A couple of weeks ago, I asked Joel Sawyer, former spokesman for the S.C. GOP, what evidence they had that showed South Carolina needed a law which would require picture IDs at the voting booth.
"I can't prove a negative, Issac, but it's undeniable that requiring a photo [ID] would make elections far more secure," Sawyer said.
"Have we had any cases of voter fraud? Any convictions?" I returned. "Shouldn't be hard to compile that data to prove the case."
"How can you prove what people are getting away with?" Sawyer responded. "Not a very strong argument there, Issac. If you don't like the bill, fine, but I'm not going to get into a protracted discussion with you about its merits. I know by now if you're asking, you've probably got your mind made up."
In other words, there's no reason to prove that widespread -- or even a little -- voter fraud is taking place even as we push to pass a voter fraud bill that will cost taxpayer money during an economic downturn and might suppress voter turnout in some segments of the public. Good thing sensible members of the General Assembly, like our very own Sen. Luke Rankin, helped kill this unnecessary and thinly-veiled political bill.
The press release below was sent out today by the S.C. House Republican Caucus: