Without question, where it exists, voter fraud corrupts elections and
undermines our form of government. The legislature and governor may certainly
take aggressive action to prevent its occurrence. But voter fraud is no more
poisonous to our democracy than voter suppression. Indeed, they are two heads
on the same monster.
A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence – the
people’s inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote – imperils its legitimacy as a
government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people. It sows
the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution.
In other words, where you deny the people the right to vote, they quite often will find ways to eventually express their discontent in a manner not quite so constructive as simply showing up one day a year to vote.