Skip to main content

View Diary: U.S. district judge orders federal officials to help states determine whether voters are citizens (49 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Key is "Pennsylvania." (12+ / 0-)

    Pennsylvania is a swing state.

    Consider Mississippi, where the secretary of state admitted that (a) you have to have photo ID to get a copy of your birth certificate, and (b) you have to have a copy of your birth certificate to get photo ID.

    The GOP is looking to stop as many Dems as possible from voting. They will use every tool they have the power to use. In Pennsylvania they just don't have the unchecked power they have in a lot of other states.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:52:41 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Well, the recent gerrymandering (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      MKSinSA, wader, HeyMikey

      has had an effect...but yeah, there are plenty of people who have been crying "Foul!" about the dirty tricks & we still have some judges who care about the rule of law.

      And my rep to the state legislature is a Dem. Unfortunately, my firmly entrenched rep to D.C. was a teahadist long before the Tea Party existed.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 03:15:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  So if you're out of state (0+ / 0-)

      you have to fly to Mississippi to get your birth certificate, and hope they take your photo ID as genuine?

      When I had to get a copy of Mr. Scribe's certificate back in 2011, I just downloaded the form from the King County (WA) Department of Vital Records website, paid the fee, and mailed it off; had it within about a week or two. (Could've used a weekend trip to Seattle, too, back then.) Even faster for me; we drove up to San Mateo County, paid the fee, and they pulled it off the microfiche records.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:58:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't know the details. (0+ / 0-)

        But, in another example...

        ...I live in Georgia, another deep-red state. I had to renew my driver's license about 3 months ago, which required waiting around for hours at the DMV. The DMV is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and of course in the evenings.

        Now if you'd asked the couple hundred people in the DMV waiting room if they'd like to pay a couple extra bucks for their license in return for a much shorter line, 99.9% of us would obviously have said, "yes." That would allow the DMV to hire more staff, stay open Mondays, and add some Sunday and evening hours. They wouldn't even have to build any buildings--they could just keep their current buildings open longer.

        But the GOP pols who run GA absolutely won't let that happen, because (a) their base demands low government taxes and fees, and (b) the DMV is where you get a free state photo ID, with the same process as getting a driver's license.

        The bureaucratic hassle deters poor people from getting the ID they need to vote. Thus the GOP will ensure the bureaucratic hassle continues.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 04:01:40 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site