As the conservative argument goes, voter ID laws are a desperately needed line of protection against attempts to pervert the democratic process.
But hold on a sec, because our friends at HuffPo Latino Voices have something to add:
“In a stipulation agreement signed earlier this month, [Pennsylvania] state officials conceded that they had no evidence of prior in-person voter fraud, or even any reason to believe that such crimes would occur with more frequency if a voter ID law wasn’t in effect.
” ‘There have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states,’ the statement reads.”
How can this be? If certain conservative news outlets are to be believed, one out of every five voters lined up outside a polling place is an undocumented immigrant. Surely the authorities would’ve caught one of these violators of our civic duty by now.
The fact of the matter is that voter fraud is a non-issue, just like the communistic takeover of American government and the annual war on Christmas are non-issues.
Efforts to impose voter ID requirements are merely attempts to suppress the progressive vote — since, for some odd reason, ethnic minority groups tend to vote against the Republican Party. (Say it with us: “message problem.”)
Here, again, we see racism couched as preserving American values — “the placement of requirements for the privilege to vote in elections.” No, wait, that’s the Ku Klux Klan traditional aim.
Voter ID laws are not what America is about — at least they haven’t been what America’s about for a very long time. America is about giving every citizen the power to be heard by their government, with little more effort than it takes to breathe and walk down the street. And state governments aren’t about to start checking people’s IDs in the street, are they?