Voter ID is a FraudBy
Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-116) and many other Republicans have declared their full-throated support for an expensive measure that would disenfranchise thousands of voters. The measure is know as Voter ID. It’s roundly criticized by people who understand that broad participation is a cornerstone of effective democracy. Voter ID advocates claim there is voter fraud happening all over the place. They don’t mention that the people least likely to have photo identification are also among the most likely to vote for Democrats – young people, African-Americans, the elderly, and the poor. Again and again Voter ID advocates disingenuously cry fraud, but, like Mike Turzai in Pennsylvania, their real intent is to restrict the vote in order to keep their party in power.
Today’s Asheville Citizen-Times reports on the false claims of Moffitt and other area Republicans:
In North Carolina, the nonpartisan state Board of Elections last year sent letters to 637 suspected noncitizens after checking driver’s license data.
Of those, 223 responded showing proof they were citizens, and 79 acknowledged they weren’t citizens and were removed from the rolls along with another 331 who didn’t respond to repeated letters, said Veronica Degraffenreid, an elections liaison for the board.
She said the board did not find evidence of widespread fraud, noting there were only 12 instances in which a noncitizen had voted. North Carolina has 6.4 million voters.
Walton Robinson, spokesman for the state Democratic Party, said voter fraud is about as common as being struck by lightning. He also said implementing an ID law would be expensive — ranging from $11 million to $43 million.
“At the end of the day, voter ID is nothing more than a Trojan horse for state-sanctioned voter suppression, and Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for attempting to disenfranchise over 1 million North Carolina voters,” he said.