Thursday, June 26, 2014

Photo ID Needed

To adopt a pet from the humane society

Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid photo ID.

But you don't need one to vote because that would be racist.  

How is adopting a pet from a shelter like voting?  Neither one is a right.  There have always been restrictions on voting.  There is no right to vote in the Constitution.  Voting requirements can be defined by the state -- that was the Founders' intent and expectation. 

Historically, much of the issue regarding voting rights arose because Democrats in southern states after Reconstruction did their best to suppress voting by black citizens.  That was racist and needed to be addressed.  The right of qualifying voters, though, still ought to reside within the jurisdiction of state government.

What is clearly wrong is to rob honest citizens of their votes by allowing fraud to be perpetrated.  Photo identification makes fraud more difficult.  It does not make voting more difficult, nor does it impose an undue hardship on poor people because these identification cards will be provided free of charge to voters when they register.  You can get the picture taken and your laminated operator's license in your hand in a matter of minutes.  It would be no different for a photo ID for voting. 

 Of course, 99% of potential voters already have a valid photo ID.  

The only reason for politicians to oppose a photo ID is because they benefit from voter fraud.   


  1. It was probably arguing about the photo ID laws with "friends" that made me mothball my Facebook account because I realized I was talking with dummies or liars. The arguments for photo ID are so obvious that I still get a bit worked up at the thought of anyone not supporting them.

  2. Here in NZ you have to 'register' and be listed on an electoral role for your region to be able to vote. You cannot just turn up on the day to a polling booth and expect to vote. Not sure how it works in the USA, but from the convsation around voter ID, it sounds pretty loose.

  3. It is pretty loose. When I was first voting, you had to be registered at least a month before the election and be on the books. Now they will take "provisional" ballots on anybody that shows up. They send out forms allowing you to easily register with a fake address.

    We used to have to vote on election day or go in with a valid reason to vote absentee. Now they have "early" voting in a lot of places and mail-in ballots.

    There are inner city precincts in places like St. Louis and Philadelphia with over 100% voting. But, of course, there are no "proven cases" of voter fraud.

    To paraphrase Huey Lewis, "Takin' what they're given, 'cause they're votin' for a livin'"