Your Views: Require IDs to prevent risks of election fraud

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Most voters already have IDs. You need to show an ID many times a day. For the few people who don’t have IDs, they can be easily provided. Why not take the simple step to require an ID to vote to protect the integrity of everyone’s vote?

Opponents protest that voter fraud is never proven. Voter fraud is rarely reported by the liberal press, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. National Review reported New York’s Department of Investigations (DOI) agents visited 63 polling places pretending to be deceased or incarcerated voters. In 61 instances, the testers were allowed to vote. They wrote-in “John Test” so as to not affect the outcome. Instead of being concerned about potential fraud, the Board of Elections attacked DOI for exposing it. DOI was shocked at the media blackout that its report received.

During New Hampshire’s 2012 presidential primary, poll workers handed investigators ballots for deceased voters. New Hampshire’s Democratic governor wasn’t outraged that votes could have been cast for deceased voters; he was outraged at the investigators.

North Carolina elections officials are investigating 35,570 cases of voters who appear to have voted in 2012 in two states and 81 who voted after their deaths. A 2012 Pew Research Center study found that, nationwide, at least 1.8 million deceased voters are still registered to vote. To those willing to commit fraud, these are potential fraudulent votes.

Almost everyone has one. It disenfranchises no one. Why not require IDs to vote?



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