Why oppose voter photo ID?

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Photo voter ID laws are treated by liberal media as sinister schemes advocated by right-wing extremists to deny the elderly, poor and minorities voter access.

Another charge against photo IDs is that it is difficult for elderly, poor or minorities to travel to obtain this ID. I am required to show photo ID to receive medical care. How can these “denied” voters from rural areas with no medical care in their areas travel to Augusta’s medical facilities for treatment but can’t arrange travel to obtain burdensome free photo ID?

Critics of photo ID requirements say these are not needed by these voters since they don’t have bank accounts; they have no vehicles, so they don’t need drivers’ licenses; they don’t rent cars, don’t go to hotels and don’t get on planes or ships or apply for passports. This “denied” group must be healthy since they apparently never need medical services, although many are elderly.

Should the American Civil Liberties Union sue all medical facilities as being discriminatory for requiring the insidious and burdensome requirement of a photo ID?

Jean Bowles

Augusta

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/23/13 - 04:13 pm
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Yep

You got that right, allhans. The polling place becomes a social gathering site on election day. How's yah momma an’ ’em?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/23/13 - 04:21 pm
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specsta

Your comment is just unbelievable. I never in my life have I seen a mind that is so far out of touch with reality.

I give up!!!!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 09/23/13 - 04:27 pm
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OJP wrote:

"Also, any such legislation should provide funding for free ID cards to be delivered via mail or in person to anyone who requests them."

Via mail? Well then; I want an I.D. Card identifying myself and Clint Eastwood, because that's my name and who I am!! Don't ask me to prove that's who I am, just put it in the mail pal!!!

"If we are going to burden a fundamental American right, we better have a good reason to do so."

How do we do this; when EVERY time we actually HAVE a good reason, democrats downplay it and say "Nothing to see here, move along."?

It's been DOCUMENTED!! People have voted NUMEROUS times in the Presidential election, but nothint to see here. DEAD people have voted, especially in Minnesota; nothing to see here. ACORN was registering individual convicted felons to vote, NUMEROUS TIMES; nothing to see here. People were hitting the Mitt Romney tab and a vote for Obama would appear; nothing to see here. Trust me, I could go on with examples!!

So, what exactly is substantial OJP? Obviously, to the democrats, NOTHING IS, unless it involved GWB!!

myfather15
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myfather15 09/23/13 - 04:27 pm
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OJP

No one has said the right to vote isn't important; but it is EQUALLY important to make sure the process isn't being corrupted and abused, is it not?

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 04:29 pm
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I'm with you, George

I could not believe specsta's statement that voter fraud does not exist.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/11/cincinnati-poll-worker-charge...

chascushman
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chascushman 09/23/13 - 04:33 pm
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"Tell us.....but be
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"Tell us.....but be careful....you may be insulting people when you say they are too stupid to aquire a free ID."
HA, I believe that are many voters for the lying, racist, communist in the WH "that are too stupid to aquire a free ID."

myfather15
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myfather15 09/23/13 - 04:39 pm
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CG and KSL

Specsta doesn't actually believe that!! The point is they MUST discredit the allegation, even AFTER being proven factual; in order to continue their blatant scam on America!! Just like Benghazi!! Nothing actually happened there and it's a made up, right wing scandal!!

"Nothing to see here!!" They know the majority of UNINVOLVED American's will NOT hold them responsible. They WANT illegals, felons, and an individual person voting multiple times, because those people vote heavily democrat!! Why in this world would they try to stop it? It would be like shooting yourself in the foot before running a marathon!!

When you can go on the streets and ask people who the vice president is, and they can't tell you; or ask them about the founding fathers and they can't name a single one; do you really think these people will care about voter fraud or Benghazi???

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harley_52 09/23/13 - 04:52 pm
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There Is Only One Reason....

....the American Left opposes Voter IDs..

They can cheat and game the voting system easier when they aren't required to prove their identity.

No other reason.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/23/13 - 04:53 pm
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Cobalt...Don't give
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Cobalt...Don't give up...that's his plan.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/23/13 - 05:27 pm
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"The only reason I ever saw

"The only reason I ever saw slow movement in the line at a poll was when the poll worker and the voter decided to have a nice long chit-chat."

I really appreciate seeing this comment but it removes all doubt that some are honest in their belief that there is not a problem with how some elections are run. After seeing people in FLA and Ohio wait in line for as long as 5-8 hours, it is clear now that some folks just don't give a hoot. So be it. As I said, you have removed any benefit of the doubt.

What is really sad is that those who cook up these restrictive schemes have lost sight of what we as a nation are to represent to the rest of the world. Are we showing underdeveloped nations how to encourage all to be active participants in the electoral progress? Never again do I want to hear a single conservative criticizing a Third World Nation about how they elect their leaders. They have ceded the moral high ground on this topic.

This matter used to boil my blood. But no more. The old timers used to say, " When you dig a ditch for me, you had better dig two." What they understood was it is not possible to hold others back without being in the same position as the one being held back or restricted. Furthermore, I believe in Karma. I just pray the good Lord allows me to live to see the GOP get what they deserve.

Great afternoon to All. :-)

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 05:34 pm
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Just what does the GOP

Just what does the GOP deserve?

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 05:37 pm
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How can anyone in their right

How can anyone in their right mind be for voter fraud?

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 05:40 pm
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They can't. They just have to

They can't. They just have to claim it is not happening. The problem is that it is most likely happening way more than what is found out.

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 05:41 pm
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Any level of fraud is

Any level of fraud is unexceptable.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/23/13 - 05:42 pm
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I Love Hearing...

