by Max Brantley
The Arkansas Citizens First Congress has begun a welcome counterpoint to the Republican drive for Voter ID legislation aimed at depressing the turnout of segments of the population that generally favor Democratic candidate.
There's no evidence of any meaningful ID fraud at the polls. (It's not that people are so honest. It's just that, as a practical matter, impersonation is a highly impractical way of influencing elections. Absentee ballot schemes — something Voter ID wouldn't affect — are another matter.)
Citizens First has begun circulating a petition for something better. Its pitch to legislators:
Dear Senators and Representatives:
I ask you to support the Citizens First Congress’ Campaign to ensure fair elections across Arkansas!
Arkansas needs increased monitoring of elections and more training for poll workers. We do not need a Voter ID bill that could disenfranchise thousands of legitimate voters. Arkansas only has two election monitors for the entire state, and only requires training for one poll worker per polling site.
Please join us in our efforts to advance this critical issue!
Citizens First is a grassroots organizing group. They've worked across a range of issues, but wingers would call them liberal because they support civil rights, fair immigration rules, gas drilling accountability, the Equal Rights Amendment, clean water and other radical stuff like that.