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"Voter intimidation" and card checks

Dan McLaughlin on Congress's rush to repeal the secret-ballot precondition for compulsory union recognition in the workplace:

Republicans, for some time now, have been pushing for fairly tame measures to prevent voter fraud, most of which revolve around requiring voters to show some form of identification and otherwise leave a record that enables a determination of who, precisely, voted. In response to these common-sense proposals and other efforts to assure the integrity of the ballot, Democrats invariably complain that Republicans are engaging in some form of voter intimidation. Apparently, according to Democrats, even the mere act of having to properly identify yourself is so intimidating as to inhibit the right to vote.

Well. Now that the Democrats are in the majority, they are hard at work on legislation in another election context that will go far beyond mere identification, and eliminate secret ballots entirely, allowing voters to be pressured, even by their co-workers and in their own homes, to vote a specific way....

Remember this: any Democrat who votes in favor of a "card check" system, in which union organizers are looking right over the voter's shoulder, should absolutely never be taken seriously again in arguing that far less intrusive efforts to simply identify voters who cast secret ballots in the privacy of a voting booth is somehow "voter intimidation."

On Wednesday the House Education and Labor Committee approved the card-check bill on a party-line vote. Earlier: Feb. 2.

Update Mar. 18: blog coverage of the issue includes Mickey Kaus and Megan McArdle (critical of bill), Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise (all for it, who needs secret ballots anyway?), and Union-Free Employer (picking apart a particularly ill-considered, even for that newspaper, editorial). See also Tresa Baldas's coverage in the NLJ.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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