Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Voter ID Hypocrisy is One Example Why Vote Fraud is Hard to Fight

A couple of conservative writers have some recent articles that while hyperbolic and arguably going too far make some interesting points on vote fraud. 

Guess what both medical offices asked me for before any doctor could see me, or any medical test could be done?

Official government-issued photo ID.

You cannot see a doctor, or receive your free Obamacare without ID to prove it’s really you. A health insurance card won’t do the trick, simply because the medical office needs to prove you are in fact the person whose name is on the insurance card.

. . . Let’s take the hypocrisy a step further. Every single Democrat voter must be lining up to get their photo ID so they can get their free Obamacare. So the argument that poor and minority Democrat voters don’t have ID, or shouldn’t be “burdened” to get it, is out the window.

One problem here is the Democrats have no problem on hypocrisy.  If you have any doubts on that see Harry Reid on the nuclear option recently.  But the point is valid.  Democrat hypocrisy on ID for elections is outrageous even by the standards of Washington, DC.

Another article from conservative writer Bruce Walker at the American Thinker has some interesting ideas on how to deal with vote fraud:

Many state and local prosecutors are elected.  State attorneys general, district attorneys, and county attorneys usually face voters in elections.  These politicians generally make the decision about whether to prosecute those who have engaged in probable voter fraud.  Conservatives ought to make it clear to these politicians that voter fraud is the top item on their agenda, and that candidates who promised to be very tough on voter fraud will get their support.

Another related approach would be to have state legislatures create special prosecutorial offices whose sole duty is to investigate and prosecute voter fraud.  State employees, like those who work in this special prosecutor's office, will have a strong incentive to root out voter fraud and to quite publicly prosecute it.  The bigger the problem they uncover, the more appropriations and authority their office will receive.
States could also add heavy civil penalties for anyone who engages in voter fraud.  

Because the protections that accused persons receive in criminal prosecutions do not exist in civil actions, winning a civil case for fines and damages would be much easier and yet would be a powerful deterrent.  Although a state officer might pursue this sanction, laws could allow injured individuals and organizations to bring such lawsuits.  State laws allowing private parties to bring action under state laws specifically allowing that exist in many areas already.

Regardless of what your think of Mr. Walker’s ideas he is 100% right when he describes the problem below:

Voter fraud is seldom prosecuted, and that is a principal reason why it is tough to fight.  

We think it would be a good thing to have a rational discussion about solutions to the problems of vote fraud as Mr. Walker is doing.  However, it is tough to even begin to discuss when Democrats are hypocritically crying racism on even the most basic and common place ideas such as ID as Mr. Root writes.  

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