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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. after signing Voting Rights Act.
President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. after signing Voting Rights Act.
The Brennan Center, NYU Law School's public policy institute that focuses on democracy and justice issues, has a new report detailing the challenges faced by voters in 10 states with new, restrictive voter ID laws. Those laws ultimately mean that as many as 500,000 eligible voters won't cast ballots because of the insurmountable barriers these laws erect, particularly for rural voters. In other words, yes, these new laws are basically poll taxes.

The cost of the IDs aside, most of these voters don't have access to transportation to obtain the ID. To complicate matters more, in many of these states, the offices that are designated to issue IDs are open infrequently for short periods of time.

Even if someone seeking photo ID manages to travel to an ID-issuing office, there is no guarantee it will be open during regular business hours. In Wisconsin, Alabama, and Mississippi, fewer than half of all ID-issuing offices are open five days a week. None are open on weekends. And some offices maintain truly unusual hours: the office in Woodville, Mississippi is open only on the second Thursday of each month.
The report also provides an extensive look at the scarcity of ID-issuing offices in areas heavily populated by people of color and those in poverty — the exact population that most lack government-issued photo ID.

In 11 Alabama counties within the rural “black belt,” there are more than 60,000 eligible black voters but no driver’s license offices open more than two days per week. In Texas, in 32 counties near the Mexico border, there are 80,000 Hispanic eligible voters but only two such ID-issuing offices. Across the voter ID states, many of the offices with limited hours are located in rural areas with high concentrations of minority voters.

There's even one office, in Sauk City, Wisconsin, that's open "only on the fifth Wednesday of any month. That would limit the office to being open just four days this year." Sure, you can get a free voter ID, if you happen to have one of those four days free, have transportation, and already have the necessary documentation—birth certificate, marriage license, divorce decree—all lined up. One state court judge found that these barriers are a "substantial impairment of the right to vote" guaranteed by Wisconsin's constitution, and blocked the voter ID law from being implemented. So voters in Sauk City will at least be able to exercise their franchise. They're among the lucky.

Since these laws have passed around the country, we've seen plenty of examples of what it can cost both in terms of money and time and hassle to get the documents necessary to get what might be a "free" voter ID.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 02:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Here's how you mess with these laws: (6+ / 0-)

    Get the court to recognize the difficulty and have the court ORDER offices to be in ALL local areas, open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK (Maybe with Sunday off if they're generous) and REIMBURSE costs of an ID such as a birth certificate and what not.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 02:36:52 PM PDT

    •  Or, attack them as an illegal (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bear83, mookins, Losty, zenbassoon

      UNCONSTITUTIONAL poll tax, which they are.

    •  Sadly even that isn't enough to help some (4+ / 0-)
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      bear83, mookins, zenbassoon, anyname

      My mother, for instance, was born at home and never had a birth certificate.  Her birth was registered at the Town Hall in a book which was gone after a fire years after her birth.

      There are many folks who can't access a birth certificate or have other problems like their name being misspelled on it or name change from marriage.

      Additionally, most places, like the DMV, aren't readily accessible for folks who have no transportation (it's the DMV, accessible to drivers) and sometimes people have difficulty getting out of their homes (many people vote by mail with an abscentee ballot if they're frail, elderly, or have medcal issues.

      Bottom line:  We don't have a problem with voter fraud and don't need any additional "security" for voters.  We do, however, have documented problems with election fraud and that should be the focus of new laws and regulations - particularly misinformation being deliberately sent about voting dates and polling places as well as frivolous voter challenges.  And, most importantly, secret software for voting machines that is easily hacked.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 03:30:04 PM PDT

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  •  I still don't understand (0+ / 0-)

    why our hair should be on fire about this if the Democratic Party's hair isn't on fire about this.  You would think they would be hollering like crazy because it's their jobs at risk.  

    Or maybe not.  Maybe there are some Democratic voters they could just as well do without.  There really are opposing factions within the party, and voters that represent the undesirable demographics of some factions might not care.  I don't know.  

    In the meantime, though, until that's clarified, I find myself curious but not more concerned than they are.

