Monday, April 28, 2008

Justice Stevens provides some clear hope for clean elections.

The US Supreme Court issued a decision of potentially monumental proportions today.

Democrats have for years sought to so dilute reasonable electoral law notwithstanding their inability to articulate any even plausible justification for such dilution.

The Court’s decision in
Crawford et al v. Marion County Election Board et al, settles the ability of a state to require presentation of a photo ID to prove that they are, in fact, the voter they purport themselves to be. If Republicans have enough poll watchers in Indiana the Democrats will be unable to vote nearly as many of the homeless or lifeless in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Gary as they undoubtedly have done in the past.

This major constitutional victory should embolden our Iowa Republicans to include clean elections in this fall’s campaign here in Iowa. Requiring IDs (and we should provide free IDs if we don’t do already for non-drivers) is just a start, but a clear and simple start. This is an issue that will require public education but persuasion is the only way we will be able to recruit new Republican voters. Independents and sluggish Republicans haven't been persuaded to get out and vote by our current menu. Prevention of election fraud is the truest of intersections of good politics and good policy.

It’s an easy debate to win. If IDs are free, why on Earth would any lawful voter be unable to obtain one? Of course, there is no serious burden placed on the population by such a requirement and usually reliably liberal Justice Stevens acknowledged the same as a matter of constitutional law with the following language:

"The State has identified several state interests that arguably justify the burdens that SEA 483 imposes on voters and potential voters. While petitioners argue that the statute was actually motivated by partisan concerns and dispute both the significance of the State’s interests and the magnitude of any real threat to those interests, they do not question the legitimacy of the interests the State has identified. Each is unquestionably relevant to the State’s interest in protecting the integrity and reliabil­ity of the electoral process."



vlad the impaler said...

Stevens is one of the most liberal justices on SCOTUS. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Anonymous said...

TERRE HAUTE G.O.P. IN ELECTION SCANDAL; Republican Candidate for Congress at Last Election and Four Others Are Arrested. ALLEGED DEAL WITH MAYOR Said to Have Paid Roberts $1,000 to Insure Their Election -- All Were Defeated at Polls.

Yeah - looks like Indiana has had all kinds of problems with clean elections.

Art A Layman said...


One would think, unless you are relying on the ignorance of your party brethren, in suggesting the Republican Party is squeeky clean when it comes to voting fraud, that you are also in negotiations to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

vlad the impaler said...

Libs win by enfranchising graveyards and insane asylums.

Art A Layman said...


That might be but it's because those folks exhibit a better understanding of the issues.

Vote Ron Paul 08 said...

Clean elections and Republicans HA!

Who are you trying to fool?

Gavin Aronsen said...

The homeless have just as much legal right to vote as anyone else...

KenRichards said...

They should they be allowed to vote in every place the van takes them while pocketing cigarrettes and booze.

Any wonder Urban areas vote Democrat? If not for fraud how would the Democrats win elections since the internet exposes their lies with video? Democrats need technology to disappear or they will become extinct.