Over at Red County today, Matt Cunningham (Jubal) has posted a press release from Mimi Walters. I won’t waste electrons by quoting it here, but you can read the whole thing on Matt’s site. In summary, “Assemblywoman Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel)” has proposed a new law that will “require voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.”
I remember reading a comment recently on one of the local blogs about another proposed piece of legislation. Unfortunately I don’t remember what the issue was, but the commenter’s statement was to the effect that the proposed law was unnecessary — there was no evidence it solved a problem that really exists. I thought that was an excellent point.
What problem does Walters’ proposed law address? I know many Republicans believe there’s a significant number of folks who register and vote illegally, but belief isn’t evidence. Do any of California’s ROVs believe it’s a problem that needs a new law? Has Neal Kelley, the ROV in Mimi’s home district, asked Mimi to prepare this legislation? Has the Assemblywoman or one of her staff even talked to Kelley about the issue? Is there any significant cost to society in having what may only be a miniscule number of people improperly registered and voting?
Or is Mimi just pandering?
Nearly every new law passed by our legislatures increases the size and cost of government by some amount, and this law would be no exception. It would require county ROVs to coordinate with additional state or Federal agencies and do more work when checking each voter registration form.
It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who are known for wanting to keep government small, but in my experience this desire is frequently hypocritical. Republicans want to keep government out of what they want it out of and limit its size where they want it limited.
I don’t see how this new law solves a significant problem or benefits society in any way, and I challenge Assemblywoman Walters to show how it does and to demonstrate how its cost will be justifiable.
Panda Bears in zoos often get cute names like “Zhen Zhen” or “Tian Tian.” If the Prentiss Park Zoo is ever lucky enough to obtain a Panda Bear, I submit it should be named “Mi Mi.”