Interestingly, the phrase, “right to vote,” does not appear in the original body of the Constitution. The only references to the act of voting itself occurs when, for example, Section 2, Article 1 notes that members of the House of Representatives are chosen every other year “by the People of the several States.” It was just assumed that citizens would, under certain conditions, with certain limitations, and at certain times, vote. No need to mention it or the fact that the voting age was generally accepted to be 21 going back to British tradition.
Later, in four of the amendments to the Constitution, the right to vote is specifically mentioned when black males, then women, then 18-year olds were specified as having such a right and when poll taxes were eliminated as a voting restriction. In each case, the wording of the amendment begins, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote ….”
Citizens of the United States. So, as we think about voter fraud, let’s start there. Considering that the Fairfax County Electoral Board notified the Department of Justice in 2011 that 117 non-citizens were known to have voted in elections there and further considering that Governor McAuliffe (D – Clinton family) vetoed a bill last year that would have prevented non-citizens from voting, one might reasonably wonder about the existence of voter fraud.
The Heritage Foundation maintains a growing list of several hundred documented cases of voter fraud in American elections. Take a look: http://www.heritage.org/issues/legal/elections
One 2004 Indiana instance was so egregious that the state supreme court overturned the results of a primary and ordered a new election to be held. A similar instance occurred in Tennessee in 2005. And voting machines in Maryland and Illinois (Chicago, of course) are known to have been rigged to turn Republican votes into Democratic votes. An election official in Cook County called it a “calibration error.” Hey, stop laughing. He really said that.
Democrats, of course, strenuously deny that voter fraud exists. That it almost always seems to benefit Democrats is just a coincidence.
The Founders viewed self-government as a qualitative not just a quantitative process. That’s why there were, and are, restrictions on who may vote. Today, any mention of restrictions, such as having to provide identification, is dismissed by “progressives” as racist. But just because someone is eligible to drive at 16 doesn’t mean he automatically gets issued a driver’s license. Identification is required to prove that the new would-be driver is who he says he is and actually is 16. That is because driving is important. And so is voting.
According to Democrats who, it should be remembered, invented the concept of the graveyard vote in the 19th century, requiring an ID is just the latest attempt by Republicans to suppress the black vote. And the main target of Democrats now is the legislature of North Carolina.
Got to feel sorry for the Old North State. Those poor folks are being called bigots because of this voter ID thing and because they so unreasonably prefer not to have men use women’s restrooms. But that’s another story.
In any case, one must provide a photo ID to board a plane or train, to check into a hotel, to apply for food stamps, Medicare, a fishing license, or a mortgage, to get married, to purchase a gun, to adopt a pet, or to pick up certain prescription medicines from the local pharmacy. But Democrats claim that requiring ID to vote is racist because it unfairly impacts minorities. If so, why aren’t those other requirements racist as well? Do minorities never check into hotels or board planes?
Voting is too important to be left without safeguards. And one eminently reasonable safeguard is the requirement that the voter identify himself before voting. Unfortunately, voter fraud does exist. It happens all too often. Trying to prevent it is not a racist act.