With the presidential election almost an eye blink away, it is imperative that the voter finds the process as fair and accessible as possible. Several states have decided to enact the requirement of possessing a photo ID to help prevent the occurrence of voter fraud.
Predictably, many on the Left are vocalizing their opposition to having a photo ID, claiming that the elderly and minorities would not have the resources needed to acquire one, putting them at a distinct disadvantage.
This debate was accelerated to a higher level when Emily Schultheis of Politico opined that young voters and minoritieswill be grossly affected in swing states with these laws in tact. She points to the fact that roughly 750,000 citizens in Pennsylvania do not have the forms necessary for photo ID acquisition.
There is an implied notion here that individuals, specifically minorities, are not smart enough to figure out how to acquire a photo ID. Liberals are notoriously known for claiming to be the champion of minority rights and equality, while invoking that the federal government must be the spokesperson for them because they are simply incapable of thinking on their own. What exactly is preventing young people and minorities from filling out forms needed to acquire a photo ID?
All Americans should reject this rhetoric. It is a common class warfare antic used by the Left to divulge attention from voter fraud and system inadequacies, and attempt to paint voter ID activists and advocates as racially motivated and bent on taking away votes from President Obama and Democrat candidates.
The Left’s claim that voter identification affects turnout is preposterous. It’s a weak attempt to suggest that voters will be held back from voting for Obama due to stringent requirements, and not the simple fact that they are dismayed and dissatisfied with the President’s policies and the direction the U.S. economy is headed.
Schultheis referenced Attorney General Holder’s “poll tax” comparison when he spoke about voter ID laws at theNAACP convention earlier in July. It is quite ironic that the Attorney General expressed this divisive view with the NAACP, seeing as how the organization was just in hot water over corruption charges. Lessadolla Sowers, a Tunica County, MS NAACP Executive Committee member, was just sentenced to prison on 10 counts of illegally using absentee ballots.
Of course the mainstream media doesn’t speak about this because it defeats the Left’s declaration that voter fraud doesn’t exist. They are counting on the fact that Americans will either be disillusioned, or turn a deaf ear to their cries of racism and injustice of those who are pleading for voting integrity. It is our duty and obligation to hold organizations like the NAACP accountable for trying to distort the voting process by trying to tip the election results in the Democrats favor.
But there are those who remain strong in leading the fight for voter integrity; Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True The Vote, a nonpartisan organization committed to combatting voter fraud nationwide, stated it best when she said, “Corruption, when not stopped at the polls, rises essentially unchecked to the highest offices in our nation. And it has to stop. If our elections aren’t truly fair, we aren’t truly free.”