If one person votes illegally it cancels out my vote. It’s as if I didn’t participate in the electoral process at all. If two people vote fraudulently then it’s as if both you and I didn’t participate.
Virginia just passed a Voter ID bill this year in an attempt to ensure the sanctity of the process, against stiff opposition from Democrats, who howled that having to prove one’s identity in order to vote disenfranchises the undocumented.
The new law is designed so that the undocumented voter casts a provisional ballot which is only counted if the voter validates their identity after the fact.
Here’s what the Washington Post had to say about the new legislation…
Studies have shown that voters who lack identification tend to be disproportionately elderly, young, poor and black. That means the legislation was blatantly anti-democratic as well as anti-Democratic.
I just love the construct, “Studies have shown….” Studies performed by whom, exactly? By the NAACP? Think Progress? People for the American Way? Organizing for America?
One can’t buy Sudafed, fill a prescription, cash a check, buy liquour or smokes, travel by air, or perform as a functioning adult without identification.
Another Democrat argument in Virginia has been that there is no evidence of voter fraud in Virginia.
Not so fast. There IS evidence and prosecutions are taking place.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s lead story today is about arrests being made for voter fraud committed in the 2008 election.
As Virginia legislators hotly debated a voter ID bill that narrowly passed the General Assembly, many were unaware of a state police investigation that, so far, has resulted in charges against 38 people statewide for voter fraud. Warrants have been obtained for a 39th person who can’t be located.
A majority of those cases already have resulted in convictions, and 26 additional cases are still being actively investigated nearly 3½ years after the state Board of Elections forwarded more than 400 voter and election fraud allegations from 62 cities and counties to Virginia State Police for individual investigation.
So Democrats can claim disenfranchisement, but we now have evidence that you and I were ACTUALLY disenfranchised as a direct result of Democrat incalcitrance, calculation and connivance.
The RTD story focuses on convicted felons voting without having had their voting rights restored, as required by law.
This part of the Voter Registration form was quite clear.
But aside from the felons, the old law allowed those without ID to cast regular votes after signing an affidavit affirming their identity and signing such affidavit fraudulently was a felony. Felonies are committed every hour of every day in Virginia with premeditation, when criminals weigh the probabilty and consequence of discovery and prosecution versus the gain to be made by the illegal activity.
Honestly, although I appreciate the efforts of the GA on the new Voter ID law, I feel it doesn’t go nearly far enough and here’s why and what I’d have preferred to see. You see, with the sworn affidavit it is impossible to find coordinated vote stealing operations as people are using death notices from the paper to vote unchallenged, multiple times across multiple voting precincts and their chances of getting caught are minimal. Especially in large urban areas.
I’d prefer to retain the sworn affidavit, but add to that the requirement that a photo be taken of the voter. That’s the only way to actually find the perpetrators of coordinated voter fraud and bring them to justice. I like the new law as it does put mechanisms in place to prevent fraud, but I like my idea better, where the opportunity to conduct criminal ‘business as usual’ is met with dire consequences to the perps and tied to the political party that engineered the operation.
But for now, detering their activity is sufficient.
I was disenfranchised in the 2008 election. I want it stopped.
I suspect that the Obama administration will go after Virginia’s efforts to legitimize the vote and Voter ID bills are being attacked across the nation as Democrats realize that they cannot win legitimately.
Next time you run into one of your Democrat legislators ask them why they stand for policies that disenfranchise you.