The Anti-Voter ID Prognosticators

Those who are crusading against the voter ID law keep asking those of us who support the law for examples of fraud.

Well, here’s the deal. They know we, for the most part cannot show evidence of voter fraud at the polls, beyond producing examples of voters who show up at polls only to find that their name has already been checked off as having voted, or finding examples of dead people who apparently voted.

Here is why the law is needed and also why evidence of voter fraud at the polls is hard to find. Bill Simon, no offense, but since you are one of the few posters on here who uses your actual name, I’m going to use you as the example.

Under the old law:
If I go up to Atlanta and pull Bill’s utility bill of his mailbox, I can take it to Bill’s polling location, say I am Bill, provide Bill’s Georgia Power bill as evidence, and vote. Once I vote, my vote cannot be pulled back out of the pool of votes. But, Bill can then show up and, finding that he has already voted, will probably not be allowed to vote, or will have to go through lots of hurtles to vote.

Under the new law:
I go with Bill’s utility bill to vote and they turn me away. I have to go through the trouble of getting a student or government issued photo id showing that I’m Bill Simon. For your average vote fraud participant, that’s too much trouble.

Incidentally, those who criticise the law (usually Democrats who are use to accusing Republicans of stealing the vote) make a big to do about the elderly and minorities. It’s great that they show so much compassion and I certainly hope the state will take extra efforts to make it easy and convenient to get driver’s licenses and photo ids. But, I find it somewhat silly that instead of saying we should do all we can protect the right to vote and ensure those who would defraud it are stopped, they complain about us ignoring other issues and pooh-pooh the idea that if you need a photo id to get into a lot of buildings, you still shouldn’t have to have one to elect our government.

Lastly, I do a lot of work with poll workers. Not to say there aren’t any, but I have yet to meet one who is not a fan of this legislation.

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  • Every person who receives mediCARE benefits has to show a picture ID any time they present to a hospital or medical care provider. So the vast majority of elderly already need to have a picture ID.

  • There are many good reasons to require voters to show a photo id. No one is disputing this.

    The dispute is about turning legitimate voters away from the polls. The GA law does not provide a coningency for legitimate voters who show up w/o photo ID. IMO, that is too strict, and it should be addressed.

    There are times when those on the other side bring up legitimate issues, and I think this is one of those times. It isn’t always about politics.