Friday, September 10, 2004

Vote Theft in 2004

It has already begun. In primary elections across the nation eligible voters have been turned away from the polls. It is about to happen here in New York state as well. Because of the absurdly named Help America Vote Act, all those newly registered by mail will have to show identification at the polls. In a March Black Commentator column I expressed fears that certain provisions of the Help America Vote Act would in fact prevent Americans from voting.

Identification requirements always lower voter turn out. Poor people are less likely to have valid ID. Poll workers may be incompetent or malicious and prevent voters from submitting even paper ballots. It is all a recipe for disaster. I have the feeling that voting problems on Election Day in 2004 will be just like 2000, only worse.