A new reminder of an old political irony

Those who support the Second Amendment, such as myself, think it’s short-sighted and unjust thinking to penalize millions of Americans for the actions of the relative handful. Granted, it’s a big handful, but small by comparison.

Unlike myself, it seems most vocal 2A supporters DO support penalizing millions of law abiding citizens for the actions, and non-violent ones at that, of a truly paltry few.

The left, meanwhile, takes the flip-side approach, using the logic that we need to protect the rights of the many so long as it’s voting, but not the rights of the many when it comes to the Second Amendment.

If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, mine is, admittedly, the size of a pea. Seriously, right wing friends and readers, stop with the voting rights infringements already. 31! Try as you might to justify it, the impact is rife with disparity issues that just smack of Nixon’s Southern Strategy. You get upset when people play the race card, but you keep up with policies that cause the card to get played.

From the Washington Post:

A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast

Instead, requirements to show ID at the polls are designed for pretty much one thing: people showing up at the polls pretending to be somebody else in order to each cast one incremental fake ballot. This is a slow, clunky way to steal an election. Which is why it rarely happens.

I’ve been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the Court. And since then, I’ve been following reports wherever they crop up.

To be clear, I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix.

So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country. If you want to check my work, you can read a comprehensive list of the incidents below.

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