Monday, September 3, 2012

This Could NEVER Go Wrong, Right?

Study: 1.8 Million Dead People Still Registered To Vote
Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much. But they do agree that voter registration lists across the country are a mess.

A new report by the Pew Center on the States finds that more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote. And 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate.
Except that when Republicans suggest that perhaps asking for an ID is one way to crack down on voting fraud, the howls of indignation are deafening. They're accused of wanting to keep minorities/poor/[insert other oppressed group here] from voting, of putting hurdles in the way of voting; and all sorts of other evil intentions. The act of asking someone to prove they are who they say they are is apparently too onerous when it comes to voting.

Yet many of these same people have absolutely no problem with requiring me to spend hundreds of dollars to get a license to own a firearm...

Now, there was something I had to disagree with in the article:
There's little evidence that this has led to widespread voter fraud, but it has raised concerns that the system is vulnerable.
There's plenty of evidence. Look at exhibit A...

That is all.


Old Radar Tech said...

Those that vote for a living are just looking for a friendlier workplace environment...

Robb Allen said...

Those who howl about voter fraud tend to be on the left. Those people, especially, need to remember that Dubya took the state of Florida (and thus the presidency) by just north of 500 votes.

We, on the other side of the fence watched as MN lost a senator to voter fraud and now have a fraud of a Senator. Of course, cheating often is the only way the left can win and thus when *they* do it, it's fine. When we try to stop it, it's raaaaaacist.

John Richardson said...

If you have a relative that has passed away, I'd suggest contacting their aboard of Elections to report it. Checking on my Mom who passed away four years ago, I still found her registered to vote and listed as an active voter.

I filled out a next of kin affidavit to have her removed.

Robert said...

I scan through our poll book every election as I work the polls. I keep seeing the same dead people year after year despite filling out the paperwork year after year telling the state "Yep, they're still dead". OTOH, my still-alive neighbor next door has been able to vote twice for quite a while since changing her name.

Dirk said...

My question: Howinthehell are people getting by without a photo ID in this day and age, anyway?

Just how many people would actually be "inconvenienced" by having to go get a photo ID in order to vote? And let's leave the financial side out of it, even though that's a ridiculous excuse for opposing photo ID for voting. Most states will flat-out *give* you a photo ID if you don't want or can't qualify for a driver's license. All you gotta do is show up at one of umpteen government offices. Some states even have buses that go around and hand out photo ID's in various places.

There is, IMHO, absolutely no reasonable excuse for being unable to obtain a photo ID. Show me one, and I'll show you a reason that person is unlikely to vote in the first place.

Matt said...

In order to not die, you have to eat.

In order to eat, you have to buy food.

In order to buy food, you have to get money.

In order to get money, you have to either work, or get welfare, or be a rich heiress whose daddy put money in the bank account for her.

Try doing any of those things in this country in the 21st century (work or welfare or having a bank account) without valid ID.

Can't manage it, can you? Know what? Neither can anybody else. Which tells us, by simple deduction, that anyone capable of walking upright into the polling place and casting a ballot _has_ valid ID. They just don't want to show it to you.

Gee. I wonder why that might be.

(My grandmother always used to joke that when she died, she wanted to be buried in Chicago, so she could still be active in politics.)