The Left’s War on Voter Fraud Reform

American Thinker

Pretty  soon, the right to cast a meaningful vote might be just a  memory.


The  issue at hand is ensuring that American citizens can exercise the most  fundamental civil right of being an American — casting a vote with the  assurance that it will count and not be canceled by an illegitimate  vote.

The  ACLU has filed three lawsuits seeking to  overturn a new Florida law that tightens the integrity of the ballot box, while  the Obama Justice Department has scotched South Carolina’s new photo ID law.  It’s part of a nationwide campaign  by the left to overturn numerous recently enacted laws designed to defeat voter  fraud.

The  ACLU claims that the Florida law, enacted by the Republican-controlled  legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, will suppress  participation by minority, young, and elderly voters.

Actually,  the new rules adopted by Florida, South Carolina, and other states are aimed at Mickey  Mouse, Donald Duck, and Elmer Fudd, who work out of former  ACORN offices and whose names turn up on registration rolls and recall  petitions.

The  ACORN people, perhaps deploying Alvin and the Chipmunks with clipboards, seem to  have little trouble signing up Mickey and his friends when elections roll  around.

Meanwhile,  in New Hampshire, video sting artist James O’Keefe and his team have exposed  the fact  that dead people’s names were readily accepted by poll workers during Tuesday’s  presidential primary election.

Although  Democrats insist that little or no voter fraud is occurring, at least 55 former  Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) employees or  associates have been convicted of some form of voter fraud in 11 states,  according to the Capital Research Center’s Matthew Vadum.

Voter  integrity rules are long overdue to prevent fraud, and Democrats seem to think  that minority, young, and elderly people are morons who can’t play by the same  rules as everyone else.

The  left’s strategy is simple: energize the  base with false fears while  depicting Republicans as barely disguised Klansmen with pitchforks and  torches.

In  December, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. ordered a halt to South Carolina’s  new photo ID law.  Several of his fellow Democrats have compared voter  fraud prevention to Jim Crow laws like poll taxes.  But the state provides  free photo IDs, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has even  offered to drive people to the polls who could not get there  otherwise.

At  a January 10 press conference in Columbia, Haley and South  Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced  that the state will sue the Justice Department within the next week or  two.

State  Sen. Kevin Bryant said from the podium, “When I’m not here, I’m a pharmacist.  When  you come in my store, and you refill a narcotic prescription, I have to take and  look at a picture ID to verify that you’re getting your prescription.   Let’s talk about voter suppression.  If you vote, and someone else votes  fraudulently, they’ve suppressed your vote.  It’s exactly the opposite of  what the Obama administration has accused us of.”

Under  the Voting Rights Act of 1965, any changes to voting law or redistricting in  nine states, including South Carolina and Florida, must be approved by the U.S.  Justice Department or a three-judge U.S. District Court panel in the District of  Columbia.

That  panel is reviewing four Florida provisions that “cut the number of early voting  days, put new restrictions on organizations that conduct voter registration  drives, require voters who change out-of-county addresses at the polls on  Election Day to cast provisional ballots and reduce the shelf life of citizen  initiative petition signatures from four to two years,” according  to the Associated Press.

“The  Justice Department has cleared the rest of the law, but Florida Secretary of  State Kurt Browning chose to have the court, instead, rule on the most  controversial provisions. Browning, a Scott appointee, said he wanted the  decision to be free of ‘outside influence’,” the AP reported.  Indeed.

The  ACLU also assisted with a separate lawsuit in Tallahassee by the “non-partisan”  League of Women Voters against the law’s registration provision.  A hearing  is set for Jan. 26.  Yet another ACLU lawsuit was dismissed by a federal  judge in Miami.

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?

Then  Mickey, Donald, and Elmer can get back to dodging cream pies and falling  anvils.

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4 thoughts on “The Left’s War on Voter Fraud Reform


  2. Isn’t it ironic that only Democrats are opposed to voter I.D. requirements?

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