Democrats and Republicans both agree there is voter suppression. The difference is they each accuse the other of orchestrating that suppression.
The Democrats claim that any attempt to impose voter ID laws is nothing more than an attempt to disenfranchise minority voters.
The Republicans contend that voter ID laws are the only way to contain the growing number of fraudulent voters. In this day and age, they say you need an ID to cash a check at a grocery store or get on an airplane, so why not have one to vote?
J. Christian Adams, who worked for four years in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, said, “Voter fraud is a problem that may have changed results in national and local elections.” He offers the following examples:
- A report based on the Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 6.4% of all non-citizens may have voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election and 2.2% may have illegally voted in the 2010 midterms. Since 80% of non-citizens vote Democratic, the study found that these illegal votes were “large enough to plausibly account for Democrat victories in a few close elections.”
- An audit of the 2012 elections revealed that 35,570 people voted in North Carolina and another state in the same election.
- A county Democratic Chairman in Indiana was sentenced to a year in prison for forging an estimated 200 or more signatures in 2008 to put Barack Obama on the primary ballot.
- A police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a local election. The fraud flipped the outcome of the election.
- A Democrat Connecticut state representative pleaded guilty to charges of illegal voting, including voting in districts she wasn’t allowed to vote in.
- In 2014, seven people were indicted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for illegal voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud.
- Wendy Rosen, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Maryland’s First Congressional District admitted she illegally voted for President Obama in both Maryland and Florida at the same time. Obama’s Justice Department never brought charges against her.
“The list of voter fraud cases is as long as my arm—and growing every day.” According to Adams, “the consequence of tainted elections goes viral.” He offers this example:
“In 2008, Democrat Al Franken and Republican Senator Norm Coleman were locked in a close election. The first canvas of votes had Coleman leading by 725 votes out of 2.9 million cast. But then followed months of recounts where liberal election groups got the count changed so that Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes.
“Later it was revealed that 1,099 felons illegally voted—most likely for Franken.
“In addition, the dead cast 2,812 votes.
“Al Franken was likely elected by voter fraud. Two years after Franken’s victory, he was the 60th vote for ObamaCare. Voter fraud almost certainly gave us ObamaCare.”
California joins Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. in giving non-citizens driver’s licenses—making voter fraud that much easier.
Obama’s executive order of Amnesty for millions of illegal aliens opens the door to yet even more voter fraud.
The truest test of a democracy is clean, uncompromised elections.
Judicial Watch, an aggressive, non-partisan watchdog organization, supports states with legal assistance who have voter ID and other clean-election laws that help reduce voter fraud by groups like ACORN. (A Washington Post poll showed that 74% of Americans believe that people should have to show photo identification to vote…just like we do to drive legally or, in many states, to collect welfare benefits.)
The highly respected, non-partisan Pew Charitable Trust found that “approximately 2.75 million people have active [voter] registrations in more than one state”; that, in addition, some “24 million…active voter registration lists are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate”; and that “more than 1.8 million deceased voters are listed as active voters.”
Those statistics are astonishing and should have the Justice Department and the Democratic left all joined in the effort to make sure only eligible voters take part in our elections—not felons, dead people, nor people who vote in two states.
It’s hard to believe the President of the United States and the federal government appear to support corrupt and dirty elections by fighting photo ID for voters tooth and nail.
A year or so ago, former President Bill Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young proposed that all Social Security cards have a photo ID included. All Americans are required to have a Social Security card.
The Obama administration continues to sue states under the Voting Rights Act to block laws requiring a valid photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship to register. The grievance industry believes that requiring IDs to vote is a plot to deny minorities and the elderly their voting rights.
Thirty-three states currently have voting ID laws and more are considering it because outdated registration rolls and increasing cases of voter fraud are casting a shadow over the integrity of our elections.
Photo IDs for voters, I believe, is another step we need to take to avoid becoming a Banana Republic.