Restore Voting Rights Act
March 01, 2014 10:00 PM | 1586 views | 5 5 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

At first glance, requiring an ID to vote sounds reasonable, except the timing of many ID laws, the ways in which the ID required is different from the ones previously required, and the lack of support (especially financial, since this flood of new requirements coincides with a period of reduced funding for government services) to help individuals comply, makes it obvious the true intent is to require what may not be possible for lower income individuals who are in fact qualified to vote, to produce.

One example is requiring photo ID of individuals who may live in nursing or assisted living facilities at the low-budget end of the scale, who were either born before birth registration or whose birth registrations were lost in records fires before computerized records, and have been accepted as qualified voters on a common-sense basis for many years, yet requiring proof of birthplace, etc. which is no longer possible to determine, or beyond the individual’s budget (requiring travel to a distant state, with nursing personnel in attendance, for example). This is an obvious move to remove low-income elderly people, especially of color, from the voting rolls.

Another, more egregious example, is the new requirement that Texas photo ID must exactly match the legal name on the voting records, which creates an extra burden for married and divorced women.

Since Texas passed this law just before the last election, members of the legislature themselves had to jump through paperwork hoops in order to vote. Combining this with multiple marriages, some women voters may have to produce their birth certificates, all marriage licenses, and all divorce decrees which include a legal name change, and for those who do not have a “personal staff” to take care of such matters, as the legislators do, this may be a financially infeasible, or physically impossible, burden.

The burden of these new laws will restrict many individuals who actually are qualified from voting or registering to vote. This is more dangerous to our democracy than hundreds of times the actual very small number of attempts to vote fraudulently.

Allan Richardson


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on balance
March 04, 2014
I wish these forums were interactive so that one could ask Richardson to respond to the issues posted by Bob Johnson.The only reason to challenge a requirement of ID to vote is to continue voter fraud. Richardson, please address Bob Johnson's post. Is each item he posted correct? If so, your letter is sheer poppycock and you are a low information liberal.
March 03, 2014
"This is an obvious move to remove low-income elderly people, especially of color..."

Question, Allan. I assume someone NOT "of color" is white? Are there no white low-income elderly?
Lib in Cobb
March 03, 2014
The never ending push by the GOP to limit the rights of voters has been obvious since the run up to the 2012 election. The GOP of GA has taken this ID business to a new level for renewing even drivers licenses. Yes, folks even drivers licenses. It is necessary for residents of GA to present THREE forms of government ID to secure a new license in PERSON. Let's not forget the lines and a long wait to renew the privilege which I have had here for a long time. This process is made even harder because there are not enough employees at the DSS. The boys and girls under the gold dome,where the air is rare,find it easy to protect us from the evil empire but they can't seem to find the funding for the protection.

The clog in DSS is mirrored at other licensing agencies with in the state.
Bob Johnson
March 03, 2014
Lib in cobb aka Kevin Foley or what ever your name is. The article is about voting not you having problems getting your drivers license
Bob Johnson
March 02, 2014
Lets see now I need a picture ID to buy alcohol, I need one to buy tobacco, I need one to cash a check, I need one to drive a car, but you don't think its important enough to have one to vote. Sometimes if people just write down their idea on a piece of paper and then read it a few times they will realize just how stupid it is.
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