Now, Jay Bookman is taking Karen Handel to task over those pesky voter database searches.
So, casting the state’s policy in the best possible light, Handel’s approach may have found as many as 30 illegal voters. But that is far outweighed by the invalidation of hundreds of legal votes cast by U.S. citizens, and by the fact that thousands of additional citizens were effectively discouraged from voting by additional obstacles put in their way.Hundreds.
You know I expect this kind of stuff from Cynthia Tucker, but despite CB's howling, I expect a little more sense from Jay.
One of the problems with the left's arguments about these purges is even when they're right (which technically Jay is), they end up making people shrug.
Jay has a valid point that ultimately the database search produced somewhere between 30-300 potential voter fraud cases. As has been said before, Handel is using a sledgehammer to kill a fly.
But in explaining how he arrived at that number, Jay presents the breakdown of how many voters were actually affected by these database queries.
But that's not all. What was required of those 4700?
They had to go down to the registrar's office before the election and show proof of citizenship.
Wow. That sounds tough. So tough, that 2000 actually passed through the struggle and accomplished the task.
So what happened to the other 2700? Well, 600 showed up and were required to complete a challenge ballot. They were also required to show citizenship within 48 hours. Amazingly, 370 were able to accomplish this monumental task.
So what is the final tally? About 2300 people out of 4 million were arguably disenfranchised from their right to vote.
But too often this is the way of things with liberals - if ain't perfect, we gotta pursue it with a thunderous righteous fury. And I guarantee you, sometime in the next week, when I am arguing with one on this very subject, even if I agree that there is some injustice, when I point out it is a fight they will never win because people will see those numbers as absurd, they will still angrily disagree and search for another windmill to stab.
CORRECTION: As Sara pointed out in the comments my numbers were off because I was doing vote totals from the last election instead of new registrants during the last cycle. The numbers above reflect this change. But as I indicated in the comments, it does not change the figures so drastically that my perspective or point has changed.