VOTER I.D.: Racist and Unconstitutional?

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Leftist judges and Democratic activists increasingly embrace the ludicrous idea that requiring voters to show picture ID constitutes a form of unconstitutional racism. This is absurd and groundless: the Constitution explicitly guarantees a right to bear arms, but liberals never question background checks or photo identification before you get guns.

Moreover, if it’s racist to require ID when you vote, isn’t it also racist to require ID when you cash a check or get on a plane? And wouldn’t such requirements inevitably amount to illegal discrimination?

Finally, American University studied three racially diverse states—Mississippi, Indiana and Maryland—and found that a grand total of 1.2 percent of registered voters lacked photo ID. Wouldn’t it benefit this tiny, marginalized minority to make sure they got the free identification they need, rather than demanding that they should vote without it?

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  1. American  •  Jan 22, 2014 at 3:52 am

    National and state elections have become increasingly close in the last decade. I don’t think we should allow foreigners (e.g. non-U.S. citizens) to be deciding U.S. elections. To call me a racist for pointing that out is ignorant to the point of delusional.

  2. jguy  •  Jan 22, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Even the idea that people should not be required to show an ID when voting
    is absolutely insane. That there may be someone of color somewhere that
    cant get an ID……but can get to the polls on election day…. cause the
    liberal talkers to lose any level of credibility and is oddly amusing- Defending
    absurdity. I expect some of them to put forth the idea of opening a polling
    place on the Mexican side of the southern border to catch future border jumpers
    because their income inequality level blocks their ability to pay the coyote to get
    them across…..they have no id…but will be in the US when the election results
    are made known….Isnt it racially discriminatory to block their vote? I would not
    be suprised to hear leftest talkers make this argument…..and probably with a
    straight face!

  3. Jeff  •  Jan 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Why do all of the discussions about income inequality ignore the high level of income mobility in the U.S.. The Treasury Department study on income mobility from 1996 to 2005 demonstrates how rapidly people move up from the lowest 20% up to higher brackets and how quickly the top 1% falls out of that bracket.

    • jguy  •  Jan 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Jeff…A speculation would be that these levels are based on those who are
      employed. The unemployment numbers that we hear are based on surveys
      of those who are continually in the job market. People who are not in the
      job market, whatever the reason, are not considered in the survey with the
      same weight as those who are or who have currently been employed. The basic
      unemployment numbers, to my knowlege, is not just the percent who are
      getting unemployment insurance…it is based on surveys which can be
      adjusted by the type and inference of the questions being asked. If income
      inequality is based on, for example, a persons income who goes from
      student to workforce….could this not account for much positive mobility.
      I am not a professional statistician…but I did work in an area related to
      this issue many years ago. Things are not static in that area so my view
      is just a speculation.

    • xandria  •  Jan 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      2005? Those were the years the middle class was taken out.

  4. xandria  •  Jan 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    It wasn’t that long ago that Kentucky passed law requiring that all voters had to present a valid drivers’ license in order to vote. A friend of mine who grew up there said that the result was that drivers’ tests became increasingly difficult because the people most negatively affect were African-Americans. This is pretty much the same thing. I’m not sure if Republicans have actually managed to convince themselves that this has nothing to do with voter suppression or if they think are fellow Americans are stupid enough to believe it, but it’s clear that this was not a recent issue until minorities and young people started voting Democrat in greater numbers. It is astonishingly disingenuous to pretend that this sudden concern about voter fraud, in a country where no one has lost or won an election because of it, has to do with –what, exactly?

    • R Lorenz  •  Jan 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      The Kentucky state ID card costs $12 and requires your SSN (required also for you earned income tax credit) and your birth certificate. Even the President has one of those.

    • hobbledeehoy  •  Feb 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      -Illegal- voter suppression should be a common cause. And how can you possibly say with certainty that voter fraud has never been a pivotal factor in any election? The sinister nature of voter fraud is that it almost certainly always occurs, but to what extend no one will never know because verification is made impossible by lack of an ID requirement.

      So I’ll turn it right back on you and say that Liberal/Progressive opposition to voter ID, despite the proposition being a clearly justifiable and COMMON SENSE measure, amounts to nothing more than a craven attempt to facilitate the fraudulent expansion of Democrat voter rolls.

      • littlemoe  •  Feb 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        Well, you’re obviously not a logician. I suppose writing such a silly letter makes you feel good, but it certainly says nothing about the ‘fundamental’ American right to vote

  5. Sheryl Tregellas  •  Jan 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Xandria – I believe that the Dept of Motor Vehicles, nationwide, offers either a photo ID drivers license, or a card that is only a photo ID and doesnt license one to drive.

    • xandria  •  Jan 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Obtaining this card is not simple. In my state, it involves more than one trip to the DMV, a lot of paperwork (has to be original) and $60. In other states it is as high as $100. If one is poor, or lives in a remote area, or both, this can make voting very difficult. Also, why should anyone have to pay to vote?

      • lms  •  Jan 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        xandria – How can anyone live in the U.S. without having some sort of ID at all? You need ID for everything…to cash checks, buy alcoholic beverages, register for classes, get pool passes, register your kids for school (along with proof of residency), get a job, etc. Unless you are illegal, it is impossible to exist without some sort of identification. In Illinois you can get an ID card for $20 if over 18 years old…free if you are over 65. Yes, you might have to stand in line at the DMV, but so do the rest of us when we get or renew our Driver’s Licenses. I think we can all wait an hour.

      • Scott B  •  Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        You don’t need a driver’s license. A state ID card or a passport. Voter ID laws protect against Voter ID fraud.

      • Richard  •  Apr 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        $60 to $100? Please list the states where you have to pay that much for a photo ID. Do those people living in a remote area ever shop for groceries or clothes? Most states provide photo ID for those living at the income (or lack of) that you suggest. If you believe voting is important, then you should be concerned that the process is not abused.

  6. jguy  •  Jan 28, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Scott- You must have a picture ID….normally a drivers license or state ID or
    military ID AND a state issued birth certificate and/or original green naturalization. document..pictured and signed in order to initally apply for a US passport. What one needs to vote are a part of what one needs to get a passport.

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