Proponents should be able to point to troubling instances of voter-impersonation fraud, which is the only kind that would be prevented by the new laws. But they can’t. For all intents and purposes, this kind of fraud simply does not happen.
What did happen in 2008 was that African-Americans, Hispanics and poor people — traditional Democratic Party constituencies - voted in unusually large numbers. And what happened in 2010 was that Republicans took control of more statehouses and set out to reshape the electorate and make it GOP-friendly.
“But you need an ID to do a lot of things, like board a plane,” advocates say. Unlike commercial air travel, however, voting is a constitutionally protected right. To infringe or abridge that right — for no demonstrable reason — should be considered a crime against democracy.
Mr. Robinson presents a brief and informative look at the republicorp created (i.e. made up) “problem” of voter fraud and their farce of a solution (to their non-existent problem).