Thursday, July 13, 2006

Judges for Voter Fraud

Well, not exactly. More like ‘prohibits any reasonable attempt to reduce voting fraud’ would be a more accurate formulation. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy seems pretty determined to prevent the use of photo ids to verify voting registration.

“Murphy said the state's latest attempt at requiring voter photo IDs discriminated against people who don't have driver's licenses, passports or other government-issued IDs.

‘That is the failure of this legislation as it stands,’ he said.

In October, the judge rejected a more-stringent voter ID requirement, saying it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax because of the fees associated with getting the required ID. This year, the Legislature passed a law that made the IDs free and available in all counties.

Murphy commended lawmakers for addressing problems with the previous version but said more work is needed. The latest version still denies citizens equal
protection under the law, he said.

But, ‘The court never said there cannot be a proper voter ID law,’ he said."

The technical term for this last statement is “hogwash”. This is a judge who has decided that being able to verify that you’re who you claim to be when voting is unconstitutional. The next attempt will likely be thrown out because the color balance in the picture isn’t quite right, or that the judge’s robes “make him look fat".