I think that one of America’s shortcomings is our squabble over voting. When you have two political parties that are both dirty, it’s easy to see why neither one trusts each other or their motives. I don’t hold any allegiance to any party, and I honestly would not shed a tear if the party system evaporated into thin air in the next 5 seconds… Oh well, so much for wishful thinking.
In the past few years, we’ve had several conservative states lead the charge on restricting voting rights under the guise of preventing fraud. Numerous states have passed Voter ID laws for a problem that’s been proven thus far to be as huge as a baseball hanging from the rafters of the New Orleans Superdome. A detailed search of voter fraud cases was done by News21, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. The results of their research found that, “Since 2000, a time when 146 million Americans were registered to vote, News21 found 10 cases of in-person voter fraud, which only photo ID laws would prevent. That would be about one case for every 15 million eligible voters”. That runs counter to the hysteria about rampant voter fraud that requires restrictive ID laws.
Even though only anecdotal information is cast out when questions are asked about fraud, these laws are being pushed like the next best thing to sliced bread. In addition to these laws, there were the court challenges to the Voting Rights Act that eventually led to the SCOTUS ruling this year that invalidated part of the VRA. I haven’t figured out how this isn’t a case of those “activist judges” that conservatives love to cry about since they basically gave Congress the finger and said they don’t know how to do their job. The VRA was just renewed in the past 10 years using factual information and debate between lawmakers to come to a decision. I wish we could see the factual information those 9 judges used to determine that Congress didn’t know what they were doing.
Anyway, once that ruling was handed down, states started the engines to their voter restriction machines. Now, Attorney General Holder is going after Texas in regards to their voter law. Normally, I wouldn’t give two whits about Holder, but in this case, I have to say “Go Get’em!!!”
One of my passions is voting. I think that every single citizen should be able to vote. I don’t agree with many of the currently accepted restrictions either. If you’re currently serving time in jail or prison, then it’s fair to restrict the right to vote. Once that sentence is done in full, voting rights should be automatically restored. Instead, we have allowed politicians to fix the game where those with means can pay to have their rights restored while those who can’t afford to end up losing the right to choose their representation, a new-age form of taxation without representation.
If you want to require ID’s, then make them a requirement for ALL voting methods. Make it a uniform ID and not the hodgepodge crap where you can use a gun permit but not a school ID. You would think a 1st world country would be capable of producing a national ID that could be used to verify citizenship and ensure the person has the right and ability to vote. We chastise other countries for rigging elections while openly allowing our politicians to rig ours here. It’s time out for this crap, and I hope Holder lights the fire to end the charade of fair elections here in the US.
- The Voting Rights Act and American Democracy (wnyc.org)
- What’s the Matter With North Carolina? (slate.com)
- Centered on virtually nonexistent voter fraud, North Carolina considers voting restrictions (rt.com)
- Year and a half after bogus claims, report finds no voter fraud or ‘zombie’ voters in S.C. (thesunnews.typepad.com)
- Ohio Poll Worker Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Voter Fraud; Voted for Obama up to Six Times (reason.com)
- Barack Obama Personally Doing All The Voter Fraud, All By Himself (wonkette.com)
- Your right to vote is in trouble (cnn.com)
- Justice Department makes first move after Voting Rights changes (cbsnews.com)