Election Expert John Fund: Voter ID Laws Don’t Suppress Black Vote

Ashley Martella and Margaret Menge, Newsmax, December 18, 2011

Political analyst John Fund tells Newsmax that Attorney General Eric Holder is flat wrong in accusing Republicans of using voter ID laws to suppress the black vote.

“We have two examples of states that have had photo ID laws now for seven or eight years–Georgia and Indiana,” the election expert told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview. “They’re very tough requirements, but voting has gone up in those states, including minority voting. And not just the election that Barack Obama ran in, but even in the 2010 midterm election.”

More than a dozen states, including Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, passed laws this year aimed mostly at reducing voter fraud by requiring that voters show a driver’s license or another state-issued photo ID.

Holder said in a speech in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday that ballot access “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative.” He announced that the Justice Department is scrutinizing the new state voter ID laws and looking at filing lawsuits under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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“Let’s be clear,” said Fund, now a senior editor at The American Spectator. “Whenever an American applies for a job, whenever anyone applies for a job in America, they have to prove their citizenship, they have to produce papers. As for photo ID, photo ID has become an ingrained part of our life. If you board a plane, you show photo ID. If you cash a check, you show photo ID. If you rent a video, you show photo ID. If you board a train, you often have to show photo ID. Check into a hotel room, you often have to show photo ID.”

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“The Motor Voter law was the first law Bill Clinton passed and signed into law in 1993, and it basically mandated that every state had to allow people to register using a postcard and you didn’t even have to show up anywhere,” Fund said. “You just had to send in the postcard, you didn’t have to prove you were a real, live human being and they basically didn’t check any of the information on it. So you can put in an empty lot, you could put that you were a homeless person.”

In many states, 10 to 15 percent of the names on the voter rolls are not eligible to cast ballots because they have moved or died, Fund said, adding that some are felons who are ineligible to vote.

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Combating voter fraud shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Fund said, noting that Rhode Island’s Democratic-controlled Legislature also had to pass an ID law.

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  • Anonymous

    But armed black racist thugs (The New Black Panther Party) do use force to drive whites away from the polling place and, THANKS TO HOLDER OF JUSTICE (OR IS HE?), WITH IMPUNITY!

  • Robert Binion

    Attorney General Holder’s assumption that most of those without proper identification will be black is, of course, racist. That Martella and Menge would quote only Mr. Fund, a MAN, is overt sexism. Use of the diminutive “ID” is blatant, cultural bias. For an official at DOJ to speak of a “moral imperative” is to violate the separation of church and state. Citation of Inidiana and Georgia as models is passe sectionalism. To assert that the dead can not cast an informed ballot is to discriminate on the basis of IQ, I mean, Intelligence Quo . . .

  • Crystal L Evans

    I do not understand what the big deal is with the voter id laws. I have heard the arguments that photo id requirement makes it hard for the elderly and minority voters to cast their ballots. The truth of the matter is that anyone with the required identity documents such as a birth certificate, naturalization papers, or a passport can get a photo id. Even my 90 year old mother has a valid California ID card.

  • ATBOTL

    John Fund is an evil open borders traitor.

  • Question Diversity

    “We have two examples of states that have had photo ID laws now for seven or eight years—Georgia and Indiana,”

    Mind you, Obama won Indiana in 2008.

    Whoever doesn’t have a photo ID in this day and age can’t be functional. Either that, or s/he doesn’t want one, because he or she is living on the lam, or trying to avoid process servers, debt collectors, police, warrants, or what not. Or they’re trying to live “off the grid” (in the negative sense) as much as possible because their career choice is illegal.

  • sbuffalonative

    In this age of universal deceit, does the truth matter? No. What matters to minorities is that they ‘feel’ and ‘believe’ ‘racism’ is the sole source of their problems and unhappy lives.

  • john

    Fund is wrong. Voter ID requirements do indeed suppress the black vote by curbing black voter fraud, which is a major component of the Democrat total in all big city precincts and many heavily black rural areas as well.

    Without black voter fraud the Democrats could hardly win a national election in this country.

    The late Sam Francis habitually called the Republicans the “stupid party.”

    He was absolutely right. He might have added that they were the gutless party as well.

  • Anonymous

    Hi. Once more I am ‘the confused Canadian who finds America utterly baffling’ in its bizarre rules and laws. Here in Canada you can NOT vote unless you provide proper identification, which would include a photo of yourself. This could be a passport, drivers license (which automatically has a photo of oneself), age of majority card and the new Ontario photo card (an I.D. card for people who do not drive but need to show I.D. for a thousand and one other reasons). I have used all but the last one to show when wanting to vote. Americans can actually vote without showing people I.D. to authenticate who they are? This is crazy! And it is even crazier to say that opposing such insanity is “racist”.

  • Eric

    Dem’s would never win an election without massive, orchestrated voter fraud. That’s the only reason for their opposition for these sensible and necessary laws.

  • Bob Turner

    It may be true that blacks have gotten caught by a program intended for immigrants, but that wouldn’t justify Holder’s accusations. All that does not mean that voter ID laws are wrong. Whose fault is it that blacks may not have proper personal records? They just need to catch up and get with the program, not relying solely on birth rates and domination of voter districts to gain political advantage. Most of all, they need to quit with the race card thing.

  • White E

    Not allowing felons to own firearms is just a racist plot to disarm minorities so they cannot defend against tyranny in government. Obviously these racist whites throw minorities in prison on made up charges just to disarm them. I suggest we give them all weapons and plenty of ammunition immediately to right this wrong that has been done. I am feeling pretty guilty, guys.

  • Sandy

    Dems are against voter ID because it would curb voter fraud, which is a necessity for Dems to win elections. Also they want open borders because third worlders almost always vote Democrat. They would destroy the country just to get votes. What does that tell you? These people are treacherous.