Carol Platt Liebau: Kudos to Georgia

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Kudos to Georgia

For passing a voter ID law. Amazingly, it's now only one of seven states that requires a voter to show identification in order to participate in the democratic process. That means in most states that it's more difficult to open a bank account, write a check or hop on a plane than it is to exercise the franchise, a rather pathetic commentary.

Democrats have been arguing that the law will adversely impact minorities, the elderly and rural voters. But as the piece points out, the law "gives voters who need identification a chance to get a free, state-issued card at voter registration sites in each of Georgia's 159 counties."

Strikes me that it's a lot more burdensome to pay taxes (or fill out tax forms) than it is to get a free ID. Funny how Democrats don't object to those sorts of inconveniences being imposed on the American people, though.

6 Comments:

Blogger Dittohead said...

Admirable that Dems want to protect everyone's right to vote and even in poor rural areas.

To some extent one can only wonder if the republicans would rather not have them vote as they only address the concerns of the very wealthy.

Let us not forget President Bush was attending a political fund raiser with wealthy constituents in CA and playing his presidential guitar while the poor, the edlerly, and the disabled were being eaten by their pets in New Orleans.

11:52 AM  
Blogger ELC said...

Whew! What a roller coaster ride! Georgia passes legislation protecting everybody's right to vote (that's what requiring identification to vote does: it protects the voter's rights). Somehow, George Bush playing a guitar last year has something to do with it. Go figure.

12:08 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Were I in Georgia I would applaud the protection of MY vote from those who would vote fraudulently.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

eLarson writes, "Were I in Georgia I would applaud the protection of MY vote from those who would vote fraudulently."

eLarson, according to the Georgia Secretary of State, she knew of no reported instances of in person voter fraud. What evidence do you have to the contrary?

10:07 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

The evidence is in other states that don't have the protection. If you look back at the slashed tires of RNC vans in Wisconsin, you'll see a trend. Oh yes, there were some idiots on both sides playing illegal games, but it was proven that the lefties outnumbered the righties 2-1.

With all the useless legislation passed, it's good to see some passed with a tiny bit of sense.

8:50 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

eLarson, according to the Georgia Secretary of State, she knew of no reported instances of in person voter fraud. What evidence do you have to the contrary?

None, and there should now be very little chance of there being some in the future. I had no idea you had such a libertarian streak, Twist.

12:46 PM  

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