Okay. An overwhelming majority of Americans believes that people should show IDs at polling places. In fact, making sure people don’t vote more than once is kind of standard practice – remember all those photos of Afghans and Iraqis proudly displaying their thumbs, soaked in ink? That’s to make sure they don’t vote more than their share. We show IDs to cash checks, get on a plane, and on rare occasions, someone even asks for my ID when I use my charge card.
The liberal response seems to be that requiring an ID will prevent minorities from voting, though they’ve never been able to show examples of this. The Supreme Court has sided in favor of states with strong voter ID laws for this reason. So now the fallback position appears to be, “But voter fraud is so negligible!”
So I had to laugh when James O’Keefe sent a young actor with a hidden camera into Eric Holder’s voting precinct and was offered Holder’s ballot. (He didn’t take it, and never actually said he was Eric Holder – just asked if they had a ballot for Eric Holder). The DOJ’s response was swift: it’s manufactured! Well, yeah, sending an actor in with a hidden camera is manufactured. But the nice person who handed him the ballot was a real poll worker and wasn’t in on the gag.
I hope the DOJ is right and there’s not a lot of voter fraud out there. But I’m less worried by the mythical people who might be disenfranchised by voter ID requirements than about the very real citizens who are disenfranchised by fraudulent voting. If my vote is negated by someone who submitted a fraudulent ballot, then a crime has been committed. Let’s see some voter ID, please!