A major bipartisan commission that includes prominent Democrats and Republicans issues a report making recommendations to improve our elections. However, over time some Democrats and the far left not only disagree with the report, they label all those who attempt to implement many of its recommendations (even fellow Democrats) as in favor of voter suppression and either state or imply that they are “racist.”
No, I am not talking about the recent report issued by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration headed by Ben Ginsberg and Robert Bauer but an earlier effort headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, the Commission on Federal Election Reform or Carter-Baker Commission That bipartisan report adopted the following recommendation on voter ID:
The electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter or detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters. Photo IDs currently are needed to board a plane, enter federal buildings, and cash a check. Voting is equally important.
Over time the left labeled voter ID at best a cynical attempt by Republicans to keep Democrats from voting or at their worst as racist. Democrats continue to attack all efforts to pass any kind of voter ID law. This despite the fact voter ID requirements have broad support from all groups, including Democrats, and have been passed by Democrats in states such as Rhode Island.
Now the same thing may be happening again. With apologies to Mr. Bauer and Mr. Ginsberg, they are not as famous as Jimmy Carter or James Baker nor was their commission’s charter as broad. However, one of their conclusions regarding voter registration list maintenance has met with more resistance in the past from the radical left than voter ID did before Carter-Baker. Briefly that recommendation is:
States should join interstate programs that share data and synchronize voter lists so that states, on their own initiative, come as close as possible to creating an accurate database of all eligible voters.
The radical left and many in the Democrat Party have labeled efforts to update such lists as, you guessed it, racist. Infamously, the Obama Justice Department even refused to enforce laws regarding “list maintenance”.
Will the radical left apologize to people such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who has been a leader in efforts to clean up voter lists and even set up a volunteer state exchange database? Will the Obama Department of Justice start doing its job that a commission led by President Obama’s former White House Counsel recommends?
Just as with Carter-Baker on Voter ID, we are concerned that the far left and some of their Democrat allies would rather make false cries of racism than fix our elections. Until the Department of Justice starts enforcing the law in this regard, it will remain an Obomination.