Ever vote? Ever go to the polls on election day and vote? (Sorry Oregonians, there is nothing I can do for you, you don't pump your own gas and you don't have election days?!?!?!). Could you imagine going there without any identification?
Yes, its that time again...
Ohio is the latest state to attempt to pass a law that requires people to identify themselves at the polls. In Arizona, they passed this same law - although they included provisions for people who don't have "State Issued Identification", you could bring two pieces of "official mail" addressed to you at your address. (Not to mention that they waved the fee for a State Issued Identification Card if its for voting. I'm okay with that - you have to have registered, then got mail sent to your address, it stops people from just showing up and claiming to be anybody in that neighborhood, or a dead person. The facts are that we hear every election about thousands of votes cast in the name of dead people.
...but why is this a Left Vs. Right issue?
Why are people on the left against this?
The arguments usually are that it will disenfranchise the poor. Why? I know and deal with many, many people who make less than $10,000 a year. They all have photo identification. Oh, and...they don't vote.
Who are these people who don't have identification?
It is a fake argument made by people who don't deal with the "poor" until they want to bus them to a polling place.
Ohio ACLU threatens lawsuit if Buckeye photo ID bill becomes law
"The ACLU will act swiftly to protect all people’s right to vote..." - Christine Link ACLU of Ohio
Whether they are dead or not...
"...passing the photo ID bill will deprive thousands of Ohioans of their right to vote and will drive the state into years of expensive litigation." - Former Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish
There is a reason you are the 'Former" Speaker...
"Today, we are attempting to clean up the mess that was created by a bill passed under Secretary Husted's watch when he was speaker of the House, which allows no-fault registration and voting on the same day -- otherwise known as 'Golden Week...The House Republicans are not introducing legislation to cater to editorial boards. We are introducing legislation to promote good government and protect the voice of the people of Ohio." - Republican House Member John Adams (former Navy SEAL)
SEALs in Ohio...must be Global Warming...
"Once again Republicans are trying to suppress the poor and minority vote by requiring photo identification, which would place an undue burden on those who cannot afford to pay these costs. It's nothing more than a modern day poll tax." - Democrat House Member Sandra Williams
There you have it folks - a Democrat claiming minorities aren't capable of getting photo identification...
Doesn't Ohio issue some sort of food stamp ID - for people on welfare?
Could the poor use that?
I know that they issue debit cards for food stamps these days, but it would be an easy enough thing to put the photo of the qualifying person on the card.
With fingerprints...but you are treading on thin ice when you mix government and logic - you may have a breakthrough!
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