Robert Knight

In June, 2012, the Justice Department also sued Florida for purging its rolls of non-citizens. The suit was spearheadedbyThomas E. Perez, the radical assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, who went on to become Secretary of Labor.

In turn, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sued the Department of Homeland Security for denying access to a database that would allow verification of the citizenship of registered voters. The Department relented.

A year later, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 25 overturning much of the Voting Rights Act, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced that the state would resume its clean-up of the voter rolls. Liberal gnashing of teeth has been non-stop since.

On Sept. 30, the Justice Department sued North Carolina over its new voter ID law and is threatening to sue even more states. One might be forgiven for concluding that the Obama Administration is utterly hostile to the idea of … clean elections.

The Carter-Baker report is well worth a read. It is chockfull of ways to discourage vote fraud and to expand access. In theory, that should please liberals as well as conservatives. In fact, it should please everyone but vote fraudsters and their enablers.

Here are more nuggets:

“Voter identification can enhance ballot integrity without raising barriers to voting.Voters in nearly 100 democracies use a photo identification card without fear of or infringement on their rights.”

You have to wonder whether officials in those nations are constantly accused of bigotry in the most lurid terms. Probably not. That practice seems to be unique to Democrats in America. The Carter/Baker report also says:

“Invalid voter files, which contain ineligible, duplicate, fictional, or deceased voters, are an invitation to fraud…. In the old days and in small towns where everyone knows each other, voters did not need to identify themselves. But in the United States, where 40 million people move each year, and in urban areas were some people do not even know the people living in their own apartment building let alone their precinct, some form of identification is needed.”

Now for the coup de grace:

“The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters. Photo IDs currently are needed to board a plane, enter federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally important.”

You mean it’s not hateful or racist to require an ID for voting, as is done for dozens of other everyday transactions?

Who would have thought that Jimmy Carter was a secret bigot, out to “suppress” minority turnout?

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.