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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Obama Tries to Stop Texas Voter ID

Requiring voters to present photo ID is one of the best ways to avoid fraud in voting. Every fraudulent vote that is cast nullifies the vote of an honest voter. Obama's Department of Justice is trying hard to get judges to knock out voter ID laws, and this is a hot issue in Texas courts right now after Texas passed a new state law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification in order to vote. Liberals claim that higher percentages of blacks and Hispanics than whites lack the required photo ID, and thus the Texas law somehow disenfranchises citizens due to race. But there is nothing racial about the law, and it is very easy for any citizen, of any race, to obtain the necessary photo ID needed to vote.

The Justice Department is trying to use the Voting Rights Act to knock out Texas's voter ID law. The most relevant part of the Voting Rights Act, Section 5, was struck down by the Supreme Court in June. That Section 5 had required some states to get federal pre-clearance of any changes in voting law. Now that it is invalidated, the Justice Department is making a contrived argument based on Section 2.

Texas simply want to ensure that votes are legally cast. It appears that the liberals think that illegal votes will be cast predominantly for Democrats, and so they are inventing absurd arguments to make such votes valid.

Liberals argue that voter fraud is not a serious concern because the number of proven instances of voter fraud is low. But when people are allowed to vote without identification, there is no easy way to catch voting fraud, and it is likely that many fraudulent votes go unnoticed. Just take one funny example. When a young, white activist showed up at Attorney General Eric Holder's polling place claiming to be Holder himself, nobody challenged him and he was given a ballot. How can Attorney General Holder dismiss voting fraud, when his own ballot was offered for fraudulent use?

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