Cain: Opponents of Voter ID Laws ‘Just Looking for Easier Ways to Cheat’

Fred Lucas and Eric Scheiner | August 30, 2012 | 5:12pm EDT
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Tampa ( – Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain voiced his support for voter ID laws and expressed skepticism about anyone who opposes them.

“I believe in voter ID laws. Those that are against voter ID laws are just looking for easier ways to cheat at the voting booth,” Cain told Thursday near the site of the Republican National Convention.

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Attorney General Eric Holder and other Democrats have said that requiring identification before voting would disproportionately impact minority voters.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was also skeptical of the Democrats arguments.

“I will tell you this, from what I understand you cannot go to the Democratic National Convention without a picture ID so I will leave it at that,” West told

The Supreme Court upheld the states’ right to require photo ID to vote in a 2008 case involving an Indiana statute. Nevertheless, the Justice Department has found other legal grounds to challenge the statutes passed by more than a dozen states.

About one in eight names listed on the active voter rolls, or 24 million nationally, are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies, according to a report by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States.

Specifically cited in the Pew report are battleground states such as Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

The Justice Department initiated legal action against South Carolina, Alabama and Texas for their voter ID laws. This month a Pennsylvania judge refused to block a state law requiring voters to present identification to vote.


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