The intention of Republicans to make strict photo ID laws in order to vote is generally based on unproven facts of the popular wedge issue, voter fraud. It’s great for them to spread and continue the myth to engage their political base and raise funds.
Besides not having any real tangible facts to prove voter fraud, the other intention of Republicans is also to make it harder for the poor (mostly low-income and minority citizens), college students, the elderly, those with disabilities and others to vote. Since disenfranchising these voting sectors generally vote for Democrats, it’s clearly the holy mission of Republicans to attempt to not allow these people to vote.
The real truth about voter fraud in elections is that statistical analysis shows that .00000N% of all votes cast are considered fraudulent in all cases that have been investigated over the last several election cycles. Ask a Republican to prove actual examples of voter fraud and they will quickly want to change the subject, mostly because there are no facts to back up their lies.
Actually, Republicans (who can’t come up with real evidence on the ACORN so-called scandal) could point out that their Fox News blonde skankwonk Ann Coulter committed voter fraud in 2006:
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections records show Coulter voted last week in Palm Beach’s council election. Problem is, she cast her ballot in a precinct 4 miles north of the precinct where she owns a home — and that could be a big no-no.
Coulter, who owns a $1.8 million crib on Seabreeze Avenue, should have voted in Precinct 1198. It covers most homes on her street. Instead, records show, she voted in Precinct 1196, at the northern tip of the island.
What’s even more hypocritical is that the same Republicans who are whining about voter fraud and feeding that myth are also whining about how much programs cost to their states. Besides the fact that there is little or no voter fraud in elections, there is the additional costs that states will have to pay to make strict photo ID voting laws happen.
Here is an analysis with PDF links to the states that are trying to implement photo ID voting laws or have done so already. In many cases, it will cost millions of dollars to implement, all done based on the myth of voter fraud:
Colorado – The costs to revise, print, and distribute election materials will be absorbed within appropriations provided by the annual budget process. The bill will increase the workload of county clerks.
Iowa – There will be a revenue loss of $173,000 in fiscal year 2012 and $345,000 each year thereafter to reflect the cost of providing identification cards at no charge for the current level of customers.
Kansas – $68,500 total over fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2012.
Maine – An annual general fund cost of $256,000 to manufacture additional identification cards. There would also be a reduction in highway fund revenue of $69,000 per year to eliminate the fees currently collected on identification cards.
Maryland – Costs of voter outreach over the course of fiscal year 2012 and 2013 may total at least $500,000. Issuing free ID cards could decrease revenues by approximately $825,000 in fiscal year 2012. Annualized revenue decreases would total approximately $1.6 million. Expenditures may increase for local boards of elections as well.
Minnesota - Fiscal year 2012 – $422,000; Fiscal year 2013 – $ 2,848,000; fiscal year 2014 – $37,000; fiscal year 2015 – $1,498,000.
Missouri – Fiscal year 2013 – $6,679,780; Fiscal year 2014 – $3,179,402;
Nebraska – The Secretary of State estimates no fiscal impact. The Department of Motor Vehicles estimates revenue loss due to the issuance of such identification cards at no cost for indigent individuals. Any revenue loss should be negligible.
New Hampshire – This bill repeals the fee collected for issuance of non-driver picture identification cards. It is estimated this repeal may reduce fee collections by $240,830 per year.
New Mexico – Although the Department of Taxation and Revenue did not respond with information, there will be costs to the agency as it expected to provide free photo ID cards. There are also additional costs for voter education and precinct board training.
South Carolina – $720,000 total. Recurring costs of approximately $260,000, including $100,000 for photo ID supplies and $160,000 for additional absentee ballots. Non-recurring costs are estimated at $460,000. This includes $85,000 for voter education and training as well as $375,000 for 50 camera stations at $7,500 each. The estimated impact on local government is none.
Tennessee – Requires a voter to present one form of name and photo ID when voting in person and authorizes any voter unable to obtain proper ID due to indigence or religious objection to execute an affidavit of identity prior to voting. The estimated fiscal impact is described as not significant because the secretary of state will not need more resources to implement photo ID.
Texas – The total fiscal impact of the bill is estimated to be $2 million for fiscal year 2012 out of the general revenue fund. This estimate includes $500,000 to research and develop ways to inform the public of the new identification requirements. Additional costs are estimated to be $1.5 million for media advertisements.
Wisconsin – The net loss of annual revenue will be $2,736,832 for providing free IDs. Additionally there will be a one-time cost over a two-year period estimated at $2,082,259 to implement photo ID.
As mentioned in the analysis, Wisconsin will get hit with costs in order for Republicans to make it difficult for voters who generally vote for Democrats. It’s an investment that they must find worth it since they have proven over the years to use thuggish voter caging tactics and they figure no one is watching them or will want to do anything about it.