LETTER: Voter ID laws are long overdue

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

To the Editor:

Congratulations to North Carolina for passing voter integrity laws! Democrats at the federal and state levels of government had been passing legislation that opens the door for voter fraud such as DMV voter registration and same-day registration laws.

In 1993, President Clinton and a Democrat Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (known as the Motor Voter law). This required all states to offer voter registration to anyone applying for a driver’s license. After 9/11, the Justice Department found that eight of the 19 hijackers were registered to vote as a result of the motor voter law.

Same day registration laws are ripe for fraud. As was recently reported, Joe Biden’s niece was one of the many campaign volunteers from out of state who temporarily went to New Hampshire to work on behalf of the Obama campaign. She and other campaign workers took advantage of the same-day registration law to register and vote in a swing state. After the election, they quickly moved out of state.

Another recent example of Voter ID fraud happened in Virginia when Congressman Jim Moran’s son was caught on camera advising an undercover reporter how to commit in-person voter fraud by forging utility bills. Until North Carolina’s recent Voter ID legislation, utility bills were satisfactory ID for voter registration.

Ohio is another swing state. As was reported recently in the Columbus Dispatch, 20 percent of Ohio’s voters should not be on the voter rolls at all. Romney lost Ohio by only 166,214 votes — 3 percent margin. Ohio’s Secretary of State sought help in a letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder to pare Ohio’s dirty voter list without removing eligible voters. [There was] no response from Holder; he is too busy going after states that have enacted voter ID laws.

If you think just one fraudulent election doesn’t affect you, consider Al Franken’s election to the U.S. Senate. Franken narrowly defeated Norm Coleman by only 312 votes. As was discovered after Franken was declared the victor, there were a number of convicted felons voting in Minnesota’s two largest counties which exceeded Franken’s margin of victory. Shortly after Franken took his oath of office, he cast the 60th vote needed for the passage of ObamaCare.

I would recommend a book published by John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky titled, “Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk.”

Linda Shook

Former Lee County Commissioner