...all these left-wing politicians and talking heads claiming "there are hundreds of thousands of poor voters who will be disenfranchised by the Voter ID laws." What a joke. I wish someone would say something likek "name three." It's totally made up. Very, very, very, very few Americans don't have IDs. Transportation for these folks is available. There is NO rational excuse.

It's all about voter fraud...

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/23/13 - 05:44 pm
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Some conservatives on voter

Some conservatives on voter photo IDs and Guns:

Voter Photo IDs: We need strict voter photo ID laws to discourage voter fraud; you know, we must be proactive. We can't wait for fraud to occur then try to stamp it out. If a few people are inconvenienced that should not bother those who are law abiding citizens. That is the price we pay to ensure that we have fraud-free elections that reflect the will of the people.

Background checks for Gun owners: We should not have common sense background checks for firearms owners. That only inconveniences law abiding gun owners. This is a right granted by the constitution and if a few bad apples slip through, well that the result of a free society. We can't use proactive measures to inconvenience the majority in order catch a few bad guys. Guns don't kill; people kill.

What the heck; soon they will tell us that "guns are people, too."

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/23/13 - 05:51 pm
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"You got that right, allhans.

"You got that right, allhans. The polling place becomes a social gathering site on election day. How's yah momma an’ ’em?'

You are right. The Right thought people would be discouraged and go home and give up but they brought chairs, some served doughnuts and coffee to make the wait less stressful.

Ooops! I should not have said that. Now the GOP will pass laws that forbid old people from sitting or talking in line while waiting to vote. They will have to stand quietly in line for 8 hours or not be able to vote.

You would think if the GOP thought that they had the best ideas people would be running to vote for them and the GOP would do all they could to help them vote.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/23/13 - 05:51 pm
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You Know

the real Sad, Sad, Sad point of the voter fraud thingiee is, we are now under leadership of a King SMNCICBHO(M), (A Hammer & Sickle Man)
that maybe should not "BE"!

We know and factually documented thousands of fraudulent votes cast.
Just how many are "unknown"?

I can't remember what state is was, but the total Democat vote cast were more than the total registered voters on the register. No republican vote was cast.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/23/13 - 05:58 pm
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Voter Fraud

If there is none why are church buses from other counties showing up at polls with busloads of "residents", to vote, that no one's seen since their funeral? Why are certain people going into voting booths for an hour, to tie them up to try to keep people from voting? Why are certain people standing around outside polling places acting in a menacing manner to people as they come up to vote? If it were up to me, these people wouldn't be turned away but locked up for 30 years on a chain gang!!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/23/13 - 05:59 pm
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HA @ 1:56

"t3bledsoe...if you are making NO effort to verify identity, then you have no way of knowing how much fraud there is."

THANKS for responding!! GOOD to have you back!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/23/13 - 06:03 pm
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BIG BROTHER is watching

I guess ALL of the people who have used voter registration cards, FOR DECADES, will be out of their RIGHT TO VOTE because Republicans say so!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/23/13 - 06:08 pm
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KSL @ 5:37

"How can anyone in their right mind be for voter fraud?"

We liberals, IN OUR RIGHT MINDS, are not for voter fraud. We just want to preserve THE OLD TRIED AND TRUE!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/23/13 - 06:12 pm
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Got to go

Can't fight HA today. She / he is on her / his super AA game!!

Maybe tomorrow. Have a good evening.

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 06:26 pm
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Truth

Be truthful. Can you point out where conservatives believe there should be no background checks? Heck, I have been through 2 and my husband one to purchase a gun this year.

What we do not trust is some bureacrat's interpretation of the law.

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 06:42 pm
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bledsoe

It has been tried and has not been found to be true of recent.Why else can some woman vote 7 times for Obama?

KSL
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KSL 09/23/13 - 07:59 pm
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What if she had voted 7 times

What if she had voted 7 times for the candidate you were not supporting. Now multiply it times all the candidates and measures on the ballot. One illegal ballot actually turns into numerous illegal votes.

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allhans 09/23/13 - 08:30 pm
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At Campaign stops Biden (and

At Campaign stops Biden (and I would guess all other campaigners) would tell the crowd that a bus is outside waiting to take them to the polls....Do your voting early! Vote today!

And that is what early voting is all about.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/23/13 - 09:04 pm
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"If there is none why are

"If there is none why are church buses from other counties showing up at polls with busloads of "residents", to vote, that no one's seen since their funeral?"

Some churches have buses that are some times loaned to smaller churches for use because they don't have the resources to purchase one. Now tell me the exact name that you saw on those buses and I will personally do the research for you. Trust me, I have a lot of connections in that area.

Don't keep me waiting.

As for the people who have been funeralized, you are on your own with that one. My guess is YOU have the connections with that group!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/23/13 - 09:18 pm
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"If we are going to burden a

"If we are going to burden a fundamental American right, we better have a good reason to do so."

We burden our fundamental 2nd and 4th Amendment rights every day.....TRULY burden them. Showing an ID to vote is ZERO burden.

Voting is a fundamental right IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN. You must FIRST prove you are an AMERICAN and then you have a fundamental right to vote. There is no other burden...unfortunately.....like an intelligence test......or a PAY FEDERAL TAXES test. So AFTER you prove you are an AMERICAN there IS NO BURDEN to your fundamental right.

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carcraft 09/23/13 - 09:34 pm
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Got to love the hypocrisy of

Got to love the hypocrisy of Obama. Told folks in one African country they should have voter I'D. JUST CAN'T DO IT IN THE USA! Now it turns out with out fraud Obama would not have been on the ballot in Minnesota!

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