For all those Democrats protesting that requiring voters to prove their identity is intended to restrict poor and/or minority voters, they might want to look at what one of their own is saying.
The Manhattan Democratic representative on the city’s Board of Elections was caught on a secret video slamming Mayor Bill de Blasio’s municipal ID program as contributing to “all kinds of fraud” — including at the polls.
“He gave out ID cards, de Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything,” Commissioner Alan Schulkin said in the undercover video recorded by a muckraker for conservative nonprofit Project Veritas.
“But they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say, ‘I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card,’ ” he said in the bombshell tape.
“It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud . . . This is why I get more conservative as I get older.”
There's more at the link. Here's the video.
I daresay Mr. Schulkin has done his future political career no good at all by being so candid . . . but he's at least rendered a service to the voting public as a whole.
We know voter fraud is a problem. Incidents have popped up in several states over the past few months - Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota, and other states. Looks like we can add New York - the city at least, but since it contains so many voters, it affects the entire state's results - to the list as well.
We need electoral reform to mandate effective, secure voter identification before being allowed to vote. There's no other alternative to prevent this sort of thing. I suggest that everyone arguing against such a reform is automatically suggesting that they are, in fact, in favor of ballot-rigging and electoral fraud. What other explanation could there possibly be?