is]
Used to 'Depress the Vote' of People Who Don't Support GOP. Speaking exclusively to MSNBC host Ari Melber, Attorney General Eric Holder
sharply criticized state-level voter identification policies and said that he believes those policies are a "remedy in search of a problem."
He added that, while some may be arguing for voter ID in good faith, he believes that most are advocating for this policy in order to "depress the
vote" of those who do not support the "party that is advancing" voter ID measures. "I think many are using it for partisan advantage," Holder
said of voter ID.
Pennsylvania voter ID law struck
down. Pennsylvania's voter ID law, among the nation's most stringent, was struck down Friday morning [1/17/2014] by
a state judge. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled that the law, requiring almost all voters to present
photo identification prior to voting, was an unreasonable burden on voters.
Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013. [Scroll down] The DOJ is
similarly assaulting Texas in federal court as part of this ideological effort to suppress efforts to protect election integrity.
More than a dozen states — including Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin — have similar laws that require voters to show
government-issued photo identification at the polls, and Obama's attorney general has launched a campaign to challenge them all.
The Holder DOJ is clearly hostile to the idea of one person, one vote, one time.
This Factual Evidence
of Voter Fraud in Ohio Should Change Democrats' Minds About Voter ID. I am struggling to come up with a good way to defend
Democrats' behavior on the Voter ID debate when there were 257,000 dead people still listed as active voters and and at least
17 factual cases of voter fraud in Ohio. It is painfully obvious that the system needs a makeover if it is that awful at
staying up to date with who is and isn't alive.
Can't Say You Take Pride in American Democracy' and Be in Favor of Voter ID Laws. Yes, several states are mounting efforts to hinder the
ability of certain people to vote; these "certain" people are ineligible voters. Call it "extreme," but openly facilitating voter fraud to
alter elections is hardly an affirmation of democracy, but a detriment to our election process. On a side note, perhaps we could take President
Obama more seriously when he speaks about voter fraud or voter intimidation if his Justice Department had not dropped the case against Black Panthers
who intimidated voters in Philadelphia in 2008.
General Join Forces to Call Into Account Illegal Obama Administration Violations. In Arizona, voters passed a referendum requiring that individuals
registering to vote show evidence that they are citizens. Over 90 percent of the population can satisfy this simply by writing down a driver's
license number or naturalization number. The less than 10 percent of those who do not have these numbers are able to register by mailing a copy
of a birth certificate, passport, Indian registration number or similar documentation. The Obama Administration argued against Arizona in the Ninth
Circuit and a decision is yet to be made.
Texas Voting Rate Increased in Its First Voter ID
Test. The Economist is just the second mainstream outlet to notice that voter ID had no negative impact on the voting rate in Texas,
and may have contributed to the increase. [...] The November result totally destroys the Obama administration's stated rationale for going to court to stop
Texas voter ID law didn't suppress vote. If voter ID was
intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Duo Hooked Up 300 Illegal Immigrants with Photo ID; WashPost Buries Story on B8. A former DMV clerk, Maria Cavallaro, and her accomplice,
Jose Calderon, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to helping roughly 300 individuals "most of them illegal immigrants" to obtain Virginia-issued
"driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards for those... [who] were not eligible for them," Washington Post staffer Matt Zapotosky
reported in the November 7 paper. Suffice it to say, such a pervasive criminal conspiracy merits prime real estate in a major metropolitan
newspaper, but Post editors seem to disagree, placing the 14-paragraph story on page B8 of Thursday's [11/7/2013] paper, the very back page of
the Metro section.
Perpetrators? How Democrats Are Waging Guerilla War Against Popular Voter ID Laws. [T]he Democrats relentlessly attack voter ID laws that
have been enacted in several states over the past few years. The Obama administration is even waging courtroom war against those laws, suing states
including Texas that have passed voter ID to get the laws gutted. Texas is key to Democrats' hopes to build a permanent presidency and congressional
majority, so whatever happens in Texas won't stay in Texas. Voter ID seems to fill Democrats with dread that they cannot win the state.
Justice Department to sue North Carolina over
voter law. The Justice Department announced Monday [9/30/2013] that it is suing the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over
tough new voter ID rules. The suit claims that the North Carolina statute violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and would seek to have the
state subject to federal pre-clearance before making "future voting-related changes." The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville,
Tenn. Attorney General Eric Holder said "by restricting access and ease of voter participation, this new law would shrink, rather than expand, access"
Justice Dept. to sue North Carolina over
GOP-backed voting rules. The Justice Department filed suit Monday to block North Carolina's new voter-ID law, with Attorney General Eric H.
Holder Jr. accusing state Republicans of engaging in a deliberate effort to suppress black voter turnout. [...] "This concern about vote fraud is something that
is made up in order to justify these restrictive and I think, at a minimum, partisan actions," Mr. Holder said in a news conference at the Justice Department.
Holder's Texas Vendetta: He Suppresses Voter
ID Truth. [Eric] Holder's problem is that the Supreme Court has already ruled that requiring photo IDs to vote — as required,
for example, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention — does not constitute an undue burden on minorities since the requirement and any
fees are applied to all voters equally. "There is no question about the legitimacy or importance of a state's interest in counting only eligible
voters' votes," wrote liberal Justice John Paul Stevens for the 6-3 majority in the high court's 2008 decision upholding Indiana's ID law, the toughest
in the nation. "We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters," the justices said.
Why the Left Really is against
Voter ID Laws. For the far left, elections are a means to an end. So long as elections lead to liberal Democrats implementing a
leftist agenda, they are desirable. But if Americans elect conservatives who implement an agenda antithetical to the Left's world view,
then elections are impediments to utopia. In other words, the Left does not place intrinsic value on elections. Above all, the Left
values an intrusive federal government equipped with the power to manage (or micromanage) all sectors of society for the supposed betterment
of humanity. This is in stark contrast to conservatives and libertarians, who do place intrinsic value on elections.
Are You Sure There's No Voter
Fraud? The assumption that voter fraud is nonexistent requires us to not only ignore most of American political history; it also
obligates us to forget everything we know about human nature. Given that photo ID is now required for virtually every sort of transaction
or service, most Americans rightly see it as a common[ ]sense measure. But discussions about shady elections don't require us to explore
the distant past.
Department of Justice Sues Texas Over
Voter ID Law. The Obama administration will sue Texas to block its voter ID law, the Justice Department said on Thursday [8/22/2013]. The
lawsuit will challenge the law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or language.
The Left's Faux Martyr. The Left has a new martyr.
Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina's
new voter-ID law. But none of it holds up. Rosanell Eaton isn't a martyr at all, in fact.
The Good Sense of Voter ID. It is either the case that
African Americans, young people, old people, and poor people labor under some onerous yet curiously undetectable burden that keeps them from obtaining free,
government-issued photo IDs, or it is the case that Hillary Clinton, the NAACP, et al. are full of bunk when they claim that voter-ID laws such as the
one just adopted in North Carolina amount to "disenfranchisement."
Lawsuits filed after Gov. Pat McCrory signs voter ID bill.
Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID when they go to the polls, and it was immediately met with legal challenges in
federal court questioning its constitutionality. The new law brings sweeping changes to the state's election process by reducing the early-voting period by a week,
abolishing same-day voter registration and ending straight-party voting.
North Carolina lawmakers
approve sweeping voter ID bill. A voter ID law passed during the final hours of the state's legislative session Thursday night
[7/25/2013] would require voters to show government-issued ID cards. It also would shorten early voting by a week, eliminate same-day
voter registration during early voting, allow any registered voter to challenge another voter's eligibility and eliminate popular pre-registration
initiatives for high school students.
Did you vote on this issue? It doesn't matter. Judges know what's best for you.
Voter ID's fate now in judge's hands. The
fate of Pennsylvania's 16-month-old voter identification law is in the hands of a Commonwealth Court judge after closing arguments in the landmark voting-rights
case Thursday [8/1/2013]. The state argued that it had done its part to ensure that all registered voters had access to mandatory ID, while petitioners
countered that those efforts were not enough. Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, said the law placed
a "fundamental burden" on a right "enshrined in the Constitution."
Poll: Media Out of
Touch on Voter ID Laws, 83% Approve. Remember how, during the media's failed months-long crusade to push for gun control, the GOP was
under siege 24/7 from left-wingers like Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer armed with polls that showed 80% wanted background checks
tightened, including a majority of Republicans? [...] Well, guess what else is an 80-20 issue? Voter ID.
Justice Dept. to press
Texas on voting rights, despite ruling by Supreme Court. The Obama administration said Thursday that it will ask a federal
court to require that Texas receive federal approval before it makes changes to its voting laws, opening up another battle front in the
wake of the Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Honoring the right of the ballot.
I have had the opportunity to visit many countries, and I have taken it upon myself to inquire how people in other nations prevent voter fraud.
Even those from Third World countries tell me that everyone has some type of official voting credential that is nationally recognized. It
seems only logical that you would want to ensure that only legitimate constituents of a region would be able to vote on issues relevant to that
region. Nevertheless, certain groups and individuals in America have begun to agitate the populace about the unfairness of a system that
requires voter identification.
Trial on Pennsylvania voter-ID law gets
underway. The 2012 law "does not guarantee every voter can obtain ID needed to vote," lawyer Michael Rubin argued to Commonwealth
Court Judge Bernard McGinley before a packed courtroom. "It will make it harder to vote, not for one or two people but hundreds of thousands."
The Editor says...
Really? There are "hundreds of thousands" of people who never drive a car, who never buy adult beverages or cigarettes, and who never travel
by air? Do those people keep their money in a mattress and pay cash for everything? The Unabomber was that far off the grid, but are
there "hundreds of thousands" like him in Pennsylvania? And if there are people who are so completely disconnected from our society,
should they vote?
States Rush to Enact Voting Laws. State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters
to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.
The Editor says...
The New York Times article above reeks with bias, even in the headline. When a traffic signal turns green, drivers
immediately rush away. The rush means nothing, except that the light is green and the impediment is removed. The
rest of the article is worded in such a way as to show support for the Democratic party — which is what one would
expect from the NYT — including a claim that voter fraud "is extremely rare" and a derogatory emphasis on the state of Texas.
Left Lives in the Past on Voting Rights.
Under the status quo, enforcement of the Voting Rights Act isn't about reversing discrimination so much as it is in applying the political
agenda of the left to hamper the ability of some states to enact common sense laws, such as the requirement for photo ID when voting or to
create districts that are not gerrymandered to the advantage of liberals. By ending pre-clearance until Congress puts forward a new
scheme rooted in evidence of systematic discrimination going on today, it has placed all states on an equal footing and made it harder for
the Obama Justice Department to play politics with the law.
SCOTUS ruling sets stage for voter ID battle.
The Supreme Court decision Tuesday striking down a key plank of the Voting Rights Act dramatically eases the way for states to push through stricter
voting laws — and the flurry of action could reverberate into 2014 and beyond. Some states such as Texas moved within hours of the
landmark ruling to implement so-called voter ID laws — requiring voters to show valid identification before they can cast ballots —
that had been on hold. Others, such as swing state North Carolina, are expected to pass legislation this year that could complicate Democrats' chances
in 2014 midterm elections.
Al Sharpton goes
into meltdown mode over voting rights SCOTUS decision. Immediately upon the announcement of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision
on Tuesday [6/25/2013] in which the [sic] Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was declared unconstitutional in the Shelby
County v. Holder case, MSNBC's Al Sharpton took to the airwaves to express his frustrations. Sharpton, the host of "PoliticsNation,"
called on the president and others to speak out against the decision, but noted despite all the "voter suppression," there was a record turnout.
Was Quick: Texas Moves Forward With Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Ruling. Just hours after the Supreme Court handed down a
ruling that guts parts of the Voting Rights Act, Texas is moving forward with a controversial voter ID law that state Attorney General Greg
Abbott hopes to implement right away. "With today's [6/25/2013] decision, the state's voter ID law will take effect immediately," Abbott
said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval
from the federal government."
Supreme Court Buries
Section 5 of Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court has decided Shelby v. Holder. It is one of the most important
decisions in decades. Now, federal preclearance of state election procedures seems to be forever dead and buried. While some
congressional Republicans had vowed to enact new legislation to "fix" any coverage formula deemed unconstitutional, the opinion today offers
almost no room to do so. They would have to decide what's more important: the Republican Party, or the Constitution? [...] Now,
voter ID laws in Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi are in effect after a delay of years.
If you embarrass the bureaucrats, they will get even.
U.S. Justice Department and New Hampshire's Criminal Investigation of James O'Keefe's Voter ID Video. PJ Media has obtained documents demonstrating
that the New Hampshire attorney general was in discussions with Eric Holder's Department of Justice regarding filing criminal charges against journalist James
O'Keefe after he exposed vulnerabilities in New Hampshire's electoral system in the January 10, 2012, presidential primary. [...] As a direct result of O'Keefe's
expose, the New Hampshire legislature passed a photo voter-identification law. State and federal officials, however, targeted O'Keefe after his expose.
to introduce voter ID amendment to counteract Supreme Court ruling. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday [6/17/2013]
said he would offer an amendment to the Senate immigration bill to counteract a Supreme Court decision striking down state laws
requiring voters to prove their citizenship. Cruz's amendment, which he plans to attach to the bipartisan Gang of Eight bill being
debated this week in the Senate, would allow states to require IDs before voters register under the federal "Motor Vehicle" voter
Appeals Court Win for Wisconsin
Voter ID Law. In a blow to the Obama administration's effort to block voter identification laws, a state appellate court
has ruled that Wisconsin's voter ID measure is constitutional and therefore can be used as a tool to eliminate election fraud.
The decision, from the 4th District Court of Appeals, reverses a lower court's injunction banning implementation of the measure during
the 2012 presidential election. That means voters could not be forced to show a government-issued ID to cast a ballot in federal,
state and local elections in Wisconsin, even though the state had passed legislation requiring it in 2011.
Barack Obama's America.
Barack Obama's America is where citizens must show a valid ID to get a job, but cannot be required to produce ID to vote.
Voter ID didn't reduce turnout, but the IRS may have.
The Real Voter Suppression
of 2012. The 2012 election season was filled with angry cries of "voter suppression," almost all of them regarding
attempts by states to require voter ID and otherwise improve ballot integrity. Bill Clinton warned that "there has never
been — in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the other Jim Crow burdens on voting — the
determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today." Democratic-party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said
"photo-ID laws, we think, are very similar to a poll tax." All of this proved to be twaddle.
Virginia and Arkansas latest to require photo ID.
Nothing is quite so implausible as a Democrat claiming he's against something because it's "too expensive." Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe
says he vetoed a prospective law requiring voters to show identification before casting a ballot because it would cost $300,000.
Nearly three dozen other states are still solvent after adopting similar voter-ID laws. On Tuesday [3/26/2013], Virginia became the latest, with
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature on a voter-ID bill that takes effect in November 2014. Would-be voters currently lacking a
photo ID will have a year-and-a-half to get one.
governor signs bill requiring photo ID to vote. The legislation provides for a free valid ID with the bearer's photo to any registered
voter who lacks one.
ID — fraud prevention or voter suppression? The U.S. Supreme Court may be holding the political future of the United
States in its hand as it tries to decide how far the states may go in requiring identification from those who attempt to vote.
First Spartanburg election requiring photo IDs goes smoothly.
There were few complaints at the Woodruff polls as South Carolina's new voter photo ID requirement was enforced for the first time
in Spartanburg County. The re-do election for mayor in Woodruff is the first Spartanburg County election since the photo ID
requirement went into effect Jan. 1. The law requires voters to show a S.C. driver's license, Department of Motor Vehicles ID
card, voter registration card with photo, federal military ID or a United States passport to cast a ballot.
National voter ID battle set to rage
again. This year promises a flurry of new voter ID legislation across the country as well as reignited court battles in states
where the laws were blocked last year and a Supreme Court ruling on part of the Voting Rights Act. [...] States with voter ID legislation
to be debated this year include Alaska, Arkansas, New York, North Carolina, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
All of the bills would require voters to present some kind of government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Court: DOJ Must Reimburse South Carolina for Voter ID Folly. A federal court has ruled that South Carolina was
the prevailing party in the unnecessary Voter ID litigation, and therefore the Justice Department is liable for paying the
state's costs. South Carolina spent $3,500,000 to obtain federal court approval of the state's Voter ID law as
non-discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit was made necessary only because of the political and
ideological radicalism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo.
