Written by Opinion Tuesday, August 07, 2012 01:14 pm
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To the editor:
A few points about Norm Cohen's recent drivel about limiting voters rights.
First, citing articles from altnet.org and the BrennanCenter for Justice is disingenuous in that these are hardly neutral sources for information. The BrennanCenter in particular sees a racial bogeyman and a conservative/Republican conspiracy behind just about anything. So, you have to take these sources with a grain of salt.
Second, because the government chooses not to prosecute cases of voter fraud, which shows up in the statistics, does not mean that voter fraud is non-existent.
Third, the conclusion of his column talks about "stolen elections" via disenfranchisement. But a sober analysis of presidential elections proves that any example of "stolen elections" was attributable not to voter suppression, but to voter fraud. The most obvious case is John Kennedy's 1960 victory when scores of dead people found the ability to vote in Chicago.
Norm cites the Senate and the Electoral College as undermining one man, one vote. He, like most liberals, would like to see the president elected by popular vote. Come to think of it he, like most liberals, would like to see the Constitution shredded. I, like other conservatives, would like to see it respected.
In states that have voter ID laws, statistics prove something. In states like Indiana and even Georgia, since enacting these laws, voter turnout and registration have increased. Comparing Georgia to neighboring Mississippi, states that have similarly large minority populations, minority turnout and registration is higher in Georgia. Why? Because more people are reassured of the integrity of their vote.
And in states that have voter ID laws, no one is disenfranchised. Those lacking ID can generally get one very cheaply from a number of sources. Even if they fail to present ID on Election Day, they can still cast a provisional ballot. And unless Norm wants to rewrite the Constitution, states have always enacted election laws regarding qualifications, registration, and when to vote. So my heart does not exactly bleed for the same-day registrant, ex-felon, or odd person who wants to cast a ballot on Sunday.
Come on, Norm. Look no further than Atlantic City and the fraud perpetrated by the Calloway brothers and absentee ballots. Guess what? They may not be in jail, but the fraud they perpetrated is no less real.
Stop seeing conspiracy behind every commonsense act, law, or proposal, and start consulting other sources behind liberal ones that preach to the choir.