Yes. They are. If not, then why spend taxpayer dollars to create a solution where's there not a problem.
This is in continuation of a story I did yesterday.
The initiative can't fix what's inside their heads: fear of a mass influx of voters. Here's the truth about fraud...
Allegations of widespread fraud by malevolent voters are easy to make, but often prove to be inflated or inaccurate. Crying “wolf” when the claims are unsubstantiated distracts attention from real problems that need real solutions. Moreover, these claims are frequently used to justify policies – including restrictive photo identification rules – that could not solve the alleged wrongs, but that could well disenfranchise legitimate voters.
+ Finding not one proven case of a fraudulent vote that the challenged law could prevent
+ Exposing false assertions that photo ID is required for common activities
Much of the hue and cry about voter fraud is accompanied by calls for restrictive ID requirements, like laws requiring voters to show particular photo ID documents at the polls. Some of this may be a sincere, if mistaken, belief in the need for restrictive ID measures. But this clip from a May 17, 2007, Houston Chronicle article suggests another rationale:Among Republicans it is an 'article of religious faith that voter fraud is causing us to lose elections,' [Royal] Masset[, former political director of the Republican Party of Texas,] said. He doesn't agree with that, but does believe that requiring photo IDs could cause enough of a dropoff in legitimate Democratic voting to add 3 percent to the Republican vote.
We have analyzed more than 250 claims of fraud submitted by those supporting the respondents in the Supreme Court's photo ID case, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. We find absolutely no proven cases of fraudulent votes that could be prevented by the restrictive ID law being challenged.
We also collect commentary discussing the purported link between voter fraud and calls for restrictive ID requirements.
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10:15 AM PT: A third post @ my blog: http://thepoliticsofjamiesanderson.blogspot.com/...