KNIGHT: Suppressing the vote

Today’s ‘Tokyo Rose’ tells us Obama’s got it sewn up

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In 2006, the left-wing Brennan Center at New York University published a junk-science report, “Citizens Without Proof.” That’s the big gun. Based on a single phone survey of 987 people, the report claims that 21 million voting-age Americans lack a photo ID, including 25 percent of blacks. Heritage Foundation scholars Hans von Spakovsky and Alex Ingram demolish the report in their paper, “Without Proof: The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification.”

According to the Brennan Center, 1 in every 4 adult black Americans cannot drive, cash a check, buy beer or do anything else requiring an ID. If you believe that, I have some choice land for sale in the Great Dismal Swamp.

A new charge against voter ID laws is that they’ll cause chaos. “It’s a possibility of a complete meltdown for the election,” said Daniel A. Smith, University of Florida political scientist, to the Associated Press. That’s because states allow provisional ballots for people without proper IDs who can return in a few days with proof. In a close election, this could be problematic.

Well, OK. One solution would be to dispense with provisional ballots, except for invalids. Is it too much to ask voters to bring an ID? If they can’t manage that, why would we want them choosing our lawmakers?

For a different reason — the possibility of fraud — we should all worry about delays in counting, so it would be good to vote early.

Noting that the 2000 election hinged for weeks on vote counts in Florida, John Fund, co-author with Mr. von Spakovsky of the book “Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk” (Encounter, 2012), told C-SPAN’s “Book TV” that in 2012, “we could have five, six or seven ‘Floridas.’ “

In Michigan, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to prevent Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from adding to the ballot application a yes/no question: “Are you a United States citizen?”

The ACLU says the question should be removed, partly because it could cause long lines in November. Why? How long could it take? If you’re not a citizen, why are you there — unless you want to vote illegally?

From hyping skewed polls to airing unfounded claims about voter ID laws, Tokyo Rose is alive and well, trying her best to suppress the “wrong” voters.

Pay no attention to that crazy lady but only to the one who doesn’t sing until the votes are counted.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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