If You Don't Vote, There Is No Fraud. The press has been great at finding
examples of poor, elderly people to get a photo ID. It makes for great television and podium speaking. But these articles never get to the crux of
the issue. Why can't they vote? Because of a lack of paperwork. Because they are 80 or 90 years old and were born in the country
via midwife and have no documents. Because they lost their purse or their possessions were burned when their house caught on fire. I get that.
But these are the exceptions, not the norm. There are always going to be examples of people lacking paperwork due to their age or life situations.
Voter ID and the Bigotry of Low Expectations.
In September of 2005, the Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former president Jimmy Carter, issued a report titled "Building Confidence
in U.S. Elections." In order to prevent voter fraud and rebuild American confidence in our electoral system, the commission made five recommendations,
one of which was to require voters to show ID to vote. [...] The Supreme Court of the United States agreed. In 2008, the court upheld Indiana's
photo ID requirement, ruling that it was a non-discriminatory means of protecting the integrity of elections.
of State Criticize Michelle Obama for Voter Suppression Claims. Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing First Lady Michelle
Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged in voter suppression in the November election: "Unfortunately the First Lady's comments continue the baseless
attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections. This past election
speaks for itself. In Arizona, a state that has a photo ID requirement, Hispanic voter turnout was the highest in the state's history. [... "]
That Funny Leftist Equation about
Voter I.D. Those who cry about this the most on the left don't seem to realize that they come perilously close to racism by making the
blanket assumption that all people they believe that would be affected by voter I.D., namely people of color and people on the lower ends of the
socioeconomic scale, are completely unable to find the smallish amounts of money and time it takes to get some form of valid identification.
Foundation, SEIU funded attacks on voter ID laws. A progressive foundation and a labor union have combined to pour
millions of dollars into a "racial justice" group that was hostile to voter ID laws during the 2012 campaign season, according to a
conservative watchdog group in Wisconsin. While True the Vote and other right-leaning campaigns were promoting ID requirements
for voters and monitoring the implementation of ID laws at the state level, the Applied Research Center (ARC) was pushing back with
claims that photo ID requirements at polling places were thinly veiled expressions of racism.
Lost in Every State with a Voter Photo-ID Law. Was the election stolen? Remember all those lawsuits by Democrats
demanding that any voter identification laws be repealed? Well, now we know why they filed them. They needed to
steal the vote in certain key states so that Obama could be reelected. Curiously, Obama lost in every state that
requires a photo ID to be produced before voting.
Did this dirty trick get Obama re-elected?
Did the suppression or lack of voter ID laws aid President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney? Obama did not win a single state that fully
requires photo IDs to vote, although he was victorious in four states that accept non-photo identification — Washington, Colorado,
Ohio and Virginia. Those states accept as legitimate identification current utility bills, bank statements and paychecks.
Texas voter ID ruling based on 'faked' data.
A radical group that has a history of biased research provided data utilized in a federal case in which the court yesterday [8/29/2012] blocked a
new voter ID law in Texas, ruling the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities, WND has learned.
The voter ID data collected by the group, the Brennan Center for Justice, has been called into question by experts and has been contradicted by
other credible studies.
Barack Obama votes early in
Chicago, is asked to show ID. President Barack Obama was asked for photo identification before he could cast his ballot
Thursday [10/25/2012] in Chicago. Obama voted at 4:20 p.m. local time, "punching his choices into a touch-screen machine after
signing forms and showing his driver's license," according to the White House press pool report.
The Editor goes slightly off-topic to ask...
Does Mr. Obama not reside in the District of Columbia? Can a voter travel around the country to vote where it makes the biggest difference?
Dem Caught Red-Handed Promoting Election
Fraud. A high-ranking official with Congressman Jim Moran's re-election campaign was recently caught on video encouraging an
undercover reporter to forge documents in order to cast phony ballots in the upcoming Virginia election. The incident is particularly
compromising for Congressman Moran, as he has been a vocal opponent of the state's voter ID law, which is designed to protect against voter
fraud. More hypocritically, Moran had been previously caught on film demanding that constituents show their IDs at a local town hall meeting.
Voter ID and the Bigotry of Low Expectations.
With the presidential election right around the corner, the liberal propaganda machine is churning on all cylinders. A particularly disturbing
article was recently published in the Philadelphia Inquirer by columnist Annette John-Hall titled "A retired CEO can't top voter ID hurdles."
It is a deceptive and misleading piece that rails against Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. [... She] uses a propaganda technique known as a
"red herring" to convince the public that voter ID laws are harsh and suppressive.
Mississippi AG: DOJ Won't Clear
Voter ID Law Until After Election. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter ID law in 2008, and Georgia's top court upheld that
state's voter ID law.
court rules voters can cast regular ballots without ID. Pennsylvania voters who go to the polls without photo identification will be able
to vote in next month's presidential election after all. They won't even have to fill out provisional ballots. So ruled a Commonwealth Court
judge Tuesday [10/2/2012] in the closely-watched legal battle over Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law.
I Thought Voter Fraud Didn't Exist.
Some on the political left have been rambling about how voter fraud isn't an issue for months. They say it's a new poll tax. It'll
disenfranchise voting, especially amongst those in the minority community who cannot obtain a government issued ID.
Left Turns Voting Rights Into a Farce.
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama sounded a battle cry at a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner when she said protecting the
right to vote is the nation's most important civil rights issue. If that were true, that would mean there no credible civil
rights concerns in the country. What Obama was talking about was the effort by Democrats to prevent the implementation of
laws requiring voters to present a photo ID when casting their ballots. The common sense measure has the support of the
overwhelming majority of Americans.
Pennsylvania Court Reconsiders Voter ID
Availability. The Pennsylvania judge who last month upheld a law requiring voters to show photo identification heard testimony today [9/25/2012]
from officials on whether the state's process for implementing the statute will allow people to comply before the general election in November. The
Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Sept. 18 ordered Commonwealth Judge Robert E. Simpson to consider whether all eligible voters will be able to
obtain acceptable ID if the law is upheld.
Republicans Losing Election
Law War as Campaign Ramps Up. Republicans are losing most of the court fights with Democrats over whether GOP-backed state voter
regulations will illegally suppress turnout among the poor and minorities in the Nov. 6 presidential contest. As the general
election begins in earnest following the conclusion of the Democratic national convention, legal battles continue in a half dozen
swing-states where court challenges await decisions by state and federal judges.
approves New Hampshire voter ID law. The Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new voter ID, a version that is
stricter than existing rules in the Granite State, but not as restrictive as other voters ID laws that the DOJ has rejected.'
The Editor says...
How is the Justice Department, or any other federal agency, in a position to approve or disapprove of state laws? Have we really arrived
at that point, or does the Justice Departement merely presume to have powers it was never given?
Why Democrats Fear Voter I.D. Laws. Several states have developed voter registration laws in
order to clean up the voter fraud that has been plaguing our elections. Most all have been some of the lawsuits against individual states AG Eric Holder's DOJ has filed in the last
nearly four years. Recently Florida was one of these states, even though the majority of Americans, and Floridians, want such a law.
Sen. Boxer To
Tea Party: "Intimidating Voters Is A Federal Offense". "I know everyone's paying attention, I know the Obama campaign is ready to
act on this. But I realized that there are two important federal laws, the Voting Rights Act, passed in the 60s, and Voter Registration Act
passed in the 90s, that have criminal and civil penalties for people who try to intimidate a voter. And I wanted to make sure that the Justice
Department is moving on these cases. [...]" Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) told MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Friday [9/28/2012].
The Editor says...
Tell it to the Black Panthers, Senator.
Cain: Opponents of Voter ID
Laws 'Just Looking for Easier Ways to Cheat'. Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain voiced his support for
voter ID laws and expressed skepticism about anyone who opposes them. "I believe in voter ID laws. Those that are
against voter ID laws are just looking for easier ways to cheat at the voting booth," Cain told CNSNews.com Thursday [8/30/2012]
near the site of the Republican National Convention.
Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law.
The seeds of today's decision were planted in 2006 when Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act. Not only did Congress extend the
law, but it changed the substantive requirements to a virtually insurmountable standard for any election integrity measure such as
voter ID. In other words, some blame for today's decision lies more with the Voting Rights Act itself. In 2006, the
statute was amended to impose unconstitutional and unrealistic burdens on the states. The revised standard required covered
states to prove the absence of "any" discriminatory effect or purpose. Any, of course, means greater than zero.
Federal court rejects
Texas voter ID law. A federal court in Washington on Thursday blocked a Texas law that would require voters to
present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November, saying it would place an unfair
burden on minorities and the poor.
Voter ID: A Good Idea. Do you honestly know any
grannies who can't prove who they are with an ID anyway? If you do, I bet they don't have the right to vote in this country either.
Of course, there's a study being mentioned via the media which claims that fraudulent voting isn't a problem in this country anyway.
What they aren't broadcasting is the obvious: if a fraudulent vote is cast illegally-well, it doesn't get caught! Or maybe people are
supposed to believe that the survey-takers ask people as an exit poll: "Excuse me. Did you vote honestly?" Give me a
break! There is no study that can positively detect the amount of voter fraud in this country. And another thing, anyone who believes
voter fraud doesn't exist has never been to Chicago on Election Day.
DOJ Backs Down, Approves Virginia
Voter ID Law. The Department of Justice decided not to challenge Virginia's voter ID law Monday [8/20/2012], approving the law
signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Help is plentiful for obtaining
voter ID. With Pennsylvania's controversial new voter-ID law in the headlines for the last few months, older residents of Philadelphia
are finding no shortage of help in getting the documents they need to vote. Volunteers and organizations are shuttling the elderly to
Department of Transportation licensing offices. Groups like the Committee of Seventy are issuing pamphlets to clarify the law's requirements.
And PennDot has relaxed its rules to make the process easier for seniors who lack some necessary documents.
Department upholds Va. voter ID law, governor says. The Justice Department has signed off on Virginia's new voter ID law, Gov. Robert F.
McDonnell (R) said Monday night [8/20/2012], in a decision that clears the way for the bitterly contested measure to take effect in time for Election Day.
Justice officials found that the law, which closes a provision that had allowed Virginians to vote without identification but also expands the types of ID accepted
at the polls, does not violate the Voting Rights Act, McDonnell said in a statement.
Voter Identification and Stupidity. Attorney General
Eric Holder, testifying on August 15, 2012, before a Senate Judiciary Committee, may have made the most racist statement ever. Holder said that minorities are
"biologically incapable" (meaning too stupid) of obtaining voter identification."
Lawyers stunned after lead
plaintiff in voter ID case gets her ID anyway. Viviette Applewhite, 93, is the lead plaintiff in a Voter ID case against the state of Pennsylvania.
But after a judge denied lawyers in the case a request for a temporary injunction of the law, Jessica Parks from the Philidelphia Inquirer decided to travel with
Applewhite to the Pennsylvania DMV, as part of a report behind how difficult it would be for her to get the proper ID in order to vote. [...] According the report
the DMV employees, did not recognize Applewhite, but agreed to issue her an ID as part of the department's instruction to work with individuals on a "case-by-case
Where there's a will, there's a way.
The "star witness" against
Pennsylvania Voter ID just got herself an ID card. Vote-fraud defenders have been using Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year old Pennsylvania woman
whose birth certificate copies were destroyed in two separate house fires, as the "star witness" against Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law. Her Social
Security card was stolen a while ago, and she doesn't have a drivers' license. Without either birth certificate or SS card, this sweet old lady would
be ruthlessly "disenfranchised," because she couldn't get one of the new photographic voter ID cards the state is handing out. Except... the day
after a judge refused to issue a temporary injunction against the voter ID law, Applewhite hopped on a bus, went to the PennDOT center, and got herself
an ID card.
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Gets Photo ID In One Day After Losing Initial PA Voter ID Lawsuit. For the first time, Philadelphia
resident Viviette Applewhite actually got a state-issued photo ID from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. [...] Applewhite is
more than just an elderly woman who had marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — she was actually the lead plaintiff in the
American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) original lawsuit against Pennsylvania's voter ID law. What's more, she got her ID just one
day after Pennsylvania Judge Robert Simpson initially upheld Pennsylvania's voter ID law — the same law that Simpson put on
hold Tuesday [10/2/2012].
Judge rejects bid to block Pennsylvania voter ID
law. A Commonwealth Court judge denied a bid by civil rights groups to block the new voter identification law from taking effect,
delivering a first-round victory to Gov. Corbett and legislative Republicans who pushed the measure through this spring saying it was needed to
prevent voter fraud. In a 70-page decision deloibvered [sic] Wednesday morning [8/15/2012], Judge Robert E. Simpson said the
plaintiffs did not establish that "disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable."
Pennsylvania voter ID law should go forward, court rules.
A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled in favor of the state's new law requiring photo identification at the polls, declaring that acquiring and
presenting the ID cards is not an unconstitutional burden on voters. In his 70-page opinion, Judge Robert Simpson, who presided over a
week-long hearing that sought to overturn the five-month-old law, decided against granting an injunction that would have prevented the law
from going into effect for the Nov. 6 general election.
A Voter ID Victory. On Wednesday
[8/15/2012], a Pennsylvania judge refused to block a new Keystone State ID law from going into effect, handing a defeat to the ACLU and Attorney
General Eric Holder's campaign to demonize such laws as racist. Judge Robert Simpson didn't rule on the state constitutional merits, which
he will hear later. But he sensibly refused to overturn a law duly passed by an elected legislature and signed by the Governor that applies
equally to all Pennsylvania residents. He said the state government will carry out the law in a "non-partisan, even-handed manner" and so
deserves to be put into effect until the larger issues can be decided.
Eric Holder's uphill battle: Huge public
support for voter ID. While the Obama Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, uses its authority to block some state voter ID
laws (Texas), and investigate others (Pennsylvania), a newly-released poll shows overwhelming public support for laws requiring voters to present identification
before casting a ballot. That support crosses party lines, racial lines, economic lines, educational lines, and just about every other line in the
electorate at large.
74% of Americans Support Voter ID Laws.
One of the left's sillier temper tantrums is the fight against Voter ID laws. The law simply requires that a voter present a photo ID at the polling
place, as a means to verify they are who they say they are. It is almost impossible to navigate daily life without a photo ID, yet the left
argues that this burden is uniquely onerous.
working to counter new voter ID laws. President Obama's reelection campaign launched a national drive Friday [5/18/2012] to counter new
restrictive voter-access laws, which advisers said threaten his electoral chances in November.
The Washington Post complains about what they call "voter access laws." The laws are not intended to prevent living American adult citizens from
casting one vote per election. Anyone who drives to the polling place should already have the necessary identification. Anyone over 18 who does
not carry identification is probably either a criminal or one of a handful of extreme libertarians, but even the libertarians would produce a photo ID if
necessary on election day. "Access" is not at stake. Fraud is the issue.
Case Against Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law. Like many states concerned over election integrity, Pennsylvania passed
a common-sense election reform: voter ID. As a result, it has been targeted in a lawsuit by the ACLU and threatened
with litigation by the politically driven Eric Holder Justice Department.
rules protect seniors, minorities from fraudsters, says new study. Criminal justice data shows that blacks and poor
people are the most common victims of voter fraud and are the greatest beneficiaries of voter identification rules, according to a
new study. The courtroom evidence "completely contradicts the [progressive claim] that blacks, seniors, college students and
other disadvantages groups are being victimized," said Horace Cooper, an adjunct fellow at the National Center for Public Policy
Al's Laugh Line: My Work Against Voter ID Laws Is 'Non-Partisan'. Al Sharpton, uttering one of the more absurd
laugh lines of this political season, actually claimed on his MSNBC show this evening that his campaign in Florida against
voter ID laws is "non-partisan." Debbie Wasserman-Schultz apparently hadn't gotten the memo about pretending
Sharpton was non-partisan. The Chair of the DNC, also a Dem Florida congresswoman, after delivering a super-partisan
diatribe on the issue, giddily thanked Sharpton for his work — before the Reverend hastened to remind viewers
that his campaign was "non-partisan."
