After the usual in-tandem thrashing at the hands of the open borders extremists at the daily newspaper, reason prevails in the form of columnist Robert Robb. His column “Horne opinion on 2-track voting is sound, responsible,” succinctly clarifies the issue. Robb begins his commentary with the words “Attorney General Tom Horne got the stuffing kicked out of him last week for an opinion saying that those who use the federal registration form in Arizona can only vote in elections for federal office. Critics overlooked a couple of fairly important points: As a matter of law, Horne is probably right. And, as attorney general, no other opinion would have been responsible.”
Robb studiously avoids mentioning that the stuffing kickers are employed by the very same newspaper where he works — the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Wild distortions and blatant dishonesty reign at the daily — especially when conservatives office holders are in its sights. We previously exposed its bent exhibited in another editorial earlier this year: Truth or agenda? Which takes center stage at AZ Republic?” Tom Horne was the target then, also.
Now the entire “editorial board” combine their energies to write a condemnation of Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who oversees elections. “Nice voting trick, boys, but it won’t work” was the result. The lockstep editors called the interpretation of the law “calculated madness.” That was followed by another editorial masquerading as a news report: “Arizona to have two-track voting system.” That report was bloated with quotes from every conceivable liberal who agreed with the extremists at the República. From the state director of the liberal ACLU to the executive director of the equally leftwing Arizona Advocacy Network, they played hand-in-glove with the newspaper, jointly disparaging Republicans.
The folks at the República view requiring ID to vote as “demonizing undocumented immigrants.” The board is unperturbed by foreign nationals voting in our elections and doesn’t much care for the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” (Proposition 200), passed in 2004 by 56 percent of Arizona voters, requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. The open border aficionados at the Arizona República want “to encourage voter participation by making it easier to register to vote.” That means anyone. Especially Democrats. The editorial blasts Horne and Bennett, calling them both out as (gasp!) Republicans.
Federal forms, unlike those used in our statewide elections, merely require people to attest to the fact they are U.S. citizens. No proof needed.
We covered the issue in this post, “AZ AG Horne upholds evidence of citizenship in state voting,” which includes Horne’s legal opinion, (dated Oct. 7, 2013) replying to the voting question from Secretary Bennett.
The absence of verifying information suits the open borders crew at the República just fine. According to them, voter fraud is a figment cooked up in the conniving minds of Republicans. The editors easily dismiss the fundamental expectation of secure elections which undergird our voting system.
Arizonans are fortunate to have Attorney General Tom Horne in office. He is a man dedicated to protecting ballot integrity — personally arguing this case before the U.S. Supreme Court.