In this technology age, It is incredible that the leading democracy in the word can be subjected to this ACORN voting mess. Who ever wins the result will be thrown into doubt because of the actions of this “Democratic Party” protected organizing group. What is wrong with presenting photo ID at the polling stations to make sure that the person voting is Eligible? The Democrats in the Tin Foil hats are passing along the nonsense that people where are concerned about voter fraud are just racist. This Acorn controversy, is all about preventing people from voting. But the truth is there is only one way to prevent fraud, make voters present some sort of photo ID:
One Day, One Vote Voter Fraud: Remember “Election Day,” when you actually had to show up on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and prove who you were? Making it easier to vote made it easier to cheat. Read More: Election 2008
It’s a sad day when a court has to order a state’s top election official to take steps to fight massive and orchestrated vote fraud. The full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has done just that by ordering Ohio’s Democratic Secretary of State, Jennifer Bruner, to use other government records to check the thousands of new voters registered by ACORN and others for registration fraud. She must also notify local election officials when fraud is discovered. Ohio is one of those states employing gimmicks to increase voter “turnout,” in this case inviting voters to vote as early as Sept. 30. They can register and vote on the same day if they do so by Oct 6. What it has increased is voter fraud, inviting activist groups to inundate election boards with bogus and multiple registrations that bog down the system. This November may make us long for the good old days of hanging chads. You used to have to provide as much identification to vote as you do to get a library card. Now in some jurisdictions you can show up with an old electricity or phone bill, not necessarily your own. In at least one state, voter “turnout” is an anachronism and you don’t have to show up at all. Oregon has done away with polling places entirely. All voting there is by mail. Registering in person with a photo ID or getting to the polling place once a year is not too much to ask of voters who can get to work or school every day or to the grocery store once a week. They can get their backsides off the couch to attend rock concerts and sporting events, so why not the local polling place? If it’s still too hard, make Election Day a national holiday. Some voters have legitimate reasons, such as illness or travel, for not showing up, and they should be accommodated. But laziness is not a legitimate reason. Political scientist John Foster of the American Enterprise Institute reports that in 1980 only 4 million ballots were cast before Election Day. In 2004 it was 27 million. Since Bill Clinton signed the Motor Voter Act, registering to vote in many states has been as complicated as just showing up on Election Day. Eight of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists, including Mohammed Atta, could have registered to vote in Florida and Virginia while planning their attacks. Efforts to ensure ballot integrity, to have our elections as honest as the Iraqi elections where millions proudly held up purple fingers, have met with resistance from liberals and Democrats. They claim that verifying identity is racist and an attempt to intimidate the poor and minorities. Photo IDs are already required for a host of activities from applying for Social Security to getting food stamps and cashing checks at the bank. In Georgia, photo IDs are made available to residents who don’t have driver’s licenses. Florida’s elections chief, Secretary of State Kurt Browning, acknowledged his staff has failed to purge up to 30,000 ineligible felons because of a shortage of workers and a crush of new, and often fraudulent, registrations in this critical swing state. Lazy voters are likely to be uninvolved and uninformed voters. Voters who make an effort to vote usually also make an effort to understand the issues and candidates’ positions on them. Do we really need vans going around picking up the homeless, and is it really unfair if we don’t? Repeal gimmicky voting laws. If you have to present an ID to rent a video, why should it not be required to vote? If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, too bad. The only people disenfranchised by photo ID requirements and a single day to vote would be terrorists, dogs, the deceased and people named Jive Turkey.