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Without Voter ID, the System Is Rigged

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Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 11:31 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Despite not being wealthy, I have acquired 22 domiciles throughout Philadelphia. And that real estate prowess has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all citizens.

I can vote 22 times.

You see, I have staked out prime locations: a cardboard box under the Walt Whitman Bridge, a culvert on Cobbs Creek Parkway, a burned-out shell at 7th and Diamond.

Sure, habitating at these locations technically makes me “homeless,” but I much prefer the term “voter-enfranchised.”

Although, in fairness, dead people should only be permitted to vote twice.

Unfathomably, with the exception of first-time voters, Pennsylvanians aren’t required to show any voter identification at the polls.

But don’t worry. The mammoth safeguard preventing fraud with first-timers is their Herculean task of “proving” who they are by furnishing a non-photo ID, such as a utility bill.

This system has made voting early and often remarkably easy; affording a vote to the unregistered as well as some illegal immigrants — since most states aren’t checking citizenship status either.

That’s courtesy of a federal government that routinely refuses to comply with states’ requests for citizenship verification.

On his swing through Pennsylvania, Donald Trump reiterated his claim that the system is rigged while stating there was “no way” he was behind in the state.

They are two very different issues. Trump is most definitely behind in Pennsylvania, but solely because he is Donald Trump.

Any other Republican would be comfortably ahead, and this race would be over.

But just because Trump may sound crazy on some things doesn’t mean he’s wrong about the voting system being rigged.

The entire election system needs an overhaul.

Early voting should be eliminated, as should the disenfranchising system of super delegates.

The same for straight-ticket voting, as Americans have become complacent.

Voting for individuals over party may yet inspire citizens to take a more avid interest in who will represent them.

The Electoral College system should remain, but the electors should be dumped.

Only half the states require electors to vote the way of their respective state, allowing individuals to ignore the will of the people and, potentially single-handedly, decide the presidency.

Additionally, with all due respect to states’ rights, federal elections should fall under federal law.

Above all, we need to better secure Americans’ right to cast their ballot in corruption-free elections. Every person voting illegally nullifies the vote of a law-abiding citizen. Our failure to act is a slap in the face to those who fought for the right to choose our own destiny.

Make no mistake: unregistered citizens and illegal immigrants are voting in significant numbers, quite possibly deciding the outcomes of American elections.

Just look at Florida. In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush won by a mere 537 votes out of 5.8 million. Given that Florida has a large illegal immigration population, and Bush was popular with Latinos, it is not unreasonable to think that at least 537 illegals voted for Bush over Al Gore — the difference in determining the Presidency.

And a 2014 report (see National Review) estimated that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election and that 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterm congressional elections, enough to swing a close race. 

Sanctioning a system that encourages such corruption is inexcusable in a society built on the rule of law.The rationale for opposing Voter ID is that it would create voting problems for the homeless, poor, displaced victims of natural disasters, and those without access to valid ID.

Really? How many natural disasters hit the Keystone State, or any state for that matter?

And even if one does, how does that obviate the need for an ID?

Is it so difficult to produce a passport, driver’s license, or employee, government or student photo identification? It has yet to be shown how a voter identification requirement negatively affects students, the disabled, and, as the ACLU puts it, “disproportionately impacts the elderly, the working poor, and racial minorities.”

And states would issue photo-IDs free of charge to those who could not afford them.

Problem solved.

Rather than discussing Voter ID bills on their merits, the left spews inflammatory accusations of “voter disenfranchisement.”

But comparing a Voter ID bill to what earlier generations experienced — poll taxes and literacy tests — is a galling insult.

The true motivations are obvious: the vast majority of non-registered voters have Democratic leanings, and as such, their voting process must be obstacle-free if the party is to grow.

Translation: when you can’t legitimately win, go to Plan B. Steal the election.

We must show ID to access office buildings, airplanes, trains, and even to buy antihistamine. It’s time to give that same level of importance to voting.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

 

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We must show ID to access office buildings, airplanes, trains, and even to buy antihistamine. It’s time to give that same level of importance to voting.
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