Getting it Wrong on Voter
ID. Among the many poorly researched articles that have written about voter-ID laws, one piece that appeared recently
in Politico holds a special place. Reporter Emily Schultheis opens with the claim that "at least 5 million voters,
predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of
new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012."
Schultheis doesn't say where she got the estimate of 5 million until well into the article — it's from a Brennan
Center report. And she fails to disclose the radical, left-wing nature of the Brennan Center or the fact that it is an
advocacy organization that is litigating against voter ID.
Republicans slam Justice Department on voter ID moves.
Congressional Republicans told a top Justice official Thursday [7/26/2012] his department is wrong to fight state voter ID laws and that the
government needs to do more to ensure people serving abroad in the military are able to vote. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said the Justice
Department "is seeking headlines opposing voter ID laws that an overwhelming majority of Americans support."
hit Justice Department on voter ID. House Republicans on Thursday [7/26/2012] criticized the Justice Department's decision to
challenge new voter ID laws in several states, saying it shows the Obama Administration is more concerned with Democrats winning in November
than protecting against election fraud.
Eric Holder's Keystone
State Voter ID Shakedown. The Eric Holder Justice Department has done it again, this time in Pennsylvania. Not content
to use Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to shake down Texas and South Carolina, the DOJ yesterday [7/23/2012] sent a demand to the Keystone State
for stacks of documents regarding Pennsylvania voter ID. This letter was a highly irregular and purely partisan exercise designed
to stoke Obama's electoral base in Philadelphia. It is also designed to placate the civil rights industry, which has quietly simmered
about the lack of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act to help minorities over the last three years.
Requiring Voter ID. Because fair and clean elections
are in the best interest of every citizen, protecting the integrity of voting should not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, that is not the
case when it comes to voter ID at the polls. Republicans are generally for it, while most Democrats oppose it. Nearly 30 states
require voters to identify themselves, and several states strengthened the rules over the past two years, largely at the urging of Republicans who
want to prevent fraud.
Is Stealing the November Election Eric Holder's End Game?
Amazingly, Holder can apparently remain totally oblivious to flagrant crime if it serves his interests, while summoning an uncanny ability to concoct
misdeeds where none have occurred. For just as resolutely as he refused to concede perpetration of crimes by the New Black Panthers, he fiercely
pursues the ostensible possibility of "voter intimidation" elsewhere in the nation, absent any credible accusations from disenfranchised voters, but
instead based on the premise that merely requiring legitimate identification might result in such.
Justice Dept. opens probe
of Pennsylvania's voter-ID law. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of Pennsylvania's
new voter-ID law, asking the Corbett administration to document its repeated claims that 99 percent of the state's voters have the photo
identification they will need to vote in November.
opens investigation into Pennsylvania voter ID law. The Department of Justice is investigating whether Pennsylvania's new voter ID
law is discriminatory, according to a letter released Monday [7/23/2012].
Will voter ID cost Obama the election?
With polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a desperately close race for the presidency, will voter identification laws suppress
the Democratic vote and cost Obama the election, or will they simply cut down on voter fraud as Republicans contend?
Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief for State Legislators in Support of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law. Pennsylvania House
Bill 934 requires voters to produce a Pennsylvania driver's license or another government-issued photo ID, such as a
U.S. passport, military ID, or county/municipal employee ID when voting. The law requires the Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation to provide valid identification at no cost. The law further allows an individual without identification to
cast a "provisional" ballot that will be counted if the identity of the voter can be indisputably ascertained within six business
days of the election.
Poll: Four Out of Five Support Photo ID Laws. A new Mason-Dixon poll of Florida voters found an overwhelming
majority (82%) of Floridians support laws that require voters to present Photo IDs at the polls and a majority (54%), including
60% of Hispanics, favor Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plans to purge non-citizens from the Sunshine State's voter rolls.
In Support of Voter ID. America desperately needs voter ID
in all fifty states. When you have sat, as I have, in smoke filled rooms all night and well into the day after Election Day waiting on precincts
to report in because they are waiting to determine how many votes are necessary for their candidate to win the election and somehow, those
ballots just seem to appear in the wee hours of the next day; when you have seen entire ballot boxes disappear from polling places at the close of the
election day to be found days later in a farmer's barn; when you have sat in hearing after hearing on voter irregularities, as I have; when you have
sat in rooms with board of election officials on one side of the table and members of the US Justice Department with 357 Magnums on one hip and
IBM belt recorders on the other hip sitting on the opposite side of the table carefully counting the ballots all over again; when you have witnessed
paper ballots already filled out being exchanged for blank ballots to voters near a polling place; when you have seen altercations between precinct
officials in which heated language, threats of bodily harm, and a knife are involved; when your county becomes known by the Feds as "Little
Chicago" — then maybe you can understand why I support such a simple unassuming safeguard as a state issued identification
card that proves you are, in fact, the registered voter on the voter rolls of your precinct.
Texas Demolishes USDOJ's Case
Against Voter I.D.. Testimony has concluded in the trial of Texas 'Voter I.D.' law, after attorneys for the
state demolished the main arguments raised against the law by the Obama Administration, and got the key witness for the Justice
Department to admit he got his information from Wikipedia, 1200 WOAI news reports. The Justice Department presented what
it said was evidence that as many as 1.5 million Texans don't have the government issued photo i.d. required to vote,
but Attorney General Greg Abbott says of the people on that roll, 50,000 are dead, 330,000 are over the age of 65 and can vote
by mail, where a photo i.d. is not required, and more than 800,000 are on the list improperly.
Texas Voter ID Clown Show Ends
Today. The Texas voter ID trial wraps up today [7/12/2012] with closing arguments in a D.C. federal courtroom.
The trial featured bizarre and absurd testimony. I believe Texas is bound to lose this case because the statutory language
is stacked against the state. But celebrations at the DOJ and in civil rights groups may be short-lived. Texas
voter ID might die, but after the clown show this week put on by the DOJ's witnesses, the short-term victory over Texas
might take the life of Section 5 when it gets to the Supreme Court.
attorney faces tough questions from judges on final day of voter ID case. The attorney defending
Texas over its controversial voter ID law faced a tough room during closing arguments Friday [7/13/2012], as federal
judges grilled him and one claimed the record shows the law puts a "disproportionate" burden on minorities.
Texas Voter ID on Life Support.
Numerous knowledgeable courtroom observers sitting in on the Voter ID trial in Washington tell me that Texas Voter ID appears
to be doomed. Four things are working against Texas. First, it appears that each side has rushed their cases, and both
sides seem ill-prepared. This hurts Texas more than it hurts DOJ because Section 5 contains a burden shift. The
burden shift requires Texas to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that it has a clean soul — that there was
absolutely zero discriminatory intent, and zero discriminatory statistical effect, in passing voter ID. That is
really tough to do on an accelerated schedule.
Can Fly to Washington, But Can't Get Voter ID. The Justice Department actually called a witness in the Texas
Voter ID trial today [7/11/2012] in Washington, D.C. The witness complained she couldn't find the time to get her parents to
drive her to get the free photo ID, but she obviously had time to fly to Washington, D.C., from Texas to testify at trial!
Left's False Claim of Suppression From Voter ID Laws. On Monday [7/9/2012], Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP,
decided to confront the issue of Voter ID. Unfortunately, he embraced the left's absurd ideology that it is voter
suppression and an assault on the rights of minorities. He likened the movement of opposition to Voter ID laws to
the Civil Right Movements with his reference to "Salem and Montgomery times". This rhetoric is nothing but divisive.
Holder's Jim Crow Politics.
Some of our liberal friends were a tad upset when we wrote last month that Attorney General Eric Holder was using the voter ID
issue to stir up racial incitement. But maybe they should complain to Mr. Holder, who can't seem to liberate himself from
a Jim Crow-era political mindset. Speaking to the NAACP in Houston on Tuesday [7/10/2012], Mr. Holder assailed the Texas
law that requires voters to show some identification, using terms redolent of Deep South racism before the passage of the Voting
Rights Act of 1965. "Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them — and some would
struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them," he said. "We call those poll taxes."
Texas voter ID law to post slavery poll taxes. In a speech at the annual NAACP conference, in Houston, Holder said
many voters would have to travel "great distances" to get a government-issued photo ID and that some would "struggle" to pay for
the requisite paperwork. "We call these poll taxes," Holder said. He also said the Texas law hurts minorities and
that politics is the driving force behind the issue. Holder called Texas the "center of our national debate" on voting
rights issues and vowed the Justice Department would "aggressively" fight to enforce those rights.
to NAACP: Photo ID Laws Will Reverse Civil Rights Gains. One day after a three-judge panel heard arguments about
the legality of Texas's photo ID voting law, Attorney General Eric Holder went to Houston to speak at the NAACP Convention.
Holder denounced Texas's photo ID law as a political stunt used to disenfranchise minorities during his speech. Attendees
and journalists were asked for photo IDs to verify their identities at the conference.
CNN Asks La Raza If New Voter ID Laws Are
'War on Minority Voters'. CNN's Carol Costello teed up a La Raza chairman on Monday by asking him if some new voter ID laws are tantamount to a "war on
minority voters." A CNN headline later blared "Voting Rights on Trial," as if the laws were going after people's rights.
NAACP Requires Photo I.D. to See
Holder Speak. Earlier today [7/10/2012], Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R.
Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. What did media need in order to attend? That's right, government issued photo identification
(and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder's DOJ
is currently suing Texas for "discriminatory" voter ID laws.
AG Holder says Texas ID law would
harm minorities. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder added a timely Texas flavor to his address to the NAACP Convention in Houston Tuesday
morning, explaining why the Justice Department refused to approve the Lone Star State's proposed voter ID law.
voter ID law in Pennsylvania could prevent 750,000 from voting. According to the survey, 758,939 voters —
9.2 percent — could not be matched in state databases as having Pennsylvania driver's licenses, the most common form of
photo ID in the state. Of those 9.2 percent, about 22 percent — or 167,566 people — are
categorized as "inactive" voters, according to the data. A person can be characterized as an "inactive" voter if he or she has not
voted in five years and has not responded to a state inquiry about his or her current address.
The Editor asks...
Why should we worry about accomodating people who haven't bothered to vote in five years?
groups urge delay in Pennsylvania's voter-ID law. The new law will require every voter going to the polls in
November to provide a specified form of photo identification: either a Pennsylvania driver's license, a nondriver
photo ID issued by PennDot, a U.S. passport, a photo ID from an accredited Pennsylvania college, U.S. military ID,
ID from a Pennsylvania care facility, or photo ID issued to government employees. While PennDot ID would be valid
for voting up to 12 months after expiration, the other forms of ID would have to be current, with specified expiration
used research by Dem 'agent' to build case against Texas voter law, rep claims. The chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee on Thursday [7/5/2012] accused the Justice Department of using data from an "agent of the Democratic Party" to bolster its
case for blocking Texas' controversial voter ID law. Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who represents Texas, said he's
"disappointed" and concerned by the "unacceptable" move, demanding an explanation in a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The letter notes that the Justice Department is using data compiled by a company whose client list has included President Obama's own
Al Sharpton Wins
'Humanitarian' Award, Immediately Drags 'Yo Momma' Into the Election. Sharpton is referring to voter ID laws that several states
have passed in recent years. About 70 percent of Americans across all ethnic backgrounds support such laws, and studies have shown that
minority voting rates increase following the passage of voter ID laws.
Fmr. Democratic Rep. Davis: Voter
ID Laws Do Not Disenfranchise Minorities . [Video clip]
voters favor new photo ID law by 2-1 margin. The Quinnipiac University poll results released Tuesday [6/12/2012] showed the law,
which is being challenged in state court, is supported by 66 percent and opposed by 32 percent.
Obama Demands ID for Rally
Entrances. At a recent Obama rally in Ohio, prospective attendees were told to brandish their photo IDs if they expected
admittance to the rally. No word yet on whether Attorney General Eric Holder plans to file suit against the Obama campaign for infringing
upon Ohioans' right of peaceful assembly by way of a racist photo ID rule.
Obama Campaign Checks IDs At The
Door. President Barack Obama's presidential campaign checked the identification of the supporters attending
Obama's "framing" event at Cuyahoga Community College today [6/14/2012]. The 1,500 supporters in attendance picked up tickets at
campaign offices in Northeast Ohio beginning on Monday, though tickets to the event made no mention of an ID requirement.
Jessica Kershaw, the Obama campaign's Ohio Press Secretary, confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed that the campaign checked
every supporter's identification at the door.
Holder unaware that court visitors must show ID. Due to a recent work assignment, I had the opportunity to enter a federal
courthouse about 200 times in the past six weeks or so. Each and every time, I was asked for a photo ID, which the
court security officer looked at and then allowed me to put away in my wallet. This procedure, which takes place tens of thousands
if not hundreds of thousands of times each day in federal courthouses across the country, is apparently entirely unknown to the nation's
top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder.
Lady Requires Photo ID for Her Book Signings; Voter ID Law-hating Media Fail to Note Obama Hypocrisy. The Obama
administration has done its best to oppose states from instituting new, stricter voter ID laws, complaining that many
minority voters lack photo identification. But those same folks it wants voting in November are apparently not welcome
anywhere near the First Lady's book signings. Something tells me that the same media outlets comparing voter ID
laws to the Jim Crow Laws, however, won't see any hint of hypocrisy here, if they even report the story at all.
The Anti-Democratic Party. Democrats want the
votes of everyone to count, from U.S. citizens to illegal aliens and lawfully disenfranchised felons. Corrupt Democratic election
officials routinely expand the electorate, accepting votes from the under-aged and the dead. That's why they collectively freak out
when the topic of voter photo ID comes up, advancing the most ridiculous arguments against ID requirements. The poor, minorities,
and the old are too dumb and frail to acquire voter ID — even though getting by without it is impossible in modern society.
Stunning Democrat Hypocrisy.
Once again the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party is stunning in its display. Over at Breitbart, Mike Flynn is reporting that the
party that is horrified at the prospect of American voters being required to show photo identification has included this little gem of a
requirement in the program for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention which convenes today.
Democrats: No Entry to Convention Without Photo ID. In recent years, Democrats have argued that requiring
voters to show photo IDs prior to voting is an egregious act of voter suppression. Ben Jealous, of the NAACP, has
gone so far as to argue that such requirements are tantamount to modern-day Jim Crow laws. In the world they
inhabit, lots of voters don't have access to photo IDs, so requiring voters to provide this will "disenfranchise" them
and leave them out of the democratic process. Funny they don't feel that way for their own party conventions.
Spreads False Claim About Black Voters 'Targeted' by Voter ID Laws. National Public Radio, a reliable mirror of
left-wing prejudice, has outdone itself with its latest report on voter ID laws, repeating the outright lie that such
laws are aimed at discouraging or preventing black people from voting.
Holder's Chutzpah. Attorney
General Eric Holder recently told a group of black clergymen that the right to vote was being threatened by people who are
seeking to block access to the ballot box by blacks and other minorities. This is truly world-class chutzpah, by an
Attorney General who stopped attorneys in his own Department of Justice from completing the prosecution of black thugs who
stationed themselves outside a Philadelphia voting site to harass and intimidate white voters.
black leaders: 'Sacred' right to vote under attack. Attorney General Eric Holder told a council of African American
church leaders Wednesday that the "sacred" right to vote is under assault nationwide, with federal lawsuits and at least a dozen
state laws that could hinder — or block — minorities' access to the ballot box this fall.
Ellison: requiring voters to show IDs is malicious. Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota tweeted
a string of statistics May 30 in an attempt to stifle a non-profit's push to require voters to show a government-issued
ID before entering a voting booth.
DOJ Not Even
Pretending to be Nonpartisan Anymore. Eric Holder is doing his best to scare black pastors into encouraging their
congregations to vote for Obama using the Voter ID ruse. Our "sacred" right to vote is in danger of being taken away
thanks to evil Voter ID laws and other trumped up charges.
Holder's Racial Incitement.
