The Jim Bohannon Show

November 9, 2012

On The Jim Bohannon Show… 

The right to vote is one of our most cherished, even if too many Americans don't exercise that right nearly enough. Too many elections for important positions, such as county council members or school board officials, have turnouts that are far too small. Turnout for major races is better, and this year's Presidential election is sure to bring out significant numbers of voters (and it already has, in terms of early voters). But with higher turnout comes another problem: are the people coming to the polls truly eligible to vote? Our country has a history - a bi-partisan history - of people trying to fraudulently affect elections. While it's unclear exactly how many people are trying to 'game' the system, 33 states have passed some form of voter identification law, the most strict of them demanding government-issued I.D. cards with photographs and expiration dates, such as a driver's license or many states' Non-Driver's I.D. cards. Critics of the effort point out that many students, the elderly, and poor urban residents do not have proper identification. Also, many of the new voter I.D. laws were passed so close to the coming election that states haven't had the necessary time to process the I.D. requests. This has led many courts to postpone enforcement of these laws until the problems can be resolved. Just how big of a risk is voter fraud this coming Tuesday? We'll ask a return guest: John Fund, columnist for the National Review and co-author (with Hans von Spakovsky) of the book "Who's Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk" (in paperback from Encounter Books)...