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How the Opponents of Voter ID are Gaming the System

By Rob Tenery, MD on June 15, 2016

When election fraud was rampant in their country, Mexico established a very successful voter ID program. In this country that is so evenly divided on the issues, by no means is ineligible voting inconsequential. In Florida, equating lists of participants who were classified as eligible for jury duty to eligibility to vote. It was discovered that as high as 3% on the lists were not eligible to vote.

What political Party is leading the fight against proper voter identification under the guise that it discriminates against the blacks, the elderly, the poor and those with language barriers? Ask the leaders of that same Party if proper identification is required to attend their national convention.

Martin Knight (Diary) in his posting on Red State, Why Democrats Really Oppose Voter ID, on August 17, 2013, poses the question--- “why any liberal squealing about voter ID believes a black man – like me – as opposed to a white or Asian man, is somehow intrinsically less capable of taking a valid photo ID to the polls on election day.” Knight goes on to claim “the left’s arguments against voter ID are fundamentally dishonest, and at their core, intensely racist.”1

If the claim that requiring a photo ID is a violation of one’s civil rights, then most banks, airlines, law enforcement agencies, hotels, liquor stores and government offices that require a photo ID are also in violation. The need to show a photo ID to purchase a firearm or cash a check are other examples.

Knight feels that “voter fraud is usually an organized activity, not some spur-of-the-moment decision by its perpetrators--- the overwhelming majority of whom are Democrats – as we have seen with the IRS and FEC…It’s relatively easy to carry out, extremely difficult to get caught because, unlike burglary or fraud, it’s a crime where the victim doesn’t know he’s been robbed...No one notices that his vote just got cancelled out because some other guy voted twice…Since there’s no way to sort out legitimately cast votes from the fraudulent, prosecution is extremely hard.”1

“How it works is simple,” claims Knight. Fake utility bills are given to volunteers, who in-turn, along with ‘walking around money’, hand them out to people at local homeless shelters, day-labor corners etc. The addresses on the utility bills are matched to real locations in a particular voting precinct. “You keep a record of these fake registrations. You also cross-check the list of registered voters as against lists of people who have passed away, moved or are registered in nursing homes.”1 Vans are then sometimes used to move these recruited participants from one polling station to another, voting several times, each with a copy of a different fake utility bill as their only form of identification. With the long lines on election-day, more often in the cities, the scam is almost never detected, because any fraudulently cast votes cannot be identified.

To bring any measure of control to the immigration problems that are affecting virtually all aspects of this country’s social and economic systems, a form of personal identification (Voter ID or E-Verify) for all residents is essential. Its primary purpose would be to insure that those who have the right to vote can, and those that don’t, can’t. It could also be used as identification to participate in any of the federal entitlement programs. 

The formal opposition has mostly been by the ACLU that has filed protests in states that have personal identification requirements in place. However, the real 'Donkey' in the room is the Democratic Party. Their stated concerns to protect minorities from discrimination are not as laudatory, as they might seem. Closer to the truth is their desire to expand their voter base, since it is widely known that these affected populations vote liberal, at least, 70% of the time. In reality, the continuing opposition, by those who hope to benefit politically, perpetuate the influx of illegal immigrants as well as serves as a fertile ground for gangs and terrorism too. Additionally, those added beneficiaries through unchecked immigration will further drain the limited resources of the entitlement programs for those who really need them.

Even though it may be more difficult for certain populations to meet the personal identification requirements, a system can be created that is affordable and accessible to the vast majority of all eligible residents. Mexico dealt with their election violations by instituting a free Voter ID card issued by their Federal Electoral Institute.  If it works in Mexico, there is no reason that it could not work here!2

Martin Knight sums his thoughts up. “That is why Democrats are so upset about voter ID legislation. It isn’t because voter fraud is so rarely caught and prosecuted, it’s because they want to keep it that way.”1

References:

1.   Knight, Martin, Why Democrats Really Oppose Voter ID, Red State, August 17, 2013

2.   Tenery, R.M., It Should Be about Who Has the Right to Vote, Diagnosis for Democracy, January 18, 2016





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