I have a dirty little secret: I am legal to vote in two different states. Neither state requires photo identification. I can vote in either or both this year. How cool is that? What a great country! This came about because I moved from one state to another a few years ago, but the voter registration records in my previous location were apparently never updated to reflect my move. The government makes mistakes? There’s something I never would have guessed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 7 million people move from state to state each year. If other state agencies are as efficient as the one where I used to live, that means up to 7 million people could be registered to vote in more than one state every year. Mix in some illegal aliens who want to be citizens, the illiterate and the clueless, some political corruption – and there goes the liberal theory that current voter registration laws are fine just as they are.
One of the leading opponents to photo ID voter laws is the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, which touts itself as a “non-partisan public policy and law institute.” Brennan uses rhetoric like “overly burdensome photo ID or redundant proof of citizenship requirements” when discussing voter registration, and their reports are picked up and cited as gospel by almost every liberal media outlet. The Center also works to “remove barriers to voting,” which apparently includes barriers due to past criminal convictions, and it actively promotes electronic voting so people like me can actually vote in both states without the hassle of having to commit fraud in person.