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Democrats object to voters having to show ID

Where is voting reform going? In New Mexico and nearly everywhere else in the country, nowhere.
by Russell Betts  
Editor, GoGov.com (November 2, 2002)

On the way to election reform, Democrats with a 7 to 5 majority on the New Mexico Voters and Elections Committee voted to block a Republican sponsored measure that would have required voters to show identification before being allowed to vote.

Democrat chairman of the Voters and Elections Committee, Ed Sandoval, defended the vote saying Democrats in the New Mexico House don't like the idea of voter ID. Sandoval said requiring ID would make it harder for people to vote.

Isn't that exactly the point? Election reform is supposed to make it harder to vote, at least for those people who are not supposed to be voting in the first place, those who would vote twice and those attempting to defraud the voting system.

A look at the headlines across the U.S. show the epidemic voter fraud has become and the many blatant examples of election fraud becoming a routine and entrenched part of electioneering. 

  • In DesMoines, Iowa, A deluge of absentee ballots has prompted complaints and suspicion by the elections commissioner. 

  • In Sioux Falls, South Dakota investigators recovered charred pieces of absentee ballot applications at the property of a woman suspected of forging voters' names.

  • In Orlando, Florida, election workers incredibly are donning plastic gloves and separating out absentee ballots so investigators can dust the envelopes for fingerprints in search for illegally cast ballots.

Similar headlines can be found for every state. Election fraud is no longer an exception, but the rule. And it's not limited to absentee ballots. It's all voting and it's time the rules were changed. 

No one thinks twice about producing ID when writing a check or to buy alcohol but look out in New Mexico where Democrats think it is too much of an imposition on voters to require them to show ID when voting for president.

Why? Because by and large it is the Democrats that are committing the voter fraud and that are benefiting from illegal voting. 

Don't expect the Democrats to be at the forefront of measures to reduce election fraud. And as is the case in New Mexico, where the Democrats are in control, expect them to make every effort to block serious initiatives for reform to be rejected.

When it comes to election reform, holding onto votes - any votes, illegal votes, fraudulent votes, votes cast more than once - is more important to Democrats than election reform.

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