The United States of America has a black President whose chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, is also
black. They have a lot of political power. So how are they using it? Well, one way is to assert to black
audiences that voter ID laws are really attempts to disenfranchise black Americans.
Voter identity cards, what's the big deal?
I guess I am one of those citizens who doesn't understand what all the fuss is regarding voter identification cards.
For as long as I can remember, I have always had such a card and cannot imagine voting without it. I certainly do not
want someone else to vote on my behalf and I would hope election officials would verify all of the voters are eligible
to do so.
5 Ways Obama Is A Dictator. Obama's
Department of Justice has actively prevented South Carolina, Arizona, Texas, and other states from implementing voter ID laws designed to prevent the
widespread incidents of fraud so instrumental to the success of the Democrat Party in elections for the past 50 years. The Department has
filed suit in federal court to prevent implementation of those state laws in spite of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling which found Constitutional an Indiana
voter ID law whose various requirements were mirrored in the Texas and Arizona legislation.
If You're Too
Incompetent or Lazy to Get ID, We're Better Off If You Don't Vote. Liberals have dug up some 93-year-old codger in Pennsylvania
who's too lazy or incompetent to get ID so she can vote and they're demanding we leave the election in that state wide open to fraud in order
to cater to her.
Defends Employee Comment that Mississippi Is 'Disgusting and Shameful'. The United States Department of Justice has defended
comments by an employee who called Mississippi "disgusting and shameful." This same employee reviews photo voter identification laws
throughout the south for approval from her position in the DOJ Voting Section. PJ Media first reported on comments made by Voting
Section employee Stephanie Gyamfi toward the citizens of Mississippi.
Holder Justice Department: 'Disgusting and Shameful' Indeed. Why have Texas, South Carolina, and other states that have
passed common-sense voter-ID laws run into such dogged opposition from the Justice Department? One huge factor is the radical
ideology and bias of the staff who work in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, as revealed in a new report from Christian
Adams, a former Voting Section lawyer.
Voters show off
their IDs, or don't. Defiantly, begrudgingly or compliantly, Pennsylvania voters took the test run of the
state's new voter ID requirement in stride Tuesday [4/24/2012], generally producing photo identification as requested but
occasionally registering protests. Whether they offered identification or not, registered voters who showed up at
their old polling places were ushered to voting machines and permitted to start punching buttons — an option
they'll be denied in November's general election unless they can show election officials a Pennsylvania driver's license
or other specified ID.
corrupt opposition to voter ID laws. Can anyone think of an innocuous reason that President Obama and Attorney
General Eric Holder oppose state voter ID laws? Republicans have been pushing for state voter ID laws throughout the
nation as an effort to enhance fair and lawful elections and prevent voter fraud. These laws are simple and transparent;
they would require voters to present a government-issued form of identification as a condition of voting. Predictably,
Democrats — led by Obama and Holder — claim that the move is a GOP ruse to suppress minority voting.
Ninth Circuit Largely Upholds
Arizona Voter ID Law. While the Obama Justice Department continues to pretend that voter ID is racially
discriminatory and a violation of voting rights, courts keep on ruling against them. Today [4/17/2012], the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals — an incredibly liberal appeals court — ruled that Arizona's voter ID law was
largely constitutional. Opponents of the law had argued that the fee to obtain an ID amounted to an impermissible "poll
tax"; the Court thought otherwise.
Project Veritas Proves
How Easy Voter Fraud Is Without ID. There are a lot of liberals who think, probably correctly, that the
Democratic Party benefits from voter fraud. They figure it pads their totals across the country on election day by tens
of thousands of votes and probably swings a handful of close races their way. Undoubtedly, they're right about
that. So, in an effort to keep legitimate votes from being cancelled out by fraud, Republicans have started making a
concerted push to put voter ID laws in place.
Wisconsin Supreme Court refuses to take up voter ID appeals.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court today [4/16/2012] refused to take up two appeals of rulings blocking a new state law requiring voters to present photo
identification at the polls.
Why the Left Doesn't Care About Voter Fraud.
[Scroll down] There are two forms of photo-issued ID in Texas: driver's licenses and simple identification cards. Both are
available through simple applications. Voters must register to vote. Why shouldn't they also have to register to receive an ID
beforehand? And it isn't expensive to get an ID, either. An original driver's license in Texas costs $16; a six-year extension
costs $25. A photo ID costs $6.
lawyers' group chief: 'Desperate' Holder distorted our study to fit anti-voter ID agenda. Republican
National Lawyers Association (RNLA) Chairman David Norcross told The Daily Caller that a "desperate" Attorney General
Eric Holder distorted a study his group conducted about voter fraud to fit President Barack Obama's anti-voter
identification agenda. [...] Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) Chairman David Norcross told The Daily
Caller that a "desperate" Attorney General Eric Holder distorted a study his group conducted about voter fraud to
fit President Barack Obama's anti-voter identification agenda.
Dept.: S.C. voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act. South Carolina's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights
Act and discriminates against minorities despite the state's assertions to the contrary, the Obama administration says in
new court papers. [...] Because of a history of minority-voter discrimination, South Carolina must get approval from the
Justice Department or federal courts before changing election laws. All or some counties in 15 other states
require such prior approval.
Why We Need Voter-ID Laws Now.
According to opinion polls, over 75 percent of Americans — including majorities of Hispanics and African-Americans — routinely
support such laws. One reason is that people know you can't function in the modern world without showing ID — you can't
cash a check, travel by plane or even train, or rent a video without being asked for one. In fact, PJ Media recently
proved that you can't even enter the Justice Department in Washington without showing a photo ID. Average voters
understand that it's only common sense to require ID because of how easy it is for people to pretend they are someone else.
the Left's Love of Foreign Law Extend to Voter ID? At first glance, Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general,
is the star of James O'Keefe's latest sting, but listen a little closer for pop diva Rihanna in the background.
Why the artistic choice? Both Holder and Rihanna have roots in Barbados, a far off Caribbean island nation once
governed by the British empire where the two vacationed in 2011, and Barbados, like most countries, requires an I.D. to
vote. And while the central argument of Holder's Justice Department is that voter ID is suppressing black and
minority turnout, that argument doesn't work in Barbados, where over 80% of the country is black. The
Barbadians take voting seriously.
Voter ID Laws Are Wonderfully
Just. It's time to get to the root of all the consternation about states requiring photo IDs to vote: The progressives, it
seems to me, want to cheat. They hope to have illegal aliens and other ineligible sorts hasten to the polls to help elect Democrats come
boycott Coke, Walmart over voter ID laws. Democratic officials Wednesday [4/4/2012] launched a two-pronged
attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart
and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws. Coke was quick to react to the political
boycott threat, pulling support from the targeted group just five hours after it was called. Walmart said that
support for a group does not mean it backs every decision by those groups.
Voter ID Laws Just Like Jim Crow. U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn said voter ID
laws in South Carolina and elsewhere are reminiscent of post-Reconstruction Jim Crow laws. Clyburn, D-S.C., and
other voting rights advocates warn that laws requiring voters to present photo identification when they go to the
polls could disenfranchise millions of Americans in the November elections.
Voter-ID Laws Protect the Integrity
of the Ballot Box. Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy. Laws requiring
voters to show identification at the polls are commonsense measures to prevent fraud and corruption, and ensure that each year's
election returns accurately reflect the will of the people. Yet President Barack Obama's administration and political allies
are pursuing a dual-track approach to vilify such tools, in a crass political ploy to aid the president's reelection.
Proof of life.
Republicans across the country are pushing for voter I.D. laws. They want to limit the frequency and opportunities
for voter fraud. Democrats claim, reasonably perhaps, that Republicans are making a bigger deal out of voter fraud
than the evidence supports. Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently blocked Texas' voter I.D. reforms, calls
the movement a "solution to a problem that doesn't exist." Right or wrong, that's a claim worth investigating and
debating. But unfortunately, for whatever reason, that argument isn't working as a political tool. So he and
others ascribe racism to those who want to add voting to the long list of things that require a photo I.D.
The New Photo ID Requirement For College Entrance Exams A Form Of Student Suppression? The companies that
administer two key college entrance exams have adopted new measures arguably designed to decrease participation in the
tests — and, ultimately, enrollment in colleges in university — by minority and elderly students.
The two companies that administer the tests, the College Board and ACT Inc., which administer the SAT and ACT tests, have
announced that students taking the tests will be required to present photo IDs.
Left's Internal Battle Against Voter ID. In a soon to be released book, Professor Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog
continues the left's war against voter ID. What makes his effort different is Professor Hasen claims to be taking on
both the right and the left. While Professor Hasen gets some credit for admitting that the Brennan Center and others on the
far left are wildly exaggerating their claims regarding voter ID, his book is still extremely one-sided. The chapter
available does not discuss any argument on the left, center, or right for voter ID.
out fake voters: A perfectly sensible idea. Everyone should have to show a photo ID before they are
allowed to vote. People already have to do so to board a plane. And don't some banks ask for a photo ID before
they will cash your check? So what's wrong with the government also ensuring that you are who you say you are? The
only people complaining are those who are probably committing voter fraud. Why else would they be upset?
Voter ID law was Texas' choice.
On Monday [3/12/2012], the president's appointees in Justice Department blocked Texas's new Voter ID bill,
which requires most people to show a photo identification card, such as a driver's license, when voting.
A vast majority of Texans want this bill and I look forward to fighting for its implementation. ... Despite
Texans' enthusiastic support for this bill, the Obama administration has aligned itself with left wing fringe
groups that oppose it.
Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations. The Far Left is making an unprecedented two-track move to
derail states' efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November's elections. While the
Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations
as a human rights violation. Attorney General Eric Holder is invoking Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
(VRA) as giving him the power to block Texas' voter-ID law, which simply requires that voters show that they are who
they say they are before they cast a vote to influence an election outcome. This is the same argument Holder
made to block South Carolina's voter-ID law, a move that has landed him in federal court.
lawmakers pass voter ID bill. State lawmakers gave their final approval today [3/14/2012] to a measure requiring voters
to show photo identification at the polls, sending the bill for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's signature. The bill
was approved on a vote of 104-88 after three days of often-contentious debate. Gov. Corbett has said he supports the
measure and intends to sign it immediately.
Brings U.S. Election Law Before United Nations. The United Nations Human Rights Council, comprised of
human rights violators like Saudi Arabia, China, and Cuba, has turned its attention to American election laws.
Ironically, the council is investigating the impact of American election laws on minorities in the United States,
even as some of the Council's member nations have only just recently permitted women the right to vote, and Saudi
Arabia still bars women from voting completely. Fox News reports, "Officials from the NAACP are presenting
their case against U.S. voter ID laws, arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise
voters and suppress the minority vote."
UN rights council delves into
US voter I.D. laws. The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American
election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland. This, despite the fact that some
members of the council have only in the past several years allowed women to vote, and one member, Saudi
Arabia, still bars women from the voting booth completely.
Justice Dept opposes
Texas voter ID law. The Justice Department's civil rights division on Monday [3/12/2012] objected
to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.
Department bars Texas voter ID law. The Justice Department has blocked a new law in Texas requiring
voters to show a photo ID, saying that it disproportionately harms Hispanic residents. The action is
the second time in three months that the Obama administration has blocked a state voter ID law.
Problem. The tyranny of the photo ID is so all-encompassing that people can't enter Holder's own
Justice Department without showing one. Holder is outraged that in a nation where requests for photo ID
are ubiquitous, more and more states are requiring that people show them when they vote. ... His Justice Department
is now blocking a new voter-ID law in Texas, after doing the same to a South Carolina law. It argues that the
Texas statute will disproportionally affect poor Latinos and therefore violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Real Photo-ID Civil-Rights Issue. Those really concerned about minorities and the poor should
help them get photo IDs.
challenge Texas voter ID. The U.S. Justice Department has rejected Texas' new Voter ID law.
The department on Monday [3/12/2012] said Texas did not meet its burden under Section 5 of the Voting
Rights Act and failed to show that the law will not discriminate against minority voters.
Asking U.N. Human Rights Council to Condemn American Voter ID Laws. Riled by state-level voting law changes
that it alleges are designed to suppress "the political participation of people of color, the poor, the elderly, and the
young," the NAACP is turning to the U.N. Human Rights Council for support.
passes voter ID bill after O'Keefe video. The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill requiring residents
to show identification before voting after a well-publicized video showed how easy it is to obtain a ballot in the name
of a dead person in the state. The Union-Leader reports that the legislation passed on Wednesday [3/7/2012] and now
heads to the House. Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe produced the bombshell video earlier this year.
after Wisconsin judge stops new voter ID law. A Wisconsin judge has granted a temporary injunction to
stop the state's controversial new voter identification law, but Republicans immediately questioned it after records
showed the judge signed a petition to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
contested voter ID law could shave voter rolls. Texas secretary of state officials did not find matching 2012
driver's licenses or state-issued photo IDs for 2.4 million of the state's 12.8 million registered voters,
though all but about 800,000 of those voters supplied a valid identification number when they first registered to vote.
The findings come from documents submitted by the state to the U.S. Department of Justice as part of an ongoing review
of the new voter ID law.
General to Appeal Judge's Injunction on Voter ID. State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says his
office will appeal a Dane County judge's ruling granting a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's voter photo ID
requirement. Judge David Flanagan granted the injunction until a full hearing is held in mid-April —
after the spring elections and presidential primary.
Holder: Voter ID Laws
Harmful to Minorities, Seniors, Young. Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Justice Department's litigation
against states to stop voter ID laws, while testifying Tuesday [2/28/2012] to a House subcommittee. The
Supreme Court upheld the states' right to require photo ID to vote in a 2008 case involving an Indiana statute.
Nevertheless, the Justice Department has found other legal grounds to challenge the statutes passed by more than
a dozen states.
Phony Case Against Voter ID. Here in Minnesota, an overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted with the
state's lax voting laws. Polls indicate that a large majority support a voter identification requirement. Our
legislature — in Republican hands after the 2010 election — passed a voter ID law, but it was
vetoed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. So the legislature is now working on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota
Constitution that in all likelihood will be on the ballot in November.
ID law takes effect with no major problems. Normally, the spring primary elections this year would be considered
low-profile. However, they did receive some extra attention, more for how people voted and not who the were voting for.
Wisconsin's new voter ID law went into effect, with no major incidents in La Crosse County.
phony case against voter ID. Here in Minnesota, an overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted with the
state's lax voting laws. Polls indicate that a large majority support a voter identification requirement. Our
legislature — in Republican hands after the 2010 election — passed a voter ID law, but it was
vetoed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. So the legislature is now working on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota
Constitution that in all likelihood will be on the ballot in November.
Eric Holder's Protection of Voter
Fraud. Seeking to overturn a DOJ judgment that its voter photo identification law, passed in May 2011,
violates the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the state of South Carolina recently announced that it is suing the
Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court. The decision by South Carolina comes as
the DOJ is vigorously working to stop the spread of states enacting or implementing voter photo ID laws, prompting
fears that the Obama administration is undermining the integrity of the upcoming 2012 elections.
Texas AG Sues Feds Over Voter ID Law.
On January 23, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked a federal court to clear the way for his state's voter ID
law while he awaits to hear what will happen with his demands that the Department of Justice drop its objections
to the Texas law.
vs. Racist Photo-ID Cards. A bunch of racists in South Carolina are trying to hold down blacks
by forcing them, and everybody else, to show photo identification before they can vote. Astonishing!
Luckily, Attorney General Eric Holder is on it.
Want Voter ID 'Because There Is a Brother in the White House'. Polls show that about 80% of Americans
support photo voter identification laws. A majority of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Democrats, and Republicans
support voter ID. Why do so many people want voter ID laws? According to Richmond, Virginia,
Mayor Dwight Jones, "because there is a brother in the White House." Here's a secret. I've been following
the voter ID debate for seven years. In fact, I've even been involved in some legislative plotting in
various states to pass voter ID. And I can say with one hand on a Bible, and one hand in the air, that
I've never once heard any voter ID proponent suggest that a "brother in the White House" has anything to
do with it. This is pure, simple, racialist nonsense from the mayor of Richmond.
Federal Election Reform Commission
Advocated Voter Photo ID. Critics of requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls say
the practice would disenfranchise minority voters, and some even accuse proponents of being motivated by racism.
