Maverick philosopher, who probably wisely does not entertain comments at his blog, posted this today:
If the Dead and the Undocumented Voted Conservative . . .
. . . liberals would be screaming for voter ID.
Implication — is the guy chicken to support the charge directly? — is that dead people and undocumented non-citizens vote for liberals in elections, and, therefore, liberals are complicit in voter fraud. It’s a crude smear.
Seriously? If the dead and undocumented voted much at all I’d be screaming for better procedures at the polls, and so would most liberals. It was liberals, including “Republican” Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medgar Evers, and John Lewis and others who fought to eradicate practices that unfairly skewed voting in the southern U.S. It was liberals who fought for the Voting Rights Act, which makes shenanigans like voter fraud federal crimes.
Voter ID laws do not attempt to mend any great unfairness in voting. Voter ID laws have been litigated in Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas and Pennsylvania that I know. In no case in any of those states has anyone presented any evidence that there is any serious problem with votes from the dead, nor any serious problem from undocumented people voting, if any problem at all.
The dead and the undocumented rarely, if ever, vote, anywhere in America. They don’t vote liberal, they don’t vote conservative, they don’t vote in significant numbers — rarely do they vote at all.
So why are the conservatives screaming for voter ID, since neither the dead nor undocumented vote liberal?
What could cause such hallucinations? Bigotry? Racism? Who knows? We can be certain, however, that conservative love of voter ID laws is not driven by voting by dead people, or undocumented aliens, and the conservative desire to make things fair.
A very wet tip of the old scrub brush to Pseudo Polymath, for pointing out this lunatic post.
Much more information:
- At Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, a repost of the Bill Moyers post on voter ID and the shenanigans the GOP is running; if you have a question about how these laws are unjust, please read this first