The Indiana General Assembly and Governor Mitch Daniels made the right decision when they signed into law Senate Bill 483. The law requires each voter to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot on Election Day. The passage of such legislation has renewed my faith in our state government. Finally, Indiana is taking the lead on what is fast becoming a national crisis – voter fraud.
While most investigations and convictions concerning voter fraud deal with absentee ballots, simply because it is easier to track down the actual ballots with a perpetrator, only a fool would believe no fraudulent votes are cast at the actual polling stations. If people are willing to send in illegal ballots by mail, why wouldn’t they also be ready to walk into a polling place and claim to be someone else?
Let’s say my next door neighbor has decided he doesn’t like any of the candidates in an upcoming election and he makes it clear to me that he is not going to vote on election day. Exactly what barriers could prevent me from voting under my neighbor’s name at 7 AM, and then returning to the polling place at 3 PM to cast a vote under my name? The answer: Only my own integrity. But if we could trust everyone’s integrity, would there be any need for us to even state our name when we enter the polling place? Why not just trust people to walk in, cast one ballot, and then go on their merry way? Because that would be stupid! And it is just as stupid for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union to attack Senate Bill 483 as a politically motivated attack against minorities.
A Rasmussen poll revealed that 82 percent of Americans support showing an ID at the voting booth. I would have expected the poll to be even more supportive of such a measure. But maybe the other eighteen percent have a good reason for not wanting to produce a photo ID before casting a ballot – it might reveal their weight, age, or quite possibly, their constitutional right to cast only ONE vote. How appalling!
The ICLU and the Indiana Democratic Party have once again proven they are out of touch with mainstream Hoosiers. Perhaps a few more lost elections can send them a much clearer message than they are currently receiving. And with Senate Bill 483 signed into law, we can bank on the integrity of statement we’ll be sending.
Dan Blankenship, author of the suspense novel THE RUNNING GIRL, lives in Lowell, Indiana