The NAACP petitions the United Nations over our elections

From Phineas:

NAACP begs United Nations to block US voter ID laws

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.

As it happens, Pennsylvania has become the first state in the nation to add a new security feature to its drivers’ licenses:

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?

15 Comments

  1. The point is, Mr. Editor, that there is no significant record of duplicate voting in recent elections, therefore this is a solution in search of a problem.

    “A national 2007 study of election fraud done by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law concluded that double voting is rare.”

    Even worse, this is voter supression, since there are people who do not have a drivers license, and are unable to get to a place to get one. We should make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote, which is one reason we permit absentee balloting. The NAACP is correct to be concerned; I am glad to see them take action well in advance of November 2012.

    There is a serious voter suppression drive going on in this country, being spearheaded by Republicans. In addition to the photo ID requirement being put into place, we have a shortening of the days where a person can vote ahead of time. In fact, we should not even have voting on a Tuesday, since it restricts some who cannot make it to the polls for whatever reason. I favor having elections cover two or three days.

    This is just one more anti-Democratic policy being instituted by the oligarchical Republican party. ‘Tis a crying shame!!!

    Look here:

    “The bills they have passed have focused on women’s rights, union busting, cutting taxes for the high income earners as well as eliminating education funding and cutting Pell Grants, instating draconian immigration policies that harken back to the civil rights era and Jim Crow laws, and ending entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security that benefit the middle and lower classes.

    Yet believe it or not these are not the most controversial laws that have been implemented. In states that have Republican majorities in both houses and governorship, they have been passing a record number of laws that roll back voting rights that are geared to make it harder for minorities, college students, elderly, and poor to vote. They have passed voter ID legislation, cut back or completely ended early voting and same day registration as well as early registration drives on Sundays at local churches.

    Because of the 2008 election in which Obama was able to win many states that have traditionally gone to Republicans, their plan to take back the White House, maintain control of the House, and win control of the Senate, is to make it much more difficult for people who traditionally vote Democratic. Juxtaposed with the fact that Americans are fighting in other countries to promote democracy, the trajectory Republicans are sending our country down is one of plutocracy that will leave a large percentage of our population unable to participate in our elections.

    I have compiled a list of states that have either successfully passed voter suppression legislation, have legislation pending, or have been defeated. “

    Check here for the chart and for further reading.

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  2. Did you know that not one American has been killed by radiation poisoning from working at a nuclear power plant? Using the logic in the comment above, does that mean that Wagonwheel would say that, no Americans having been killed thus, there is no need for safety protocols to keep nuclear power plant workers from being exposed to radiation?

    Regular readers here know that WW would suggest no such thing, and would regard the whole idea as foolishness. Why, then, would he object to tightening security on voting, given that the editor has suggested methods which would meet all of his objections simply, efficiently and inexpensively?

    The vast majority of people who are eligible to vote already have the photo ID required, in the form of a driver’s license. The editor has suggested methods by which someone who legally qualified to vote but has no such identification could obtain one, free of charge. More, it actually increases efficiency: drivers are required, by law, to notify their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles within a specific period of time — usually thirty days — of a change of address. Since voters are required not to vote in a jurisdiction where they do not live, having the DMV assist with voter registration — something Democrats certainly supported when Motor Voter was passed — would enable voters to change their addresses with the registrar in one step, rather than a second one, having to go to a separate voter registrar’s office.

    There is a serious voter suppression drive going on in this country, being spearheaded by Republicans. In addition to the photo ID requirement being put into place, we have a shortening of the days where a person can vote ahead of time. In fact, we should not even have voting on a Tuesday, since it restricts some who cannot make it to the polls for whatever reason. I favor having elections cover two or three days.

    And to think Democrats complained when some wags tried to push the theme, because the polls are so busy, Republicans vote on Tuesday and Democrats vote on Wednesday. :)

    Some states do allow early voting, of course, and every state offers absentee ballots for those who do not believe that they will be able to vote on the regular election day. But I would not favor having the polls themselves open for more than one day: it would create a significant additional expense, would force the closing of schools (in those areas which use schools as polling places and have school closed on election day) for more than one day, and we already have systems in place to cover people who can’t make it on Tuesday.

