Conservatives are hallucinating the justification for Voter ID — but you know that already
Republicans in the N.C. House are pushing forward with their proposed voter ID law. Thank goodness. The filthy tide of voter fraud has befouled the whole of our blessed state's elections system, and so insidiously that no one can seem to find any actual voter fraud. What's more, the liberal perpetrators of these hideous schemes rigged the vote last year to let Republicans grab the governor's office and supermajorities in both legislative houses, presumably to foment a false sense of security that'll come in handy come coup time. They're that devious.
Fear not, though — the eagle-eyed Defenders of Freedom™ at the John W. Pope Civitas Institute are on the case! A staffer there spent months — years, apparently — sending records requests to the State Board of Elections to ferret out this blockbuster. It's all here: a state agency's collusion with the forces of Marxism, shady operatives from out of state, drugs, sex, unauthorized use of siliconized caulk — well, OK, not those last three. But collusion and Marxism and operatives, most definitely.
Read it carefully. In all seriousness, someone please tell me where the violation of state law is. The law requires electronic voter registration to be conducted by a state agency. Last year, it was conducted by a state agency … through a vendor.
Wow. Allow me to enlist Al Pacino's character in Heat for the proper response. (The same staffer, in a separate blog post, actually wrote this: "And to all you voter fraud deniers, just because we can’t see the fraud doesn’t mean it’s not there — but you know that already …" Even paranoids have enemies.)
Still, though, it's questionable, right, at least a gray area of legality that maybe the law hasn't caught up to? And there's no denying the ties that the vendor, Allpoint Voter Services of California, had to the Obama campaign, right? Doesn't that at least raise some serious questions about whether it rigged the vote to help re-elect the president?
Well, you might be onto something there.
Conservative groups have raised questions about whether the technology is legal and suggested that members of the state board's staff authorized use of the technology in order to help President Barack Obama's presidential campaign, which used the technology as part of its aggressive effort to register new voters. Allpoint has ties to a Democratic consulting firm.
But during 2012, stories in the technology press noted that college Republican organizations may have used Allpoint's registration system as well. Also, Federal Election Commission records show the RNC paid Allpoint $30,000 in January.
"Yes, we did use those technologies for the 2012 elections," said Kirsten Kukowski, an RNC spokeswoman … The idea that Allpoint favored one party over another appears to be blunted by the fact that both the Republican Party and Obama's campaign paid the company for its work.
Why, yes, it would, wouldn't it? Republicans have well-documented problems getting black people to vote for them, even with such luminaries as Herman Cain and Allen West in the batting order, so you can't blame them for outreach — even if it requires twisting historical fact into a knot so dense you need a blowtorch to untie it.
So here's some unsolicited advice, guys: If you want more black people to vote for you, quit making it harder for black people to vote.