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May 23, 2012 - Rick Burdt
It is my hope that someday, before entering a voting booth, I am asked to present proof of my identification. It would be a way of showing me that my government actually cares about protecting my Constitutional Rights. I have been accused of being uneducated and simple minded on these forums, so maybe that is why I am completely unable to understand how requiring identification to vote can be perceived as discriminatory.
Voting is one of our Constitutional rights, just like owning a firearm. Therefore, if requiring ID to vote is discriminatory, couldn’t the same be said about purchasing a firearm? How about alcohol and tobacco? You must present multiple forms of ID just to acquire a driver’s license, which is a privilege, not even a right. ID is required to get a job as well as receiving any form of government assistance, to include social security benefits . You even need ID to buy decent nasal decongestant.
South Carolina and Texas passed laws requiring valid ID prior to voting but the current administration blocked them. Attorney General, Eric Holder, stated that there was no proof of any in-person voter fraud problems and stood behind blocking these state laws. Soon after this statement, a member of Project Veritas entered Mr. Holders voting precinct in Washington, DC on primary day, stated he was Eric Holder and a voting ballot was offered to him. He stated that he forgot his ID and would go back out to his car to retrieve it, but the attendant told him it wasn’t required. This was all captured on a hidden camera. Mr. Holder had no response. It happened fast, I'll bet he was furious.
This law would affect people who have never worked, driven, purchased alcohol or tobacco, received any form of public assistance or social security benefits. They would never have filled a prescription, visited a doctor's office, or even gotten so much as a video membership. According to the current administration, this would affect hundreds of thousands in Texas alone. I really don't think so.
This makes me question the motives behind why the current administration keeps blocking these laws. If the votes in question were primarily Republican, I wonder if this administration would be as adamant about blocking these laws.
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