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The new Voter IDs -- with photos


I watched news show on what is asked to get a Voter ID in Pennsylvania. Veteran's IDs are not permitted. Why? many people (black too) have them. The places you can get an ID in Pennysylvania are in the suburbs. Vast areas in Pennsylvia are not covered.

The central point to remember is that everyone is supposed to have the right to vote from the time of the 15th amendment (passed after the civil war) for men and since 1928 for women. There is no voter fraud such as is alleged by republicans. The Pennsylvania attorney general came up with not one. That an ID is hard for other things does not matter. That IDs are required for getting on planes is irrelevant. No one has the right as part of his humanity or place in the republic to get on a plane. In the US no one has the right as yet to health care: Obama's act only makes it affordable for most.

To put a diffcult and for some impossible criteria (as for example black people in the south were regularly not registered when they were born so have no birth certificate) as necessary for voting is to stop people voting. It is to make them feel tehy are powerless and not equal to others, inferior, terrible about themselves too. It is shameful, shameless, ugly.



Sep. 18th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
well put: the example of what republicans would do were they really concerned about fraud
One shows proof of residency when one registers to vote, with a variety of forms of legal identification. Names then appear on a roll at the polling place, and the name and corresponding address are checked off twice (when entering and when leaving) the polling place. Voter fraud is so rare as to be non-existent.

Why suddenly is there a call for "voter ID" laws in the absence of any concern whatsoever about voter fraud? Why is this happening in an election year? Why is the cause led by Republicans alone? Why, if Republicans demand that everyone produce a a certain type of exclusive type of ID-card to exercise what is a right (not a privilege), is it so difficult to obtain?

Make no mistake: Republicans are doing everything they can to prevent certain populations from exercising their right to vote in order to ensure that Republicans "win" elections. They have explicitly admitted that. It's outrageous, and I only hope that the federal courts continue to strike down the new identification requirements.

In historical context, discriminatory laws regarding voting served the same purpose: to exclude certain populations. If Republicans really wanted to ensure that ID-card laws ensured each citizen's right to vote, they would be going door-to-door helping people get one. As it is, Republicans want to pervert democracy by allowing politicians to choose their own electorate, rather than letting the electorate choose them.


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