The Republican-led voter-ID movement has widely been seen as an attempt to discourage minorities and poor people, who are less likely to have government identification, from going to the polls.
Perhaps the biggest evidence of this is, first, that the pursuers of this policy are almost always folks on the political right, which would benefit, and, second, that there's scant evidence that voter fraud is growing or even a serious problem.
Some folks aren't about to stop trying to make carding at the velvet rope of Democracy the law, however. There's really no downside, besides making them look like scared old white men. We're not sure if L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is one of them. But yesterday he trumpeted a move to probe “irregularities in the voter rolls” in L.A.
Surprisingly, the majority left L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted along with Antonovich to, according to his office, …
… review the alleged duplicate voter registrations and other irregularities in the voter rolls and report back to the Board in 30 days on the findings.
Maybe the other supes just want to prove Antonovich wrong.
He was inspired by a recent NBC Los Angeles report that found at least 442 people, and possibly tens of thousands more, were registered to vote twice.
The station said that could allow people “to vote twice.” It found one woman who received two absentee ballots in the mail. And NBC L.A. said “many names and addresses show up twice on the voter rolls.”
It's not clear if that means two votes would ultimately be counted, though. The station interviewed registrar/recorder Dean Logan, who said he had updated tens of thousands of registration records and was working on cleaning up the rolls.
Even with the understanding that the process of updating or correcting voter records is complex, it is still incumbent upon the County to ensure the accuracy of voter registration, while preserving the right of every eligible voter to exercise his or her right to vote.
We too will be keeping tabs on this story.