  3. Why are the Dems so afraid of producing ID? You have to produce to get a Driver’s License, a Passport, a credit card, to open a bank account, to get a social security card, to get on a train, or plane, to buy a car, sometimes cash a check, to buy booze, to get in the military, but to do one of the most important things society can is to elect our leaders, it’s verbotin. Can anyone explain this to me. Because it’s just common sense to prove who you are. My mother never drove a car an inch in her life, but she went to the DMV who will issue a picture ID card.

  4. We all know why the Dems don’t want ID to vote. Heck, that could cut into their new up and coming constituancy: Illegal Alien Voters. That could be a game changer if one actually had to be an American to vote in an American election! They’re dysfuncyional and would stoop to any level to win an election.

  5. Editor says:
    December 6, 2011 at 18:51

    Yorkshire asked:

    Why are the Dems so afraid of producing ID (to vote)?
    I can think of no legitimate reason.

    The Left’s old, old, stale canard is it will suppress voters. So, it should then suppress issuance of driver’s license, the ability to cash a check, the ability of opening a checking or savings account, getting car insurance, board planes and trains, buy booze, join the military and many other things. There have been states that will issue a picture ID card for FREE. But given all that the fall back position is it will suppress voters. 100% unadultrated Bovive Feces.

  6. “We all know why the Dems don’t want ID to vote. Heck, that could cut into their new up and coming constituancy: Illegal Alien Voters. That could be a game changer if one actually had to be an American to vote in an American election! They’re dysfuncyional and would stoop to any level to win an election.”

    If this is true, Hoagie, then document it, otherwise stop your fishing!

    In 2002 to 2007, of 300,000,000 votes cast, there were only 83 cases of vote fraud that turned into a need to investigate.

    You Righties are trying to solve a problem which does not exist, therefore it is obvious to me that voter suppression is what you are all about.

  7. WW wrote:

    In 2002 to 2007, of 300,000,000 votes cast, there were only 83 cases of vote fraud that turned into a need to investigate.

    Which means that there were many others in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions which were routinely ignored, because they favored Democrats.

    You Righties are trying to solve a problem which does not exist, therefore it is obvious to me that voter suppression is what you are all about.

    While we know that that is what you believe, the fact is that very simple and inexpensive methods of enabling the people you believe would somehow be suppressed have been proposed, yet you remain unalterably opposed. Really, there’s no reason not to increase vote security, once those issues have been addressed, and I’ve already presented the ways to do so to you.

  8. “Which means that there were many others in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions which were routinely ignored, because they favored Democrats.”

    And the evidence for that is what, Mr. Editor?

    There is little doubt that these new voting requirements are a throwback to decades old suppression practices by Southern Conservatives. These new requirements impact rural voters, African-American voters, Hispanic voters, and young voters, all who are heavily voters for Democrats. Your tactics are too obvious for you to hide behind them.

  9. I read this, and the UN can stay put in their expensive offices and continue to siphon money from the world. I have no use for them especially when they put dictators on Human Rights Commissions. It’s the inmates running the asylum.

  10. Here is a summary of the various states’ requirements for casting votes:

    http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=16602

    You will note that NO state will accept a death certificate or a felony incarceration ID, or proof of citizenship in a country other than the US (Mexico, for instance) as a valid Voter ID and that is likely the reason the NAACP and other mostly-Democrat Party affiliated organizations consider Voter ID laws to be disenfranchising. It seems that they count on the votes of the dead, the incarcerated and illegal aliens.

    The vast majority of challenges of Voter ID laws in state courts have been thwarted by those courts–the reason, no doubt, that the NAACP has chosen to complain about the laws enacted by states in the USA to the UN’s Human Rights Council, which includes bastions of human rights protection like Uganda, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Russian Federation, Libya, Congo, Botswana and Bangladesh.

    It is more obvious than ever before that Voter ID laws are needed. What is it about requiring a voter to identify himself or herself that is so worrisome to the NAACP? No need to answer that rhetorical question. The answer is obvious.

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