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February 15th, 2012

Iowa Democrats Favor Photo ID Requirements to Vote

An overwhelming majority of Iowans believes voters should display a photo ID before they cast a ballot. A new poll released by the Legacy Foundation shows 76 percent of Iowans support the requirement. That includes almost 59.5 percent of Iowa Democrats.

These numbers really should not surprise anyone. They match national polls. Matt Schultz became Iowa’s Secretary of State by basing his 2010 campaign on requiring voter ID. The issue helped Schultz upset incumbent Michael Mauro.

“I have been fighting for Voter ID now for a year as Secretary of State,” Schultz said in a press release. “Everywhere I go I am asked by Iowans who would be against such a common sense bill? With 76% support among Iowans, including 59.5% support among Iowa Democrats, it is time for the Iowa Senate to bring my Voter ID bill out of committee and to the floor for an up or down vote.”

The Iowa Democratic Party opposes the bill and claims voter fraud “is not and never has been a problem in Iowa”. They made this statement less than a week after one of their own operatives was arrested for trying to steal Matt Schultz’ identity and using it to frame him for unethical behavior.

It’s the standard Democrat line. Despite significant evidence, they claim voter fraud does not exist. “There is almost none,” says DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. ACORN, a group closely linked to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, was accused of voter fraud in several states. ACORN shut down after the massive fraud effort was uncovered. However, the organization still exists in many places, under different names.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who was the senior legal advisor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, joined the chorus of naysayers against photo ID requirements. “In-person voting fraud is uncommon,” Holder claimed in December. He also says voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters. The U.S. Justice Department blocked South Carolina’s new voter ID law. Last week, South Carolina’s attorney general responded by filing a lawsuit against Holder.

Unions provide the backbone to many Democrat campaigns around the country. Ironically, many union elections require photo ID. Holder’s Justice Department, nor any Democrat official, objects to those rules.

Here’s more irony: Attorney General Holder admits that he prosecuted voter fraud cases earlier in this career. The lack of a valid photo ID requirement makes it easy to commit voter fraud. That’s why Democrats’ claims that it is not happening hold no weight. It’s impossible to prove how widespread the problem is because it is so easy to get away with.

A new study from Pew indicates 1.8 million deceased Americans are still registered to vote. A South Carolina official claims 953 ballots were cast in that state by dead people. A recent video produced by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe shows how easy it is to obtain a ballot in New Hampshire using a dead person’s name. The same Pew study shows almost 3 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state.

More than a dozen states enacted voter ID laws last year. 31 states have some sort of voter ID requirement. The Iowa House passed Schultz’ bill last year, but was able to get it through the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Secretary of State made improvements to the bill this year, but it also faces an unlikely future. Iowa Democratic legislators will almost certainly block the bill, even though their constituents, including their supporters, are for it.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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