As the Republican primary season moves to South Carolina, one of the issues there is it’s voter ID law. Yes, South Carolina, along with a number of other Republican governed states have passed strict voter ID laws, to combat voter fraud. The federal government has objected to these laws, so right now they’re in limbo. One would think that these states would only do this if there was a huge problem with voter fraud. After thinking about it, I realize that voter fraud would explain a lot.
No, really! Look at the states that are passing these laws: South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kansas. Then take a look at their politicians. Right. Do you really believe that without massive voter fraud that these people would be in office? Can you imagine any electorate voting in Rick Scott, Haley Barbour, or God help us, Rick Perry? Those are just the governors, but it doesn’t stop there. Someone like a Jim DeMint, for crying out loud. “Small government” in a state that has a very large government presence?
While the popular explanations have been ignorance, prejudice, and fear, I don’t think these states would put themselves through the effort of increasing the tax burden needed to pay for these new requirements if voter fraud wasn’t a serious problem. Obviously, the only explanation is that there has been ongoing voter fraud on a massive and statewide basis for years.
So I salute these brave Republicans for passing these laws to combat this problem. The only thing I’m scratching my head about is that it seems counter-productive for them. After all, if it weren’t for that, why would they be in office?