Some voter ID laws are more equal than others

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Some voter ID laws are more equal than others

As a result of such tac­tics the vote from the Val­ley rarely dis­played the diver­sity of opin­ion asso­ci­ated with a democ­racy; some 15,000 votes were gen­er­ally believed to be con­trolled in the Val­ley, and it was not unusual for them to go to a favored can­di­date by mar­gins as large as ten to one.

Robert Caro: The Years of Lyn­don John­son: The Path to Power 1982 P722

I talked about the left’s rush to go after the Penn­syl­va­nia voter ID law in my last post,. It’s worth not­ing that as the left wails loudly over the Penn­syl­va­nia law New Hamp­shire another swing state approved a sim­i­lar law back on June 28th.

In New Hamp­shire, dif­fer­ent forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion are accepted, or res­i­dents have the option of sign­ing an affi­davit. The list will be short­ened in 2013, and stu­dent ID cards and doc­u­ments more than five years old will no longer be accepted.

This law took effect yes­ter­day and for some rea­son it isn’t pro­duc­ing the same reac­tion among our friends on the left that the Penn­syl­va­nia law does.

Why?

If this is a ques­tion of voter dis­en­fran­chise­ment aren’t NH vot­ers worth the same out­cry as Penn­syl­va­nia? Do they not deserve the same angst as their larger broth­ers to the south?

The dif­fer­ence might be in the elec­toral vote count (NH has but 4) but per­haps NH’s Voter ID law doesn’t scare them as much because it doesn’t have large Demo­c­rat run cities that the Key­stone State has. To wit:

the poten­tial prob­lem is much big­ger, par­tic­u­larly in Philadel­phia, where 186,830 reg­is­tered vot­ers — 18 per­cent of the city’s total reg­is­tra­tion — do not have Pen­nDot ID.

Hmmm it would seem vot­ers in cities have an ID prob­lem. That’s strange to me. Why would a per­son in a city have less a need for an ID? In a city envi­ron­ment with a larger bureau­cracy and less per­sonal knowl­edge of the indi­vid­ual such ID would seem more nec­es­sary for life rather than less.

Even stranger this prob­lem only seems to be evi­dent among peo­ple who are inclined to vote for democ­rats. Note this edi­to­r­ial con­cern­ing the law

Sec­ond comes the GOP’s own admis­sion — con­ve­niently after the fact, of course — that their agenda was indeed polit­i­cal. The moment came last month at a GOP State Com­mit­tee meet­ing, when House Repub­li­can Major­ity Leader Mike Turzai recounted Repub­li­cans’ leg­isla­tive accom­plish­ments for the year. Among them, Turzai announced to enthu­si­as­tic applause: “Voter ID — which is going to allow Gov. Rom­ney to win the state of Penn­syl­va­nia — done.”

Penn­syl­va­nia didn’t need the voter ID law. There was no cred­i­ble evi­dence of vot­ers imper­son­at­ing other vot­ers at the polls. There was one rea­son, and one rea­son only, to pass the new require­ment, and it wasn’t the secu­rity of the bal­lot. It was the out­come of the elec­tion. We knew it all along. Now the GOP House leader has put it out there for every­one to see.

What our fren­zied edi­to­ri­al­ist doesn’t do is answer a basic ques­tion, a ques­tion that any rea­son­able per­son might ask:

Why should pro­duc­ing an ID change the result of any elec­tion?

Why should the use of an item needed at any bank, to cash any pay­check or gov­ern­ment check, to use a credit card, an item you are asked to pro­duce at a hos­pi­tal, at a super­mar­ket or even to buy booze cause the results of an elec­tion to change? Do Democ­rats need these ID less that republicans?

What could pos­si­bil­ity be going on that would cause the pas­sage of a strong voter ID law backed by an Army of Davids equipped with iPhones and inter­net con­nec­tions along with an ener­gized Tea Party with vol­un­teers will­ing and able to serve as poll watch­ers to strike such fear into the hearts of Demo­c­rat lean­ing Union Stew­ards and Machine Pols who in the past have man­aged to deliver their precincts to their party by over­whelm­ing margins?

I sus­pect the peo­ple scream­ing the loud­est know the answer and that’s why they are screaming.

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As a result of such tactics the vote from the Valley rarely displayed the diversity of opinion associated with a democracy; some 15,000 votes were generally believed to be controlled in the Valley, and it was not unusual for them to go to a favored candidate by margins as large as ten to one.

Robert Caro: The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power 1982 P722

I talked about the left’s rush to go after the Pennsylvania voter ID law in my last post,. It’s worth noting that as the left wails loudly over the Pennsylvania law New Hampshire another swing state approved a similar law back on June 28th.

In New Hampshire, different forms of identification are accepted, or residents have the option of signing an affidavit. The list will be shortened in 2013, and student ID cards and documents more than five years old will no longer be accepted.

This law took effect yesterday and for some reason it isn’t producing the same reaction among our friends on the left that the Pennsylvania law does.

Why?

If this is a question of voter disenfranchisement aren’t NH voters worth the same outcry as Pennsylvania? Do they not deserve the same angst as their larger brothers to the south?

The difference might be in the electoral vote count (NH has but 4) but perhaps NH’s Voter ID law doesn’t scare them as much because it doesn’t have large Democrat run cities that the Keystone State has. To wit:

the potential problem is much bigger, particularly in Philadelphia, where 186,830 registered voters – 18 percent of the city’s total registration – do not have PennDot ID.

Hmmm it would seem voters in cities have an ID problem. That’s strange to me. Why would a person in a city have less a need for an ID? In a city environment with a larger bureaucracy and less personal knowledge of the individual such ID would seem more necessary for life rather than less.

Even stranger this problem only seems to be evident among people who are inclined to vote for democrats. Note this editorial concerning the law

Second comes the GOP’s own admission — conveniently after the fact, of course — that their agenda was indeed political. The moment came last month at a GOP State Committee meeting, when House Republican Majority Leader Mike Turzai recounted Republicans’ legislative accomplishments for the year. Among them, Turzai announced to enthusiastic applause: “Voter ID — which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done.”

Pennsylvania didn’t need the voter ID law. There was no credible evidence of voters impersonating other voters at the polls. There was one reason, and one reason only, to pass the new requirement, and it wasn’t the security of the ballot. It was the outcome of the election. We knew it all along. Now the GOP House leader has put it out there for everyone to see.

What our frenzied editorialist doesn’t do is answer a basic question, a question that any reasonable person might ask:

Why should producing an ID change the result of any election?

Why should the use of an item needed at any bank, to cash any paycheck or government check, to use a credit card, an item you are asked to produce at a hospital, at a supermarket or even to buy booze cause the results of an election to change? Do Democrats need these ID less that republicans?

What could possibility be going on that would cause the passage of a strong voter ID law backed by an Army of Davids equipped with iPhones and internet connections along with an energized Tea Party with volunteers willing and able to serve as poll watchers to strike such fear into the hearts of Democrat leaning Union Stewards and Machine Pols who in the past have managed to deliver their precincts to their party by overwhelming margins?

I suspect the people screaming the loudest know the answer and that’s why they are screaming.

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