“[V]oter fraud remains a significant component of the Democratic Party’s electoral strategy.” 

Those bold words were written by John Hinderaker in a Power Line article titled Dayton Vetoes Voter ID Law.  It is a strong statement to make, but how else can you explain the consistent opposition to voter ID programs by Democrats, and only by Democrats, in state after state? 

Indiana Democrats opposed to tighter voter identification requirements took the issue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where they lost in a 6 to 3 vote in April 2008.  The court rejected the argument that requiring reliable identification from voters would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.

Deter the poor?  Voter ID cards are free.  In fact most people already have acceptable ID cards.  Here is a typical list of what is generally accepted. Any one will do.

The photo ID of any employee of any department of the federal government.

Any photo ID of any employee of any municipal board, authority or other entity of any state.

Any photo ID issued to non-employees by any municipality, any state or by the federal government.

A valid Driver’s License, even if expired.

A special Voter ID Card issued without charge by the voter registrar’s office.

This list happens to be from the State of Georgia.  But every bill proposed has included special provisions to meet the needs of the indigent and handicapped.  The only ones disenfranchised are your dog or cat or names taken from gravestones.  There simply is no honest reason to oppose the requirement of reliable identification in order to vote.

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