Let’s be explicitly clear about who’s actually committing voter fraud.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 @ 7:37 pm | Crazy Tea Party People

Republicans pushing to require voter ID. While the kind of voter fraud that Fox-wingers whip up a frenzy over is statistically insignificant, check out these stats:

The Brennan Center estimates that 18 percent of all seniors and 25 percent of African-Americans don’t have picture IDs.

Estimates are that it could cost up to $35 to obtain the necessary documents when not in the possession of the voter, plus time off from work to obtain during working hours. And with many people struggling due to the economy, where many sometimes don’t have enough money to buy food and put and keep a roof over their head, it’s unlikely they will have an extra money to pay to vote. Although the government-issued photo ID needed to vote is free, the certified birth certificate or passport needed to obtain one, if unavailable, costs money. And there is additional cost to obtain even more documents, in those cases where a name change is involved due to marriage or divorce.

Can we just fast forward to this being thrown out in court?

-hw

3 Responses to “Let’s be explicitly clear about who’s actually committing voter fraud.”

  1. hw Says:

    Making sure people are who they say they are is not a crime. We ID people for alcohol purchases, for cigarette purchases, for driver licenses, for a variety of things. Voting is no different. It’s time to bring that into the 21st century.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Except there wasn’t a problem identifying people. And the solution ends up actually suppressing and preventing votes, creating an actual distortion where none existed.

  3. AJKamper Says:

    I love this comparison.
    Buying alcohol and cigarettes = not a fundamental right.
    Voting = a fundamental right.

    SEriously, why do people think it’s a good idea to compare them? Do we need free speech licenses? Licenses saying it’s okay to have one’s home safe from due process?