If the winds of the judiciary are anything to go by, we are standing on the precipice of a Supreme Court decision that will make voter ID laws a thing of the past. Several lower courts – at least one with the tacit backing of the current Supreme Court – have struck down state laws requiring voters to show identification before casting their ballots. Critics of the laws say they solve an imaginary problem – voter fraud – and unfairly target minorities.
The second of these allegations is almost too absurd to bother with; there are no legal or cultural barriers for black voters to overcome as it pertains to obtaining a legal ID. In North Carolina, where ID laws were recently declared unconstitutional, anyone who cannot afford an ID can get one for free from the state government. The idea that blacks cannot clear this insignificant hurdle is itself one of the most racist propositions we can imagine. Put even more plainly: Anyone who cannot rise to this paltry challenge does not have any business voting.
But hey, that’s just our opinion.
When it comes to voter fraud, though, we don’t have to take sides. It’s happening. It’s a fact. There’s no reason to argue about it, because there’s only one “right” answer: people are taking advantage of loose voting restrictions to cast multiple ballots in multiple states.
From Fox News:
Once was apparently not enough for Pasco Parker.
Prosecutors say the 63-year-old Tennessee man voted in the 2012 presidential election, not once … not twice … but three times, in three different states.
“It’s too easy to vote twice, it comes down to your honor,” said Jay DeLancy, executive director of North Carolina volunteer voting watchdog group The Voting Integrity Project, which caught Parker.
DeLancy’s private organization has caught 149 people just like Parker, all of whom have engaged in suspected double-voting. Some have been prosecuted by North Carolina state authorities while others have been charged with crimes elsewhere in the country. For DeLancy, though, the fear comes from worrying about how many election criminals they don’t know about.
“It’s a lot more widespread than what people think, because the general public thinks there is no voter fraud,” DeLancy told Fox News. “As proof they look at prosecutions, but we have learned how difficult it is to get prosecutions.”
This should not be a controversial topic. Republicans and Democrats should be on the same page: the page that says our electoral integrity is more important than any ancillary, demographic issue that special interest groups can invent. That one of the parties is actively trying to erase every security safeguard should tell you something about their true motives.