Verification of Voter ID: Really About Voter Suppression?

By John W. Lillpop

Assuring the integrity of the voting right is essential to our form of Democracy. Manipulation, through fraud or suppression, can circumvent the very will of We the people, in effect destroying the purpose of free and open elections in the first place.

In recent years, a tsunami of illegal migration, in tandem with a soaring increase in the crime of identity theft, has lead to genuine concern about the integrity of election results in this, the most advanced, sophisticated democracy on the planet.

Regrettably, laws aimed at preventing voter fraud by requiring voters to provide valid ID verification at polling places are seen by some minority groups (and Democrat politicians) as nothing but racist ploys to suppress participation by African- American and Hispanic voters.

As reported, in part, at Reference 1, the NAACP is so concerned about this issue that the organization is actually planning to petition the United Nations for help in advance of the 2012 elections:

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted effort to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election.

The organization will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.

The NAACP contends that the America in the throes of a consciously conceived and orchestrated move to strip black and other ethnic minority groups of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association's national board, said it was the "most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century.”

However, not all Democrats agree that Voter ID is the “most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy” as alleged by the NAACP.

In fact, as reported in part at Reference 2, one former Congressional Democrat argues that voter fraud is indeed a clear and present danger:

Top Democrats are aggressively pushing the claim that Republicans' worries about voter fraud are an insincere excuse to suppress voting by African-Americans and Hispanics, but former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis who quit electoral politics in 2010 has told The Daily Caller that anti-fraud measures are needed to protect African-Americans from corrupt political bosses -- many of them African-Americans themselves -- who run Democratic Party machines in the South:

... On Nov. 14, progressive Democratic Reps. John Conyers, Steny Hoyer, Jerrold Nadler, Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen, Marcia Fudge and Emanuel Clearer, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus -- along with representatives from several advocacy groups -- held a meeting to complain about what they say is the danger posed by laws that require voters to identify themselves.

... "What I have seen in my state, in my region, is the most aggressive practitioners of voter-fraud are local machines who are tied lock, stock and barrel to the special interests in their communities -- the landfills, the casino operators -- and they're cooking the [ballot] boxes on election day, they're manufacturing absentee ballots, they're voting [in the names of] people named Donald Duck, because they want to control politics and thwart progress," he told TheDC.

"People who are progressives have no business defending those individuals."

In other words, the Republican concerns are well-founded and justified, while the Democrats' efforts to prevent measures to prevent voter fraud not only defy common sense but also appear to be nothing less than a conspiracy to allow it.”

The extent to which minority advocates can overreach became obvious in a recent story out of Port Chester, NY.

As reported at Reference 3:

Port Chester NY- How do you get minorities elected to power in districts where they don’t have enough votes? Why just let them vote 6 times , you know, just to be fair. Do you think this happened in a dark Chicago alley with Daley, Obama or Blagojevich?

No, this is happening in New York State and not in the dark of night but in the light of day with the full blessing of the federal judge who heard the case. The judge is black and was appointed to the federal bench by George W. Bush!”

Letting Hispanics vote six times is fair and reasonable?

Of course, when one citizen is allowed to vote six times, the votes of five other people are suppressed. Where is the good in that?

The precious right to vote must never be infringed upon based on a desire to prevent any person from voting because of that individual’s political tendencies or voting preferences.

However, it is just as important that fool-proof procedures be in place to suppress the vote of:

*Illegal aliens
*Those not registered to vote
*Those attempting to vote more than once
*The dead

Requiring would be voters to provide proof of ID is small price to pay in order to guard against voter fraud of the sort listed.

Those who oppose voter ID are being unreasonable and are, themselves, a danger to the exercise of our most precious right—the right to vote!

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