Editorial Sampler: Voting is vigilance ...
Published: September 26, 2012 02:10PM
Updated: September 26, 2012 02:10PM
Gloria Gilman holds a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear arguments over whether a new law requiring each voter to show valid photo identification poses an unnecessary threat to the right to vote. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

— Fraud fraud: Voter suppression must end — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Two men are standing on a street corner on Main Street, USA. One of them is standing on one foot and waving a large stuffed penguin over his head. The other man asks what he is doing.

“Keeping polar bears away,” is the reply.

“You fool,” says the other man. “There’s not a polar bear within thousands of miles.”

“See how well it works?”

Replace “polar bear” with “illegal voter” and you have an idea of what many public officials, generally Republicans, are gesticulating about. They are afraid of something that scarcely exists. And they want credit for fighting it off. ...

— Voter fraud: It really doesn’t exist — Mike Jones | Tulsa World

... The charge of voter fraud is a straw man. It’s a boogie man. The conclusion is obvious. Attempting to disenfranchise an entire group of Americans based on invalid facts is nothing more than un-American.

— Dead people should be removed from Texas voting rolls, but not maybe-dead people — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

— Register to vote online - no excuses — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

... California government is a mess in so many ways, but every now then it makes us proud. Online and, eventually, same day voter registration gets a check in the pride column.

— Making voting easier makes good sense — San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

... it’s notable that California is going in exactly the opposite direction. Two significant bills just signed into law make it easier — not harder — to vote. In matters electoral, there couldn’t be a greater gulf between this state and nearly half the nation in making the ballot more accessible. ...

— State doing what it can to make it easier to cast a vote — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell | Anchorage Daily News

... Thomas Jefferson didn’t mince words either: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Voting is vigilance. ...