July 2, 2013 at 4:21 am #91916
I was talking to someone the other day about the Voter ID requirements, and how in many southern states they were used to keep people from voting, mostly people voting for the other party, and my friend brought up something that I didn’t really have an argument against.
There are states that are claiming that they will pay for anyone to get an ID that needs one. If someone can’t afford an ID, they (the state) will pay for it, so nobody has to come out of pocket for it.
To me, that …seems reasonable. In that situation no one is being charged a loophole poll tax by making them pay to get an ID to vote, the ID is being provided free of charge. I understand that there is hardly any in person voter fraud (like incredibly small to nearly be nonexistent), however when people propose a voter ID law and say that they themselves will pay for it, then I have a hard time understanding why that is a bad thing.
Perhaps there’s an element of this that I’m missing, and that even if you get the ID you still have to pass a test or something, but except in the cases of homeless people who perhaps don’t have the proper documentation to get ID in the first place (I am formerly homeless and at one point it was hell to get an ID because I didn’t have my Social Security card, birth certificate or anything. Fortunately a church group helped me get it), then as long as they will help any disabled get to the DMV to get an ID, then I don’t see the problem.July 2, 2013 at 8:17 am #91917
There was one state (Pennsylvania? Ohio?) that made the ID needed to vote free. However, they did not go out of their way to tell their citizens that it was free, and some government employees actually deliberately refused to tell people that it was free and told them they had to buy the driver’s license, so a lot of people actually paid for it. It also doesn’t erase the problem a lot of people have, which is getting to the place that hands them out. In Texas, for example, some folks live literally 100 miles away from the nearest DMV that is legally allowed to sell them. That is a severe hardship for poor people. You have to take off time from work, you have to buy gas, or for the folks with no car, you have to find some other way to get there and back.
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