Get Out The Vote And ID

The Pennsylvania state court reaffirmed a ballot measure passed by voters in the last election that established voter ID requirements for the state.  The law, similar to one passed in ten states,  requires any citizen voting in an election to provide a state issued photo ID card as proof of identity.  Proponents of the law claim that this will cut down on voter fraud.  Opponents claim that that the measure will disenfranchise certain voters such as the elderly and the poor.
Some opponents, including Vice-President Joe Biden, claim that requiring ID is tantamount to Jim Crow era poll taxes.  In that time, citizens were required to pay a tax months in advance of an election and then bring the receipt of the tax to the polls to validate their ability to vote.  This led to the 24th amendment to the constitution which states: The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
The issue, however, is not whether the ID requirement is a tax.  It is obviously not a tax since ID cards are free.  It is that, in this day and age, identity theft is rampant and people are required to show ID at almost EVERY interaction the average person experiences.  To get a library card, to see the doctor, to drive a car, to pay by credit card, to GET a credit card, to open a bank account, to get a job, to do almost anything you have to have some form of proof of identification.  Why do we allow people to vote for the highest office in the land without requiring the same?  In fact, in Texas and many other states, voters have to register to vote and have a voter registration card or ID to show at the polls.  How is requiring ID any different?  It is not.  At least not for legitimate voters.
Liberal news media trotted out a 92 year old woman who wept that she had voted in every election since she was allowed to vote, but that she feared she would not be allowed to vote in this one because she does not have photo ID and doesn’t think she can afford one.  How does she cash her social security checks without photo ID?  She does not drive, so she does not have a driver’s license, but the law does not specify a driver’s license.  It specifies photo ID.  In Pennsylvania, state issued ID cards are free.
That is not good enough for opponents of the measure.  They claim that the process of getting the free card would require the infirm or poor to travel across the city and spend money getting the necessary documentation such as birth certificates or social security records, etc. needed for the ID card.  They insist that this is an “unfair burden” and an obstruction to the electoral process. 
Having photo ID is simply the cost of doing business in today’s economy.  If you don’t work, if you don’t drive, if you don’t shop, you still have to interact with some business, individual or agency at some point and at that point, you will need ID.
There is no point in not having it.
Most media reports admit that the most vocal opponents of the measure are democrats because most individuals affected by the measure are the poor and elderly–who tend to vote democrat.  What this means is that Democrats are not interested in voter rights, rather they want to reinforce the impression that the voting is a right that republicans want to take away for the poor and elderly.
Voting is not a right.
Voting is a responsibility.
It is a privilege afforded to those who live up to the responsibility of voting, much like performing jury duty.  The democrats are well known for bussing the poor and infirm to the polling stations so that they can vote for the democratic candidate.  I would wager that, of all those who are brought to polling stations by “get out the vote” busses–funded by liberal democrat leaning groups–almost none vote for conservative or republican candidates or issues.
Now these same groups are calling voter ID a poll tax.  Why?  Because their busses are filled with people with no ID.  I am not alleging that they participate in voter fraud, but there have been allegations of these busses making rounds of polling stations, and who’s to say the same people don’t vote in several districts?  Just food for thought.  Why else are they so adamant about not having accountability in the polling process?
A CBS news report claimed that there have been fewer than 70 convictions of voter fraud in the past decade.  While that may be true, that just means that other incidences of fraud were not discovered or caught or they were over looked.  If the poor and elderly were required to present photo ID at the polls, opponents feel that it might discourage them from coming to vote and that means fewer votes for democrats.  I find it difficult to be concerned about that.
ID cards are free in most states.  To obtain one would require some effort on the part of the citizen.  This is how it should be.  Voting is a responsibility, a privilege afforded to citizens for active participation in government.  If it is not worth the effort to comply with the requirements, don’t complain about not getting the government you want.
The mantra of democracy is one man, one vote.  For our admittedly flawed system to come close to working, we need to ensure that one man gets only one vote.  Voter ID helps with this and the Pennsylvania State Judge, Robert Simpson reaffirmed this by saying the law is “a reasonable, non-discriminatory, non-severe burden when viewed in the broader context of widespread use photo ID in everyday life.”

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4 responses to “Get Out The Vote And ID

  1. Widespread. Not universal. Certainly not mathematically identical to one man one vote. Honestly, if democrats were suppressing republican votes, you’d have a very different take on this.

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    • I doubt it. Voter ID makes sense regardless of affiliation for just the reasons I specified.

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      • Please understand I, and every liberal I know, are 100% in favor of Voter ID. But to change the laws this close to the election, and in a way that disproportionately hurts one side is purely political. Purely partisan. It’s not the idea that’s wrong, it’s how that idea is being implemented.

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      • I’m glad to hear it. Common sense is just that…common. But the law was not put in place just for this election. Most of the states that ratified similar laws voted them in in 2011. Pennsylvania governor signed the measure back in March. It is the attempts at blocking the law that are coming just in time for the election.

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