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(CNSNews.com) – House Democrats introduced “comprehensive” voting rights legislation last week, which, among other things, would transform colleges into voter registration sites and allow for same-day registration.
In response to the voter identification laws that have sprung up throughout the country, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) introduced the “Voter Empowerment Act of 2012” (VEA) on May 17.
Though the legislation (H.R. 5799) does not deal with voter ID laws directly, it seeks to broaden access to the polls and “address the unprecedented efforts to turn back the clock and erect barriers to voting,” a fact sheet says.
Originally posted by Erectus
I think it's a great idea. I expect that Republicans are against the educated youth voting in larger numbers because they know that the majority of educated people do not support rampant corporatism. It's a lot easier to throw out naughty words like "socialism" and "non-christian" to fire up the bumkin sheep than it is to convince cognizant intelligent people that giving everything to the polluting, soulless psychopaths is in their best interest.
Originally posted by Montana
I'm not sure what you are thinking is the problem here. Montana has had same-day registration for as long as I have been old enough to vote. And that's longer than most members have been alive. It hasn't lead to any voter fraud, and I can't imagine why it would.
The voter fraud phantom drives policy that disenfranchises actual legitimate voters, without a corresponding actual benefit.
There have been a handful of substantiated cases of individual ineligible voters attempting to defraud the
election system. But by any measure, voter fraud is extraordinarily rare.
In part, this is because fraud by individual voters is a singularly foolish and ineffective way to attempt to
win an election. Each act of voter fraud in connection with a federal election risks five years in prison and
a $10,000 fine, in addition to any state penalties. In return, it yields at most one incremental vote. That
single extra vote is simply not worth the price.
Royal Masset, the former political director for the Republican Party of Texas, concisely tied all of these strands together in a 2007 Houston Chronicle article concerning a highly controversial battle over photo identification legislation in Texas. Masset connected the inflated furor over voter fraud to photo identification laws and their expected impact on legitimate voters:
Among Republicans it is an “article of religious faith that voter fraud is causing us to lose elections,”
Masset said. He doesn’t agree with that, but does believe that requiring photo IDs could cause
enough of a dropoff in legitimate Democratic voting to add 3 percent to the Republican vote.