Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
“Vote fraud is an equal opportunity election stealer. A fraud free
election process would benefit black candidates as well as white
candidates,” said Gov. Kirk Fordice, responding to the idea that voter
ID was insensitive to African-American voters. The Republican Fordice
had won reelection in 1995 against Democratic Secretary of State Dick
Molpus who was soft on voter-ID. Nearing the end of his second term,
Fordice continued to push for the ballot security measure and was
willing to sign the federal “Motor Voter” (National Voter Registration
Act) bill – which he had long opposed - into law if the legislature
attached voter-ID to it. The Democratic controlled legislature refused.
He vetoed the bill.