The Washington Post has issued a report that confirms what state elections officials have been denying for years: You don’t need ID to vote in the state of Oregon and many other states. But you should.
H/T Andy from Beaverton
The study of the voter ID laws on the books show:
A recent report by the Government Accountability Office found mixed conclusions regarding the impact that voter I.D. has on turnout. It says that out of ten studies, five “found that I.D. requirements had no statistically significant effect on turnout; in contrast four studies found decreases in turnout and one found an increase in turnout.”
Of course, wingers on the left always say showing ID will stop people from voting (they’re the same ones who say stopping flights from Ebola land will make us more endangered in the US).
And why would it be prudent to check peoples’ ID? Let’s take a look at this story from Maryland:
An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.
The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same grouppreviously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.
But, of course, there’s never any voter fraud, right?
“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.
Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.
Del. Kathy Szeliga says it happened to her.
“I kept pushing the Republican guy’s name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep,” said Szeliga, (R) Baltimore & Harford Co.
But don’t worry. Even the President acknowledges things could be worse:
Well, he would know.