The Real Reason Liberals Do Not Support Voter ID Laws

March 31, 2014


Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals.

Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”

Wolves don’t play fair, especially up here in Alaska. The other day, a wolf devoured a dog right in front of its owner despite her best efforts to de­fend it. If we do not demand fair and honest elections, wolves of another kind will one day rule us.

Those opposing voter ID laws hurl accusations, suggesting such laws are driven by hatred, as Vice President Biden said back in February. Others say it’s a racist move intended to pre­vent minorities and poor people from voting, which is not the case given that states requiring voter ID offer cards free of charge.

But let’s be real here. We need iden­tification for just about everything, like buying alcohol and cigarettes, getting cable TV, purchasing a cell­phone plan, boarding an airplane, go­ing to the doctor, getting a driver’s license...or a passport...or a Social Security card, qualifying for welfare, entering government buildings and even signing up for Obamacare.

Liberals support ID rules for every other occasion. The first lady required a Social Security number and photo ID to attend her book signing in 2012. Attendees at the 2012 Democratic Na­tional Convention in Charlotte were asked to whip out their state-issued IDs in the same state (North Carolina) where 30,000 dead people were found on the voter rolls. And just last month, NAACP organizers for a “Moral March” rallying against photo ID laws told marchers to bring photo identifi­cation to participate. Oh, the hypocri­sy!

So, why are they so afraid of voter ID laws? Maybe because Liberals couldn’t win elections without rampant voter fraud? Consider: A recent in­vestigation by New York City’s Depart­ment of Investigations had its under­cover agents show up at polls pretend­ing to be people who had moved, were incarcerated or deceased. According to the report, they were allowed to vote 97 percent of the time. In another investigative report, a large number of non-citizens were registered to vote in Florida, and a 2012 Pew Poll reported at least 1.8 million deceased voters are registered to vote across the U.S.

True the Vote, an organization that claims to be in the IRS’ crosshairs, says that back in 2012, more than 24 million voter registrations were inval­id, more than 2.75 million people were registered to vote in more than one state, various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents, 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration, and the Democratic Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza were under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.

Given those who are dead, incarcer­ated or non-citizens aren’t likely to complain if someone fraudulently casts a vote in their name, wouldn’t you say voter IDs are a great idea? Otherwise, the wolves will circle the last bastions of democracy and voting will become as worthless as casting a ballot in Pyongyang.

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Susan Stamper Brown is an Alaskan resident who writes about politics, the economy and culture. Email Susan at writestamper@gmail.com or her website at susanstamperbrown.com Be the first to join the conversation at her newly created Facebook page.