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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Racist Voter Fraud Measures

All of us have heard liberals complain that requirement for voters to produce photo ID cards are repressive, oppressive, marginalizing, racist, anti-poor-people. Now we learn that a specific electoral system makes use of photo ID cards, electronic fingerprints and computers that can pinpoint each voter's home on a map. Moreover, on voting day every polling station receives a book of digital photos to help identify voters! Surely the sinister aim of such a reactionary voting system can be none other than to exclude persons of color and poor people. Tell that to the Mexican government. It's their system. After voting results are announced Wednesday, elections offices nationwide will check the tally sheets and issue final totals. Those results will be sent to Mexico's Electoral Court, which certifies the winner. No chads, hanging or otherwise. This is how a country with stringent immigration rules seeks to ensure that only qualified people vote. So here's a thought. Suppose we here in El Norte were to adopt Mexico's immigration and voting rules, while we still have a culture and an electoral process worth protecting? And: is it "racist" for Mexico to demand that a white Mexican citizen of Swedish descent must produce a photo ID on election day, as a condition for participating in that nation's electoral process? Why is the UN human rights committee silent on this troubling issue?