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Gov: Tighter Voter Registration Laws 'Un-American'

The governor's message at the Darien League of Women Voters luncheon on Tuesday was "in line with the general mission of the League of Women Voters," according to Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

 

With the election between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney so close in various parts of the U.S., Gov. Dannel Malloy said during a Darien League of Women Voters luncheon at Country Club of Darien Tuesday afternoon that new, tighter voter registration laws in some of those states may "tear [America's] political fabric asunder."

Malloy is referring to states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, which, since 2008, have implemented laws restricting the forms of identification that residents could present as proof that they're eligible to vote. While supporters of the laws said they were passed mainly to prevent voter fraud, Gov. Malloy and other Democrats believe the laws were passed to prevent certain groups, such as minorities, from voting in the upcoming election.

"What's happened in America is that on too many issues... we make really stupid short-term decisions for political purposes that have long-term implications that are very, very destructive," Malloy said.

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The governor pointed out that the laws could be detrimental to urban communities where most residents use public transportation on a daily basis, thus making it unnecessary to obtain driver's licenses. He also questioned how college students in Texas aren't permitted to use state-issued IDs to register on their campuses, but residents are allowed to use their gun permits to register.

"Most of the 19 states and the two states that did it by executive order ...are safe one way or the other," Malloy said. "But there are a handful of states that will decide which [presidential] candidate wins—where this could very well have dramatic implications. Now, when you look at the 19 states plus the two states, you come to the conclusion that this is not about voter fraud, this is about voter denial."

Malloy stated that there is “almost no evidence of systemic voter fraud based on the identification of someone voting” and “less than four-tenths of one percent of voter fraud has been documented in any state over a long period of time.” He also provided statistics showing that between the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, the number of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American voters as well as voters between the age of 18 and 24 increased and he praised groups, such as the League of Women Voters, for encouraging higher voter turnout.

"We actually did in that election—for numerous reasons and some of those political reasons—what this league in town after town and county after county and state after state has been advocating for the entirety of the existence of the League of Women Voters and that is that more people would find a way to participate," Malloy said.

Malloy also praised Connecticut for focusing on expanding voter registration laws and doing so on a bipartisan basis.

"We are flying exactly in the opposite direction of what any other state has done over the last year and we are going to do everything in our power in the coming years to make sure it's easier to vote," he said "[Our efforts] were made a little slower perhaps by some, and some of the changes will not go into effect because we didn't get a super majority, but we did get majorities with participation from Democrats and Republicans to do what we all have the fundamental right to do: and that's to vote."

Malloy posed a challenge to the League of Women Voters to crunch the numbers once the election results are in and compare how the new laws have affected voter turnout.

"I don't want to see my democracy, my country torn apart," he said. "This has got to be important to somebody. And that job is your job. Do the hard, good work of proving that this idea is un-American."

Julie September 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Does Malloy intend to eliminate the currently required practice of showing a picture ID to vote in CT (which by the way is not a new practice)? If he does, then he should work to eliminate all the rest of the areas which require a picture ID, i.e. boarding an airplane, paying with or cashing a check, entering many office buildings. It's a pain in the neck to keep hauling out that ID. After watching how the Democrats voted for their platform addition, I can see how he's come to the conclusion that the correct and fair system of voting doesn't really matter. It's just how many ways his party can drum up bodies to vote for themselves. Remember all the corpses and the residents of non-existing addresses who voted in Illinois for Kennedy? I wonder if govt issued photo IDs would have made a difference?
Jean D. September 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Malloy, captain of the worst run state of the UNION as ranked by FORBES magazine. Julie, I couldn't agree more.
Alex Tytler September 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Listen, its very hard to stuff the ballot box when they keep asking for ID. It is not a current requirement to show ID at the polls to vote in CT, you can sign an affidavit. This is how some towns/cities have more voters than they have residents. Voter fraud is as un-American as it gets. We need tougher voter ID laws and better policing of the voter rolls for fellons and illegal aliens, who have no right to vote.
Gramps Pupany September 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
GOP corruption starts with Romney & Ryan and lies they've told us about their who they will serve and who they won't. Lies of "omission", such as hidden budget cuts, are equal to lies of "commission", such as telling the rich one thing and the rest of America another. They're up to his necks in The Lying Game. What they say is all part of the larger GOP strategy. Believe me, Ryan "takes direction" in order to "stay on" the Republican message. He must "sing the GOP song" to be a GOP candidate. All across the nation, millionaires are backing these liars. They want full control in order to create the final divide between rich and poor. "Us and them". Their misjudgment? A lot of that 47% they despise is part of working America; students working their way through college, single moms restarting their lives with their first job since high school and truly poor mothers, working while the kids are at school, just to buy fuel oil for this winter and food for the day. These are proud Americans. Romney has just stolen their pride, their will power and more...their dignity. Men like Romney, Ryan and Republican candidates for Congress have no place in the seats of government (at any level) making decisions for "all Americans". They only have experience with the "jet set" and their "country club" members. That's okay, if you're running for Prom Queen, but the responsibilities here are far reaching and their vision does not include all Americans, as we've just found out.
Ed Thomas September 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Malloy is certainly arrogant, if nothing else. A close analysis of the voter statistics in Bridgeport in the last Gubernatorial election indicates that there was a significant amount of voter fraud in Bridgeport. I'm sure our dear Governor knows that because the fraud went in his favor and resulted in his election. Claiming there was “almost no evidence of systemic voter fraud" is certainly disingenuous. All voters should be required to produce a photo ID to vote. I attended a seminar in voter fraud about a year ago. It's very scary and amazing how easy it is to vote fradulently.
Frances September 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I even had to show photo ID to have my mamagram. It is the newest Liberal ploy to enable voter fraud. It is un-American NOT to show photo ID. WE need to protect the integrity of the votes and Photo ID has become customary. The only gripe about Photo ID is for the Elections. The greatest priviledge and we are diminishing its importance. This is a lame argument. Photo ID so we don't have dogs and cats voting for Malloy.
Annie September 20, 2012 at 03:40 AM
No ID = No vote. I don't see why this is a problem. If you open up a bank account, board an airplane or cash a check you need to show ID. It is a ploy by the liberals to gain a vote for their party by playing the race card. It is weak.

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