The Voter Photo ID Controversy & The UN To Monitor Our Elections

Frequently in the news these days one sees or hears of federal court cases involving States attempting to establish Voter Photo ID requirements - and being refused. Why? It seems so rational to require an ID to vote. And, many States already have Voter ID requirements. So, what's going on?

Here is a "map" of States currently with some form of Voter ID requirements:


South Carolina's strict new photo ID law has been granted pre-clearance by a federal district court, but will not be implemented until 2013.

Enforcement of Pennsylvania's voter ID law has been postponed until 2013 by a state judge.

Alabama will become a photo ID state in 2014 if its new law receives pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Mississippi and Texas have new strict photo ID laws which may take effect in future elections if they receive pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Wisconsin's new strict photo ID law was held unconstitutional on March 12, 2012. It could take effect before November 2012 if that ruling is reversed by a higher court.

As you will notice some of the ID requirements indicate "no photo". Such an ID may be a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. These are hardly what I would describe as "proof" that you are who you say you are. How hard is it to go through a trash receptacle and obtain a discarded utility bill? But, I digress.

Current Law Discussion:

Because of laws against any form of poll tax in the United States, voting rights must be extended freely and without monetary cost to every legally eligible voter. Several state governments pay for and distribute free voter IDs to help them comply. However, there are sometimes other costs associated with obtaining copies of the required documentation in order to obtain these voter IDs.

The 2002 federal Help America Vote Act requires any voter who registered by mail and who has not previously voted in a federal election to show current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. Voters who submitted any of these forms of identification during registration are exempt, as are voters entitled to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

It seems clear that since "poll tax" requirements were largely discriminatory against minorities, specifically blacks, that any resistance against Photo Voter ID requirements is aimed at this same issue. And, court cases have stated as such. But, is it that simple?

After all, photo IDs are required for many things in this country and no cries of discrimination are heard. The below picture shows some of the things that require photo ID:

Is restricting Photo Voter ID to remove discrimination that simple? No, I don't think so. I believe it has more to do with voter fraud. The very vocal, progressive side of the political spectrum are the very ones who are most resistant to Photo Voter ID requirements. And, as the additional article below presents, the progressives have NOW "invited" the United Nations to "monitor" OUR elections to make sure "voter fraud" does not occur. More on this later.

Why is that? Simple! Voter fraud increases the progressive side's likelihood of success at the polls. It was well reported after the last presidential election (i.e., 2008) that organizations aligned with progressives were engaged in fradulent voter registraction. ACORN was the most widely reported. However, others, such as La Raza, were also accused of voter fraud.

Subsequent to the visibility into ACORN's actions, law suits by many States were initiated and Congress eventually cut all funding for ACORN. So, what happened to ACORN? They disbanded as a central organization no longer to exist.

However, this disbandment wasn't simple either. Philip II, King of Macedon (382-336 BC), is credited with the term "Divide and Conquer". He meant that combating a large number of small entities was easier than combating a single, large one. However, ACORN had the opposite idea. It is harder to police many small organizations that to police a single, large one.

So, ACORN took disbandment straight to rebranding. They divided their organization into many, many smaller organizations. At the bottom of this offering is a video of an ACORN "employee" testifying on ACORN's activities and a chart that depicts ACORN as it exists today.

Before reading the below article, be sure to check out this link

The UN to Monitor USA Elections?!!!!!!

One, most often, finds the external oversight of elections happening when a dictatorship is being replaced with a democratic form of government. Such oversight is done to ensure (as best as can be done) that the supporters of the prior dictator do not use force, etc., to assure its own continuance.

So, is Obama afraid that democratic elections will "overthrow" his re-election? Just asking! As the below article points out, it is the conservative side of the political spectrum that desires voter IDs to avoid fraud. The progressives, it seems, are against voter ID in order to allow, as in the 2008 election, the "dead" and "Mickey Mouse" to vote as well as having the New Black Panther Party intimidate voters. So, just who is advocating fraud and who isn't?


Posted on October 20, 2012 at 10:23pm by Erica Ritz

U.N. Partner to Monitor U.S. Elections for Conservative Voter Suppression

The Hill is reporting that The Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democracy and human rights projects, will be deploying several dozen observers across the United States amid concerns of voter suppression. Alerted by left-leaning civil rights groups, they are apparently on the lookout for “systematic” efforts to prevent minorities from voting for President Obama.

