27 October 2014

Voter fraud, compliance assistance, and making mountains from mole hills

Contrary Brin has a good post on the Republican push for tighter voter registration requirements. The key paragraphs have been copied below:

According to the conservative thinkers and agendas going back to Buckley and Goldwater, regulations that are onerously placed on business should be accompanied by assistance so those businesses can meet and comply with these new regulations. This is standard conservative dogma.
compliance-assistanceIndeed, Democrats agree! Almost always, whenever new and onerous regulations are applied to business, there are allocations of money to set up offices, call-lines, visiting experts and grace periods with the aim of helping corporations – and the rich – comply with the new regulations. It’s called compliance assistance.
You can see how this applies to the topic at-hand. The fundamental test here is this: In any of the red states that have passed new Voter ID laws, or other laws that restrict the ability of poor people young people, women and so on to exercise their franchise, were any significant funds appropriated or allocated for compliance assistance?
Brin answers this rhetorical question with "not one red cent." (Nice pun on the word "red.") I'd go further than Brin. Since voter fraud occurs in about one out of every 15 million votes, the push for tighter regulations is clearly a farce. Since it virtually never occurs, we should be more concerned about how to offset the cost of the ink used to sign the bills into law (let alone all the time and money it will require for people to get the appropriate ideas and to put the new regulations into law.) The fact that voter fraud garners news time shows how misinformed the U.S. public has become. And as always, it shows how hostile the Republican Party has become towards the poor, who are most affected by such requirements.

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