While it was nice to see North Carolina’s absurd and racist voter suppression measures struck down by the courts, the entire argument over voter ID laws is still one that amazes me. Now, I do understand how the average person, who is used to carrying and producing his driver’s licence on a regular basis might not see why it would be a big deal for anybody else to be able to do so as well at the polls. And, I can see the logic that if somebody tries to vote but can’t produce ID, well, they may be trying to vote as somebody else. And, realistically speaking, for 99% of voters, providing their ID is not really a big issue.
On the other hand, people forget that:
- state-issued ID’s can be lost, destroyed, or damaged, and most voter ID laws do not allow for other forms of photo ID, like from schools or employers.
- all any ID really is is a document that declares that a person who looks like this photo has this name. But at some point, that person had to provide non-photographic evidence like a birth certificate and/or social security card. I have a brother who is two years younger than me, if I wanted to and he was willing, I could take his documentation to a DMV office in another state and suddenly I have an official state ID proclaiming that I’m someone that I’m not. What I’m getting at here is that if somebody really wants to vote illegally, at the risk of a felony conviction, they’ll figure out how to get a fraudulent ID anyway.
- absentee ballots are still allowed, and by definition it is impossible to confirm that they were filled out by the person who claims filled them out. But yet for some reason, people very concerned about illegal voters at the polls are not so concerned about illegal voters who are overseas. Perhaps because a lot of these ballots are from service members, who tend to vote Republican?
At the end of the day, you should always be suspicious of a “solution” to a problem that doesn’t exist. Elections are not being swayed by people showing up to vote under the guise of being somebody else. It doesn’t make sense that the Democrats would spend time and money trying to get people who are not eligible to vote to the polls when there are so many legal voters who are not inspired enough to go to the polls.
The whole thing is, for the lack of a better term, bullshit.