They don't mention, however, that a 21-member bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by
former President Jimmy Carter, advocated just such a policy in 2005. The commission, also co-chaired by
former Secretary of State James Baker, called voter identification one of "five pillars" that would "build
confidence" in the integrity of federal elections. Only three of the 21 commission members voted
against requiring photo identification of voters.
Dead voters prove the need for photo ID at the polls.
One probe caught on tape how easily anybody can vote on behalf of dead Americans. Elsewhere, the total ballots
cast by the dead exceeded the winning margins in several high-profile elections. These cases confirm the urgent
need for all voters to prove that they are alive and correctly identify themselves via photo ID — just as
Americans do on non-election days.
Caucus charges voter ID laws aimed at Obama supporters. The Congressional Black Caucus on Monday
night [1/23/2012] took to the House floor to charge that voter ID laws popping up around the country are
aimed at dissuading minority voters from voting, and making it harder for President Obama to win re-election.
"It is clear to me that whether racially based or not, this is a direct attempt, not only to undermine the election
process, but a specific attempt to derail what surely would be and ought to be the re-election of Barack Obama,"
Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI) said on the floor.
sues feds over voter ID law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed suit against the U.S.
Department of Justice on Monday [1/23/2012] in an effort to speed enforcement of the state's new voter ID
law. Justice officials, who must determine whether the law unfairly puts minority voters at a disadvantage,
have been reviewing the law for the past six months and twice have asked state officials to supply additional
information on the racial breakdown of Texas voters with state-issued identification.
asks court to clear way for voter ID law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked a federal
court on Monday [1/23/2012] to clear the way for the state's voter ID law as it waits to hear from the
Department of Justice.
Catawba County voter fraud case, attorney says voter ID law could help. Catawba County was set to
try its first felony election fraud case Wednesday morning. The case ended in a misdemeanor plea, but the
defense attorney argued the situation may not have happened if North Carolina had a voter identification law.
Horatio Johnson was charged with felony election fraud for voting in the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election.
Although Johnson was previously convicted of felonies, he was eligible to vote in March 2008 and registered to do so,
said his attorney Scott Reilly.
The Left's War
on Voter Fraud Reform. [Scroll down] Seven states passed laws in 2011 requiring photo IDs,
and others shortened early voting timeframes and tightened requirements for absentee ballots. All but
13 states had legislation introduced in 2011 dealing with the critical issue of voter integrity.
Five states (Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina) enacted photo ID laws that
were vetoed by Democratic governors. Speaking of such, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue was caught on tape
last September wishing that elections could be suspended so that lawmakers wouldn't have to worry about what
voters thought. If you can't fix the election, why not just cancel it?
Voter I.D. law
kicks in without a hitch in Cimarron. Morning voting in a special sales tax election in Cimarron — the
first election since a Kansas voter identification law took effect — proceeded without a hitch.
Pollworkers inside the Gray County Extension Service office building asked each voter to show a photo identification
in order to receive a ballot. As of 10:30 a.m., all 106 voters had produced a photo I.D.,
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AG to fight feds over voter ID law. Three of South Carolina's top political leaders announced
Tuesday [1/10/2012] their plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to block
the state's controversial voter ID law. Attorney General Alan Wilson said he will file a lawsuit
within the next two weeks against the Justice Department in Washington D.C. district court. It's necessary,
Wilson said, to protect the integrity of South Carolina elections.
turn to Virginia as state weighs voter ID law. Virginia legislators are preparing to take on the thorny
subject of voter identification laws during the upcoming General Assembly session amid national controversy that
includes the Justice Department's rejection of a state law on the matter for the first time in almost 20 years.
More than 30 states have introduced such legislation, but the issue is likely to receive heightened scrutiny
in Virginia because the Old Dominion is certain to play a crucial role in the calculus for President Obama's
If GOP Goes Easy on Obama, It'll Be a Fatal
Mistake. There are also signs that Democrats may be willing to cheat as they look for ways to rally
their disillusioned base. Scandal-plagued ACORN has reemerged, and according to investigative reporter
Matthew Vadum, at least five ACORN officials have visited the White House for meetings in 2011. Vadum
reports that "one of these officials has been involved in vetting Department of Justice hires who may help to
enforce the voter fraud-enabling National Voting Rights Act, also known as the Motor-Voter Law." The DOJ
has been accused of refusing to enforce parts of the law that prohibit ineligible felons, dead people and
nonresidents from voting, while vigorously enforcing parts of the law that require states to register voters
at welfare offices, the vast majority of whom vote Democratic.
truth behind Holder's push for 'electoral equality'. Despite the presence of a black man in the
White House and his own position as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Holder insists that the era
of Jim Crow in the U.S. is alive and kicking. It is rearing its ugly head, he asserts, in the efforts
by states to legitimize elections through the passage of laws that require voters to present a valid form of
photo identification. Holder maintains that these laws disproportionately discriminate against poor
blacks and Hispanics, many of whom he notes lack a driver's license, passport, or other acceptable form
of photo ID.
Aren't these the same Democrats who are pushing
for a National ID Card?
Obama steal the 2012 election? Racism has nothing to do with states implementing
voter ID laws. Rather, it is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system. Voter
fraud is rampant; abuses regularly take place. In Chicago, local elections are often marred by ballot
stuffing and multiple voting — including by false voters who use the names of deceased individuals.
Voter ID terrifies
Democrats. The state Department of Motor Vehicles audited a state Election Commission report
that said 239,333 people were registered to vote but had no photo ID. The DMV found that 37,000
were deceased, more than 90,000 had moved to other states, and others had names not matched to IDs.
That left only 27,000 people registered without a photo ID but who could vote by signing an affidavit
as to their identity.
Voter ID and The Diluted Franchise. Last
Friday, the Justice Department shot down South Carolina's voter ID law. ... This decision was not based on the slightest
hint of discriminatory intent, but rather the sheer number of minority voters who would presumably be affected by the
new law, measured against what Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez deemed an insufficiently urgent need to
prevent voter fraud. South Carolina must now either take the matter to court, or persuade the Justice Department
to reconsider. South Carolina's law, duly passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Nikki Haley, was
extremely lenient — even more so than voter-ID laws already on the books in some other states.
Looks Through Race-Colored Glasses. Fresh from using his race as a defense in the Fast and Furious
scandal, the attorney general blocks South Carolina's voter photo ID law as discriminatory. Tell
that to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
ready to sue to defend voter ID law. The Texas attorney general's office says it likely would
go to federal court to defend its voter identification law if the U.S. Justice Department blocks it. The
announcement comes after the Justice Department last week rejected South Carolina's voter ID law, saying
it would make it more difficult for minorities to vote.
Holder's Voter ID
Fraud. The Obama Administration's re-election mobilization continues: Witness Eric Holder's
attempt to play the race card and perhaps twist the law in a campaign against voter identification laws.
In the Attorney General's telling, the movement in the states to require voters to show some ID is a revival
of minority disenfranchisement a la Jim Crow.
Holder Blocks SC Voter ID, Texas Next. Eric Holder has blocked South Carolina's voter ID
law. Hans von Spakovsky and I have been predicting this was going to happen for over eight months here
at PJ Media. The only surprising thing is that no halftime adjustments were made after it became
even clearer an objection was on the way. Texas now faces the same dilemma.
Virginia, There Really Is Voter Fraud. Eric Shawn at FOX News reports that two Troy city officials,
the city clerk and a councilman, along with two Democratic political operatives, have pled guilty to forging
absentee-ballot signatures and casting fraudulent ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary. The
WFP is the political party associated with ACORN. One of the citizens whose votes were stolen was stunned
at what happened. She said that she was "sure this goes on a lot in politics, but it's very rare that they
do get caught."
Cue the Voter ID Scaremongering.
You know it's election season when the political left starts attacking voter identification laws as racist measures that have
nothing to do with ballot integrity. Last week the Obama administration and civil rights leaders once again were sounding
the race card before Election Day. Is it racist to require people to show a photo ID when
they vote? You need a photo ID for nearly any meaningful transaction, such as cashing checks, including
government checks. If this simple requirement "suppresses" the vote, maybe we need to ask why it's such a
great idea to push for universal suffrage for every adult who is merely breathing. Of course, even this latter
requirement would suppress the vote in Chicago and New Orleans, where dead people get to vote all the
time — and do so cheerfully.
Ignores Voter Intimidation But Will Go After Voter ID Requirements. Our Attorney General, the
same one who wouldn't prosecute obvious voter intimidation, now leads the "it's racism!" charge this
election season with a speech signaling his department will be wasting resources by looking into State Voter ID
laws. ... I find it quite humorous when people give the argument that forcing someone to have ID to vote will
somehow suppress minorities. Is it not racist to believe that they aren't capable of get an ID? Even
the very poor must have ID when spending their welfare money.
Eric Holder Is in
Denial. The truth is that vote fraud is real, has occurred across the country in recent years and
election reforms are necessary. The left claims no one ever gets convicted or persecuted for vote fraud.
RNLA did a survey to find examples in a wide variety of states just by looking on the Internet. Predictably,
the left has attacked the RNLA survey while missing the point, vote fraud is everywhere if you look for it.
Of course, some of the leading deniers have committed vote fraud themselves in the past.
Vote Fraud Is All Over the Map. 46 states have
had vote fraud convictions or prosecutions in the last decade.
A Full Nelson on Voting Rights.
Those who don't believe it's going to be a long and nasty 11 months before Election Day should just look
at how Attorney General Eric Holder and Democrats across the country are accusing Republicans of attempting to
keep Democratic core constituents — minorities, young people, the poor, the disabled, etc. —
away from the polls. These charges are a symptom and preview of that party's campaign, which promises
to be built on little more than attempting to gin up racial and social class resentments.
Shirt, No Shoes, No ID, No Service. I've listened to my friends on the left's arguments —
that there is no electoral fraud, and even if there is so what, what we need are more people voting, not fewer, and
besides registration fraud (which they grudgingly admit exists) isn't the same thing as election fraud, so
there — and must say they make no sense whatsoever. The history of the Democratic party is
one long ode to electoral fraud and systemic corruption, and until recently it was a badge they wore proudly.
Voter ID Is Not Jim Crow.
In a speech at the LBJ Library at the University of Texas-Austin, Attorney General Eric Holder attacked efforts by
state legislators to ensure the integrity of the ballot box. In a setting obviously designed to evoke Lyndon
Johnson's historic signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Holder railed against voter-ID laws and other
election-reform measures. While minimizing the danger of fraud, Holder seemed oblivious to the irony of
doing so at the LBJ Library: It was, after all, the infamous Ballot Box 13 and the stolen 1948 election
that launched LBJ's political career.
Holder's war on voter-ID laws. If you want to buy over-the-counter cold medicine at your local
drugstore, chances are you have to show a photo ID to do it. Same if you want to get on a plane,
rent a car or open a bank account. So why not to vote? But to Attorney General Eric Holder, the idea
is an outrage. In the name of "civil rights," he's declared war on a nationwide movement to ensure the
integrity of the electoral process.
files federal lawsuit over Wisconsin's voter ID law. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a
federal lawsuit Tuesday [12/13/2011], claiming Wisconsin's new voter identification law imposes a severe burden
on the right to vote — the second lawsuit filed in the last two months.
says GOP trying to deny blacks the right to vote. A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday [12/7/2011] on the House floor that
Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter
identification laws. "It's no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from
communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former
chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Democrats hope that the masses respond
to emotional outbursts rather than rational thought.
tougher voter qualifications. Voter ID laws are at the heart of the debate, according to the report.
The authors maintain that such laws disproportionately target minorities. The report says about 25% of black
Americans and about 16% of Latinos do not possess government-issued photo identification, compared with 8% of whites.
Congressman: Voter Fraud Is Commonplace, Voter ID Is The Cure. Voter fraud is not a figment of your
imagination, says former Congressman Artur Davis (D-Alabama). The use of absentee ballots makes massive
electoral fraud possible, Davis told the Daily Caller's Neil Munro in a startling interview. Davis's comments
came months after a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted local NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of
fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers received a five-year prison term.
Not enough information to clear voter ID law. A new Texas law that would require more identification
from voters has hit a road bump.
Jimmy Carter an Ally on the Left in Voter ID Crusade.
In every state that has enacted voter ID, most of the proponents are Republican and most opponents are Democrats.
"And it really got ugly when the [Republican-controlled Pennsylvania] House of Representatives took up the issue
earlier this year," GOP State Rep. Curt Schroder recalled for Human Events. "Supporters were called
hatemongers and racist, and comparisons were made between us and Mississippians in the 1960s who tried to keep blacks
from voting." The Pennsylvania voter ID measure passed on a party line vote and is now awaiting action
in the state senate.
Schultz accuses GOP of rigging elections with 'suppression laws'. Democratic National Committee
Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday night [11/16/2011] said Republican governors and legislatures
are purposefully pressing for the enactment of voter-identification laws to suppress Democratic voter turnout
in the 2012 election. "State legislatures are attempting to impose voting restrictions that are the modern-day
equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests," the Florida congresswoman said on the House floor.
Democrats For Election Fraud.
This week, Maryland's Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, claimed that "we are witnessing
a concerted effort to place new obstacles in front of minorities, low-income families and young people who seek
to exercise their right to vote." Earlier in the month, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous declared that "this
is the greatest assault on voting rights, happening right now, that we have seen since the dawn of Jim Crow."
It all sounds so menacing. Except that these liberals are excoriating Republicans for supporting what the
vast majority of Americans agree is a perfectly reasonable requirement for voters — that they show a
photo ID before casting a ballot.
Nadler: Voter ID laws a 'deliberate plot by conservatives' to suppress votes.
New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller that
laws requiring voters to present photo identification are part of a "deliberate plot by conservatives and Republicans
to suppress votes" that would be cast by minorities, the elderly and young people.
Equate Voter ID Laws to 'Poll Tax,' 'Jim Crow' Laws. House Democrats, including Minority Whip Steny
Hoyer (D-Md.), said that voter ID laws were equivalent to poll taxes and Jim Crow laws, arguing that they
were deliberate attempts to keep minorities from voting. "We know [that] voter suppression has been taking
place, is being taken place, and is planned," Hoyer said, at a congressional forum on the negative impacts of
voter ID laws on Monday [11/14/2011].
Ellison introduces bills to erase photo ID
voting requirements. Rep. Keith Ellison introduced two voter ID bills Wednesday [11/2/2011], including
one that would undo photo ID voting laws in 14 states and would have stopped legislation vetoed by Gov.
Mark Dayton earlier this year. Ellison's bills would prohibit states from requiring photo ID to vote and
require states to allow same-day voter registration. They both are unlikely to get any traction in the
Republican-led House. Voter ID has been a heated topic in Minnesota and states across the nation
this year, as legislatures have strengthened voter ID laws.
ID, other initiatives follow GOP's resurgence. Voters in Maine, Mississippi and Washington will
decide election-reform questions this November, joining a wave of 36 states that in 2011 moved to increase
identification requirements, limit the early-voting period, or toughen up registration rules.
have supported voter ID law. I've changed my mind on voter ID laws — I think Alabama
did the right thing in passing one — and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.
When I was a congressman, I took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician.
Without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists who contend that
requiring photo identification to vote is a suppression tactic aimed at thwarting black voter participation.
Dem. congressman makes U-turn on voter ID laws, says ballot fraud common. Fraudulent voting by
imaginary voters, not racist obstacles to the ballot box, is the most disturbing and common form of voter
suppression facing people of all races, says former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, an African-American
Democrat. "I've changed my mind on voter ID laws — I think Alabama did the right thing in
passing one — and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office," Davis wrote in an
October 17 op-ed published in the Montgomery Advertiser.
People Favoring Voter IDs Want to 'Revoke the Voting Rights Act'. MSNBC's Al Sharpton lead a jobs
rally in Washington, D.C., Saturday, and not surprisingly, he used the event to once again divide the nation
along racial lines. As he has disgracefully done on his PoliticsNation program on numerous occasions in
recent weeks, Sharpton accused those favoring proper identification at the polls as wanting to "revoke the
Voting Rights Act".
