To the outside eye, the Obama administration does not seem adequately concerned about the potential for voter fraud in today’s elections, where some states do not require photo identification to cast a ballot, an activity which is at the heart of our representative government.
The trend has been for more states to enact photo ID laws for voting, but the current administration is more than unfriendly to voter ID. Last December, Attorney General Eric Holder called for more aggressive federal review of states’ voter identification laws. The AG has claimed that voter identification discriminates against minorities, but he is out of step with mainstream American opinion to believe so.
Interestingly, a similar poll last December showed that 69 percent of likely voters agreed that identification requirements don’t discriminate, so the administration is apparently losing the argument with the American people.
73% Think Photo ID Requirement Before Voting Does Not Discriminate, Rasmussen Reports, April 16, 2012
Despite his insistence that voter fraud is not a serious problem, Attorney General Eric Holder was embarrassed last week when a video surfaced of someone illegally obtaining a ballot to vote under Holder’s name in his home precinct in Washington, D.C. Most voters consider voter fraud a problem in America today and continue to overwhelmingly support laws requiring people to show photo identification before being allowed to vote.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters rate voter fraud at least a somewhat serious problem in the United States today, and just 24% disagree. This includes 35% who consider it a Very Serious problem and seven percent (7%) who view it as Not At All Serious. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 12-13, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.