Your Speaker’s Corner of May 30 (“In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws”), looks like a mash up of progressive soundbites you swept up from the cliche corner of the left’s agenda.
Voter fraud a fantasy? Just what country do you think this is? Were you in suspended animation during the ACORN scandal? Your assertion that elderly don’t have birth certificates is trite and insulting. The poor can’t get benefits without identification. Try walking into a welfare office and demand a check without ID.
Anything of value is worth working for. If someone wants to vote, then help them get an ID, don’t hand them cigarettes and food vouchers for their signature. It’s dehumanizing, demoralizing, and akin to prostitution.
An election advocacy group called True the Vote has data that indicates “in 2012 as many as 24 million voter registrations were invalid; more than 2.75 million people were registered to vote in more than one state; various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents and 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration. For voter fraud being ‘virtually non-existent’, that’s a remarkable handful of incidents that looked like the real McCoy to the local election officials, state investigators, grand juries and prosecutors!”
That’s just scratching the surface.
Our neighbor Mexico demands voter ID and their ID system is so good that Mexico’s voter ID has become the country’s de facto identification document and is readily accepted as positive proof-of-identity by merchants, banks, government officials, and citizens nationwide. Mexico provides this ID at a moderate cost for those of means and at no cost to the poor. The only country that illegals from Mexico have a sporting chance of unlawfully casting a vote in is the USA.
Crying out for “poor and elderly” doesn’t lend veracity to your assertions that voter ID is an impediment to “getting their voices heard”. In fact, it undermines the integrity of our democratic process. Helping others get valid IDs and allowing them to vote in a secure, fraud-free environment, on the other hand, furthers the dignity of the individual, empowers identity, and adds meaning and value to what should be a hallmark of our nation’s attitude toward the right to vote.
Mike Rybah, Laguna Beach