Voter Photo Identification Is Crucial to Our Republic. The Constitution provides that citizens
of the United States 18 years of age or older shall be allowed to vote in federal elections, but the
Constitution otherwise leaves the eligibility of voters pretty much up to the states. Some states, for
example, provide that convicted felons lose their right to vote. The key constitutional requirement,
however, is that a voter must be a citizen of the United States. There is nothing unique about this
requirement, as every nation on the planet allows only its own citizens to vote. With 19 million
illegal immigrants in this country and an estimated 12 million green card holders, plus those here on
non-immigrant visas, it is easy to see why we must safeguard that these 31 million-plus non-citizens
do not vote in U.S. elections.
Hispanics, strong support for voter ID. In recent months, the Obama Justice Department and
Democrats on Capitol Hill have mounted a full-scale assault on state voter identification laws. Accusing
Republicans of trying to return to the days of Jim Crow, Democrats allege that the laws, many of which require
a photo ID for voting, discriminate against blacks and Hispanics. But an extensive new poll of Hispanic
voters in the key electoral states of Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico shows strong support for those very
photo ID laws.
Put Hold on S.C. Voter ID Law. The Justice Department has put the brakes on enactment
of a proposed election-law overhaul signed by South Carolina's Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, saying
it wants more evidence that the changes will comply with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ... South
Carolina is one of nine states that must receive preclearance for any changes made to election law.
Not a Race Card.
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.
Identification is Not a 'Poll Tax'. There's an entirely absurd op-ed by Georgia Congressman
John Lewis in today's New York Times about voter ID laws. ... What's odd is that Lewis and others constantly
criticize voter ID laws without defining what they think would be sufficient proof of identity. Do Lewis
and other Democrats simply think showing up at the polls and taking someone's word that they are who they say
they are should be sufficient?
With our borders porous and election fraud
rampant, Voter ID is a sensible precaution. Polling shows that a substantial majority of Americans
from all racial and ethnic backgrounds agree it's the right thing to do. Voter ID can
prevent impersonation fraud, voting under fictitious voter registrations, double-voting by individuals
registered in more than one state and voting by illegal aliens.
CREW is a puppet of
the Democratic Party. Defending the electoral process from those who would undermine it shouldn't
be a partisan issue, but it has somehow become one in recent years, with the Democratic Party seeming to yearn
for the days before professional election administration, when ward leaders could manipulate elections.
hall meeting attacks S.C. voter ID law. More than 40 people appeared at an NAACP town hall
meeting today [7/18/2011] where opponents said they would do everything in their power to see that the state's new
voter ID law never gets used.
GOP To Push Stronger Voter
I.D. Laws, Says 'Voter Fraud Is Real'. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
repeated his party's commitment to stronger voter identification laws, saying that the GOP would not give
up the fight against voter fraud.
Rule Seeks to Keep Poor, Minorities From Voting. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said that every state
governed by a Republican is attempting to prevent the poor, minorities, seniors and students from voting by
requiring individuals to present photo identification at the polls.
continue fight against voter ID laws. Democrats are battling a growing number of states that
are preparing to implement tougher voter identification laws.
Democrats Should Know Jim Crow, They Created Him.
Likening Republican policies aimed at preserving voter integrity in states from Florida to California to poll
taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era proves Democrats are desperate. Obama's tax-and-spend agenda
stinks on ice. So his segregation mudslingers — in this case, Clinton — must rely
on shopworn clichés that stir racial animus to fire up his left-wing base. Are Clinton and Shultz
insinuating that minorities, college students and the elderly are all born Democrats, that they are more likely
to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates? Is this what Democratic elites think of
their constituents? Do Democrats believe blacks and Latinos, old people and youngsters, are too stupid
to acquire a photo I.D. by next November?
Why not prevent
vote fraud? True, bona fide cases of voter fraud via identity theft are few and far between in North
Carolina. ... I have yet to come across a person who wouldn't be able to meet the identification requirements
of HB 351, or a reasonable scenario that would prevent someone from voting. If for some reason a
qualified voter doesn't have a photo ID, under HB 351 the county board of elections is required to
provide a photo Voter Identification Card at no cost to the applicant.
The Upside of Voter
ID Initiatives. For people who do not have ready access to any identification, not being able to
vote is the least of their problems. What's more, requiring these folks get a valid government ID may
bring them greater benefits than would accrue to them merely by being eligible to vote. Not having valid
identification forecloses options that many would deem necessary to engage in commerce of nearly every sort.
Carolina governor vetoes voter photo ID bill. North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue on
Thursday [6/23/2011] vetoed a bill that would require voters to present photo identification before casting
a ballot. "We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections," said Perdue, a
Democrat. "But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way
to do it."
Voter ID Showcases
Democrat McLovins. Missouri Governor Jay "McLovin" Nixon's veto of the Republican-sponsored photo
ID bill is another Democrat slap in the face to law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Missouri. The veto
proves that Nixon couldn't care less about protecting the rights of Missouri citizens. The truth is that
Nixon is about empowering criminals and getting more illegal votes. ... Besides having a pulse and the ability
to fog a mirror, all it takes is to vote in Missouri is a utility bill, a bank statement, or a paycheck
stub — all things you can find dumpster-diving.
Voter ID is no Jim
Crow — I would know. Having experienced the psychological pain of Jim Crow laws
first-hand, I won't allow those who likely only read about Jim Crow in history books to trivialize it.
That's why I'm outraged about a recent edition of TV One's "Washington Watch" in which host Roland Martin and
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) compared state-level voter identification rules to Jim Crow.
To the contrary, requiring valid identification in exchange for something as sacred as a ballot is a
pragmatic approach to governing.
The 'Jim Crow'
Lie. Today railroads and hotels, along with almost all providers of public accommodations in
almost all circumstances, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race. So what happens when you
ride on Amtrak, the government-subsidized railroad? You hear an announcement over the PA system advising
you to be prepared to show your identification if the conductor asks to see it. Likewise, these days
there is a good chance you will be asked for identification when you check into a hotel. ... If black people
have trouble producing identification, how come nobody ever claims that these requirements are discriminatory?
Voters for ID Is Not a Race Issue. I don't get why [E.J.] Dionne thinks some people would have
a hard time producing ID because of the color of their skin. I can understand other reasons —
homeless people might have a difficult time proving their place of residence, or illiterate people might not be
able to fill in the paperwork — but to imply that getting and using an ID is somehow too difficult or
onerous for some racial groups seems very condescending to me. What does skin color or ethnic
background have to do with it? When we ask people to produce ID to get healthcare, as I had to, or to
prove their identity to get an Amtrak ticket, no one says this is a return to segregation.
Jackson blasts voter ID legislation at
conference. Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. on Saturday [6/18/2011] called on
the Justice Department to reverse recent Republican-led legislative efforts that require voters to present
photo identification at polls. Twenty-seven states now require photo identification from voters and
33 have considered adding or strengthening voter identification requirements this year, according to the
National Conference of State Legislatures.
require ID to vote. State legislatures across the country have passed a record number
of laws this year requiring photo identification to vote, a controversial move pushed by Republicans
and opposed by Democrats.
USA Today sees it as "a controversial move" because it was the Republicans' idea.
In my opinion, allowing dead people to vote should be where the controversy lies.
Dayton vetoes voter ID.
Saying that election reform measures should reflect a broad bipartisan consensus, Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday [5/26/2011] slapped
down a GOP bill that would have required voters to present a photo ID at the polls. In addition to new ID
requirements, the bill eliminated vouching as a method of Election Day registration and created an entirely new
system of provisional balloting for voters without IDs.
Accusation that Voter ID Is Racist Demeans
Blacks. Imagine if some Democratic politician had announced that demanding a photo ID at the
voting booth was an attempt to keep Jewish Americans from voting. No one would understand what the
person was talking about. But why not? Jews vote almost as lopsidedly Democrat as do blacks.
So why weren't Jews included in liberal objections to voter ID laws?
The Case for Voter
ID. On Thursday [5/19/2011], the Wisconsin legislature sent a bill requiring photographic identification
for voting to Gov. Scott Walker's desk. This follows the enactment of an even stricter law in Kansas a
few weeks ago.
Texas House passes final version of voter
ID bill. The Texas House passed hotly debated legislation Monday [5/16/2011] requiring voters
to show photo identification before casting ballots, sending to Gov. Rick Perry's desk a measure he declared
an "emergency" item for the legislative session.
ID? Minnesotans say yes. It's pretty hard to find 80 percent who agree on anything nowadays.
More so if it's a cause considered "conservative" and the entity doing the survey is the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
But Minnesotans, it turns out, really like the idea of checking voters' identity using widely-issued and easily
available forms of state and federal identification.
Minnesota Poll: Big show of support
for voter photo ID . Eighty percent of respondents said they favor a photo ID requirement, which
Republican majorities at the Legislature have made one of their signature goals of the session. Democrats
have almost universally opposed it, arguing that it will prevent members of some groups from voting.
That party split was reflected in the poll: A whopping 94 percent of Republicans supported
photo ID, compared to 64 percent of Democrats.
civil rights groups oppose voter ID bill. The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP say a
proposal to require voters to show identification is unfair and unnecessary.
critcized as voter suppression tool headed for passage. In a move blasted by critics as a way of
suppressing likely Democratic voters, the Republican-dominated Legislature edged closer Wednesday to overhauling
voting laws ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Republicans say the Senate bill sponsored by Miguel
Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami is aimed at stopping voter fraud.
ID bill clears Missouri House. A bill that would require voters to provide photo identification before
being allowed to cast a ballot passed the Missouri House Wednesday [5/4/2011] on a 99-52 vote. The bill, which
was sponsored by state Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, establishes requirements for voter photo identification and
GOP pushing state
voter ID laws. Democrats claim the moves will disenfranchise poor and minority voters —
many of whom traditionally vote for their candidates.
The Editor says...
The people who will be most "disenfranchised" by these laws are the dead and fictitious voters.
New Law Requires
Photo ID, Proof of Citizenship to Vote in Kansas. Voters in Kansas will need to show a photo
ID the next time they go to the polls. In a signing ceremony last week, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback
signed a bill to protect the integrity of elections, he said: "We must be able to accurately and
fairly discern the will of the people of Kansas." While Gov. Brownback said the new law establishes
"reasonable steps" to protect the rights of citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union called it a
"giant leap backwards."
Election Snafu Is a National Wake-Up Call. [Scroll down] The Carter-Baker commission
noted that "the electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect
fraud or to confirm the identity of voters." Eighteen of the 21 commission members called for voters
to show photo ID at the polls and for more security for absentee ballots. Some states have since
adopted photo ID laws. But too many (like Wisconsin) still do not require any ID to vote. In a
time of razor-thin election margins, we can no longer afford such insecurity in our election process.
Also, though one-third of all votes in 2008 were cast before Election Day, safeguards against absentee
ballot fraud are still spotty.
voter photo ID bill gets committee's OK. [Scroll down] Wisconsin voters currently are
not required to show any form of ID before casting a ballot. The new requirement would be in effect
for the April election, but voters who don't have IDs would still be allowed to cast their ballots and
would be given information about the new law that would fully take effect in 2012. The committee
voted to expand the number of acceptable IDs to include U.S. passports and tribal IDs. Also allowed is
a driver's license, a military identification card or a state identification card or certificate issued by
the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
bill would require photo ID to vote. Voters would be required to show photo identification
before they can cast ballots under a proposal passed on to the full Senate on Tuesday [2/8/2011]. The
measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro passed the State and Local Government
Committee on a 6-3 vote along party lines and will be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor.
Senate passes GOP-backed voter ID bill. With a strong push from Republicans and
over the vigorous objections of Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday [1/26/2011] approved legislation
requiring all but elderly Texans to show a photo ID before voting. Most of the proposed
amendments to the bill — offered by Democrats — were rejected during several
hours of debate Wednesday, but one change found bipartisan support. That added a state concealed
handgun license to the list of photo IDs that would meet the requirement of the legislation.
legislators approve voter ID requirements. South Carolina House Republicans today pushed through
a measure requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, as Democrats blasted them for spending
money on what they called voter suppression while the state faces a deficit.
bills get emergency status from Texas Gov. Perry. The state Senate is expected to take up
controversial voter ID legislation next week after Gov. Rick Perry designated it an emergency issue
that he wants lawmakers to pass within the first 60 days of the legislative session. Perry, who
has already designated property rights and so-called sanctuary cities as emergency items, on Thursday [1/20/2011]
added two more items to the list: the voter ID bill and legislation calling for a balanced budget
amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Coalition says proposed
voter ID law is costly, unneeded. A newly formed coalition will try to derail Kansas Secretary of
State-elect Kris Kobach's attempt to get a voter photo identification law passed in the 2011 legislative session.
Kobach, a Republican, made voter photo ID the centerpiece of his campaign, which ended with a decisive victory last
month over Democrat incumbent Chris Biggs.
confident of passing Texas voter ID bill. As politically emboldened Republicans predict almost
certain enactment of a voter identification law in the 2011 Legislature, the House point man on the issue is
pushing a measure patterned after one of the most stringent voter ID laws in the country.
I Am Who I
Say I Am — Now Let's Prove it with Some ID. Perhaps nothing can set up more of a racial
firestorm than requiring a voter to show valid government-issued picture ID when casting a ballot for
an election. The state of Georgia is battling courts and activists groups in its attempt to
tackle voter fraud by eliminating the loose standards currently in place.
Voter ID and Illegal Aliens.
The latest Rasmussen poll on voter ID is sure to frustrate liberal advocacy organizations like the NAACP and the
League of Women Voters that oppose commonsense proposals to ensure the integrity of our election process.
They have been waging a losing litigation battle against states to try to prevent them from implementing
photo ID requirements.
justices uphold voter ID law. The Indiana Supreme Court today [6/30/2010] upheld the state's voter identification
law, ruling against a challenge based on whether the 2005 law ran afoul of two provisions of the Indiana Constitution.
The League of Women Voters of Indiana and the group's Indianapolis chapter together sought to overturn the law.
Oral arguments on the case were held in March, and the court issued its 4-1 opinion today [6/30/2010].
Democrats keep fighting voter IDs despite idea's popularity. Texas Democrats have staked out
political ground that trumpets their beliefs and will ignite supporters at the party's state convention this
week — protecting the rights of eligible citizens to vote. The only problem —
especially for a political party that hasn't won a statewide office in 15 years — is that
when it comes to whether voters should have to show a photo ID, 70 percent of Texans disagree with the
Voter ID fight appears certain in
Texas Legislature. Both major political parties signaled Monday [6/14/2010] that neither side
is ready to give an inch on the politically divisive voter ID issue expected to come before Texas
legislators again when they reconvene in January. Republicans want to make elections more secure.
Democrats, citing the lack of any large-scale fake voter problem, contend the GOP simply wants to make voting
harder for Texans most likely to support Democrats — low-income folks, minorities and the elderly.
As usual, the Democrats' argument is based
on emotional outbursts rather than rational thought.
One Hispanic to Others — Arizona, You're Being Had By the Media. If voters had to
prove their eligibility the Democrats would lose their base and their power. Every attempt to have
voters prove their citizenship has been thwarted by the Democrats and with good reason, from their point of
view. They rely on minority and suspect voters whom they can truck to the polls en masse with
instructions on how they should vote. Would they be able to do this if these voters had to show their
eligibility to vote?
knocks out state voter ID law. The Indiana Court of Appeals today declared Indiana's voter ID
law unconstitutional because it does not apply uniformly to all voters.
Rep Who Opposes Photo ID To Vote Requiring Photo ID For Town Halls. Congressman Eugene Green,
Democrat from Texas, [is] telling the world that if you're not from his District, you're not welcome at his
future town hall meetings — oh, and how he'll enforce his new rule... How many dozen other
Congressmen who oppose voter ID laws are going to hypocritically enforce voter-ID rules at their town
halls — And does that mean that controlling their meetings more important than controlling the
Green to require photo ID at town halls. A Texas congressman, worried about disruptions at his
town halls, wants to weed out people who want to attend but don't live in his district. Rep. Gene Green
(D-Texas) has announced on his website that he will require attendees to show photo identification to get into
his town halls to prove that they're his constituents. ... His decision drew derision from Republicans who
noted that he voted against a Republican amendment that would have required Medicaid recipients to prove
they are citizens by showing photo ID.
