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Read this. These "voter ID" laws are a bunch of bullshit.
Oh, but what about the fraud, you say. All those illegal aliens crashing our elections and frauding the place up! Well, there isn't any fraud.
Advocacy groups, including the Brennan Center, say they know of no voter fraud case ever being prosecuted against someone who impersonated another voter at the polls. Indiana's Republican Secretary of State Todd Rokita acknowledged there were no prosecutions in his state for impersonating voters, but said the measure was necessary to protect election integrity.
...though he did not give any examples as to how this law protects the integrity of elections. He says it does, so there you have it.
The Court had to go back to the 1860s to find evidence of the sort of election fraud these laws were ostensibly designed to curtail. It just doesn't happen.
Here's what these laws are really about:
Across the country, as many as 20 million people lack such identification, most of them minorities and the elderly who don't have drivers' licenses or passports and are unable to afford the cost of obtaining documentation to apply for such identification, advocacy groups say.
In Indiana, more than 20 percent of black voters do not have access to a valid photo ID, according to an October 2007 study by the University of Washington.
In Marion County, 34 Indiana voters without the proper identification were forced to file provisional ballots in an offseason local election. According to Indiana's photo law, voters have 10 days to return to the county courthouse with the proper identification. They can also file an affidavit claiming poverty.
"Who's going to do that?" asked Bob Brandon, president of Fair Elections Legal Network, a nonpartisan network of election lawyers. "Who's going to show up and sign an affidavit saying 'I'm poor'?"
So basically if you need ID to vote, and that ID costs money, that means you have to pay to vote, which is a poll tax, which is unconstitutional. And ID laws do absolutely nothing to address what's really wrong with the system.
This is yet another example of why letting Republicans pick Supreme Court justices is a bad idea.
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The arguments were precious. "We know of no adverse affect of this law. If one should occur, we can then redress the complaint." In other words, you have to loose another election before you can challenge the logic of this law. Smart!
JT Elder @ 05/01/2008 07:44 PM CST