Ensuring Voter Eligibility: Who Could Object?

Cal Thomas

Ensuring Voter Eligibility: Who Could Object?

The Justice Department has rejected a South Carolina law requiring people to show photo identification before casting ballots. Justice says the law makes it harder for minorities to vote. What they mean is it makes it harder for Democrats to cheat.

South Carolina has two black members of Congress, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, James Clyburn, who is in the House leadership. The state has had as many as 34 black state legislators.

And most importantly, if a poor minority person doesn't have a driver's license, South Carolina will issue them a voter registration card with a picture of the individual. And it's free! All the state is trying to do is make sure people who vote are entitled to vote. Who could object, unless Democrats are trying to get ineligible voters to cast ballots, as they have done in so many past elections?

Governor Nikki Haley and Congressman Joe Wilson say they will do all they can to reverse this decision. They should, and the courts should uphold the state's right to identify voters as legal and eligible.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: December 28, 2011