Letters to the Editor

Voter fraud all too real; ID laws will help

Re July 22 letter by Edward Morgan, “Thinking before voting”

This opinion letter addresses two issues, the funding of the Republican primary in South Carolina in 2011, and voter fraud.

While both are considerably misleading and false I only respond to the second. It is regrettable that some of our politicians, even with the experience touted by the writer, remain so misinformed.

When the Supreme Court upheld the Indiana Voter ID law 6-3, Justice William Brennan wrote “That flagrant examples of fraud … have been documented … demonstrate{s} that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wrote in the Washington Post on July 13, 2011:

“I presented … information to the Kansas Legislature in January … of 30 cases that were fully investigated, … seven yielded convictions. The relevant question is: Does this number of illegal votes exceed the margin of victory? All too often, the answer is yes.”

He goes on to cite a case in Kansas where 50 votes were illegally cast by citizens of Somalia for the winner, who won by one vote. He gives another example from the Minnesota Senate Race where 341 illegally voted for Franken, who after a recount, had a 312 vote margin of victory. The illegal votes were not discovered until after the certification.

Recent news contains multiple stories of admitted vote buying in the state of Kentucky. The U.S. Congress has defunded Acorn and their operatives have been convicted in several states.

The one thread that runs through all of these cases is that they involved Democratic candidates. The only way to deny voter fraud is to redefine the definition and divorce registration fraud from voter fraud.

Now, suppose there is no voter fraud. Why would we not want to proactively protect one of my (and your) most precious constitutional rights to vote against cancellation by an illegal voter by creating a Voter ID law? Attorney General Eric Holder argued on July 10 to the NAACP that requiring Voter ID is the same as the unconstitutional poll tax. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the Indiana case stated that it was “not like a poll tax” at all. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Arizona case held that even though “obtaining the free ID required may have a cost,” such immaterial costs are not a poll tax.

The Brennan Center for Justice, founded by Supreme Court Justice William Brennan who is quoted above, is now funded by George Soros to the tune of $7,466,000 from 2000 to 2010. They now argue, along with others like the League of Women Voters, that Voter ID laws are racially motivated to depress minority voting. Secretary Kobach points out that that more Kansans over the age of 18 have qualifying IDs than there are citizens of voting age. Georgia and Indiana have been studied by academicians who found that a higher percentage of minorities have voted after Voter ID laws than before.

Voter fraud exists. It can be reduced by Voter ID laws that are not discriminatory. The relevant question was posed by Newt Gingerich: Why are Democrats fighting so hard to retain their ability to steal an election?

The writer lives in Little River.