What’s Your Problem With Voter ID, Mr. Holder?
I guess I am one of those citizens who doesn’t understand what all
the fuss is regarding voter identification cards. For as long as I can
remember, I have always had such a card and cannot imagine voting
without it. I certainly do not want someone else to vote on my behalf,
and I would hope election officials would verify that all of the voters
are eligible to do so. Besides, why should voting be any different than
all of the other things we do requiring proper identification, for
* To operate an automobile.
* To register a vehicle.
* To open a bank account.
* To purchase or lease a house, condo, or apartment.
* To obtain a loan for a mortgage, car or anything else of substance.
* To start a job (needed for government reporting requirements).
* To apply for government aid or benefits, such as unemployment, social security, etc.
* To play or coach an organized sport, such as Little League.
* To be an adult leader in a Boy/Girl Scout Troop.
* To enter the military.
* To board an airplane or ship.
* To visit a foreign country.
* To purchase a gun.
* To make an in-store purchase using a check.
* To purchase alcohol.
* To visit a school campus, college, or company.
* To serve on a jury.
* To obtain a library card.
* To deposit garbage in the local dump.
That’s right, you need proper identification to dump
garbage, at least that’s the way it is here in Pinellas County, Florida.
There really aren’t too many things you can do without some form of
identification. Yet, there are people (like our attorney general) who
balk at requiring proper identification to vote in elections, one of our
most sacred duties as citizens as well as a task that is far more
important than garbage disposal.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL),
32 states require some form of identification for voting; 18 do not.
Neither does the District of Columbia or our protectorates, such as
Puerto Rico. In terms of the anticipated swing states for the upcoming
election, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas require voter
identification. However, New York, Illinois, and California do not.
Remarkably, Mexican citizens require a photo ID to
vote in their country. In addition, the voter card has become the
accepted way to prove one’s identity, to open a bank account, board an
airplane, and buy beer. The Mexicans clearly understand the value of a
valid identification card; why don’t we Americans understand? Is it
because someone has some ulterior motive for voting? Bottom line: there
is no valid reason for not having voter identification. It’s a
Keep the Faith!
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