The GOP’s opposition to red tape does not seem to apply to their drive to make it more difficult for the young and the poor to vote

Andrew Sprung makes such a good point:

The New York Times’ front-page review of efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to prevent “voter fraud” — i.e., voting by people who in the good old days would have failed to meet property qualifications — concludes with a snapshot of a law apparently designed to make all voting rights groups fear that they will share ACORN’s fate:

In Florida, a new law imposing restrictions on voter registration drives has led the state’s League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan group that had registered voters for 72 years, to call a moratorium on new registration drives in the state, citing the penalties that groups can face under the law.

Independent groups that register voters — like the league — face fines of $50 to $1,000 per applicant if they fail to turn in the applications to elections officials in a timely manner.

“It’s too cumbersome,” said Deirdre Macnab, the league’s president. “There is too much red tape and regulation.”

Regulation is only bad when it’s designed to protect health and safety or prevent fraud against consumers. Regulation aimed at limiting the franchise to prevent phantom voter fraud is laudable government vigilance.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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