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Sunday, February 19, 2012

America’s active voter rolls include 1.8 million dead people.

A Pew Research Center report this week reveals that America’s active voter rolls include 1.8 million dead people.

Plus, 2.8 million people are registered in more than one state. And millions more registrations carry so many errors as to raise serious doubts whether mailings for scheduled elections reach the correct voter.

All told, Pew’s study demonstrates that various types of vote fraud — one person voting in different states, or voting as a deceased individual, or intercepting another voter’s election materials — are far too easy.

All this would seem to underscore the necessity of cleaning up the books.

Alas, Democrats — and the Obama White House — seem adamantly opposed to the most common-sense option.

That would be strengthened voter-ID laws.

In recent years, Republican state legislators have tried to address such concerns with a straightforward solution: To cast a ballot, voters would have to use a valid state-issued identification document, say a drivers license, proving they’re who they say they are.

After all, photo ID is required for most very basic transactions — opening a bank account, taking a commercial flight and so on. Why not something as important as ballot-box integrity? Read more

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