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This is a simple anti-fraud measure aimed at voter registration abuses reportedly committed by such non-profit organizations as ACORN during previous election cycles. Filing registration forms and providing truthful information identifying themselves does not prevent legitimate non-profit organizations from continuing to vigorously conduct voter registration drives.
Here is another instance of alleged vote suppression cited by the NAACP. “Blocking the voting rights of people with felony convictions is one of the most significant barriers to political participation in this country,” the NAACP asserts. It points to Iowa as an example. What was Iowa’s “troubling” act to use the NAACP’s characterization? It had the nerve to require an individual who completed his or her sentence for a felony conviction to also pay all outstanding court fines and court costs before being permitted to vote again. How draconian!
Another example that rankles the NAACP is that Georgia had the temerity to shorten its early voting period from 45 days to 21 days.
And then there are all those horrible states that passed laws requiring voters to present valid government-issued photo identification at the polls in order to cast a ballot – i.e., the same requirement for boarding an airplane and some trains or entering a federal building.
In discussing the photo ID requirement, the NAACP dismisses out of hand the requirement’s perfectly rational purpose to prevent fraud: “the risk of voter fraud appears to be little more than an after-the-fact rationalization for discriminatory laws.”
A facially neutral anti-fraud requirement, mandated in a whole host of other settings, is suddenly transformed by the NAACP into a sinister plot to discriminate against blacks and Latinos.
As the Commission on Federal Election Reform, headed by no less than former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, said in 2005:
The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters. Photo IDs currently are needed to board a plane, enter federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally important.
Moreover, the NAACP’s charge that requiring a valid ID to vote depresses voter turnout is patently false, as demonstrated by a number of recent studies. For example, a survey by American University of registered voters in Maryland, Indiana, and Mississippi concluded that showing a photo ID as a requirement of voting did not appear to be a serious problem in any of the states because almost all registered voters had an acceptable form of photo ID.
In short, the NAACP is engaged yet again in disgraceful race-baiting. Its attempt to involve the United Nations is even more despicable but totally predictable, given the Obama administration’s groveling before the UN Human Rights Council and Obama’s world apology tours.
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