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Friday, June 28, 2013

Voter ID – Good for Thee But Not for Me.

By Tom Rhodes, 6/28/2013

The Obama Administration once again displays a distinct double standard. They want reliable elections free of voter fraud in other countries, but not in the USA. Concerning the Texas Voter ID Law, in August 2012 the official position of the White House as expressed by press secretary, Jay Carney, was, "And on the voter ID case, I can tell you that, as you know, this administration believes it should be easier for eligible citizens to vote -- to register and vote. We should not be imposing unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation."

This week the White House put out a Fact sheet titled "U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa." This official White House Position published as President Obama and his family tour of Africa, promotes the $53 million Kenyan program that helps young people "obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration."
Civil society and independent media play a critical role in any vibrant democracy. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the United States supports efforts to ensure civil society organizations and independent media can organize, advocate, and raise awareness with governments and the private sector to improve political processes, transparency, and government performance. Examples include:

In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program empowers nearly one million Kenyan youth to use their voices for advocacy in national and local policy-making, while also creating economic opportunities. In advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, Yes Youth Can’s “My ID My Life” campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration, and carried out a successful nationwide campaign with Kenyan civic organizations to elicit peace pledges from all presidential aspirants.

This begs the question: Why does the White House promote and laud the Voter ID requirement in Kenya, while denouncing it as “unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation” in Texas?

It also makes you wonder why the DOJ and FBI are investigating Project Veritas for exposing voter fraud in New Hampshire?

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