published Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Photo ID rules prompt ‘voter suppression’ scare

Lawmakers in Tennessee have come under fire for enacting a law that requires voters to show valid photo identification at polling places. The worthwhile goal of the law is to prevent fraudulent voting, but some critics claim that its true purpose is to suppress turnout among minority voters.

So let's look at the history of similar measures elsewhere, and their effect on minorities.

What happened after Georgia and Indiana enacted laws requiring voters to present photo ID at polling places? Did those laws suppress turnout among minority voters?

Hardly.

In Georgia, turnout among registered black voters in the 2006 midterm elections was 42.9 percent. By the 2010 midterm -- when Georgia had a photo ID law in effect -- black voter turnout had risen to 50.4 percent. That's nearly an 8 percent increase! Surely no one thinks that proves "voter suppression."

Turnout by black voters also rose in Indiana following enactment of a photo ID law.

There can be many reasons for lower voter turnout one year and higher turnout another. But the hysterical predictions of voter suppression from photo ID laws do not appear to have panned out in Georgia and Indiana, and there is little reason to think those predictions will prove true in Tennessee, either.

Meanwhile, courts have found little evidence that minorities or others were denied their right to vote because of photo ID laws.

And for all the noise made by Democrat opponents of the laws, the American public is solidly behind the principle of making sure that a person who casts a ballot is who he claims to be.

Repeated surveys have shown strong public support, including a recent Rasmussen Reports poll that found 70 percent of likely voters believe people should have to show photo identification before voting. Only 22 percent said there should be no such requirement. At least one other poll has shown greater than 80 percent support for photo ID laws.

In short, critics of those measures -- including the new Tennessee law -- have neither the facts nor the public on their side.

What they do, unfortunately, have on their side is the Obama administration, which is trying to block states from enforcing voter ID laws, disgustingly likening such commonsense measures to racist Jim Crow laws.

It's unclear how far the Obama administration will go in trying to bar states from protecting the integrity of the ballot box. But the states are right to promote clean elections by requiring photo ID.

Every fraudulent ballot negates a legitimate vote and undermines public confidence in the soundness and fairness of the election process. Ironically, the failure to protect that process from fraud may in itself actually reduce voter turnout. A legitimate voter may not see the point of voting if the rules are so lax that he knows his ballot may be canceled out by a fraudulent voter.

The Obama administration is wrong to oppose sensible efforts to protect the ballot box. And the states' ability to fight voter fraud should be upheld -- in court if necessary.

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Too bad you're not honest enough to admit the numbers about voter fraud. So close to nil that a person would have to manufacture an incident.

Oh wait, they did. Of course, you do support prosecuting them for their crime, right? Wouldn't not punishing them lead to more incidents?

Face it, the hysteria is on your side. And the pass history of such attempts is clear precedent, and one state even admitted they would be suppressing minority votes more. Pardon me for not wanting to give you the benefit of the doubt.

That said, you want to make a case for your motivations being genuine? Take a stance for the proactive provision of acceptable ID. Even just support every clerk of elections receiving a system to create acceptable ID. This would cost far less than litigation and show your honest intent.

January 15, 2012 at 1:31 a.m.

I really do not understand what the problem is with showing a state approved ID is. If anyone goes to buy alcohol they are required to show ID. Is voting not more important?

January 15, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.
conservative said...

It's just a ruse by Obamination to get the black folks to the poles. Create a discrimination issue to unite the black folks in hopes they will run to vote. Obamination is desperate. It is not complicated.

January 15, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"It's just a ruse by Obamination to get the black folks to the poles. Create a discrimination issue to unite the black folks in hopes they will run to vote. Obamination is desperate. It is not complicated." - conservative

It's just a ruse by Republicans to keep the mostly Democratic voters from voting. Create a voter fraud issue to unite the Republican sheeple. Republicans are desperate. It is not complicated.

January 15, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.

Lovetheusaorleave, I don't have to register to buy Alcohol unless it is for commercial or industrial purchases. Nor is drinking alcohol a fundamental right of a free society. Unlike voting, which covers both. Voting is more important, that is why impairing the lawful exercise og it is abhorent.

