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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY20, 2012 Integrity of Voting Hinges on Photo IDs In a Wall Street Journal ar- ticle titled "Holder's Voter ID Fraud (Review & Out- look), I quote in part: The Obama Administration's re- election mobilization con- tinues. Witness Eric Holder's attempt to play the race card and perhaps twist the law in a campaign against voter identification laws. Holder is telling the movement in the United States to require voters to show some ID is a revival of minority disenfranchise- ment a la Jim Crow. If you have not heard about a national crisis, per- haps it's because you don't travel in Mr. Holder's pol- itical circles. He is merely repeating the howls of groups like the NAACP and the George S0ros-funded Brennan Center, which claim without evidence that voter ID laws hurt minorities. The NAACP even petitioned the United Nations this month for a human-rights ruling on what its President Ben- jamin Jealous called a "tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote." He meant in America, not Cuba or North Korea. The American Civil Liberties Union, (their motto/communism now, communism forever) has sued to challenge that voter ID laws hurt minorities. I ask, isn't it about time we the People declare war against the ACLU, an orga- nization determined to overthrow the United States Government? Based on his botched "Fast and Furious" policy, one should ask, why hasn't President Obama inter- ceded to remove Mr. Holder from office? In my opinion, the more it becomes obvi- ous the president is in trouble for the election, the more likely he will turn to Holder to pilfer the election as only a Chicago thug like Holder could accomplish the feat. In a masterful article pub- lished by the New York Times in 2008, titled Supreme by Edward P. Shallow Court Upholds Voter Identi- fication Law in Indiana ... The Supreme Court upheld Indiana's voter-identifica- tion law, declaring that a requirement to produce photo identification is not unconstitutional and that the state has a "valid inter- est" in improving election procedures as well as deter- ring fraud. In a 6-to-3 ruling in one of the most awaited elec- tion-law cases in years, the court rejected arguments that Indiana's law imposes unjustified burdens on people who are old, poor or members of minority groups and less likely to have driver's licenses or other acceptable forms of identification. Because Indiana's law is considered the strictest in the country, similar laws in the other 20 or so states that have photo-identification rules would appear to have a good chance of surviving scrutiny. Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced the judgment of the court and wrote an opinion in which Chief John Roberts and Anthony M. Kennedy joined, alluded to -- and brushed aside -- complaints that the law benefits Repub- licans and works against Democrats, whose ranks are more likely to include poor people or those in mi- nority groups. Justice Stevens and the two court members who joined him found that the Democrats and civil rights groups who attacked the law, seeking a declaration that it was unconstitutional on its face, had failed to meet the heavy burden re- quired for such a "facial challenge" to prevail. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, Jr., concurred in the judgment of the court, but went further in rejecting the plaintiffs' challenge. In an opinion by Justice Scalia, the three justices said, "The law CROSSWORD III IIM, lill.l, lewe/r? $1,800 781-286-CASH Per Ounce! 24K We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver We Buy Gold and Silver Coins  X 345 Broadway, Revere Serving the Community for 33 Years Hours 10-5:30pm every day. 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However, Brian Cubism, who was speaker of the Indiana House when the law was enacted and is now the House's Republican leader, dismissed the Democrats' complaints. "This is only a burden for those who want to vote more than once," Mr.Bosma said in a telephone inter- view from Indianapolis." It protects everyone." To establish that voter fraud does exist I re- searched the subject exten- sively and in so doing found that the House of the Com- monwealth of Pennsylvania Committee on State Gov- ernment Hearing on HB 934 (Metcalfe) and HB 647, P.C. dated March 21, 2011 was a thorough, analytic report on the subject at hand. The report put forth the fact that we have evidence that voter fraud has existed for decades across the na- tion. The tools to combat problems of fraud within our election system have been developed, tested, and suc- cessfully established by states like Indiana and Georgia who spear-headed photo ID requirement efforts. It is time for Penn- sylvania to heed the advice of the Carter-Baker Com- mission and ensure voters that their ballot remains sacred and will be protected by enacting HB 934 and HB 647. As Justice Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court noted, "When the ballot box becomes the receptacle of fraudulent votes, the freedom and equality of elections are destroyed." I urge readers to do them- selves a patriotic favor by reproducing a copy of this report, it is very lengthy and I could not incorporate the entire contents in this one writing. Earlier I mentioned that AG Holder would be required by the Obama administra- tion to pilfer the election. There are several states that could be selected for Holder's tactics, the most likely being Ohio, where no Republican has ever been elected to the Presidency without carrying this in- dustrial state. 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