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Monday, September 19, 2005

Democrats Denounce Carter Panel

Democrats are denouncing the panel that included former President Jimmy Carter for it's suggestion that a free picture ID card be issued and required to vote, along with other changes it has recommended.

The Panel came about because of the controversy from the 2000 and 2004 elections, and widespread claims from both parties of voter fraud.

Carter did say that he was originally against the idea of the ID cards, but with many states passing laws to require picture ID's to vote, he felt a federal standard was a much better way to go.

John Conyers (D-Mich) and John Lewis (D-Ga) both came out against it, calling it a 21st century poll tax, to be used to keep minorities, the elderly, and disenfranchise voters.

The truth is, fraudulent voting disenfranchises those of us who do it right. It dilutes the value of the correctly cast vote, and that is what we should be trying to eliminate.

Giving away ID's to vote isn't going to disenfranchise anyone, if there was a charge for the ID, it would be another matter.

Unfortunately, Democrats are against anything that resembles creating an easy, fair way to ensure correct votes count, and illegal votes don't.

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