Kudos to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for their coverage of voter fraud in Georgia. State legislators are debating a reform bill that would require a photo ID to vote. Most critics of such a reform law say its unfair to require people to have an ID to vote and that such restrictions hurt the poor and minorities.
To their credit, the AJC examined the voter rolls and this is what they found:
Georgia relies on an honor system that assumes voters live at the addresses they submit when they register. These addresses determine voters’ precinct assignments and, consequently, the elections in which they may cast ballots.
The honor system failed in the Atlanta City Council’s 6th District, the Journal-Constitution found.
Five votes separated the two candidates in November’s election. But the newspaper identified seven voters who claim as their home addresses one of two UPS Stores on Monroe Drive, where each rents a mailbox. Another voter in the 6th District last November recorded his address as an apartment at 541 10th Street N.E. — the location of the tennis courts at Grady High School.
This certainly frames the debate in a different manner. I don’t see how you can argue that the current system — in which anyone can vote anywhere with virtually no safeguardds against fraud — is fair.