By Marta Mossburg
The Hendricks County Flyer
Mon Mar 11, 2013, 04:23 PM EDT
The elections are only a few months behind us, but Democrats are already busy working to ensure citizens and non-citizens, the dead, felons, and those registered in two or more states can cast a ballot in the next political contests.
These "new Americans" - the term used by Democratic rising star and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for illegal immigrants, used-to-be Americans, those who gave up their voting rights after committing a crime and extra-engaged citizens - have one thing in common: They like Democrats.
That's why the left is busy pushing voter "access" from the top down.
President Barack Obama said in his inauguration speech that, "Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote." And in his State of the Union speech, Obama proposed a commission to study electoral reform to make voting faster and easier.
But that is really not the mission. The average wait time around the country is 14 minutes, hardly an overwhelming burden.
The real issue is finding ways to ensure Democratic hegemony for decades to come. That's why the party and liberal activists want federal and state reforms allowing same-day registration and voting, and expanded early voting. It's also why they go postal over laws requiring voter identification and refuse to acknowledge fraud and election security issues.
Instead, they say the real problem is a vast conservative conspiracy to prevent minorities and the poor from voting.
As Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said on the floor of the House, "State legislatures are attempting to impose voting restrictions that are the modern day equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests. We cannot allow state legislatures to drag our nation backward in what is nothing more than a political quest to protect their governing majority's interests."
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