Last fall, the non-partisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former president Jimmy Carter, recommended a proposal to ensure voting integrity in federal elections . . . :
“To insure that persons presenting themselves at the polling place are the ones on the registration list, the commission recommends that states require voters to use the REAL ID card, which was mandated in a law signed by the President in May 2005,” said the commission. “The card includes a person’s full legal name, date of birth, a signature (captured as a digital image), a photograph and the person’s Social Security number. This card should be modestly adapted for voting purposes to indicate on the front or back whether the individual is a U.S. citizen.” . . .
Good so far. Most of the Democrats on the Commission seem to understand that for elections to have integrity, voters should be required to show a government issued ID card containing proof of citizenship.
On September 20, 2006 legislation came up before the House to implement this recommendation.
"House International Relations Chairman Henry Hyde (R.-Ill.) sponsored the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 (H.R. 4844) to do exactly what the commission recommended. In 2008, it would require voters in federal elections to present a government-issued photo ID when they vote. In 2010, it would require them to present the REAL ID card, modified as suggested by the Carter-Baker commission to show whether or not the holder is a citizen."
To eliminate the "poll tax" argument, this bill requires states to issue the ID to poor people for FREE (states to be reimbursed by the federal government.) The bill also allows voters who forget their ID card to cast a provisional ballot which would be counted as long as the voter returns with the valid ID within 48 hours. Keeping in mind that senior citizens, sick and disabled voters, and travelers out of town on election day are already allowed to cast absentee ballots, this bill is very reasonable. Yet when it came up for vote, it passed largely along party lines with only 4 Democrats voting for it.
Four Democrats? After years of screaming and hollering about how elections in the U.S. are supposedly corrupt, only four Democrats are able to work up the courage to vote for this long overdue reform? What are they afraid of, that they won't be able to win any elections once illegal aliens and dead people are prohibited from voting?