The concept of one man one vote is essential to the freedoms of the American Republic. Allowing people to vote more than once, or allowing people to vote who by law don't have that right, partially disenfranchises those Americans who are legally voting. The weight of the legal votes is watered-down by the inclusion of illegal votes. I would argue that protecting the concept of one man one vote should be a top priority of our government.
Progressive politicians and organizations of the progressive persuasion argue that making people prove their eligibility to vote, will suppress voter turnout, especially in the minority community. But the only minority who will be disenfranchised will be people who have no legal right to vote.
Like most progressive organizations, the NAACP will do just about anything to ban states from requiring ID to vote (or register), so their latest tactic is to get the UN to call the requirement for voter identification, (hold on you may be surprised by this) racist!
The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.
Wait a second. The UN Commission on Human Rights?? No worries for the state legislatures, they will blame it on Israel like they always do.
The NAACP contends that the America in the throes of a consciously conceived and orchestrated move to strip black and other ethnic minority groups of the right to vote. William Barber, a member of the association's national board, said it was the "most vicious, co-ordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century".
Forgetting for a moment that the United Nations has no jurisdiction over State Governments, and the only reason for the NAACP to go to the UN is to embarrass the US in the eyes of the world, I must admit that the NAACP is correct in a way. Americans who believe in the Constitution and feel the right to vote is sacred, are trying to narrow participation to those who are legally qualified.
In its report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, the NAACP explores the voter suppression measures taking place particularly in southern and western states.
Fourteen states have passed a total of 25 measures that will unfairly restrict the right to vote, among black and Hispanic voters in particular.
The new measures are focused – not coincidentally, the association insists – in states with the fastest growing black populations (Florida, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina) and Latino populations (South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee). The NAACP sees this as a cynical backlash to a surge in ethnic minority voting evident in 2008.
If it is a backlash it one that respects the Constitution and a justified reaction to the voter fraud of 2008. Remember how ACORN registered non eligible voters
(including cartoon characters) in more than 14 states?
Or the people who got caught registering and voting more than once. There were even voting districts where more than 100% of the population voted.
That is the reason behind the new state laws, not restriction of voting.
In this age of technology, it is incredible that the leading democracy (yes I know we are a Republic) in the word can be subjected to reducing the influence of legitimate voters by allowing voter fraud to to exist unchallenged.
What is wrong with presenting photo ID at the polling stations to make sure that the person voting is legally eligible? Arguing racism is fraudulent. The real rationale behind fighting voter ID laws is the progressives want to water down the voting power of the people with whom they disagree. There is no other reason. As the US is a center-right country the only way these people can win is by playing dirty and that's just what the NAACP is doing. Sadly as they throw around the word racism where it doesn't belong, real race issues that exist in this country are ignored.
My friend Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has more