Posted by: Phineas on December 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Because efforts to ensure electoral integrity are, per the UK’s Guardian newspaper, all a racist plot:
The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.
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.
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”.
In its report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, the NAACP explores the voter supression 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.
Note that highlighted sentence, by the way. That’s apparently not a quote from the NAACP’s report, but the words of “journalist” Ed Pilkington parroting the party line of the anti-voter ID Left as if it were established fact. Not that UK papers make any pretense of objectivity, anyway (in that regard, they’re more honest than US papers), but it would be nice if Pilkington and his colleagues would at least try not to be little more than hired flacks.
More at the link.
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Monday deployed a new security hologram that makes it easier to spot fake drivers’ licenses and identification cards. Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to use this enhanced security feature.
“A driver’s license or identification card has always been a trusted source for establishing a person’s true identity,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.
The new hologram suppresses the “rainbow” colors normally associated with holographic images. The result is a hologram that appears to switch between white and black as the image is moved. Also, because the new image is of a much higher resolution, it is clearly visible in bright, moderate and even low-light environments.
This state-of-the-art technology is added to an array of security features, including a holographic overlay of county names and keystone outlines already embedded in current license and ID cards.
For more information and to see an example of the new security feature, visit PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website at http://www.dmv. state.pa.us and click on Identity/Security.
Your editor had to get another copy of his Pennsylvania driver’s license recently, and when I sat down to get his photograph taken for the license,
I was required to answer several questions on a computer screen, concerning whether I was registered to vote. Had I not been registered, the Commonwealth would have been happy to get me registered to vote, on the spot. Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. § 1973), frequently referred to as the “Motor Voter Act,” the federal government requires all states to allow for registration when a qualifying voter applied for or renewed their driver’s license or applied for social services.
It seems to your editor that the solution is simple: every state already has voter registration set up at their drivers’ licensing facilities, and every state’s drivers’ licensing facilities include the equipment to produce photographic identification cards. While states could purchase such equipment for their voter registrars’ offices, those states which found that too expensive could simply handle voter registration at their drivers’ licensing facilities. The notion that anyone cannot obtain a photographic identification to prove identity when going to vote is not a serious objection, because every state already has all of the facilities and equipment necessary. Phineas pointed out that such state identifications are very inexpensive; I would suggest that, for just a voter’s registration identification, the cards could be issued free of charge. And if your editor can think of this simple solution, surely the intelligent and well-educated people working at the Democratic National Committee and the NAACP would realize that such was available as well.
If they wanted to, that is. Your editor can’t think of any particular reason why they wouldn’t wish to, but perhaps he’s somewhat less intelligent than he thinks.
As for the NAACP’s petition to the United Nations, Phineas expressed himself on that as well:
As for the United Nations Human Rights Commission… Don’t make me laugh. Moe Lane points out the UN’s lack of legal and moral authority. If that’s not enough, consider this: among the members of the UNHRC are those paragons of free elections, China, Cuba, Libya, Russia, and Saudi Arabia — the last of which did not even allow women to vote until this year.
Yeah, we need Cuba and Saudi Arabia telling us how to run our elections. In the United States, in just the past twenty years, the American voters have changed party control of the presidency or the Senate or the House of Representatives 8 times out of 25 opportunities; it doesn’t seem as though we have elections rigged by the government. Can China or Cuba or even Russia say that?