If you follow the media’s coverage of the debate over voter ID laws, you might think that this was a hotly discussed topic out in the real world. It seems, however, that the only people who think having to show some form of identification before voting are all in the media or the Democrat Party.
A recent McClatchy poll done on the subject of voter ID laws showed tremendous support for laws that require a voter to show identification when voting. A full 83% of those polled believed that laws requiring voter to show identification to vote were a good and necessary measure. Among Democrats the number was lower, but not by much – 72% of Democrats believe such measures to be a good idea.
The good folks over at the Media Research Council decided to gauge the temperature of the man on the street, to find out what people really thought of voter ID laws. Do African-Americans really think these laws are racist?
Let’s just be honest…
Leftist leaders and the media believe that the Republican effort to strengthen voter ID laws have something to do with racism. Meaning, Republicans are looking for every possible angle to limit the amount of votes cast by minority voters in an effort to win more elections. On the other hand, Republicans, for the most part, believe that Democrat efforts to stop voter ID laws are because Democrats love having the homeless and the dead vote for them. The rank and file Republican voter believes voter ID laws are necessary to make sure our elections are free and fair.
There is probably a bit of self-preservation in both groups’ stances on the issue, but that doesn’t mean there is equal truth to both arguments.
Voter ID laws are simply the application of common sense. Election fraud could be rampant in a system that does not require voters to prove they are who they say they are. Most states provide free identification cards to those who cannot afford to pay for one, and perhaps every state should do this.
While there may be malicious intent on the part of some Republicans when it comes to passing voter ID laws, that does not mean the laws themselves should not be considered. Good judgment tells us that we need to have some way to ensure that each person gets one vote and that that one vote is freely and fairly cast.
Voter ID laws are simply common sense.
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