A free society will soon not be free if the citizens in it see their freedom as something that should arrive effortlessly, free of personal responsibility, like the appearance of the morning sun. Black leaders do damage to our nation, and to our black citizens, to call requirements for a modicum of personal responsibility in order to vote racism.
A study published earlier this year by the Pew Center on the States characterized America’s voter registration system as “Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient.”
Among its conclusions are that “approximately 24 million voter registrations in the U.S. are no longer valid or significantly inaccurate; more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters; approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.”
In 2008, the Supreme Court considered Indiana’s voter ID law, which the NY Times then reported was “considered the strictest in the country,” and found it constitutional.
Every American should celebrate efforts requiring responsibility for clear proof of identity when registering to vote. And every American should appreciate the importance of efforts by states, like that taking place now in Florida, to update and ensure the honesty and integrity of voter files.
Freedom is not free. To the extent that Americans of any background do not appreciate this, we will long for the days when we were free.