This topic always brings in the hate mail. It seems there are people out there who actually believe their political party can never win another election unless it cheats! So they raise all sorts of Cain when anyone mentions having a state, or national, requirement that a voter prove that he, or she, is who they say they are and that they are eligible to vote, and these day, that they are, indeed, a citizen of the United States.
Daren Bakst is a lawyer, and he is the legal and regulatory analyst for the John Locke Foundation based in Raleigh, North Carolina. A few days ago he wrote a piece concerning this very topic. It is entitled: “Voter ID requirement will help fight fraud”. I felt it was right on target. We recommend you read Mr. Bakst’s article at:
Here’s a bit of a teaser from Mr. Bakst’s article: “The legitimacy of elections hinges on the principle of “one person, one vote.” Unfortunately, when individuals can show up at polls and cast their votes without proving their identities, the “one person, one vote” principle may be more of a theory than a reality.
This may come as a surprise to most people, but no identification of any kind is required at the polls”.
Over the years, as a member of the press, I have seen election fraud and corruption… up close. I have sat in rooms with agents from the US Justice Department armed with tape recorders and 357 Magnums strapped to his waist, as members of the election board recounted votes. I have sat in courtrooms and watched as investigations tried to locate entire ballot boxes, with the votes still in them, which had disappeared immediately after the polls closed. I have watched vote counts come to a stand-still as precincts waited to see how many votes one candidate needed to win… before reporting in to the board of elections with, Lordy, lordy, just the right number of votes to swing the election to their candidates benefit.
I have watched, from across the street, as voters would leave a polling place with a blank ballot “palmed” in their hand… then trade it to a person outside the polling place for a five dollar bill. The money man would them fill out that ballot in favor of his candidate and the next voter would get the already filled out ballot from the man with the money, go inside to the polling place, get a new ballot, drop the pre-marked ballot into the ballot box, and bring the clean, unmarked, ballot out to the guy with the money, get his five dollars, and move on, as the next voter stepped up to get his pre-marked ballot. I have seen these things. So voter fraud is nothing new to me.
Having seen all this for myself you will not be surprised that I am in favor of a photo ID for registered voters in my state and ALL states in the union. Anything, within the bounds of the US Constitution, which will reduce cheating in our elections, is welcome. Well, at least to those of us who believe that our party can win without cheating, that is!
Voter fraud is REAL! It taints every election. If a Voter Photo ID will restore the voter’s faith in the belief that their vote counts, then it is worth it. One man, One Vote is a nice sentiment, but it is not real until we can guarantee that only those people vote who are qualified to vote, and nobody else. Until then… One Man, One Vote… will remain just that…a sentiment.