Ooh, that smell! Can’t you smell that smell? Pew! It’s the latest report from the Pew Center on the States, and it concludes that America’s voter-registration system stinks.
Released on Tuesday, Pew’s report, titled Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient: Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade, arrived at these nostril-searing statistics:
• Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
• More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters.
• Approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state.
A possible contributor to the problem is the fact that only six states currently require voters to present photo ID at the polling place. In addition to those six, South Carolina and Texas have passed laws requiring photo ID from voters, but their petitions are being stonewalled by Eric Holder’s sleazy mustache. In South Carolina’s case, Holder’s goons have alleged that requiring photo ID would place an unfair and discriminatory burden upon the state’s black voters, who are presumably too lazy or stupid to learn how to acquire photo ID.
In many other states, you can register to vote without photo ID. But in nineteen states plus the District of Columbia, no ID whatsoever is required of registered voters at polling places.
What could possibly go wrong?
It’s not like you need photo ID to cash checks, open bank accounts, or buy Sudafed. Or board an airplane or drive a car. Or apply for welfare and food stamps.
It’s not like 70% of likely American voters recently said they see nothing wrong with requiring photo ID at polling places. But when has Eric Holder shown anything but contempt for the majority of Americans?
Although this will shock, awe, surprise, and flabbergast you, Democrats are making this a racial issue. Claiming a mystical soothsaying ability to peer inside the dark evil hearts of Republicans, they claim it has nothing to do with making elections honest and is merely a cynical move to “disenfranchise” the poor, the elderly, the poor blacks, the poor elderly, and the poor black elderly.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who’s apparently dumber than a plastic lawn flamingo, said that requiring voter ID really means that Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.” Bill Clinton and his allegedly coke-perforated septum have also raised Jim Crow from the dead for this occasion.
Why would they ever do something so insane as to let facts get in the way? Georgia passed a law requiring photo ID in 2008. It was obviously intended to disenfranchise the poor, because it allows for residents to apply for a free voter ID card. The law devastated, discriminated against, and disenfranchised Georgia’s black voters so thoroughly that at least ten percent more of them are allegedly now registered since it passed. Georgia’s black electorate was so thoroughly intimidated and frightened away from the polls that their participation in midterm elections reportedly increased 17% from 2006 to 2010.
OK, well, maybe so, but, still, uh, who cares? Republicans are lying, anyway, because that’s what evil racist liars do! Didn’t you know the idea of “voter fraud” is itself a fraud?
America’s perpetually scoffing progressive nation—the same fun-lovin’ killjoys who a dozen years ago screamed until their throats bled that George W. Bush stole the presidential election—are now pooh-poohing the very idea that voter fraud could possibly still be a problem. Huffington Post writer Robert Koehler said it’s “a made-up problem invented by GOP operatives.” The Soros-fueled Brennan Center for Justice scoffs so imperiously at the very notion that “Voter Fraud” exists, they put the phrase in quotes.
Of course it doesn’t exist. Neither do all the electoral-fraud disputes currently engulfing the globe. Oh, and Reconstruction, post-Reconstruction, Tammany Hall, and the City of Chicago? They never existed, either.
It’s not as if a recent investigation found that 232 Californians had miraculously voted after they died. It’s not as if a study in Missouri uncovered “281 potential ‘dead voters.’” This never happened in Houston, either. Nor in Tennessee.
It’s not as if absentee-voter fraud has ever been verified in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, or Texas, either.
And 70 ACORN employees in 12 states were never convicted of voter-registration fraud. It’s not as if a THIRD of the 1.2 million registration forms ACORN submitted in 2008 were ruled invalid. It’s not as if they were ever caught registering 7-year-old girls and 13-year-old boys to vote. It’s not as if one ACORN employee confessed to registering her three friends to vote 40 times. It’s not as if a Florida Department of Law Enforcement review of 260 ACORN applications found that 197 of them “contained personal ID information that did not match any living person.” It’s certainly not as if they ever used the names of the Dallas Cowboys on fraudulent voter-registration forms.
It’s not as if more than a quarter of Hispanics who voted in the 2008 election were, ahem, “immigrants.”
It’s not as if the feds convicted 70 people of election rigging between 2002 and 2005 and only two of these convictions were for civil-rights violations.
None of this ever happened. So keep quiet and listen to what Eric Holder and George Soros tell you. You don’t want to force them to take extreme measures and call you a bigot, do you?
Here’s the most significant takeaway from the Pew study:
[R]esearchers estimate at least 51 million eligible U.S. citizens are unregistered, or more than 24 percent of the eligible population.
So a quarter of American adults can’t even bother to register. Is it because the system makes it impossible? No, the system makes it very easy. We’d guess that most of them suspect the entire electoral system is a fraud.
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