As the New York Times tells it, “Civil rights groups have sued Missouri to prevent its new voter identification law from interfering with a local special election next month, saying the measure could disenfranchise voters.”
The “civil rights” groups in question are the American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project on behalf of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Missouri. Their immediate goal is to seek a court order to keep the law from being enforced during the July 11 special election for an alderman in St. Louis.
What these groups and the New York Times seem to forget is that not too long ago they were on the front lines protecting citizens from voter fraud, especially in St. Louis. A New York Times article from March 2001 leads with a sentence that would now get the reporter fired for committing a hate crime:
“When it comes to American cities with a notorious history of election fraud, St. Louis can hold its own. Its political past is replete with instances in which people no longer alive got to vote, not to mention people who never lived.”
In a rather spectacular voter fraud misadventure in the presidential election of 2000, voters filed a lawsuit midway through Election Day demanding that voting hours be extended. They offered the absurd rationale that election officials allowed polling places “to become chaotically crowded, possibly in a deliberate effort to depress the city’s heavy black vote.”
The plaintiffs did, in fact, succeed in getting hours extended. Later, alas, “It was discovered that the chief plaintiff in the lawsuit had been dead the better part of a year.” It seems hard to believe that just fifteen years ago the New York Times and other major media actually reported the truth about voter fraud.
There is no reason to believe that there is any less voter fraud than there was back then. ”It’s the same old never-ending St. Louis story,” city alderman James Shrewsbury told the Times in 2001. ”It’s what happens when you have an old city that insists on hanging on to the bad old political ways. I know. At one point, somebody out there reregistered my long-dead mother.”