Secretary of State’s Electoral Initiative: Too Much and Too Little – Part Two
Voter Identification – Yes
The Secretary of State’s electoral initiative includes a requirement for all voters to show a picture identification when voting.
On the one hand, it is good news, indeed, that this critical measure has been proposed by the Secretary of State. It stops cold not one but two significant election frauds: voting a ballot that is in someone else’s name and voting the ballot of someone who does not exist; e.g., fictional voter registration drive-and-dumps such as undertaken by ACORN.
At the same time, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision confirming Indiana’s voter i.d. law on April 28 of this year. My enthusiasm for this initiative is a little dampened, therefore, by its tardiness and the realization that the Secretary of State’s decision to put it forward in 2009 instead of 2008 enabled a presidential election to take place in Rhode Island without the requirement for voters to show identification.