Whether you are for him or against him, credit Bill Stephens this being a high profile champion of the Voter ID bill.
I can show 5,412 [instances of people trying to vote by misrepresenting their identity], courtesy of research performed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to an investigative report done by the AJC in conjunction with WSB-TV in November of 2000, it showed that 5,412 dead people had voted in Georgia elections since 1980. Some had voted multiple times after death.
The AJC’s own report, dated Nov. 6, 2000, said this was made easier because of a “major loophole” in the old Georgia Voter ID law which allowed people to escape showing photo ID if they claimed they did not have one. They could then sign a paper saying they were who they said they were and be allowed to vote “without delay.”
Voting on behalf of the dead was the perfect crime under the old law, because no one could question your credentials and the only person who could truly dispute your assumed Election Day identity was not available for the proceedings.
That is why even The Atlanta Journal editorial page called for a real photo ID requirement for voting in its editorial the very next day after the story ran.
There is no doubt the photo ID requirement is a step toward a more secure voting system. Even Mexico has photo ID requirements, which President Vicente Fox credits with helping break the 70-year one-party domination of his country.