05/12/2008 (9:45 am)
Missouri Republicans proposed an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would enable election officials to demand proof of citizenship in order to obtain the right to vote. Democrats, the minority in the Missouri legislature, are ratcheting up the class rhetoric, calling the measure “an assault on voting rights.”
Missouri already passed a voter photo ID law back in 2006, but the Missouri Supreme Court struck it down as an unconstitutional burden on voting rights, since the law often required citizens to pay to obtain a birth certificate. The US Supreme Court a few weeks ago upheld a similar law in Indiana, paving the way for voter photo ID laws all over the US. Eighty percent of Americans believe requiring photo ID to vote constitutes sound policy to protect the voting process from fraud.
First of all, let’s state what this is really about: it’s about Democrats getting felons and illegal aliens to vote Democratic. Democrats have been systematically using Hispanics from Mexico to bolster their electoral results in border states since at least 1996. They show up at illegal alien rallies with voter registration posters. They routinely submit falsified voter registration information to allow illegals, felons, and other ineligibles to vote Democratic.
And then, when Republicans take measures that nearly everybody agrees is a good idea to stem this flood of illegal votes, Democrats jack up the rhetoric about “disenfranchising the poor.” There could be some minor barriers created by voter ID laws, but most states recognize this and devise mechanisms to minimize that effect, like absorbing the (minimal) cost of the ID for indigent voters. Meanwhile, though, Democrats scream that Republicans are trying to keep the poor from voting, forgetting that Democrats favor photo IDs for the poor when they’re discussing improvements to the welfare system. Worse, Democrats won’t even mention the problem potentially caused by millions of illegals. It’s just another instance, like dozens of others we’ve seen, of the insane, vicious dishonesty of the left, a group that brooks no moral obstruction in its lust for political power.
I took a tour of the leftist blogs that spoke about the Missouri measure today, like Diogenes with his lantern, looking for an honest man. Like Diogenes, I did not find one. Not one of them even acknowledged that Republicans have the slightest reason to object to illegals voting. A couple mentioned that Republicans “pretend” the issue has something to do with illegals voting. Many of them cite alarmist predictions of the number of legal voters who will be “disenfranchised” by insisting that voters prove they have the right to vote. Most of them cite the meaningless statistic that there has never been “a single proven case of voter impersonation at the polls.”
What they mean by “there’s never been a proven case” is that nobody has ever been convicted of such an act in a court of law, which in fact proves that it’s ridiculously hard to secure a conviction in a voter impersonation case, not that voter impersonation never happens. It happens all the time, and everybody knows it, including the Democrats. This is why everybody but Democratic partisans favors voter photo ID laws. From the Wall Street Journal in 2007:
Last week, election officials in San Antonio, Texas determined that 330 people on their voter rolls weren’t citizens and that up to 41 of them may have voted illegally, some repeatedly. In 2004, San Antonio was the scene of a bitter dispute in which Democratic Rep. Ciro Rodriguez charged his primary opponent with voter fraud.
In Florida, a felon named Ben Miller was arrested last week for illegally voting in every state election over a period of 16 years. The Palm Beach Post discovered that in Florida’s 2000 infamous presidential recount, 5,643 voters’ names perfectly matched the names of convicted felons. They should have been disqualified but were allowed to vote anyway. “These illegal voters almost certainly influenced the down-to-the-wire presidential election,” the Post reported. By contrast, only 1,100 people were incorrectly labeled as felons by election officials, the Post estimated.
Missouri’s measure is a level more stringent that Indiana’s benign, totally charge-free voter ID requirement (to which Democrats also objected); some voters may be required to produce naturalization papers or a passport. I think we can expect a new challenge in the courts if it passes. Democrats are persistent; if they can’t cheat one way, they’ll find another way. We can only count on the fact that no matter what happens, come rain or shine, they will try to cheat.