The House yesterday passed legislation that would require voters to show a valid photo identification in federal elections over the overwhelming objections of Democrats who compared the bill to segregation-era measures aimed at disenfranchising Southern blacks.
The Federal Election Integrity Act was approved on a nearly party-line 228-196 vote. Republicans backed the bill 224-3, with three nonvoters; Democrats opposed it 192-4, with five nonvoters. They were joined in opposition by the House's one independent member.
The bill, which faces an uncertain future in the Senate, is part of a Republican effort to complete before the November elections a package of proposals aimed at curbing illegal immigration and its effects on ordinary Americans.
The so-called "Voter ID" bill, aimed at stamping out voter fraud, would require voters in federal elections to provide picture identification by 2008 and provide proof of
citizenship by 2010. It was among the recommendations made last year by the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, headed by former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a Republican. U.S.
This is self-explanatory. The party that complains about stolen elections is the same party against basic measures to ensure that the people voting are who they say they are.
I seriously can’t wrap my brain around this. To me, there are only three real possibilities that Dems don’t want picture ID’s as a requirement to vote.
The Dems don’t state any of these reasons when arguing against voter ID’s, but the one reason they do give is bogus. Apparently, although it isn’t mentioned in this article (perhaps because of how absurd it is) some Dems fear that blacks in the South were born at home and never obtained a birth certificate as a result. I think this scenario probably applies to about 15 people in the continental US. Get real…
Here is another Dem (dumb) argument against the legislation...
"Show me the examples of the problem you're trying to solve," demanded Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat who accused Republicans of trying to appeal to the "fear and -- yes, perhaps -- the prejudices of people."
A Republican cited a study by
that found 1,500 dead people who had voted in recent elections. Mr. Hoyer belittled the study, saying no criminal convictions for voter fraud had been won in any of those cases. Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Bilbray pointed out that such convictions might be obtained if proper identification were required.
Isn’t it the exact opposite? Aren’t Dems trying to appeal to the fear that some blacks have about white oppression? Also, aren’t Dems being "prejudice" by "prejudging" Republicans and assuming their motives are racist?
As for the "show me examples" comment…I’d like to see some examples of convictions regarding Democratic complaints of voting fraud (most of their complaints involve voting machines). I don't think we need to suffer huge cases of voter fraud in order to close huge loopholes that we can foresee. We should be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to ensuring fair elections.
Let’s face it, the Dems are talking out of both sides of their mouth. They scream "stolen elections" every time President Bush wins, but when it’s time to crack down on voter fraud, they are MIA.Stumble It!