Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Solution Without a Problem

A move is under way to have potential voters prove their US citizenship before they would be allowed to vote. Indiana was at the front of the pack with their own law -- which was upheld by the Supreme Court a couple of weeks back (surprise surprise) -- that demanded that voters show some form of government ID. As a result, a group of retired nuns in their 80s was prevented from voting in the most recent election.

Missouri, Florida, Kansas, South Carolina at least 16 other states are considered passing similar laws.

And what's all this about? Alleged voter fraud. Even though real voter fraud is almost nonexistent, the push is on to prevent it.

It's a solution without a problem, and its main purpose is actually vote suppression. After all, the smaller the electoral turnout, the more likely Rethugs are to win elections. No less a leading light of the Rethug Right than Paul Weyrich said, way back in 1980 when speaking to a group of Christianist evangelical preachers, "I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

The more roadblocks these people can put across the tracks of democracy, the better they like it. They know that they can't win elections fair and square because the numbers are against them, so they have to get really creative in coming up with ways to keep the total votes low.

2 Comments:

pepsiholic said...

What's the matter Farns, upset that the dead will no longer be able to vote? Having problems voting muliple times? Scared to play on a level field? Voter I.D. is just a first step to prevent fraud. As it is now, you can vote with a driver license. That in itself doesn't prevent fraud. There were 58,000 illegal aliens in Utah in 2005 that had driver licenses.

In 1996 Loretta Sanchez won in California. A congressional invesiagtion showed that 784 illegal aliens had voted.

New York 2002, DMV officials in New York, a state that supposedly does not allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses, found that when they retroactively checked the Social Security Numbers provided by driver's license applicants, approximately 300,000 applications that had untrue or repeat numbers.

A 2005 report showed that Hawaiian Election officials found 543 Oahu residents who were not U.S. citizens had registered to vote.

In King County, Washington in 2004, the heavily democratic precinct had about 900,000 voters. What percentage of people vote in elections? 25%? 50%? I think the nation average is 54%. King County out did themselves when they has >100% voter turnout. King County had 3,539 more votes then number of voters registered in that county.

And you think voter fraud isn't a problem???

Farnsworth68 said...

You have added nothing to the conversation except constant whiny bickering. You stopped being entertaining months ago, and your comments are not even marginally humorous any longer.
As of today I am moderating all posts to this blog and you will not be allowed to post.
Go peddle your ignorant trash somewhere else. This forum is closed to you.