Voter ID requirement laws have been deemed “Jim Crow 2.0″ by some who argue that asking voters to produce identification is racist, as it would disenfranchise African-American and other minority voters, who may not have a photo ID. Oftentimes, opponents argue that voter fraud is miniscule, even non-existent and would not justify the undue burden to minorities.
Generally, supporters of voter ID believe that it is insulting to minority voters to suggest that they are not capable of getting a photo ID. They argue that the hard-fought right to vote should not be compromised by the potential for voter fraud.
The Case of Minnesota
A Voter ID amendment is scheduled to be on the Minnesota ballot this fall. The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments Tuesday from the ACLU and others, who will be arguing for the removal of the question, as they believe the wording is “vague and misleading,” as reported by MPR News.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is “an outspoken opponent of the upcoming voter ID referendum,” despite the fact that one of the workers in his office, 53-year-old Oluremi George, a naturalized citizen from Nigeria, used a fake name to obtain a fake driver’s license, a passport, $18,000 in low-income housing aid (and misrepresenting her salary to qualify) from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and under her fake identity, appears to have voted in the past.
24,000 Fake Minnesota Drivers Licenses
As a matter of fact, barely reported is that a local news team recently uncovered a disturbing pattern of as many as 24,000 Minnesota drivers licenses turning out to potentially being fraudulent, flagged by facial recognition software.
According to the article, “About 10,000 of the licenses have been canceled. Vehicle services is still working on canceling about 13,000 more, and more criminal prosecutions are expected.”
Only “a few” of the cases of fake licenses have been prosecuted so far. Bizarrely, the fake IDs will not checked against the voter rolls or to determine if welfare fraud was associated with the fake licenses until July 2013.
Does this mean those licenses can be used in the upcoming elections? Does this mean that there may be another year of fraud associated with these fake licenses?
One would think that this discovery would be treated with tremendous urgency, as the potential for continued fraud and criminal activity is great.
In the case of voter ID requirements in Minnesota, voters will decide at the polls. Should voter ID requirements be imposed in general? Which arguments are the most compelling?
Watch the local news report here: