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November 05, 2012

Who Makes The Rules Wins The Game: Next Item for 2016 Election? Tapping A Vote-Rich Well For Democrats-- Felons

In this election and the past couple, we've seen Democrats argue cynically that we mustn't take even the most ordinary measures to make sure that voters are legal voters, because of contrived claims that the simple act of asking for ID is something akin to a lynching.

We are forever told that the "most vulnerable" people in our society -- a rather racist implication by the left; they tend to mean minorities -- simply cannot procure photo ID. Even though every state offers just such an ID for like $10. It's called either a county card or ABC card (Alcohol Bureau of Control). The point of it is so that people who don't have drivers license can prove who they are with a photo ID. Like, if they still want to buy alcohol.

It is true that such steps "burden" people by asking them to perform one bureaucratic step.

It is, however, true that without such steps, voting is on the honor system.

And political operatives, union stooges, and others do not have honor.

It's come to this: Those who are simply attempting to have non-eligible voters struck from the rolls -- so that they can't commit fraud -- are being attacked as racists.

The tea party group "insists that voter fraud is a pervasive problem and has taken it upon itself to employ questionable, and possibly illegal, methods to combat the 'problem'. These methods have turned up no fraud and have posed a serious threat of intimidation of entirely eligible voters," the senators said in a letter today to Husted.

"Working through an affiliated group, the Ohio Voter Integrity Project, True the Vote has challenged hundreds of voters in Hamilton (380 challenges) and Franklin (308 challenges) counties. The overwhelming majority of these challenges were rejected, but not before the voters involved were frightened by the prospect of being denied the opportunity to vote."


How were people "frightened"? They're frightened by standard bureaucratic processes? Why are these people "frightened" by such anodyne things?

And True the Vote seemed to have some good reasons for questioning these voters:

Last month, the Franklin County Board of Elections voted 3-0 to reject a Voter Integrity Project request to remove 308 people from the county’s list of registered voters for reasons as varied as providing incomplete address information, being registered at a vacant lot, or being dead.

Were the people who were dead frightened at the thought of losing their non-right to vote absentee from the Astral Plane?

So, you betcha, between asking someone to once go down to his local department of records and spend 40 minutes or less to procure a county card, or to leave elections to the whims of the Pat Morans of the world -- son of a Democratic Congressmen and filed director of his campaign, willing to take part in a massive vote fraud scheme -- I'm afraid I'll just have to go ahead and suggest people set aside $10 and forty minutes.

Thusfar the left has fought this battle into something of a tie, despite having no leg to stand on, and being perilously close to simply stating, flat out, that illegal aliens should be allowed to vote, or that zealous Democratic partisans should be allowed to vote in the names of the dead or comatose.

But they're not resting on that dubious laurel. They're eyeing up a big pool of natural Democratic voters who typically do not vote.

They're looking to return voting rights to all felons and prisoners.

It’s 4:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 12, one hour until the end of the last full week of voter registration in Virginia. If your voter registration application isn’t submitted to the board of elections by close of business on Monday, you won’t be able to vote this November.

For two years, Florida’s Tea Party Republicans have been working to undo the huge turnout of black voters on the Sunday before Election Day. It didn’t work.

Lukita James, 38, sits in the Henrico Public Library filling out an application much longer than a simple voter registration form. Her 5-year-old son sits quietly beside her, hands folded as Lillie Branch Kennedy and Cathy Woodson assist her with applying to restore her right to vote. James marks down “grand larceny” in the area that asks what felony she was convicted of, the crime that divorced her from her voting franchise.

Virginia is one of four states this year that permanently disenfranchises anyone with a felony conviction, a right only regained by appealing directly to the governor. James is one of 450,000 people disenfranchised under the felony statute, 350,000 of whom are not in jail but in society—242,000 of whom are African Americans.

Although they always couch their arguments in terms of "fairness" and "burdens on the most vulnerable," their actual agenda is to simply permit anyone to vote, whether a noncitizen, a felon, or dead.

For a party that's essentially run on an anti-rape platform this cycle -- as if Republicans disagree -- they sure are eager to return voting rights to rapists.

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