As the Obamas continue their
vacation official visit to Africa, the White House today released a Fact Sheet detailing the prez’s support for the region. One of the first items highlighted? A voter ID law. In Kenya.
Wait – WHAT??? As reported by The Weekly Standard, the Fact Sheet, entitled “U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa,” outlines a $53 million program designed to help young Kenyans “obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration.” Here’s an excerpt:
Civil society and independent media play a critical role in any vibrant democracy. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the United States supports efforts to ensure civil society organizations and independent media can organize, advocate, and raise awareness with governments and the private sector to improve political processes, transparency, and government performance. Examples include:
In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program [O even gives catchy names to his programs in other countries] empowers nearly one million Kenyan youth to use their voices for advocacy in national and local policy-making, while also creating economic opportunities.
In advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, Yes Youth Can’s “My ID My Life” campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration, and carried out a successful nationwide campaign with Kenyan civic organizations to elicit peace pledges from all presidential aspirants [emphasis added by White House].
“And on the voter ID case, I can tell you that, as you know, this administration believes it should be easier for eligible citizens to vote – to register and vote. We should not be imposing unnecessary obstacles or barriers to voter participation.”
Setting aside the Hall-of-Fame hypocrisy, Jay, I see your point. If voter ID cards had been required in the 2012 presidential election, it would’ve been damn hard for Obama to garner in excess of 100% of the registered vote in parts of Cleveland, huh?