Via HotAir, a look from Bryan Preston at Texas voter ID laws in action:
For weeks leading up to the 2013 off-year elections, prominent Texas Democrats directly blamed the state’s new voter ID law for problems in registration…
Democrats who oppose voter ID have consistently claimed that it suppresses votes. If they are correct, then Texas should have seen turnout drop off in 2013 compared with the closest comparable election…
According to the Texas secretary of state’s office, 10 amendments were up for vote in 2011, the last constitutional amendment election before the voter ID law passed…Overall, an average of about 672,874 Texans voted on these 10 constitutional amendments.
…nine amendments went up for vote in 2013…The average number of votes cast in 2013 was 1,099,670.
So, in terms of raw votes, turnout in 2013 increased by about 63% over turnout in 2011 in comparable elections.
…Democrats allege that voter ID will suppress the vote in predominantly Hispanic regions. Hidalgo County sits on the Texas-Mexico border and is 90% Hispanic. In 2011, an average of just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election. In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted.
Of course that doesn’t settle the argument; both from the standpoint that it takes a good deal more facts to prove anything conclusively, and from the standpoint that the Left won’t care about the facts. But, as Preston concludes:
If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon
Generally, you must show ID to buy an assault weapon. And submit to a background check, perhaps a waiting period, etc.
So, if we, as a great democracy, keep it (say) only one-third as hard to vote as to buy an assault weapon, then we will at least have universal voter ID checks. Right?
Bonus: A Harvard study is said to have concluded that gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate.
Researchers looked at crime data from several European countries and found that countries with HIGHER gun ownership often had LOWER murder rates.
Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high…
…several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates.
I don’t have time here to read the study, so I don’t vouch for the above summary. If you read the study and find it said something different, please inform us in the comments.
UPDATE: Here is the study.
Ooops! Got that wrong. My bad.
The son of a prominent Virginia congressman agreed to help an undercover reporter forge documents in what he thought was an illegal voting effort aimed at re-electing the president, a just-published video reveals.
After raising legal and practical concerns, Patrick Moran, son of Virginia Democrat James Moran, encouraged the reporter to create phony utility bills that would allow others to cast multiple votes in the November 6 election.
Supporters of stronger voter ID laws seized on the video as evidence of widespread corruption among liberal get-out-the-vote organizations.
“What he’s doing is soliciting fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent ballots, and that’s a federal crime,” said Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. “Even attempting to do that is federal crime — you don’t have to go through with it. Attempting it is a crime.”
This tweet from Ben Domenech pretty much puts the cherry on top. And you may watch the glorious video as well.
UPDATE (from Dan whom Congressman Jim Moran once called “jerky”): O’Keefe Video Spurs Son to Resign from Moran’s Campaign