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August 18, 2013

Column: Arguments against voter ID are getting old

Once again, Democrats are claiming that Republicans are trying to prevent non-Republicans from voting.

In North Carolina, where a new law requires photo identification to vote, Democrats and their enablers from organizations like the NAACP and the ACLU contend this is both unconstitutional and prima facie evidence that the GOP wants to disenfranchise registered voters – especially minorities, the poor, the elderly and young people.

This is getting old – very, very old.

If they are really serious, then Democrats, including their dear leader, President Obama, should be protesting and threatening court challenges on a host of other things that require photo IDs.

If they don’t, that is prima facie evidence that they don’t want minorities, elders, the young and poor to be able to fly. They don’t want them to be able to drive, to cash a check, to have a drink after work, to buy a pack of cigarettes, to get the prescription medications they need, to rent an apartment or buy a house, even to pick up a package from FedEx.

But, of course, those groups do all those things easily, because coming up with a photo ID is not even a minor barrier when it involves something they want.

That is not a complete list either. There are dozens of activities – some of the most basic of daily American life – that require a photo ID, which should show how ridiculous and contrived all this white noise is.

Yes, yes, voting is a right, not a privilege. But it is a right limited to citizens who have registered to vote, and it is a right that should receive both zealous protection and strict oversight to eliminate fraud. It is stunning that those who are forever in favor of more government regulation are just fine with little to no government oversight of voting.

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