Clown Hall Meetings: Rep. Gene
Green has voted against bills that require people to present a photo ID before they vote. But don't show up at one of
his public gatherings without a driver's license. You won't get in.
Lull before 'Voter ID'
storm. Things could get ugly in a hurry when the Texas House debates the super-charged "Voter ID"
bill. ... Republicans see voter identification as a way to make sure only eligible Texans cast ballots. Democrats
say they don't oppose a voter ID system if voting is made easier — but accuse the state GOP of wanting to make
Senate approves bill requiring voter ID at polls. Senate Republicans pushed through a bill Tuesday
that would require Texans to show a photo ID or two alternative IDs before voting, while Democrats shifted their
efforts to derail the legislation to the House. The measure, commonly referred to as "voter ID," was
approved 19-12, with all Senate Republicans voting for the bill and all Democrats voting against it. A final
vote will be required Wednesday before the proposal is sent to the House.
Voter ID wins approval. A bill that
would require voters to present a photo ID at the polls won key approval from the S.C. House on Thursday, but
not before House Democrats — equating the proposal to segregation-era efforts to disenfranchise
voters — walked out. About 30 members of the Legislative Black Caucus and other House Democrats
staged the walkout as debate moved into its fourth hour and it became clear the bill would pass.
Voter ID Was a Success in November.
Remember the storm that arose on the political left after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Indiana's
voter ID law last April? According to the left, voter ID was a dastardly Republican plot to prevent
Democrats from winning elections by suppressing the votes of minorities, particularly African-Americans. Since
the election of Barack Obama, we haven't heard a word about such claims.
Officials Push to Enforce Voter ID Law. The intent of the "No Match, No Vote" law is simple: to
ensure voters are who they say they are. The verification effort entails double-checking every voter
registration form with the Florida Motor Vehicles database, or the Social Security database. If the
numbers don't match, the voters can still vote — with a provisional ballot — but that voter then
has two days after Election Day to provide their driver's license or Social Security card to their
local elections supervisor.
Will This Election Be
Stolen? The U.S. is one of the few democracies in the world that doesn't require photo identification
to vote. Photo ID protects not only against impersonation fraud, but it can prevent bogus votes from being cast
based on fictitious voter registrations, by noncitizens, or by individuals who are registered in multiple states.
This spring the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Indiana's photo ID requirement, and courts in
Georgia upheld its photo ID law. In all of these cases, despite claims that there are thousands of Americans
who lack photo IDs, and after years of litigation, the plaintiffs were unable to produce a single individual —
not one — who didn't have an ID and couldn't easily get one.
Supreme Court says states can demand photo ID
for voting. States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled
Monday [4/28/2008], upholding a Republican-inspired law that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and
minority voters from casting ballots. Twenty-five states require some form of ID, and the court's
6-3 decision rejecting a challenge to Indiana's strict voter ID law could encourage others to adopt their
A Victory Against Voter Fraud. In ruling
on the constitutionality of Indiana's voter ID law — the toughest in the nation — the Supreme Court
had to deal with the claim that such laws demanded the strictest of scrutiny by courts, because they could disenfranchise
voters. All nine Justices rejected that argument.
Dewhurst hails Supreme Court ruling, state
fight likely. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hailed Monday's Supreme Court ruling that
approves states' efforts to pass a voter identification law and said he looks forward to passing such a
measure when the legislature meets again next year. The ruling galvanizes a Republican-inspired effort
that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.
Court gets it right with voter photo ID ruling. Constitutional law degrees aren't necessary when
mere common sense is sufficient to conclude, as did the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [5/5/2008], that an Indiana
law requiring a photo ID to vote "is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting 'the integrity and
reliability of the electoral voting process.'" The court thus affirmed with a 6-3 vote both common sense
and the Constitution in recognizing that states have the right to safeguard ballot integrity.
Primary Turnout High, Despite Photo ID Law. Indiana's controversial photo identification rule may
not have made a major dent in the state's high turnout, but it did frustrate a small group of voters more
accustomed to divine law. About 12 elderly Roman Catholic nuns were turned away Tuesday [5/6/2008] from
a polling place because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.
Voter-ID Hysteria: New
York's Sen. Chuck Schumer was quick to denounce this week's US Supreme Court ruling upholding the nation's strictest voter-ID law as "a blow
to what America stands for." His response might have made more sense if those who'd tried to strike down the Indiana law — which
requires the state's voters to present valid photo IDs — had actually managed to find a single voter who'd been improperly turned
away from the polls because of it.
Voter ID Battle
Shifts to Proof of Citizenship. The battle over voting rights will expand this week as lawmakers
in Missouri are expected to support a proposed constitutional amendment to enable election officials to require
proof of citizenship from anyone registering to vote. The measure would allow far more rigorous demands
than the voter ID requirement recently upheld by the Supreme Court, in which voters had to prove their identity
with a government-issued card.
Bill requiring citizenship proof to vote
fails. A proposal that would require proof of citizenship to register as a Tennessee voter has failed
in the House Elections Subcommittee. The measure sponsored by Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican,
failed 3-3 on Wednesday [4/15/2009] and is likely dead this session.
or Not To ID? The answer to a cynic's question "Do elections matter?" may be
partially found in the way judges have handled an Indiana voter photo ID law that requires
people to prove their identity before they can vote. The Supreme Court will begin 2008
by hearing arguments in one of the most volatile political cases to come before it since
Bush vs. Gore in the 2000 presidential election.
Appellate judges named by
Republican presidents have mostly favored the ID requirement. Appellate judges named by
Democrats have mostly opposed it.
Predict Voter ID Problems. On Indiana's primary day, Rep. Julia Carson shoved her congressional
identification card in a pocket, ran out of her house and raced down the street to be at her polling site when
it opened at 6 a.m. The Democrat, seeking to represent Indianapolis for a sixth term, showed the
card to a poll worker, who told her it was unacceptable under a new state law that requires every voter to
show proof of identity.
Vote fraud: Democrats' meal
ticket. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. ... asserts that "while photo IDs seem harmless, they are in
fact the modern-day poll tax." ... The 24th Amendment, ratified in 1964, made such pre-conditions for voting
illegal. The 24th Amendment did not prohibit requiring non-forgeable identification as proof that the
voter: a) was voting in the right precinct, ward, etc.; b) was in fact who they represented
themselves to be; and c) was casting only one vote.
Goddard asks Supreme Court to repeal recent
voter ID ruling. The state will ask a justice of the nation's high court to let county election
officials require voters to produce identification for next month's general election. Attorney General
Terry Goddard said Tuesday [10/10/2006] legal papers will be given to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy,
possibly by the end of the week, asking him to void an order by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals barring
the state from enforcing the voter ID provisions of Proposition 200 while a legal challenge to them works its
way through federal court.
Fissures Over Voter ID. The Supreme Court will open the new year with its most politically
divisive case since Bush v. Gore decided the 2000 presidential election, and its decision
could force a major reinterpretation of the rules of the 2008 contest. The case presents
what seems to be a straightforward and even unremarkable question: Does a state
requirement that voters show a specific kind of photo identification before casting a
ballot violate the Constitution?
Supreme Court upholds
Arizona's photo ID law for elections. Arizona voters will have to present identification at the
polls on Nov. 7 after all. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday [10/20/2006] that Arizona can go
ahead with requiring voters to present a photo ID, starting with next month's general election, as part of
the Proposition 200 that voters passed in 2004. The ruling overturns an Oct. 5 decision by the
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which put the voter ID rules on hold this election cycle.
The liberal assault on voter
ID laws. People in the good state of Missouri need photo identification to cash a check, board
a plane or apply for food stamps. But the state Supreme Court has ruled that a photo ID requirement to
vote is too great a burden on the elderly and the poor. Go figure.
Court OKs photo ID for voting.
Michigan voters will be asked to present photo identification at the polling place, after a divided Michigan
Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that such a requirement is constitutional. At issue was a decade-old state
law requiring voters to show photo identification before voting. The 1996 law never went into effect
because then-Attorney General Frank Kelley, a Democrat, ruled it violated the 14th Amendment, which
guarantees the right to vote.
Ellison wants to ban photo ID
as requirement for voting. Requiring photo IDs to vote in federal elections would be banned
under legislation introduced Wednesday [10/31/2007] by Rep. Keith Ellison, who said such requirements
disenfranchise minorities, the poor, women, elderly and young people. "While photo IDs seem harmless,
they are in fact the modern day poll tax," Ellison, D-Minn., said in a statement.
criticism of Voter ID. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard 30
minutes of oral arguments this morning [10/18/2006] about Indiana's voter identification requirement,
questioning how much of a burden it represented and whether it threatens to disenfranchise voters.
Are Democrats Seeking Voter Fraud? The
Democrats in the House of Representatives last week provided a good way to measure just how far left they have
drifted, when they managed to maneuver to the port of former President Jimmy Carter by opposing legislation
that would require would-be voters to provide a photo ID before voting in federal elections. The most
obvious explanation for the Democratic position on this issue is that they hope to benefit in future elections
from illegal votes cast by some of the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens in the United States.
This Will Make Voter Fraud Easier.
[New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan] stops just short of being an engraved invitation for people to commit
voter fraud. The background here is the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as "Motor
Voter," that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It required all states to offer voter
registration to anyone getting a driver's license. One simply fills out a form and checks a box stating
he is a citizen; he is then registered and in most states does not have to show any ID to vote. But no
one checks if the person registering to vote is indeed a citizen.
[Hillary] Clinton has always had a soft spot for measures that many election officials say compromise the
integrity of the ballot box. She sponsored a major bill to strip states of their right to bar felons
from voting, a right many legal scholars say is enshrined in the Constitution. Governor Spitzer's plan
to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens is equally controversial, in part because anyone with such a
license could probably vote in elections with impunity.
A.C.L.U. Sues Alabama on Ballot
Access. The American Civil Liberties Union sued Alabama elections officials Monday [7/21/2008] over what
it says is an overly expansive policy disenfranchising felons, amid concern from voting rights groups nationwide that
voting lists are being culled with too great alacrity by many states.
Closer look at illegal
voting. Holes in law allow some non-citizens to register, but most don't cast ballots,
Voting: The non-citizen electorate. Amid all the talk of new voters becoming involved in
the election, hopefully one group of voters will not vote in November — non-citizens, many of whom are
illegally registered to vote all over the country, particularly in the southwest. Although there is
no reliable method to determine the exact number registered aliens, there is evidence that this is a
significant and growing problem.
The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting:
Non-citizen voting is likely growing at the same rate as the alien population in the United States; but because of
deficiencies in state law and the failure of federal agencies to comply with federal law, there are almost no
procedures in place that allow election officials to detect, deter, and prevent non-citizens from registering and
voting. Instead, officials are largely dependent on an "honor system" that expects aliens to follow the
law. There are numerous cases showing the failure of this honor system.
NEA opposes the use of IDs in order
to vote. The [NEA] convention approved Legislative Amendment 6 to oppose the use of
voter ID in U.S. elections. However, in order to vote in NEA elections held during the convention,
delegates were required to show photo ID. Apparently it's more important to prevent voter fraud in an
election for the NEA Board of Directors than in an election for U.S. President or Members of Congress.
It's much too easy to vote illegally in
Minnesota. Which of the following do you need to register to vote in Minnesota? A
driver's license? Some form of government-issued ID that proves your identity and residence? Proof
of American citizenship? Wrong on all counts. In Minnesota, you can register on election day
without showing poll workers one piece of paper. All you need is a "voucher" — a person
registered to vote in that precinct who is willing to sign a sworn statement that you live there.
states ask voters to show ID. For Rita Glenn, the clerk of St. Joseph County in north central
Indiana, the weeks leading up to the 2006 election have seen an unexpected surge in activity from voters looking
for absentee ballots. … A hotly contested race in the 2nd Congressional District has contributed
to the hike, Glenn said. But a big part of the increase comes from people wanting to avoid what
they believe will be hassles on Election Day connected to a new state law requiring voters casting
ballots in person to show a government-issued photo ID.
your senator support voter fraud? On the Senate floor right now, members just
finished voting on an amendment to a student loan bill that would require voters to show photo
ID at the polls. You know, so illegal aliens and other ineligible people don't undermine
the integrity of the election process. The amendment failed 42-54.
revives voter-ID measure. The requirement that voters provide proof of identification to cast an
early absentee ballot is back on again. But stay tuned. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
issued an order last night staying a lower court ruling from last week that had put the ID provision on hold.
Senate Bill Aimed at Making Absentee Ballots
from Overseas Count. Although roughly 6 million U.S. citizens are eligible to vote oversees
using absentee ballots — many of whom are serving in the military — only a fraction of
their ballots are being counted. The bipartisan Election Assistance Commission found that of the nearly
1 million absentee ballots sent out for the 2006 election, only 300,000 actually were counted.
Restraining Order on Voter IDs. Georgia's attorney general filed an emergency appeal Monday [7/10/2006] of a court order that blocks the
state from enforcing its new voter photo identification law during next week's primary elections. The
new law requires that every voter who casts a ballot in person produce a valid, government-issued photo ID.
Judge Throws Out Georgia
Photo-Voter ID Law. A judge Tuesday [9/19/2006] struck down as unconstitutional the
latest version of a new Georgia law requiring voters to show photo ID. State Superior Court Judge T.
Jackson Bedford Jr. ruled that the photo ID requirement deprives otherwise qualified voters of the right
to cast a ballot and adds a new, unconstitutional condition to voting.
Voters Still Showing Up on Election Records. Jane Drury voted last year in an election in
Stonington, Conn. The only problem is, she died eight years ago.
The town clerk's record clearly shows
Drury's vote, marked by a horizontal line poll workers put next to her name. And it turns out, Drury
isn't the only voter to apparently cast a ballot from the grave. The issue of dead voters showing up on
ballot records continues to be a problem for election administrators across the country.
Your Vote Still Count if You're Dead? Increasingly popular mail-in ballots mean voters can
now choose candidates up to 60 days before an election, raising new questions about an age-old
phenomenon normally associated with chicanery in places like Chicago: What should be done with the
ballots of the recently dead? Laws in at least a dozen states are evenly split between tallying and
dumping the votes. No one keeps records on how often such deaths occur.
Photo IDs could improve image of election
process. "Vote early — and often." We hear this quip every time an election rolls around,
and with good reason: Electoral fraud is as old as the ballot box itself and still happens in the United
States. Just last year a judge in Washington state ruled that some 1,678 illegal votes were cast in
its 2004 election — more than enough to change the outcome of the governor's race.
No evidence of election crime, former
U.S. attorney says. Fired U.S. Attorney John McKay said Sunday that the 2004 razor-thin governor's
election in Washington "smelled really bad," but that an extensive, little-publicized investigation by FBI agents
and federal prosecutors found no evidence of a federal crime.
suspended. Arizonans won't have to prove citizenship to register to vote or show identification
at the polls in November, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday [10/05/2006]. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals blocked the controversial new voting requirements passed in 2004 as part of Proposition 200.
Opponents argued the provisions were unconstitutional, amounting to a poll tax that could keep legal voters from
Request to halt ID
rules rejected. A federal court on Monday rejected pleas from Latino and voter-advocacy groups
for a suspension of requirements that people prove their citizenship when registering to vote. In 2004,
Arizona voters approved the requirements through Proposition 200 in an effort to curb voter fraud.
Will Appeal Ruling on Indiana's Voter ID Law. A federal court has upheld an Indiana law
requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID before voting, much to the disappointment of the
Democratic Party, which says many of its constituents — minorities, the poor, the elderly
and the disabled — will be adversely affected.
[Other Democratic Party blocs, such as deceased and fictitious voters, will also be hit hard.]
