Is the ACLU Supporting Double Voting?
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit,
which tries unsuccessfully to craft sympathetic tales about how certain individuals
claim to be unable to get voter ID cards in Wisconsin. Six of
the plaintiffs listed
(Anne Shea, Matthew Dearing, Max Kligman, Samantha Meszaros, Steve Kvasnicka
and Sarah Lahti) in the ACLU’s lawsuit don’t want to surrender their drivers’
license from another state.
Another state’s ID actually may be a license to commit vote fraud in a place you don’t reside. If you recall, in Crawford v. Marion County Board of Elections, the League of Women
brief claimed to find evidence of voter suppression. It didn’t.
In reality, the woman prevented from casting a ballot in Indiana had a
Florida’s drivers’ license and claimed residency in Florida (by filing for a
homestead exemption). What happened at
the polls was not voter suppression. What
happened is what voter ID is supposed to do: prevent people from voting in
states where they do not reside and from double voting.
First of all, you shouldn’t be able to vote in more than one
state. In fact, it’s a crime. Double
voting is illegal according to federal law.
Second of all, it’s not fair to those who are not wealthy
enough to afford multiple homes. Do you even want to be resident in a state
where you want to vote if you are keeping a license in another state? Remember wealthy former U.S. Senate Democrat
Majority Leader Tom Daschle? His wife claimed
a homestead exemption (legally claiming their residency in one jurisdiction)
for D.C. while Daschle had a South Dakota license. That was wrong for the Democrat to claim to
be a resident of more than one state (or a state and DC) at the same time. Homestead exemptions are programs of the
states and D.C. to benefit their own residents, not politically opportunist
Senators. And the people of South Dakota
agreed. It was one of the reasons that South Dakota voters refused to continue to allow Daschle to represent them in Washington, D.C.
They concluded that he was not one of them because you can’t call D.C. and South
Dakota both home.
You shouldn’t be able to play games with the law and vote in
a place where you don’t actually reside.
Remember the wealthy former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro?
She owned two homes and voted in
both places. The wealthy politician was
wrong to vote in more than one precinct when other people with less means only
have the income to afford to live in one place all the time and thereby vote in only
The six plaintiffs with an old license had the opportunity
to move between precincts and attempting to vote there. What about the voter who cannot afford to do
so and has lived in the same jurisdiction all his or her life and can only vote
in one place? Why should his vote mean
less because he cannot vote where he might want to vote for politically
These six plaintiffs don’t want to surrender their
licenses. It’s not that they can’t surrender it. You don’t have a right to hold a drivers’
license for a state where you don’t reside. In fact, states like Massachusetts
actually require that
you do surrender that old license. It’s
not a severe and undue burden on the constitutional right to vote if you have a
real option but, at best, you just don’t want to bother and at the worst, you are
committing vote fraud.
This is about equal justice under law, for the
rich and the poor. I thought the ACLU
was concerned about the injustice of inequality of wealth. Apparently not.