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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Voter ID rules protect seniors, minorities from fraudsters, says new study

By Neil Munro

CLEVELAND, OH -- A voter fraud sign is seen at Lupica Towers November 4, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
   Criminal justice data shows that blacks and poor people are the most common victims of voter fraud and are the greatest beneficiaries of voter identification rules, according to a new study.
   The courtroom evidence “completely contradicts the [progressive claim] that blacks, seniors, college students and other disadvantages groups are being victimized,” said Horace Cooper, an adjunct fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
   “The truth is … [that] the criminals — more often than not — are Democrats violating the rights of people who tend to be black or senior,” he told The Daily Caller.
   A large investigation in Virginia, for example, showed that 30 percent of fraud allegations were centered in Richmond, which has the highest percentage of African-Americans in the state. In the state a wide investigation of voter fraud produced criminal charges against 38 people.
   Good voter identification procedures would reduce that fraudulent voting, and aid minorities most, Cooper said.
The new study damages progressives’ claims that the popular demand for voter identification laws mask a GOP effort to suppress the vote of racial and ethnic minorities who support Democratic candidates.
   That claim has been central to a variety of Democratic efforts to block voter ID laws in critical swing-states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:38 AM EDT

    Actually, there is specific language in the "Motor Voter" act signed by Clinton that authorizes (nay, *requires*) states/districts to PURGE their voter-registration rolls on a regular basis, to rid them of convicted felons, the deceased, those who have not voted in 3 or more cycles, and those who have moved to new states/districts...

    THOSE names are easily found in the public record, and are the greatest source of bogus IDs, especially in districts like Chicago, where the "purging clause" is honored overwhelmingly in the breach.