From Supreme Court Justices, to politicians, to Tumblr bloggers, I’ve seen article after article about how racist these voting laws are. That they are purposely discriminating against minorities and it needs to be stopped.
…But no one ever told me why it’s discriminating. I’ve been thinking to myself “exactly what is the connection between needing an ID to vote and racial discrimination?” and I have come up with two answers.
The first argument is because minorities tend to not earn as much money as whites, they use the little money they have in order to feed their families and pay the rent. They don’t have enough extra to pay for an ID so they can vote, therefore it’s discriminatory against them because Republicans are purposely making it harder for those who are unable to buy an ID to vote.
The other argument is that a voter ID is unconstitutional. The 24th Amendment says we are not allowed to be taxed or forced to pay in order to vote(and paying to buy an ID in order to vote means paying to vote).
Whoa there, hold on a second cowboy! It seems that the biggest problem we are having is that because voter IDs cost money, it is discriminatory. There is one problem with this:
Election Identification Certificates.
Election Identification Certificates(EICs) are FREE, I will repeat this as to blow your mind for a second time, FREE acceptable forms for identification for the purpose of voting.
How do you get these wonderful FREE voting IDs? Quite simple! You need two things: Proof of U.S. citizenship, and proof of identity.
First is the U.S. citizenship. Of course you’d need to prove that you’re a citizen in order to vote. (It’s not like you can just cross a boarder illegally into a country and expect to have all the rights that citizens do, right?)
What qualifies as proof of U.S. citizenship?
- U.S. Passport
- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Report of Birth(for citizens born abroad)
- US. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service U.S. Citizen ID card.
The second requirement “proof of identity” is much easier to deal with.
What qualifies as proof of identity?
- Driver’s licence
- Birth certificate
- Naturalization papers
- School records
- Insurance policy
- Vehicle or boat registration
- Unexpired military card
- Marriage licence
- Social security card
- Pilot’s licence
- Unexpired driver’s licence or ID
- Expired driver’s licence or ID
- Offender ID card
- Federal inmate ID card
- Immunization records
- Tribal membership card
- Medicare/Medicaid card
The list goes on, but I’m getting a bit tired of typing, so final question:
What is the purpose of voter ID?
Answer: To prevent voter fraud.
That’s it. Not to discriminate, not to put money into greedy Republican hands, but to make sure that the people who are voting are legally allowed to vote and that those who vote cannot vote more than once.
I hope this was as educational for you as it was for me.
I would also like to point out that, in Texas, voter turnout actually went UP after the voter ID law was put in place.
The first Texas elections under a contentious new photo ID law drew interesting conclusions for an off-year election that normally draws a low amount of voters.
There were nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, and the number of votes tallied was nearly double what it was in 2011. Democrats and civil rights groups have long argued that voter ID requirements suppress turnout, particularly in poor and minority communities.
All nine measures were approved during this election, and dealt primarily with taxes and state budgets, according to Ballot Pedia.
Taxes and state budgets were also the most popular ballot measures for 2011, but the voter ID law had not been passed during that election.
Statewide, an average of about 672,874 Texans voted on those 10 constitutional amendments in 2011. In 2013, the number of votes cast in Texas reached 1,099,670.
In Hidalgo County, which is 90 percent Hispanic, just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election in 2011. In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.
- The Daily Caller