I love to vote. I enjoy making my mark on democracy, because I am so privileged to be living in our country in which our vote means something (maybe not to the impact that we would like, but better than nothing). So I’m especially irked about Voter ID laws that purport to prevent voter fraud. Fine, I haven’t done much scientific research about it, but just using my personal knowledge, Puh-lease. If people wanted to affect policy, there are easier ways about doing it than trying to change a single vote in a precinct (that will have no effect unless you know before hand the vote tally) and being subject to a severe fine/imprisonment. I mean, seriously, there are easier and better ways to get different politicians.
I admit I’m growing increasingly conservative and liking the Republican‘s mantra (on particular subjects) of non-intervention by the federal government more and more; however, in terms of Voter ID laws intended to prevent fraud and abuse, it is dis-incentivizing potential voters from being involved with the local government. Like I stated before, I LOVE voting. We should have an opt-out system instead of opt-in. I mean come on, when I’m moving to Indiana and I see the various things that I have to get (Indiana Secure ID Requirements) like a Passport, 2 forms of Indiana residency, and a Social Security card, you might as well ask all those who don’t have enough time/money to get that ‘Identity’ and ‘Lawful Status’ documents to not even think of voting (i.e. people who actually work or have children or need money to feed themselves or their children), for those moving a lot (i.e. college students *slash* people who move around a lot), and for those that can’t wait half-a-day during the weekday to get a Social Security Card. Then, I still have to go to a BMV office to get a Photo ID! Argh, I will spend countless hours getting it, but I feel bad for those that won’t have the massive amounts of time to do all this research.
Score: California 1, Indiana 0
(Indiana will probably have lower taxes to increase their score.)
- Study: Many Could Face Obstacles In Voter ID Laws (npr.org)
- Poor People, Non-Whites, Those With No Cars Face Harder Time With Voter ID Laws (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Voter ID Laws Could Keep Millions of Eligible Voters from Polls, Study Finds (acslaw.org)
- Legal Battles Erupt Over Tough Voter ID Laws (nytimes.com)
- GOP Voter Suppression ID Laws May Affect Millions of Legal Voters (alternet.org)
- Report: voter ID laws place substantial burden on right to vote (jurist.org)