Voting Rights

13 Jun

Star Parker, the well-known black conservative activist, wrote a piece about voting rights in America.  I received it as an e-mail from her organization, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE).

 Excerpts from that commentary, entitled Voting Rights Are Not Free:  [Bolding is mine]

 . . . .

 Recently, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) appeared on Chris Matthews’ Hardball show and, in discussion about voter ID laws, he said that voting should be as easy as “getting a glass of fresh water.”

. . . .

 How can he possibly conclude that voting — the privilege to make one’s voice heard as part of the ongoing deliberations central to our enterprise of advancing human freedom — should be as easy “as getting a glass of fresh water?”

A free society will soon not be free if the citizens in it see their freedom as something that should arrive effortlessly, free of personal responsibility, like the appearance of the morning sun. Black leaders do damage to our nation, and to our black citizens, to label as racist the call for requirements for a modicum of personal responsibility in order to vote.

A study published earlier this year by the Pew Center on the States characterized America’s voter registration system as “Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient.”

. . . .

Every American should celebrate efforts requiring responsibility for clear proof of identity when registering to vote. And every American should appreciate the importance of efforts by states, like that taking place now in Florida, to update and ensure the honesty and integrity of voter files.

 [End of excerpt]

 I believe Star makes a lot of sense.  Our voting rights are among the most “sacred” of our constitutional rights, and anything we can do to ensure the integrity of the voting process should be done. 

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