Ken Blackwell

But while Mr. Holder is abusing Section 5 to block laws that do not go as far as Indiana's law upheld in Crawford, Mr. Obama's longtime political allies at the NAACP have gone to the United Nations Human Rights Council to protest voter-ID laws-a council comprised of the likes of Cuba, Russia, and China, with no jurisdiction over American elections. This thus becomes a dual-track approach to gin up a political issue to help Mr. Obama in his reelection efforts, invoking an outdated law and an international body whose members include notorious violators of voting rights.

Voting is unique as a constitutional right. First, the right to cast a ballot includes a corollary right not to have your legal vote canceled by someone else's fraud. You have the right to have your undiluted vote counted.

Second, this fundamental right is also a citizen's duty. Part of that duty requires you to register, and to appear at a certain place on a certain day to vote. Complying with those requirements is doing your civic duty to ensure a free and fair election.

Voter-ID laws both protect this corollary right, while also augmenting a reasonable aspect of your civic duty to make sure the electoral machinery functions properly on Election Day. The fact that states make special accommodations for people in nursing homes or with special circumstances, and can even provide identification free of charge to those who cannot afford it, strikes the proper balance to ensure that every qualified voter can reasonably cast a ballot that will not be tainted by anyone's fraud or misdeeds.

America's focus on having free and fair elections is one of the reasons the United States is the oldest democratic republic on earth. Failing to ensure the integrity of the democratic process in elections is a mistake a free people often makes only once.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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