For years, the left has fought tooth and nail against the idea that you should prove who you are before you vote.

Regardless of the fact that you need an I.D. to get on a plane, return clothes at T.J. Maxx, get into a federal building, buy a beer, and open a bank account, for some reason voting just doesn’t make the cut.

The main argument from liberals is that somehow it’s racist to ask minorities in poor communities to get an I.D.  In and of itself that is a pretty racist position considering I.D. cards in several states are free or cost less than $30.  But clearly they don’t have much of a leg to stand on.

A federal judge echoed that sentiment in a ruling Monday that managed to inject a little sanity into the debate.

From Weasel Zippers via Washington Post:

A federal judge Monday upheld North Carolina’s controversial new voting law, dealing a blow to critics who said the state’s rules will discourage minorities from casting ballots during this fall’s presidential election.

The voting law, passed by North Carolina’s legislature in 2013, is among the strictest in the country. It reduces the number of days of early voting, prohibits people from registering and voting on the same day, stops ballots cast in the wrong precinct from being counted, ends the practice of preregistering teenagers before they turn 18 and requires a photo ID.

Republican legislators say they added the restrictions to combat voter fraud and to preserve the integrity of the voting system.

In his 485-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder wrote that “North Carolina has provided legitimate state interests for its voter ID requirement and electoral system that provides registration all year long up to twenty-five days before an election, absentee voting for up to sixty days before an election, ten days of early voting at extended hours convenient for workers that includes one Sunday and two Saturdays, and Election Day voting.”

Well imagine that!

Minorities are capable of getting identification just like white people are.

Strange concept in liberal circles apparently.

Of course, we all know that the rampant voter fraud in this country usually favors liberals so this isn’t too hard to understand but it is nice to see another voice of reason in this ongoing debate.

And just for fun, in case you missed it, there were egregious examples of voter fraud in both the recent New Hampshire and New York primaries.

So when your friends on the left tell you it doesn’t exist please don’t let them get away with it.