In two recent cases, Federal Courts ruled against Texas and Wisconsin, which had passed laws requiring a photo ID to vote.
NBC News reporting on the Texas law the day it was struck down noted, “A federal appeals court has ruled that the Texas voter ID law illegally discriminates against blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Voting Rights Act…” — from NBC News
Myrna Pérez of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program stated, “No American should ever lose their right to vote just because they don’t have a photo ID…The court sent a message that discriminatory photo ID laws are an affront to our democracy and cannot stand.” – Ibid.
So what is the current procedure, especially in light of these recent rulings, if someone shows up at a poll on election day without ID? They simply sign an affidavit which states they are who they say they are.
Surely someone who is intent on committing voter fraud wouldn’t lie, would they?
Before we linger on the question above, we need to apply the Federal Court’s “discrimination test” across the board to see if there are any inconsistencies.
Is it discriminatory for a state to require a photo on a driver’s license?
Is the TSA discriminating against minorities for requiring a photo ID to board a plane?
How about the U.S. Customs Service? Is the policy of requiring a photo ID to get a travel VISA a racially motivated policy?
How about purchasing beer and cigarettes? You have to have a photo ID to buy these products. Do these laws discriminate against blacks and Hispanics?
And the irony of ironies, this picture from the 2016 Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia requires voting delegates to have a picture ID to pick up their credentials — credentials which allow them to vote!
But according to the courts, it’s discriminatory to ask for a photo ID to vote in a state or national election.
So why is this issue so important to those who support law and order? Because our elected officials have the power to change the course of the nation.
Voter ID laws were enacted for numerous reasons. First, to ensure each voter voted only once and second, to make sure foreign influences could not come in and hijack our elections.
By now someone has said, these are good points. However, voting is a Constitutional right, and the other things you mentioned are not, therefore, it is not a fair comparison.
Well then, to be consistent, would you support striking down laws which require a photo ID to purchase a firearm? Isn’t that a right guaranteed by the Constitution? Would you support allowing someone to buy a gun by just signing an affidavit which says they are who they say they are? Probably not.
And if not, then isn’t it a fair inference to make that your objection to photo ID laws has nothing to do with discrimination whatsoever? So what could it be?
The only reason to strike down sensible laws, which require a person to have a proper photo ID to vote in a state or national election is that you want voter fraud to take place.