The Supreme Court, in a case over Indiana's voter ID law -- one of the nation's most stringent -- upheld the voter requirements 6-3. Justice John Paul Stevens, then the court's most liberal member, wrote the majority opinion: "The State has a valid interest in participating in a nationwide effort to improve and modernize election procedures that have been criticized as antiquated and inefficient."
Critics call photo voter ID a solution in search of a problem. What proof, they ask, demonstrates a problem with the integrity of voting? Popular political scientist Larry Sabato, author of the book on voter fraud called "Dirty Little Secrets," writes: "From voter fraud to election chicanery of all kinds, America teeters on the edge of scandal every November. The fact that so many people want to thwart legitimate and prudent efforts to improve ballot integrity has become a scandal in its own right."
How easy is it to commit voter fraud?
James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who caught ACORN workers on tape giving illegal advice, released video of a young bearded white man walking into the polling place of Attorney General Eric Holder on Election Day.
Young white man: Do you have an Eric Holder? (He gives an address.)
Poll worker: I do. (He repeats the address.) OK. Please sign your name there (pointing to the signature line in his huge book of precinct voter registrations).
Young white man: I actually forgot my ID.
Poll worker: You don't need it. It's all right.
Young white man: I left it in the car.
Poll worker: As long as you're in here (pointing to his voter registration book), you're on our list, and that's who you say you are, you're OK.
Young white man: I would feel more comfortable if I just had my ID. Is it all right if I go get it?
Poll worker: Sure, go back.
Young white man: I'll be back 'faster' than you can say 'furious.'
Poll worker: We're not going anywhere.
Young white man: All right, thank you. (He leaves, never actually taking Eric Holder's ballot.)
It was that easy.
Poor minority voters without government-issued ID, voter ID opponents effectively tell us, are simply too stupid to figure out how to get it. Indiana, for example, offers convenient ways of obtaining ID. If campaign workers can mount get-out-the-vote efforts, including picking up voters on Election Day and driving them to the voting precinct, why not put the same energy into helping Granny obtain ID?
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