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True Twit Part 5: Maddow Uncovers Republican Conspiracy to Only Let Voters Vote

Posted on March 15 2011 8:50 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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The True Twit's idea of good election officials

Rachel Maddow’s Conspiracy of the Night on Thursday revealed a sinister play by Republicans to suppress Democrat voters.  Horrors!  Was it to stand outside the polls with weapons like this guy and yell at people?  Maybe it was to employ German shepherds like this prominent Democrat did?

Nope, it’s worse.  In order for Republicans to allow you to vote you must:

  1. Prove who you are.
  2. Register in time so election officials can prove that’s really who you are.
  3. Not be a convicted felon.

Pass the smelling salts!  It’s practically a return to the days of the poll tax!  So why are Democrats so dead set on having people without identification vote?  Hmmmm?

Here’s Rachel laying out the conspiracy in True Twit form, with an air of know-it-all reasonableness…unless you have ever had anything to do with an actual election.  My reality checks are in bold parentheses.

MADDOW: You know who‘s a likely Democratic voter?  A poor voter.  A low-income voter.

You know what might make fewer low-income people vote?  If you don‘t allow people to register or to vote unless they show a kind of ID that poor people are less likely to have.   You know who else is a likely Democratic voter?  Minority voters.  You know what might make fewer of them vote?  If you force people to show a kind of ID that minorities are less likely to have.

(And just what kind of ID is that, Rache?  In every state that requires ID to vote, the state will issue one for free for that exact purpose.  However, it also requires ID to get welfare—and if it did not, that would be a whole other problem—so what ID do poor people and minorities not have access to?  Advocates of this argument are always vague about that.)

You know who else is a likely Democratic voter?  College students.  You see how this goes—say you that can‘t vote or you can‘t register unless you show ID that college students are less likely to have, and you can thereby reduce the number of college students who are voting.

(Seriously?  Have you ever met a college student who didn’t have picture ID?  No drivers license, student ID, something?  Just who are these anonymous students who float through the system in our universities?)

First-time voters are another constituency that‘s more likely to vote Democratic.  If you want to make sure that fewer of them vote, get rid of the ability to register and vote on the same day.  First-time voters love that.  So, stop doing that.

(First time voters “love that.”  Says who?  With motor voter, you actually have to tell Secretary of State workers that you do NOT want to register to vote.  Got any stats that show people showing up in droves hoping for same day voting?  I thought not.)

Here‘s another example:

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