Democracy NC: The Big Lie About Voter ID

Media outlets reported Thursday that three Wake County residents were charged with voter fraud in connection with the 2008 presidential elections. The County Board of Elections noted that all three voted early and again on Election Day.

The NC Republican Party used the opportunity to say this type of fraud is exactly why the state needs a photo voter ID law.

But Democracy NC says the core truth is that House Bill 351, the photo ID bill, would have done absolutely nothing to prevent the crime of attempting to vote twice. Here’s more from the good government group:

“The alleged cheaters could show an ID when they voted at the Early Voting site, and show it again a few days later when they voted at their polling site on Election Day. They voted in their own names and did not attempt to impersonate somebody else; impersonation is the only fraud H-351 really addresses.

Another truth: The current safeguards worked – none of the three successfully voted twice. Their ballots at the Early Voting sites were retrieved and not counted; the system worked, without an ID requirement! This case involves three black Democrats in the NC election Obama narrowly won; the outpouring of hostility is unfortunately predictable. More prosecutions of double voting are in the works.

Voter fraud should be prosecuted – the integrity of the election system must be protected. That’s why House Bill 862 is actually a stronger, better bill than H-351. It requires voters to show an ID or attest under penalty of perjury that they are who they say they are AND it provides funds for the State Board of Elections to hire an investigator “to investigate, document, and prepare for prosecution possible evidence of voter fraud, including cases involving voter impersonation.”

H-351 is not a serious hammer against fraud; it’s a political sham and those who point to this case as evidence of its value are misled or misleaders.”

6 Comments

  1. Rev. Carl Johnson

    August 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The systems works fine, now. IF it needs fine tuning, let’s work together to do so. If changes are necessary, they’ll need just a scalpel, not a chain saw as the Republicans want to use.

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  3. JeffS

    August 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    The thing is… everyone knows it’s a sham. The “truth” behind the agenda is even more appealing to the average Republican voter than the lie is. Exposing the lie only strengthens their support.

    And since Democrats are incapable of accomplishing anything politically… it would seem to be a moot point.

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  5. Alex

    August 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    If you aren’t hiding anything, then it should be no problem to present ID’s.

  6. Jack

    August 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Alex, quoting Archie Bunker ain’t funny no more. If it ever was.