posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 07:28 PM
The driver's license has become more than what it is supposed to be. It is supposed to be a license to drive--not a form of government sanctioned
There are several issues with using a drivers license to vote, and a big one is that the DMV charges a fee to obtain licenses and non-drivers IDs. If
these cards are required to vote, in essence, it is a requirement to pay a fee to vote--and that is a poll tax and a violation of the 24th
Another problem with using a driver's license for voting is the entity that issues driver's licenses--your state's Department of Motor Vehicles,
has a main priority of issuing licenses to drive--and I don't know if you have noticed, they sometimes don't even do that very well. Many DMVs are
using antiquated computer systems and seem to be staffed by mental patients. But the issue here is that there are times in almost everyone's life,
due to no fault of their own, when they walk around without a valid ID/driver's license. If that time happens to be during election or primary time,
you are disenfranchised.
Because of the fact that the DMV is optimized for driver's licenses, in many places, like my state-- New York--people who have non-driver's ID cards
(people who can't drive for medical reasons, senior citizens, non-drivers, etc..), people with different classes of licenses (cabbies,
truck-drivers), people with outstanding tickets/violations, and people who have to retake their eye eyam/pictures, etc. have to appear in person at
the DMV so your identification can be verified in person. This makes no sense because driver's licenses can be renewed in the mail--but this is DMV
logic. You can only do this 29 days prior to the expiration of your ID--and it takes up to 8 weeks to get your new one. You don't have to know DMV
math to figure out that you can be without an ID for as long as four weeks--and it can be longer if you don't rush in to the DMV on the first day
that you are eligible to renew.
For people like me, as my birthday/ID expiration frequently falls on or just before election day, this means that once every 6 years, I will most
likely be disenfranchised (I wouldn't have been able to vote this year). I am not the only one either--thousands of people will be affected, even at
different times of the year when primaries and special elections are held.
I am not opposed to using a form of photo ID, but it is unfair to use a driver's license when there are major problems with it.
Why not issue voter registration cards with pictures and signatures--and have an identical picture and signature on file at the polling place? Isn't
the point to prove that the person voting is the person who registered? Why does it make a difference if the ID is state issued or not?
And who is kidding who here? The voter confidence issue isn't mainly in people voting more than once---it is in the election officials ability to
count. Until the election process is truly investigated in a transparent manner, voter confidence will never be restored...