Monday, July 20, 2015

The Rest of the World Requires Voter-IDs

When the court upheld Indiana voter-ID laws in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, even the liberal Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, wrote that voter-ID laws do not constitute an undue burden on people trying to vote. Yet, liberals continue to think this argument will prevail. While only 18 states have voter-ID laws, Democrats have taken up the fight against voter-ID laws and painted them as racists.

In Hillary Clinton’s camp, George Soros is funding this multi-million dollar crusade against voter-IDs as the New York Times reports. As Soros pays for litigation, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic-party chairwoman touts that “photo I.D. laws, we think, are very similar to a poll tax,” and claims Republicans are trying to bring back Jim Crow laws.

However, John Fund National Review columnist writes,

Election observers in other countries find this kind of rhetoric preposterous. Almost all industrialized democracies — and most that are not — require voters to prove their identity before voting.

Fund cites that elections in most other nations require voters to present a photo ID. Fund spoke with Roger Williams, then a member of the U.K. Parliament from the Liberal Democratic party, who said,

I find it bizarre that the U.S. and the United Kingdom are the only industrial democracies that don’t routinely require voters to show an ID. Perhaps that explains why both our countries have persistent problems with voter fraud that is not seen in other advanced nations.

When it comes to confidence in elections and upholding voter integrity, the United States lags behind the rest of the world. Hilary Clinton and her allies in the Democratic party would like to keep voter ID laws a party issue rather than discus how to best run fair elections.

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