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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Where is the dramamine? Part Eight

The New York Times is at it again. This time its over voter id being required.

One of the cornerstones of the Republican Party’s strategy for winning elections these days is voter suppression, intentionally putting up barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box. The House of Representatives took a shameful step in this direction yesterday, voting largely along party lines for onerous new voter ID requirements. Laws of this kind are unconstitutional, as an array of courts have already held, and profoundly undemocratic. The Senate should not go along with this cynical, un-American electoral strategy.

The bill the House passed yesterday would require people to show photo ID to vote in 2008. Starting in 2010, that photo ID would have to be something like a passport, or an enhanced kind of driver’s license or non-driver’s identification, containing proof of citizenship. This is a level of identification that many Americans simply do not have.

The bill was sold as a means of deterring vote fraud, but that is a phony argument. There is no evidence that a significant number of people are showing up at the polls pretending to be other people, or that a significant number of noncitizens are voting.
There is no proof of voter Id the Times says. Don Surber says the ID issue is bogus. Most of the above stated people have ID because of medicaid(and medicare I'll add). In Florida a photo ID is required or a ballot is considered provisional.

Apparently Gail Collins the editor of the editorial page doesn't read her own paper. From the September 16 2005 NYT.

The joke has long been that dead people vote in Hudson County, New Jersey's legendary enclave of machine politics. But now the joke may be on New Jersey, according to a new analysis of voter records by the state's Republican Party.

Comparing information from county voter registration lists, Social Security death records and other public information, Republican officials announced on Thursday that 4,755 people who were listed as deceased appear to have voted in the 2004 general election. Another 4,397 people who were registered to vote in more than one county appeared to have voted twice, while 6,572 who were registered in New Jersey and in one of five other states selected for analysis voted in each state.
The New York Times has made a laughingstock of itself again. This is probably noteworthy of a Knucklehead award except I just gave the paper one. The Times seems to want to collect awards from me like my wife collects shoes.

I wonder when that Palm Beach Post will wade in on this news also. Randy Schultz and company often take their editorial cues from the so called paper of record.

A special thanks to A Blog for All who found the Sept 05 Times article. Lahawk has an excellent post on the matter. I suggest you read it.

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