Americans Funding IDs for Voters in Kenya

Obama is doing more over there in Africa than frivolously flinging as much as $100 million of our hard-earned cash to the four winds. The White House has produced a helpful document entitled “U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.” It describes how our government is throwing still more of our money around in Africa — but this time constructively, building strong democratic institutions through the Yes Youth Can program:

In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program 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…

What an ingenious concept. If voters are required to produce identification, it will be more difficult for them to vote multiple times, and elections will be far more likely to represent the actual will of the voters, greatly enhancing the legitimacy of government. There would not be large demographic regions where brazen fraud results in literally every single vote being counted for the same candidate, as happened in parts of Philadelphia and Cleveland in the last election.

If we tried requiring voter identification here, Americans might come to believe again that the government represents rather than rules them. But the Obama Administration would never allow it.

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No one wants Kenyan elections to degenerate into a farce.

On a tip from Artfldgr. Hat tip: TWS.

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