29 October 2010

Show Me Some Voter Fraud

The other day while listening to the talking heads shows I heard someone say that Jack Valenti, the chief lobbyist of the Motion Picture Association of America, quipped that we wanted to be buried back home in Texas so that he could remain active in politics in the afterlife.  Even though Chicago is notorious for votes from the graveyard, inflated voter roles also allow deceitful, desperate partisans from cheating our democratic republic of proper representation.

When 15 counties in Missouri have more registered voters than citizens 18 years or older, it is situation rife for voter fraud.  It is hard to believe that is an improvement on the situation than in 2005 when 37 Missouri counties had more registered voters than actual population.

Before one flies off the handle at this voter roll disparity and scream out charges of “Voter Fraud”, it is prudent to consider the Missouri Secretary of State’s suggestion that the situation may be caused by federal law the prevents voters from being purged from the rolls for two federal election cycles.  That might account for some inflation of voter rolls.  But a couple of counties that did not make the top 15 counties but still flagged some concern is that St. Louis County had 98.2% voter registration and Jackson County (Kansas City) had 88.6% voter registration.  It is hard to believe that there is such civic activism amidst underprivileged urban demographics.

These systematic challenges are compounded by court cases that limit state and local governments which actually conduct the elections from requiring voters to show proof of citizenship.  A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which included former Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) struck down Arizona’s right to inquire about citizenship status of voters, citing federal supremacy on conflicting laws as well as ensuring that voter registration was widely available and free of obstacles.  This ruling overturned a prior Ninth Circuit ruling in 2008 that Arizona Proposition 200 did not violate the National Voter Registration Act. So now a photo ID along with a utility bill is sufficient to be registered to vote, along with an affidavit of veracity under penalty of perjury.  The penalty of perjury does not inspire fear amongst undocumented individuals who fake social security numbers, so this enables  illegal voting mischief which dilutes citizens’ voice as expressed at the polls.

Once again, the 9th Circuit rejects the expressed will of Arizona to protect the state and its citizens from the flood of illegal aliens flooding into the state in favor of federal capriciousness and abstract ideals of openness.

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