Photo IDs Will Clean Up Federal
Elections. Before the 108th Congress expires, the Senate should pass, and President Bush should
sign, the Federal Election Integrity Act. H.R. 4844, adopted 228 to 196 by the House of
Representatives on September 20, would require Americans to present valid, government-issued photo
identification to vote in the 2008 presidential election. By the 2010 mid-term congressional elections,
voters must show photo ID that demonstrates American citizenship. Liberals have reacted to this
common-sense anti-vote-fraud effort as if it were conceived at a Klan rally.
identification needed nationwide to ensure fair elections. In at least six states, the crucial
issue in the November 2006 election might turn out to be whether or not voters must present photo
identification. Because we have to show government-issued ID in order to board a plane, cash a check,
enter a federal building, and for many trivial pursuits such as buying alcohol or renting a video, why not
make it a requirement in order to verify that you are a legal voter?
Feds approve Georgia Voter ID
law. The state can move forward with its plans to require voters to show photo ID at the polls,
the U.S. Department of Justice has decided. Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office was notified in
a letter dated Tuesday [6/27/2006] that the state's detailed plans to implement a photo voter ID law has
passed muster by Justice's voting section.
voter ID plan. The Detroit NAACP and several other groups have filed legal briefs with the
Michigan Supreme Court urging the justices to not require people to present photo identification in order
to vote next month. … Joining in the legal action were the ACLU of Michigan, Latin Americans for Social
and Economic Development, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, the League of Women Voters and
[Ask yourself this question: What do all those groups have in common? And why would they be
opposed to having voters produce positive identification?]
Supports the Right to Vote Even If You're Dead or Foreign. When the House passed the Federal
Election Integrity Act of 2006, requiring photo IDs for voters in future federal elections, the ACLU issued a
statement [opposing it]. Similar laws have been passed in at least six states, and the ACLU has either
led the attack on all such laws, or lawyers well schooled in ACLU arguments have done so.
Night of the Voting Dead:
State Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg made the ruling Friday after learning that the official responsible
for tracking deaths had failed to do so because he didn't know it was his responsibility. The case stemmed
from Republican complaints that an estimated 13,000 people who apparently have died remain on voter registration
lists, including 4,755 people who reportedly voted in last November's election.
Democratic officials challenge
Missouri voter ID law. Democratic officials from St. Louis and Kansas City sued the state Monday
[7/17/2006], trying to block a new Republican-backed law requiring voters to show photo identification from
taking effect for the November election. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt signed the law about a month ago,
praising it as a way to build public trust in elections. The measure requires voters to show a photo
identification issued by Missouri or the federal government, such as a driver's license, to cast a regular ballot.
Activist judge allows illegal
aliens, deceased and felons to vote. Best-selling author Ann Coulter once wrote that when liberals
pass by a graveyard, they see potential voters. … Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland's ruling, that
Georgia's law requiring voters to show identification is unconstitutional, is allowing illegal aliens, felons
and dead folks to continue voting in Georgia. The judge struck down a newly enacted law that requires
Georgia voters to present government-issued photo identification cards before they are allowed to cast a ballot.
Deal reached with
woman who registered dog to vote. "Next stop, the Legislature." That's what Jane Balogh
said Wednesday after accepting a deal that will allow her to avoid a criminal conviction for registering her
dog to vote. Balogh, a Federal Way grandmother, said she won't give up trying to change state law so
prospective voters would have to prove they are citizens.
ex-felons register to vote. Ex-convicts who have completed their felony sentences lined up outside
the Baltimore City Board of Elections today seeking to register to vote and take advantage of a new Maryland
law. ... The new law, which went into effect yesterday, simplifies the rules regarding which former felons
In a Break From the Past,
Florida Will Let Felons Vote. Gov. Charlie Crist persuaded Florida's clemency board Thursday
[4/5/2007] to let most felons easily regain their voting rights after prison, saying it was time to leave the
"offensive minority" of states that uniformly deny ex-offenders such rights.
gain right to vote. Felons who have completed their sentences will be able to register to vote in
Maryland under a new law signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley yesterday [4/24/2007]. The law, which takes effect
July 1, was one of 178 measures the governor signed, including legislation to require stricter emissions
limits on new cars and protect the diamondback terrapin. Advocates say more than 50,000 Marylanders will
be eligible to vote as a result of the legislation.
to Restore Virginia Felons' Voting Rights. Civic and social organizations are teaming with
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to try to add thousands of nonviolent offenders to the voting rolls in time
for the November election
The Kaine administration's efforts come as a coalition of groups, including
the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP, have launched an ambitious drive to get convicted felons
information on how they can apply to have their voting rights restored.
says votes of ex-felons could have changed outcomes. President Al Gore? U.S. Sen.
Buddy MacKay? Did they really lose because ex-felons were not allowed to vote in Florida? Some
believe that's exactly what happened in 2000 when Gore lost to George W. Bush and in 1988 when MacKay
lost to Connie Mack.
The Editor says...
First of all, there is no such thing as an ex-felon. Secondly, do you want your elected
representatives to be chosen by known criminals? Of course the outcome of any
election in history "could have" been different if additional votes had been included.
House Passes Bill to Make Voters
Show ID. The House voted Wednesday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order
to vote, and the Senate moved to build a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border as Republicans sharpened
attacks on illegal immigration before the midterm elections.
High Court to Hear Case on Voter
ID Law. A voter seeking to cast a ballot is first told to produce a photo ID. Is that
intimidation or a prudent safeguard against election fraud? The Supreme Court said Tuesday [9/25/2007] it
intends to decide, stepping into a controversy that blends race, partisan politics and the Constitution.
High Court to
Decide If Voters Must Show Photo ID. With the 2008 elections on the horizon, the Supreme Court
has agreed to rule on whether an Indiana law that requires voters to have a government-issued photo ID is a
security necessity in the post-9/11 world or some sort of partisan plan to suppress voter turnout.
Voter IDs Aren't An
Undue Burden. Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
upheld an Indiana state law that requires voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots
in person. Absentee voters and nursing home residents are exempt. The plaintiffs claim the
photo ID requirement is an 'undue burden on the right to vote,' particularly for the elderly and
poor who don't drive or can't afford one.
Voter ID case could
affect election laws. The League of Women Voters has tried to put names and faces
on the people who could be hurt by a strict Indiana voter-identification law that the Supreme Court
will take up Wednesday. The league, in a court filing, refers to Mary Wayne Montgomery Eble, 92,
who had no driver's license or ready access to the birth certificate she needed to get an alternative
The Editor says...
Yes, for every thousand fraudulent votes prevented by a Voter ID law, there might be one legitimate voter who
is shut out due to extraordinary circumstances. That's just too bad. Whenever a major problem is
acted upon by a strong solution, there is always some "collateral damage" (e.g., chemotherapy; divorce; Hiroshima, amputation,
DDT.) Do not be deceived — political activists on the left are fighting the implementation of
Voter ID laws because the laws will prevent dead people from voting for Democrats. It's just that simple.
Who are these people anyway?
League of Women Voters:
The League of Women Voters (LWV) describes itself as a "non-partisan" group that encourages citizen participation
in the political process. [LWV] Supports taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand. Supports "motor-voter"
registration, which allows anyone with a driver's license to become a voter, regardless of citizenship status.
Supports gun control, tax hikes, and socialized medicine.
LWV also supports a national health insurance
plan financed by higher taxes; stricter handgun control; increased UN authority over American foreign policy
decisions; the elimination of the electoral college; and increased environmental legislation.
Box Integrity v. Voters without Borders. On January 9, the U.S. Supreme Court
will hear arguments for one of the biggest election law cases in years. This case might
decide who becomes president of the United States in a close election, and shape the future of
the country. The Court will hear arguments in the consolidated cases of Crawford v.
Marion County and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita. At issue in the case is
Indiana's new voter ID law.
Effort To Expose Computer Vote Fraud
Leads To Lawsuit. The Constitution Party
points out that since 1988 all but
a handful of the 3,142 counties in the US have delegated the "counting" process, done in
secret, to several mega companies, Diebold, ES&S, Hart and Sequioa. All 50 secretaries
of state have approved these systems. The Clean Elections lawsuit, in the process of
expanding to all 50 states, charges that the use of any computer
(direct-recording-electronic- or DRE) systems which obscure ballots from the people for any
period of time before a count is completed and the results are announced are unconstitutional.
Vote Fraud With Photo ID: The controversy surrounds Indiana's requirement that voters show photo
identification when they cast their ballot. At a time when Americans are asked to show photo ID for
routine things such as buying alcohol or getting on an airplane, it hardly seems unreasonable to do the same
before voting. There's also overwhelming public support for voter ID requirements; Rasmussen puts the
number at 77 percent approval nationally.
Voter ID rule finds support.
Two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of racial and ethnic minorities, say the government should make voters show
photo identification before voting, according to a new Fox 5/The Washington Times/ Rasmussen Reports survey.
'Affirmative Action' for
Voting. Many courts, including the present Supreme Court hearing an Indiana case, have
begun seeing the minor inconvenience of getting a free ID card as worth the extra security against voter
fraud. At best, such ID requirements provide a deterrent against such manipulation of the voting
system. At worst, they enact an inconvenience most rational, sane and responsible adults can handle
without sobbing, pointing fingers or throwing themselves on the ground demanding more cookies.
Tighter voting laws urged. Nearly
three years after police began a probe into 2004 voting flaws in Milwaukee, investigators issued a report
Tuesday that says eliminating same-day registration and requiring voters to show photo IDs would minimize the
problems found. Those recommendations immediately became fodder for advocates of both changes —
and swiftly condemned by critics.
Making the World Safe for Medicaid Fraud.
Americans expect to show a photo ID when they board a plane, enter many office buildings, cash a check or even rent a
video — but rarely in voting or applying for government benefits such as Medicaid. Many Democrats
seem to view asking citizens for proof of identity as an invasion of privacy — though what's really being
protected is the right to commit identity fraud. Exhibit A is Tuesday's 13 to 10 party-line
vote in the Senate Finance Committee rejecting a proposal to require that immigrants prove their identity
when signing up for federal health care programs.
Mysteriously Appearing / Disappearing Ballots
After Elections, 200,000 Votes Found. The [New York City] Board of Elections routinely reminds
New Yorkers that the election night vote count is unofficial and preliminary. Still, the difference in
the results from Nov. 2 and in the returns formally certified by the board on Wednesday seems striking:
The board found 195,055 votes, or 17 percent more votes, than were originally reported.
Democrat Rep. Ortiz Loses, But Keeps 'Finding' Ballots in Recount. [Scroll down] So it would appear Ortiz,
Inc. is either trying to drag this out long enough to conjure up enough additional votes to steal the
election — or he is an entitlement lifer politician who is dragging out the very end of his very
long 28-year Congressional run, unable to fathom that the people of south Texas chose ... SOMEONE ELSE.
He is, after all, the only Congressman the district has ever had — it's difficult for these sorts
of people to let go. November 2nd, we began showing these types of people the door.
Some, like Ortiz, will not go quietly into that great night.
of voting irregularities. Voting irregularities marred elections last week. This recurring
problem will get worse so long as laws governing how Americans register and cast ballots are liberalized
instead of tightened. The Connecticut governor's race was especially bollixed up. Vote counts
switched back and forth from the same jurisdictions, hundreds of ballots were "found" lying around in
unguarded bags, and a local news station ran footage of a poll watcher being escorted from the premises for
complaining about such slipshod procedures.
leads Bishop after voting machine re-canvass. In the close House race on the East End, Republican
Randy Altschuler moved ahead of incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop Friday [11/5/2010] after a re-canvass of voting machines.
Altschuler leads Bishop, a Democrat, by about 400 votes, both campaigns said, citing data from the
Suffolk County Board of Elections. That represents a swing of almost 4,000 votes because Bishop was
ahead by 3,461 earlier this week.
of Uncounted Ballots Found in Bridgeport. In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already
bizarre Governor's race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night [11/4/2010].
Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according
to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico. "It adds to the inconsistencies from the Democratic Party in
Bridgeport. It just keeps adding to it," said Delmonico. ... Bridgeport has become the focal point of
what has turned into a circus of an election.
DC Primary votes don't add up... even with a
fudge factor. As District officials continue to investigate errors in the early vote tallies
from the Sept. 9 primary, one number stands out: 1,542. That number appeared in the category
for "overvotes" in 13 separate races when the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics released early results on
election night. But those votes inexplicably vanished shortly after midnight, when officials posted
what they identified as corrected results.
Strange Yahoo! vote count. The
original statement from the Yahoo! Annual Meeting suggested strong support for the Yahoo! board. However,
reportedly exactly 200 million votes seemed to have vanished from some of the expected totals. ...Once
again, who knows what really happened?
Election Day nears, eyes will be on Florida. After the polls closed on primary-election night
in August, workers somehow lost all the ballots cast by voters in Osceola County's Precinct 11. "We
questioned the poll workers and have searched the whole building," said Osceola Supervisor of Elections Connie
Click. "It was only 98 ballots. My speculation is they got put in the trash."
for missing ballots widens in Palm Beach County. Another Palm Beach County election mess,
including thousands of missing ballots, stumbled toward a new venue today with county officials leaving
it to the courts to decide a disputed judicial race.
Texas voting recount halted: On
orders from the Texas Secretary of State's office, the recount for the Tom Green County Court-at-Law
No. 2 race has been suspended midway through its second day. About 1:30 p.m. today, county
Republican Chairman Dennis McKerley stopped the recount after workers found discrepancies of as much as
20 percent between what was counted Monday and what was reported Election Night.
Multiple vulnerabilities in
Diebold Optical Scan. A Technical Report published by BlackBoxVoting.org details
multiple critical security vulnerabilities in the Diebold Optical Scan voting equipment that was
used to tally approximately 25 million votes in the 2004 US election. … According to
the report: "Exploits available with this design include, but are not limited to: Paper
trail falsification – the ability to modify the election results reports so that they do
not match the actual vote data … removal of information about pre-loaded votes, the ability
to hide pre-loaded votes, the ability to hide a pre-arranged integer overflow, the ability to program
conditional behavior based on time/date, number of votes counted, and many other hidden triggers.
Ohio lunacy. Jesse
Jackson has now joined the "Ohio was stolen" team with a rally in Columbus, while civil-rights and left-wing
groups are filing lawsuits. They all demand a recount! Get ready for Ohio 2004 to take an honored
place in fevered left-wing lore. Speculation about Bush stealing Ohio was fueled by a voting machine in
the small city of Gahanna in Franklin County that mistakenly recorded 3,800 votes for the president. It
was a software error that was caught and corrected as the normal process of certifying the vote was proceeding.
Detroit votes don't
add up. Canvassers find boxes with uncounted ballots, discrepancies in 30% of
the precinct tallies.
bashes county clerk over mistakes. The Mercer County Republican party slammed Democratic county
clerk Paula Sollami-Covello yesterday [6/12/2006] for what it said were egregious errors affecting elections.
Obion County Tennessee
vote counting problems: The county had to revise its preliminary election
results after they discovered that early votes weren't counted.
spooks the Assembly. Nobody was surprised that state Sen. Carole Migden voted in favor
of her own cosmetics bill. The problem was that she did it in the wrong legislative
house. Toward the end of Wednesday's floor session, Migden, a San Francisco Democrat,
pushed the voting button of a GOP assemblyman who was temporarily away from his desk. Her
action violated Assembly rules and drew an angry response from Republicans.
time, the Editor would like to ask a rhetorical question:
Why aren't voting systems in state capitols protected with keys or passwords?
Florida 2002: Sluggish Systems,
Vanishing Votes. Following the 2000 Presidential election debacle in Florida, government officials
promised sweeping reforms that would prevent such chaos from reoccurring. Indeed, the Florida election
code was extensively revised, punchcard systems were outlawed, and over $125 million was spent statewide on
new voting equipment and training of voters and election administrators. What could possibly go wrong?
Apparently enough calamity to cause Governor Jeb Bush to declare a state of emergency, extending the voting
session by two hours for the September 10, 2002 primary election. Yet events earlier in the year
should have provided sufficient forewarning of difficulties.
group attempts late Florida vote dump. A pushy Muslim activist demanded
a county elections office worker accept a box of 550 applications to vote after the
close of business on the last day to register in Palm Beach County, Florida.
election stymies technology: Seven precincts reported Democratic
turnouts of more than 100 percent in the 2002 elections.
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