Monday, December 31, 2007

Yeah, what Nathan said

The argument advanced by some here in Tennessee is that such a vote will “depress turnout”. And they’re right - it will depress turnout of those who shouldn’t be voting in the first place. If the argument is simply that presently reliable Democrat voting blocks aren’t motivated enough to go get a voter identification card once every five years, paid for by the government, I extend my deepest sympathies to Democrat politicians everywhere who are going to have to find new, more dynamic groups to pander to. That is a disingenuous argument.
Nathan Moore's got some of the other objections covered. This one hits close to home. This argument mimics one used on homeschoolers regularly:
A third argument against the voter identification law is that there are practically no instances of fraud reported, so there is no need for a voter identification card. A simple question for those making that argument - how do you know?
Often the education establishment pushes for homeschool regulation and testing out of concern for the children (they say). We say "But there are very few instances of educational fraud." They respond: "But we don't know how many more there might be." Another one way street.

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