Which begs the question: what else did former Alabama Congressman Artur Davis* (D) get wrong?
I've changed my mind on voter ID laws -- I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one -- and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.
Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights -- that's suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don't; I've heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I've been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.
Bolding mine. I'd like the former Congressman to expound a little on that part, if he pleases; only this time, with names, addresses, and last known location. Actually, I'd like him to expound a little on that part even if he doesn't please. Because what Mr. Davis is describing are felonies.
I shouldn't be quite so hard on Mr. Davis: one of the most infuriating things about voter ID reform is that this admission has to be scored as being 'frank' and 'revealing.' Democratic politicians would normally gargle with syrup of ipecac rather than admit that: voter fraud exists; it's a predominantly urban problem; and it's changed the results of elections. It's much easier to simply scream 'RACISM!' at the top of one's lungs and hope that works - and, truth be told, it did work for a long time. Up to the point where the conservative movement realized that they were being called racist for sneezing wrong, which kind of robbed the accusation of most of its power.
But I still want to hear about those close elections that were successful targets of voter fraud. I'm sure that the statute of limitations haven't run out on all of them...
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: I should probably note that Mr. Davis - despite being ahead in the polls - rather surprisingly lost (by a large amount) his attempt to win the Alabama gubernatorial Democratic primary in 2010; precisely how he lost that primary is open to some dispute. Davis rather deliberately distanced himself from the President on a variety of issues, which caused him to actually lose the African-American vote; and as for white Alabama Democrats... well. I'm sure that there are many fine, upstanding, color-blind people who happen to be white Alabama Democrats.
PPS: I don't know how to score this one: I got an email to the link a couple of days ago, but I forgot about it until Instapundit put it up. I guess that's a H/T.
*Who happens to be African-American.