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Photo IDs Aren’t Just for Voter ID

September 10th, 2012

People who are against voter ID laws say that they’re discriminatory against minorities because minorities have a hard time getting ahold of a photo ID.

But their argument doesn’t make any sense if you consider that you need a photo ID if you want to:

  1.  Drive a car
  2. Board an airplane
  3. Board a train
  4. Board a cruise ship
  5. Go to a doctor’s appointment
  6. Go to the emergency room
  7. Get admitted to the hospital
  8. Get a blood test
  9. Get copies of your medical records
  10. Buy nasal decongestant that has pseudoephedrine in it
  11. Open a bank account
  12. Rent an apartment
  13. Apply for a mortgage
  14. Apply for a job
  15. Open a utility account (like for your electricity or water)
  16. Write a check
  17. Buy a firearm
  18. Buy alcohol
  19. Buy cigarettes
  20. Buy a lotto ticket
  21. Collect the winnings from your lotto ticket
  22. Buy a ticket to an R-rated movie
  23. Pick up concert/sporting tickets at Will Call
  24. Register your car for the first time
  25. Get car insurance
  26. Rent a car
  27. Serve jury duty
  28. Apply for a building permit
  29. Apply for a permit to hold a rally or protest
  30. Go to one of Michelle Obama’s book signings
  31. Apply for a fishing license
  32. Apply for a hunting license
  33. Apply for a marriage license
  34. Receive food stamps
  35. Get a P.O. box
  36. Register for the military
  37. Register for college
  38. Get copies of your academic transcripts
  39. Take the SAT or the ACT
  40. Get a library card

Some of these things — like getting a permit for your protest and buying a firearm — go hand-in-hand with freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights.  However, you don’t hear anyone crying foul over them.

 

The Unfairness Over Voter ID Laws

September 10th, 2012

Turn on the TV, and you’ll hear all about the fights between the federal government and Texas and South Carolina.  Listen to the media twist things around, and you’ll end up believing these two states are practically demanding your first-born son in exchange for letting you vote.

But when you look at the FACTS, you’ll see that all Texas and South Carolina want is for people to have to show a photo ID before they can vote.  Their laws aren’t all that different from other recent voter ID laws that have passed with the federal government’s blessing.

For example, in New Hampshire, people will have to show a photo ID in order to vote in November.  But next year, things get interesting — because that’s when New Hampshire’s list of acceptable photo ID’s gets much shorter.  Ironically, the list is more restrictive than the list of approved photo ID’s in Texas’ and South Carolina’s laws — yet the federal government approved New Hampshire’s law without asking any questions.

Why are some states getting the third-degree, while others get a free pass?

For example, another voter ID law just went into effect in Virginia.  Now, you can show anything from a photo ID, to your paycheck, to your electric bill to prove who you are.  If you don’t have anything that verifies your identity, you’ll get a provisional ballot — and you’ll have to fax or email proof of who you are before your vote can be counted.  This law is certainly a lot less strict than what Texas and South Carolina want to do, but it still passed without any questions from the federal government.

Where’s the outcry over this law?

After all, the Justice Department has argued that voter ID laws discriminate against minorities because minorities have a tougher time getting ahold of the necessary ID.

But wouldn’t that argument apply to minorities in every state?

Why isn’t the federal government going after every state that tries to pass a voter ID law?

Seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

The Fight Over Voter ID Laws

September 4th, 2012

Fresh off the long Labor Day weekend, officials in Texas are promising to take their fight over voter ID all the way to the Supreme Court.  Their promise comes on the heels of a federal appeal court ruling that deemed the Lonestar state’s voter ID law — which would have required voters to show a government-issued photo ID when they arrived at the polls — racially discriminatory.

At the same time, South Carolina is going through the same thing, as lawmakers there argue their case in front of an appellate court.  In fact, the federal government is currently suing a number of states over voter ID laws.

So, what’s all the fighting about?

Several states (which happen to have predominately-Republican state legislatures) have passed laws saying that voters need to provide some form of government-issued ID in order to vote.  In fact, 30 states require some kind of proof that you are who you say you are when you show up on Election Day.

Seems like a good idea, right?  After all, this is YOUR VOTE we’re talking about!  Heck, you have to show a photo ID to buy Sudafed these days!  Why would it be tougher to clear up your runny nose than to exercise something as important as your right to vote?

Supporters of voter ID laws say that providing ID is a great way to prevent voting fraud at the polls — especially when you consider that voting fraud is alive and well (http://ourvoicecounts.com/2012/08/29/proof-that-voting-fraud-really-is-a-problem/).  Plus, they argue, getting a government-issued photo ID is free.  So, what’s the harm?

Opponents of voter ID laws say they’re racist — because many of the U.S. citizens who don’t have a government-issued photo ID are minorities.  That, they say, is proof of voter suppression.

What do you think?  Should you have to prove who you are in order to vote?

 

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