More importantly, the problem is not with the showing of ID. It is with the provision of them. When so many counties in this state do not have a place to get it, well, that is poorly done. A person in the rant section asked why it was such a burden to get ID compared to traveling to vote. If you had to travel as far to get to a polling place as to get ID you would have an immediate lawsuit.

January 15, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.
Rational1 said...

These photo ID laws do not address the real crimes that are being perpetuated against the American voters and the election process. The real crimes are manifested in: 1. Initiating robo-calls to voters telling them that their voting precinct has changed. 2. Promulgating misinformation that the election has been rescheduled. 3. Using law enforcement to selectively restrict access to the polls. 4. Reducing the number of voting machines in targeted precincts. 5. Voter machine tampering. 6. Poll watchers challenging and intimidating voters. Those doubting that these collective efforts are not a concerted strategy to taint the Democratic process are living in a make-believe world. Despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the threat of being dis-enfranchised is a reality. America is a nation still in crisis.

January 15, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
conservative said...

Rickaroo--

That was a fine display of Lieberal thinking on your part. The Republicans were struggling for an issue to use against Obamination. They just didn't seem able to stir up any opposition to Obamination taking over banks, bailing out banks, taking over car companies, bailing out car companies, adding over 4 trillion to the national debt, vowing to " redistribute the wealth", "skyrocket electricity rates", refusing to enforce immigration laws, refusing to drill for oil, wasting billions on boondoggle green enery scams such as Soylndra, reading terrorists their rights on the battlefield and trying them in civilian courts. Did you think I wasn't going to mention Obamination care?

Yep, you are right, that voter fraud issue is pure desperation on the part of Republicans. Obamination's policies and approval ratings doesn't harm him in the least!

January 15, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.

Indeed, the Republicans weren't able to make up lies that enough people would believe, especially in the face of their own failure to offer a credible alternative.

It's kinda hard when you base your campaign on decieving the public about problems.

But like p. T. Barnum, you keep trying to find a con game.

January 15, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.
rolando said...

SS;DD.

January 16, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.
shugashug said...

If your right to vote isn't worth $10, move to Mexico!

January 16, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.

Sorry dude, Poll Taxes are illegal.

January 16, 2012 at 7:38 p.m.
chet123 said...

CONSERVATIVE.....

I READ YOUR BONE-HEADED COMMIT....I MUST SAY THIS IS WHY I HAVE A DISDAIN FOR POLITICS AND RELIGION.....THEY ARE BOTH FAKE!!!!!

WHY DO YOU WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE(WHY ARE REPUBLICAN SO OBSESS WITH BLACK PEOPLE..BLACK PEOPLE REPRESENT ABOUT 9%...HISPANIC ARE THE #1 MINORITY..BUT THE REPUBLICAN ARE FIXATED ON BLACK PEOPLE....BLACK PEOPLE DONT LIKE YOUR REPUBLICAN PARTY...AND NEVER WILL... EVERY ELECTIONS BLACK PEOPLE ARE PORTRAYED AS THE BOOGIE-MAN..BUT THESE SAME HYPOCRITE WHO CALL THEMSELVES REPUBLICANS CHEER BLACKS PLAYERS EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR FAVORITE COLLEGE TEAM WILL BE WORTHLESS WITHOUT BLACK PLAYERS..OH WE ARE FRIENDS AND YOUR BUDDY THEN!!....THIS IS AN EXAMPLE HOW RELIGION AND POLITICS BRING OUT THE WORSE IN A PERSON........RELIGION IN AMERICA ISNT WORTH DOG CRAP...THEY ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE RICH AND GREEDY....THE MEGA-CHURCH MIGHT AS WELL BE COUNTRY-CLUB.....THEY HAVE SOLD OUT!!! 30 PIECES OF SILVER!!!! REALLY AMAZING!!

ITS REALLY AMAZING...REALLY AMAZING!

THE TWO DESERVES EACH OTHER(POLITICS AND RELIGION)....HA HA HA REALLY AMAZING!!! WHAT A JOKE!!!

January 18, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
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