Tuesday, April 17, 2007

NM Voter IDs Killed

It's not bad enough that

• a federal judge struck down the voter ID law the voters of Albuquerque passed by a 73-27% margin as a partial solution to the vote fraud problem

• more than 201,700 voter ID cards (over 18% of the 1+ million total) sent out last year were returned by the post office as undeliverable, suggesting at least that number of voters had moved or died — or had never existed and had been fraudulently registered (and that's not counting the fraudulently registered children and pets)

• the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico, David Iglesias, failed to take any action on vote fraud cases even when he reportedly had an iron-clad case and a confession (a failure to act that was apparently at least partly responsible for his termination)

Now the New Mexico legislature has passed, and Governor Bill Richardson has signed, a new law that ends even the pretense of a voter ID in this state.

It seems to me what's going on is the attempt to deliver the new voter ID cards demonstrated huge problems with the voter registration system and with the current voter rolls. The state's politicians didn't want to acknowledge the system's problems, and responded by killing the activity that gave evidence of the problems.

It's not right but, apparently, that's the way it is.

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