Mike Hughes: Photo ID law is coming
Will someone please explain exactly what it is about “minorities and the poor” that prevents them from obtaining a photo ID and presenting it when they vote? In addition to minorities and the poor, liberal Democrats have thrown in the young, the old and even females as examples of people who supposedly don’t have and can’t get photo IDs. Of course, there will be no explanation forthcoming, because it’s a ridiculous claim.
That’s exactly why there are also plenty of cries of racism coming from the left. When liberals can’t support their position honestly and rationally, which is most of the time, they resort to accusations of racism. It’s a tactic that has worked well for them over the years, and it’s one that they won’t be giving up any time soon. You could also say that voter fraud has worked out well for Democrats over the years, and that’s exactly why they’re now kicking and screaming about voter ID laws.
The left is also claiming that voter fraud practically doesn’t exist. We’ve recently seen numerous letters to the editor claiming that voter fraud rarely happens. But a simple Internet search turns up story after story of indictments, arrests and convictions here in N.C. and all across the country for fraudulent registration and fraudulent voting. There was even a poll worker in Ohio who felt entitled to vote twice and was so confident about it that she admitted it on camera and claimed that it wasn’t voter fraud. Local prosecutors disagreed.
Another one of their race-based arguments is the claim that Republicans only starting pushing voter ID laws after a black man became president. But Arizona passed a photo ID law in 2004, Georgia passed one in 2005, and Missouri in 2006. Michigan passed a photo ID law in 1996, but it was blocked until 2007 when the state Supreme Court upheld it. Virginia attempted to pass a voter ID law in 1999, but it was blocked by Democrats.
There’s no doubt that voter ID laws have gained momentum over the past decade or so. But don’t blame President Obama for this widespread interest, blame Al Gore. It was Gore whose lawyers tried to steal the presidential election in 2000 by selectively counting votes. That fiasco was, or should have been, a wakeup call for all thinking Americans. It put a major weakness of our voting system on full display, in broad daylight, for all to see. Maybe we needed that, because it caused a lot of people to realize how important their individual vote is, and it made them realize how easy it was – and is – for someone to steal their vote.
Personally, the photo ID law was the No. 1 reason why I voted for Gov. Pat McCrory. My vote is important, no more important than the individual vote of any young, old, minority, poor or female citizen, but important nonetheless. If the polls are true, there are plenty of rational and honest Democrats in our state who feel the same way, Unaffiliated and Republicans, too. So my advice to all the liberals out there: Better polish up those photo IDs. You’re gonna need ’em.
Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.