BOHEMIA, NY, Jul 6 – “It’s just plain common sense. If you have to show a photo ID to enter an office building, you certainly should have to show some proof of who you are when you vote,” said Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The AMAC chief cited a recent poll of more than 16,000 members and visitors to the association’s Web site in which there was almost unanimous agreement that States should be allowed to require a photo ID at the polls. “The margin in favor of an identification document was overwhelming with 99.4% of respondents opting for photo IDs and against the Justice Department suit to bar them,” Weber explained.
“I’d like to know what is so wrong with laws to ensure only legally entitled voters get to cast ballots on Election Day, particularly this year when the presidency is at stake. The Justice Department seems to be going out of its way to facilitate voter fraud by challenging states that dare to pass such laws. It is suing South Carolina, Texas and Florida, three states that have passed ID laws, in an effort to overturn their statutes before November,” Weber pointed out.
Opponents of voter ID laws readily admit that voter fraud exists, but say the numbers of illegally cast ballots are too small to be of any significance. But consider the fact that many elections these days are decided by a handful of ballots, he pointed out.
“For example, it was discovered too late after the 2008 Minnesota election that 341 felons, ineligible to vote, cast ballots in the race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken who won his Senate seat by 312 votes. In Missouri, two years back, a primary race between two Democrats vying for a seat in the State legislature ended with the victor winning by a single vote. It turned out that 50 illegal votes were cast for him by Somalis living in Kansas City.”
Weber said that no matter “how big or how little the problem may be, it still impacts our lives and, thus, safeguards need to be in place. Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, you should be willing to go to extremes to make sure your vote is not offset by illegal balloting. You should, at least, demand a simple ID check.”
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