Well, Democrats are opposed to voter ID laws for the same reason Republicans are in favor of them. They know (or at least suspect) that voter fraud is happening. The difference is that voter fraud benefits Democrats.
For example, Minnesota Democrats (and all persons with brains) know that some incredibly fishy stuff took place in Minnesota during the Coleman-Franken election and recount in 2008. ACORN and its affiliated groups have been involved in all kinds of crazy voter fraud. The Chicago Democratic machine has a longstanding reputation for political sleaziness, and you can’t tell me that folks like Blagojevich and all the other Illinois ex-governor-now-convicts were above receiving votes from Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.
I’ve seen for myself how relatively simple it would have been for me to engage in voter fraud — there were elections where I could have voted twice, once as myself and again as my brother, who had recently moved out of California. There were elections where my fiancée could have voted as herself and then on behalf of two of her recently-moved-out-of-state sisters.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there turned out to be a ton of voter fraud here in California. The state has a large number of non-citizens (both legal and illegal immigrants) who are not allowed to vote. Illegal aliens, for instance, have to engage in all kinds of deception to live and work here: lying about their immigration statuses, getting phony Social Security numbers, whatever it takes to get work. Why would they be above voting illegally, particularly when they are the target of all kinds of engagement and outreach from liberal groups?
The fact that liberals are so wildly opposed to voter ID laws makes me ever more certain that voter fraud is a genuine problem our country must address. Liberals do protest too much, methinks.
John Gerardi is a student at Notre Dame Law School. He writes on topics relating to religion and society. He blogs at Christifidelis Laicus.