Voter ID Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of the anti-photo ID crowd is obvious.  Here’s one small example:

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All the arguments against a Photo ID requirement for voting are dubious at best.  There may be legitimate concerns, but all of them can easily be gotten over.

For example, those very few who are financially unable to purchase an ID can be given one at minimal cost.  $18 or $11 if you’re 65 or older.
The idea that some would be disenfranchised is nothing but fearmongering, because no proof is ever given to substantiate the claim. Another argument is the Photo ID would do no good.  ID’s can still be faked, so the requirement wouldn’t necessarily eliminate fraud.  Even if this argument has merit, the requirement would diminish vote fraud.

Maybe this is why a certain political party seems to be so virulently opposed to it.  To some, it seems, an open-ended voting system which makes it relatively easy to steal a close election appeals to certain people of a certain political stripe.
We are a non-partisan group, interested in informing the electorate and promoting ideas that would enhance the integrity of the vote, thereby re-enfranchising voters, not disenfranchising them.  If there is even one illegal vote counted, all legal voters are disenfranchised.



2 Responses to Voter ID Hypocrisy

  1. Paul Landskroener says:

    You continue to miss at least one point. The objection to requiring a photo ID to prove the voter’s identity — that is, to prove that the voter is who he says he is — is not so troubling. But most voter ID bills also require that the ID be (a) current and valid and (b) have the voter’s current address. This is the disenfranchising, objectionable part. Why does my expired passport or drivers license not prove who I am as well as my current one? And what about young and poor voters who move frequently? Do you really expect them to diligently purchase new drivers licenses or IDs every time they move, which can be every few months or more? I work as an election judge in a neighborhood with lots of students and immigrants in it (perhaps as many as 40% of all registered voters). Many of them move frequently, making getting new ID cards with current address very difficult and expensive.

  2. Jeffrey L. Johnson, Major, Infantry, Retired says:

    Your organization fails to come clean regarding the true costs of what you are proposing. Not only are you endorsing the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of voters; you disguise the cost of acquiring documentation they would require citizens to qualify to vote. A certified birth certificate in Minnesota costs $26. a certified copy of your marriage license or divorce decree showing your change of last name usually costs $10 per hour for the search plus the cost of the certification. No one can document the costs of foreign birth certificates and Federal naturalization certificates with any certainty. Moreover, if you are disabled and require transportation to the courthouse and voter registration office, we’re talking many trips to these offices in order to accomplish requesting and picking up the documentation. Commonly, these trips cost $75 each time assuming you do not require an assistant to accompany you and you are able to use public transportation. If you need private transportation and an attendant, the cost is usually more than $150 for each trip! That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    I am a volunteer assisting a military veteran who is confined to a wheel chair. In addition to requiring transportation to the courthouse, he has a financial guardian. He is fully intellectually alert. He has a guardianship only because he cannot sign checks or other instruments. Yet, if the voter I.D. Amendment in Minnesota passes this fall, he will be automatically disqualified from voting because he has a guardian! By the way, he is a conservative Republican.

    The claims of voter fraud and the necessity of laws to protect election integrity are a ruse. The issue is voter reliability! Republicans have instituted these claims and resulting law suits only because they believe they can document that “these” voters don’t vote Republican. Democrats are nearly as misleading.

    I condemn the Democrat Party for its failure to support cleaning up the voter registration process. The Pew Center recently found that our voter registration lists were full of errors. Democrats have not concerned themselves with this problem and appropriated funds and updated laws to take advantage of our increasing technological ability to keep our voter registration lists up to date and accurate. Moreover, they have done nothing to ensure that same day registrants / voters are actually qualified.

    Finally, neither party wants our military personnel to vote. Democrats believe that military personnel vote for Republicans. And, Republicans no longer trust military voters after the 2008 election where Federally printed ballots used by the military voter overwhelmingly for Obama. They won’t say it; but, they believe that our black NCO corps influenced / intimidated enlisted subordinates to vote for Obama. As a result, our military personnel are no longer reliable voters in their eyes.

    We are reaching a cross-road in American democracy. Money and power have combined behind one political party while the other has failed to recognize what is happening and has done nothing to protect American voters and their precious democracy. As s result, we are about to be governed by a plutocracy of power and wealth.

    Years ago before I made my career the Army (24 years of Regular, active service, I was called a “Goo-goo” for good government type. I was consider naive by more cynical political operatives of both major parties. I didn’t appreciate the importance of winning.

    Recently, when I testified before the Minnesota State Senate about our proposed Voter I.D. amendment, I was loudly called a “professional, parasitic veteran” because of my opposition to the amendment by one of the amendment’s supporters. Members of neither party said anything in my defense. Instead, they sat quietly by. It was easier to continue on with their own agendas and not deal with the importance of protecting our American democracy.

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