The Scourge of "Identity Theft"
On the front page of the Washington Post this morning is a story about a competitive Presidential campaign in Virginia, with the emphasis placed on the Democrats' energetic drive to register hundreds of thousands of new voters. Pages later, the lead editorial notes one response, depressingly predictable, from the Chair of the Republican Party, Mr. Frederick. He has suggested with no basis whatsoever that prospective voters, contacted through registration drives, may face "identity theft." The Post calls it, correctly, "a classic attempt to suppress votes."
It is certainly that. And the Post omits mention of another feature of Frederick's suppressive gambit. He also called for an "investigation," well understanding that this word would creep into the press on his remarks and filter out into the electorate. It would suit him to have Virginians believe, as registration occurs, that an "investigation" is under discussion. He would hope that this, too, would cause just enough doubt to give some Virginia citizens, somewhere in the state, reason to turn away from a registration appeal.