I am not wealthy, but have recently acquired 22 domiciles throughout my home state, affording the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of fellow citizens.
I can vote 22 times.
You see, I have staked out prime locations, from a cardboard box under a bridge to a burnt out shell in the inner city. Yes, technically, habitating at these locations makes me “homeless,” but I prefer the term “voter-enfranchised.” When you have such a love of democracy, how can anyone have a problem with people who want to vote multiple times? (Although, in fairness, dead people should only be able to vote once.)
Incredible as it seems, folks in Pennsylvania don’t have to show any voter identification at the polls, with the exception of the first time, in which a non-photo ID, such as a utility bill, is all that is needed. And even that’s a stretch since some politicians ignore the law and permit people, who have never produced identification, to vote. So in some cities, voters whose “address” is a park bench are regularly pulling the lever.
This system has made multiple-voting quite easy, and affords a vote not only to those who aren’t registered, but those not legally permitted to cast a ballot — the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants, since we aren’t checking citizenship status, either.
By definition, allowing people to vote who are not properly registered is disenfranchising those who play by the rules and cast a ballot the right way. Bottom line: every illegal vote nullifies one made by a law-abiding citizen. And make no mistake. It has gotten so out of hand that illegal immigrants are voting in large numbers nationwide, so that citizens from other countries are quite possibly deciding the outcomes of American elections.
One only has to look to Florida. President Bush won by a mere 537 votes out of 5.8 million cast. The Spanish-speaking Texas governor had always been popular with Hispanics, particularly Florida’s Cubans.
Given that Florida has a large illegal immigration population, it is not unrealistic to think that at least 537 illegals voted for Bush over Al Gore — the difference in determining the presidency. But since we have so many “sanctuary cities,” places where it is prohibited to ask one’s immigration/citizenship status, there is no way to determine who is an American citizen, let alone who is validly registered.
Opponents’ rationale for opposing ID bills are that they create voting problems for the homeless; poor; displaced victims of natural disasters; and those without access to valid ID. And now that voter ID bills are working their way through various state legislatures, we are hearing the same tired arguments.
|Voters should show ID. (AP)
Is it really so excruciatingly difficult to produce a passport, driver’s license, or employee, government or student photo identification? And it has yet to be shown how an identification requirement negatively affects students, the disabled, and, as the ACLU puts it, “disproportionately impacts the elderly, the working poor, and racial minorities.”
Since identification requirements would apparently discourage people from voting, here’s a solution: Let’s have no rules at all. That way, at least no one will be offended . . . well, except law-abiding Americans. But hey, what do they matter, since they’re the only major constituency with no rights?
Buzzwords like “voter disenfranchisement” aside, ID bills are met with overwhelming support by citizens. What could be easier and more common-sense that simply documenting who you claim to be when participating in the most fundamental American right?
The true motivations of opponents become clear: The majority of non-registered voters could have Democratic leanings.
At one point in our history, Americans were subjected to discriminatory treatment which truly disenfranchised them, such as being required to pay poll taxes and take literacy tests. Thankfully, such practices have been rescinded, and comparing an ID bill to what our ancestors experienced is a downright insult to those who fought for the right to vote.
Voter ID laws (which have been ruled constitutional) will go a long way to restoring the integrity so crucial in the power to choose one’s own destiny. Having no such requirement is a disgraceful blow to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that Americans could enjoy free and fair elections.
In a society where one must show ID to enter office buildings, airplanes, trains and even buy some antihistamine products, it is time to give the same level of importance to voting. The current practice — a truly disenfranchising one — must end in order to preserve our hard-earned freedom.
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, FreindlyFireZone.com. He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com
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