Sarah Silverman has once again decided to get involved in presidential politics, following her successful operation, The Great Schlep in 2008. This time she is going after the real problem of Republicans dealing with the non-existent problem of voter fraud by just flat out preventing as many people as possible from voting.
Warning: this video is hilariously profane.
Like I said, profane — but not obscene. You know what’s obscene? Keeping people from voting.
Anyway, I have once again been invited to speak to a classroom of Christian high schoolers about the upcoming election, two weeks from today. This will be my third visit to this school, but this time there will be students who are actually registered to vote in this election, so I might end up costing Obama a few votes.
I have an hour to talk to these kids (who, by the way, are generally awesome) and I’ve been trying to decide on what to concentrate. I am tempted to just start the discussion by asking them if they are concerned with voter fraud, and then, when they say “yes” (almost guaranteed), say, “swell, let’s steal an election.”
Then spend an hour just walking through the logistics of going about stealing an election by registering millions of ineligible people to vote, getting them all to the polls without garnering suspicion, doing this in such a way that nobody ever talks about what would be the hugest scandal in the history of the country, etc. Assuming we actually get far enough so that anyone thinks this is a plausible scenario, then we could talk about how voter ID would or would not foil this plan. Wouldn’t the most likely plan include absentee ballots?
Finally, I’d talk about the number of eligible voters who are caught up in these purges designed to solve the voter fraud epidemic and ask this question: what is the ratio of eligible voters that it is okay to disenfranchise in order to stop one person from voting illegally?
I’ve never gotten an answer to that question from any voter ID supporter.