Yes, requiring voter ID is partisan, a form of disenfranchisement, and discriminatory. Most people have voter IDs. But for those who don't, it can be a hardship to get one.
Let's use me, for instance. I have a photo ID. But I don't have a certified copy of my birth certificiate (I have the ORIGINAL and ancient microfiche copy of it, but that will not be accepted by the govt as valid). I checked with my birth state's agency to see how long it would take me to get one, and how much it would cost. To get one within a month, it would cost about $50. If I were poor (and I used to be), I wouldn't be able to pay that. The cheaper way is by snail mail. The govt site said that would take 3 to 4 months and cost about $20 or so dollars. When I was poor, I maybe could've scraped together $20, but maybe not (I had about $5 of expendable income, after paying for minimum food, rent, and car note for my used car, and gas).
There is no widespread voter fraud going on. We have several instances of Republic politicians stating outright that the purpose of the new laws is to get Republicans voted and disenfranchise Democratic Party voters.
Even if it seems reasonable to you, there is really no reason for it, without a showing of widespread voter fraud. And there isn't any, and has never been.
I have my own glitches here in TX. A catch-22 of sorts. The STATE put my maiden name as my middle name on my driver's license. The state law requires that, so that's what the STATE did. My voter registration has my birth middle name. I may not be allowed to vote here in TX without the two matching, EVEN THOUGH THE STATE CAUSED THE DISCREPANCY. There was a female District Judge here in TX, on tv, explaining that she was not allowed to vote regularly for this very reason. She was required to sign an affidavit and file a provisional ballot. Even though she had been voting in that precinct for decades, had lived in the same address for decades, the address for both registration & DL was the same, she could show various forms of ID with both middle name and maiden name.
Women disproportionately vote Democratic, and the Tea Party is big in Texas. It is disenfranchisement, pure and simple. It's still in the court system, so hopefully this will be struck down, OR the state's requirement to use maiden name on driver's license will be struck down.
The Tea Partiers are so unethical and mean spirited, aren't they? One thing you can say about the Democratic Party, whatever that party's problems, is that you won't catch them disenfranchising anyone, even Republicans.
I do not understand why AMericans cannot obtain any of these:
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship Card)
Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card)
Social Insurance Number Card
Old Age Security Card
Student ID Card
Provincial/Territorial Identification Card
Liquor Identification Card
Hospital/Medical Clinic Card
Public Transportation Card
Canadian Forces Identity Card
Veterans Affairs Canada Health Card
Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec Card
CNIB ID Card
Firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence or Possession Only Licence
Fishing, Trapping or Hunting Licence
Outdoors or Wildlife Card/Licence
Hospital bracelet worn by residents of long-term care facilities
Parolee Identification Card
(with name and address)
Utility Bill (telephone, TV, public utilities commission, hydro, gas or water)
Bank/Credit Card Statement
Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
Statement of Government Benefits (employment insurance, old age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit)
Attestation of Residence issued by the responsible authority of a First Nations band or reserve
Government Cheque or Cheque Stub
Pension Plan Statement of Benefits, Contributions or Participation
Residential Lease/Mortgage Statement
Income/Property Tax Assessment Notice
Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
One of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter, soup kitchen, student/senior residence, or long-term care facility: Attestation of Residence, Letter of Stay, Admission Form or Statement of Benefits
Note: You need one form the identity card category and one form the original document category.
Seriously how hard is it to get a library card? Though you can avoid all of this by having a health card or provincial ID which have photos.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
Most things are measurable. I think this is as well. We certainly do catch some, very few, and it is reasonable to suggest if we can catch them, likely we can catch others. I should be able to show ballots that were counted that are not valid. That would show the problem. I also suggest that we can know this if we really want to know it.
I would spend more time here, but I am really late for my next meeting. I'll try to spend more time on your answer.
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