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Voter IDs are not free. In most of the 34 states requiring them to address a problem that you yourself admit exists only in "belief" and "impression" after decades of careful search ... the IDs carry a fee.
The 11 percent of eligible voters who lack the required photo ID must travel to a designated government office to obtain one. Yet many citizens will have trouble making this trip. In the 10 states with restrictive voter ID laws:
- Nearly 500,000 eligible voters do not have access to a vehicle and live more than 10 miles from the nearest state ID-issuing office open more than two days a week. Many of them live in rural areas with dwindling public transportation options.
- More than 10 million eligible voters live more than 10 miles from their nearest state ID-issuing office open more than two days a week.
- 1.2 million eligible black voters and 500,000 eligible Hispanic voters live more than 10 miles from their nearest ID-issuing office open more than two days a week. People of color are more likely to be disenfranchised by these laws since they are less likely to have photo ID than the general population.
- Many ID-issuing offices maintain limited business hours. For example, the office in Sauk City, Wisconsin is open only on the fifth Wednesday of any month. But only four months in 2012 — February, May, August, and October — have five Wednesdays. In other states — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas — many part-time ID-issuing offices are in the rural regions with the highest concentrations of people of color and people in poverty.
First Time Voters
In addition to the laws governing what identification all voters must show at the polls, first time voters may face additional requirements. The federal Help America Vote Act (section 15483(b)(2)(A)) mandates that all states require identification from first-time voters who register to vote by mail and have not provided verification of their identification at the time of registration. The act lists a "current and valid photo identification" or "a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter” as acceptable forms of ID.
Please quote any reference by me to "the collective" in anything I've said here. Are you watching too much Star Trek again?
As to the remaining provisions, the court finds that even assuming Plaintiffs (the United States) are likely to succeed on the merits, they have not demonstrated they are likely to suffer irreparable harm - a necessary prerequisite for preliminary relief - before trial in the absence of an injunction.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: Gryphon66
Since I'm not white and I don't own property, the whole idea of only white property owners voting kinda sucks to me.
While you state that 34 states do this, why not allow the additional 23 states to do the same?
If money is a problem maybe they can sell off their Obama phones!!
originally posted by: LDragonFire
A victory for the smaller government crowd.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: beezzer
Why are you watching that crap so (presumably) late?
Might as well go to another site and read /nosleep. LOL
Okay, I'm toddling off to vote (maybe once, maybe twice, who can say?) for my free phone and my 40 acres.
Oh wait, Georgia is an ID State ... CURSES FOILED AGAIN!
Georgia law (O.C.G.A § 21-2-417) requires Georgia residents to show photo identification when voting in person. This website is just one part of our comprehensive outreach and education program to ensure that citizens are aware of the photo identification requirement. Electronic versions of publications and press releases pertaining to this requirement are available here, as well. If you have questions, need more information or have difficulty getting a FREE Voter Identification Card, you can contact your county registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at:
Georgia Voter Identification Requirements