The Hill continues:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”

The request for foreign monitoring of election sites drew a strong rebuke from Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, a conservative-leaning group seeking to crack down on election fraud.

“These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations,” she said in a statement to The Hill. “The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.”

The observers, from countries such as Germany, France, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, will observe voting at polling places and other political activity. [Emphasis added]

State law varies on the issue, but OSCE officials say they have secured the necessary invitations and will respect state law where they are not welcome.

The move comes amid a heated debate over voter ID laws, which Republicans say minimizes voter fraud, and Democrats say discriminates against minorities. In 2008, the New Black Panthers were accused of voter intimidation, but the Justice Department failed to take action.

Many on the right want voter ID laws precisely to ensure fair elections, and are offended by the implication that they would be the ones to manipulate the outcome. Moreover, the small government advocates aren’t exactly thrilled that a United Nations partner organization will be stepping in.

Though, really, what inspires more confidence in fair elections than representatives from Kazakhstan?

End Article

Here is a video of a person testifying on Acorn's illegal voter registration efforts:

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8 ACORN Global Enterprises, L3C
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13 Action United
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20 Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA)
21 Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania
22 Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
23 Alliance for Justice (AFJ)
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26 Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
27 Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Institute
28 American Home Day Care Workers Association, Inc.
29 Applied Research Center
30 Arizona Center for Empowerment
31 Arkansas Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
32 Arkansas Community Institute
33 Arkansas Community Organizations (ACO)
34 ASI Community Center
35 Association for Rights of Citizens, Inc.
36 Association for Union Democracy
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38 Baltimore Organizing and Support Center, Inc.
39 Baton Rouge Association of School Employees
40 Broad Street Corporation
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42 Center for Labor Education and Research, Inc.
43 Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)
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45 Chief Organizer Fund, Inc.
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58 Connecticut Working Families Party
59 Dallas Monthly Meeting of Friends, Inc.
60 Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, Inc.
61 Delawareans for Social and Economic Justice (DSEJ)
62 Elysian Fields Corporation
63 Elysian Fields Partnership
64 Fifteenth Street Corporation
65 Flagstaff Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
66 Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE)
67 Florida Watch Action, Inc.
68 Floridians for All PAC
69 Forefront Organizing
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74 Hammurabi Fund, Inc.
75 Health Care for America Now
76 Home Defenders League
77 Housing Here and Now
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79 Impact Restoration Community Development
80 Institute for Neighborhood Action
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89 Living United for Change in Arizona
90 Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
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114 Middle South Home Day Care Workers Association, Inc.
115 Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MNOC)
116 Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition
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120 National Housing Resource Center
121 New England United for Justice (NEU4J)
122 New Jersey Working Families Alliance
123 New Majority Education Fund
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125 New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA)
126 New York City Parent Organizing Consortium
127 New York Communities for Change (NYCC)
128 New York Communities Organizing Consultants, Inc.
129 New York Communities Organizing Fund (NYCOF)
130 New York Organizing and Support Center
131 North Carolina Social Justice Project
132 Nwannedinamba of Columbus, Ohio
133 OLE Parents Association
134 Organization United for Reform Washington (OUR Washington)
135 Organize Now
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137 Organizing in the Land of Enchantment (OLE)
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139 Our D.C.
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142 Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ)
143 People’s Equipment Resource Corporation
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167 The Black Institute
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169 United Labor Foundation of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
170 Voter Alliance to Improve Democracy
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172 Working Families Association, Inc.
173 Working Families Party
174 World Owerri People’s Congress Inc., Columbus/Franklin County Ohio Chapter

Proof of who you actually are is not discriminatory, it's just common sense. Most States have programs in place to allow the obtaining of photo IDs without cost. The progressive argument against this is that some people can't travel to obtain the free photo ID. If that's the case, then they probably can't travel to vote!

The liberal/progressive courts help foster voter fraud by restricting Voter Photo IDs. This needs to cease. Personally, I would advocate an amendment to our Constitution that, for federal elections, would require a Photo ID. For absentee ballots, which do not now require a photo ID anywhere, I would advocate that a copy of the person's photo ID accompany all absentee ballots requests.

Only citizens of our great nation, who can prove they are citizens, should be allowed to decide who is to lead our country and how our country will be led.