As more states begin to enact voter ID laws, voter fraud is soon going to be a thing of the past. New Hampshire is just the latest state to enact a voter ID law – this one concerning the presidential primary.As Fox News reports:
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary makes history every four years, and on Feb. 9 it will do so for an additional reason.
This year, for the first time, primary voters will have to show ID.
“I think there are definitely going to be lines, with any indication of our absentee balloting already — it’s huge,” said Kerri Parker, the town clerk of Meredith, N.H., and president of the New Hampshire Town and City Clerks Association.“People are concerned, they want to get out, they want their voice to be heard, which is great,” she said, but cautioned that “the only thing they need to remember is to bring their ID’s to the polls. … We have to see your ID because of voter fraud.”
Tens of thousands of new voters are expected to flood the polls, and they will need to show up with a valid photo ID, which can include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, and even some student ID’s from colleges and schools approved by the state.
The requirement was first implemented in the 2012 general election, and even though officials say there have been few cases of voter fraud, illegal voting has occurred.Democrats have an incentive to deny the existence of voter fraud, because they’re its primary beneficiaries. About 80% of votes by non-citizens (fraudulent votes) go to Democrats.
So the story they spin is that doing something as simple as requiring a photo ID to vote will disenfranchise voters. Nobody seems to have any concern that such ID laws also disenfranchise people from purchasing alcohol and tobacco, seeing R-rated movies, or cashing checks. You need a photo ID to apply for Obamacare – so liberals are awfully picky about what they think you should need a photo ID for.Anyway, those concerns never materialized as actual problems in New Hampshire.
Gardner told Fox News that no voter has been denied the right to vote because of voter ID, and he is confident election officials will be prepared.
“The number of people that have shown up at the polls without any identification is much smaller than almost anyone thought. During the debate on the issue, there were some who believed that 10 to 11 percent of the population would be affected by this, the other side thought it would only be 1 percent, and it has ended up less than one-half of 1 percent, so it has been a much smaller number.”
What’s the next excuse for why we can’t do anything to fight voter fraud?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]