  •  If I was a betting man (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, Losty

    I would bet that 500,000 is on the low end of the number of people disenfranchised. I bet you could hit that number in just 3 states - FL, PA, and TX.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 03:43:15 PM PDT

  •  Fifth Wednesday of every month? (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    Who makes a decision like that?

  •  Why not make it so you can get voter ID when you (0+ / 0-)

    go to vote?  Let all of those offices that aren't open set up tables off to the side at each precinct, and mandate that they offer free legal voter IDs to anyone that needs one that is 'good for life'.   Or require states that require such ID's to actually have 'mobile' ID creation, such that you simply have to telephone an automated line to schedule for them to come to you to give you your ID?  If you can't repeal, there's got to be a way to get these folks such ID's without placing the onus on the individual citizen.

  •  If only there was an organization (7+ / 0-)

    dedicated to getting disadvantaged citizens registered and fighting systemic obstacles to their ability to vote.

    Oh wait.  That was ACORN.

  •  passports should be free (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Um, I keep hearing about how the poor, the old, (2+ / 0-)
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    ConfusedSkyes, Iberian

    The minorities, the young, and generally the Democrats are being disenfranchised.  But how about the married women who lack the necessary ID?  Married women whose names are different than the ones on their birth certificates.
    Republican war on women: Disenfranchising married women.

    •  Yes, they are on the list, and their stories (0+ / 0-)

      are being told. Transgenders, too. The following is only one of many such sources.

      ACLU of Pennsylvania Voter ID Clients

      Viviette Applewhite, 93, Philadelphia Ms. Applewhite is an African-American woman born in 1919 in Philadelphia. Ms. Applewhite worked as a welder during World War II in the Sun Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ms. Applewhite married and raised a daughter who for decades worked for various federal, Pennsylvania, and municipal government agencies. Now a widow, Ms. Applewhite has lived in Philadelphia for more than twenty years and enjoys five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She has voted in nearly every election since at least 1960. Ms. Applewhite marched to support civil rights for African-Americans with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Macon, Georgia, and traveled on several occasions to hear him preach in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ms. Applewhite does not have and has been unable to obtain photo identification required by Pennsylvania's voter photo ID law and thus after voting at nearly every election for more than 50 years will be unable to cast a ballot this November.

      Wilola Lee, 59, Philadelphia Ms. Lee is an African-American woman born in rural Wilkerson County, Georgia. She was raised by her grandmother, who moved her to Philadelphia in 1957, where she has lived ever since. Ms. Lee finished the eleventh grade, married, and raised two children, one of whom is a former school principal and now works for the Pennsylvania state government. Ms. Lee worked for the Philadelphia Public Schools for many years, including work with special needs children. Her husband passed away six years ago. Ms. Lee has been voting for decades and worked as a poll worker in the city of Philadelphia. She has been trying for nearly ten years to get a birth certificate that she will need to get a photo ID to vote, but the state of Georgia has told her they have no record of her birth. Ms. Lee does not have and has been unable to obtain photo identification required by Pennsylvania's Photo ID Law, and thus after voting in nearly every election for more than 30 years, she will be unable to do so in November.

      Gloria Cuttino, 61, Philadelphia Ms. Cuttino is an African-American woman who was born in Summerville, South Carolina. She moved to Philadelphia at a young age. Ms. Cuttino's mother died when she was sixteen, leaving Ms. Cuttino alone to care for her three younger brothers and sisters. Forced by these circumstances to drop out of school, the teenage Ms. Cuttino began working at a commercial laundry to support the family. Ms. Cuttino raised four children, one of whom is a Philadelphia police officer, and now has ten grandchildren. She has over the years worked on behalf of local candidates for elected office. She has been trying for over one year to get her birth certificate, which she needs to get a ID, from South Carolina, which has told her they have no birth record. She has recently worked with a pro bono lawyer, who has determined that the only way to now get a "delayed" birth certificate is to seek census and other records, which will cost approximately $100, and to then employ an attorney in South Carolina to petition the court. Unless enforcement of the photo ID Law is enjoined, Ms. Cuttino will not be able to vote in November.

      Nadine Marsh, 84, Beaver County Ms. Marsh is a Caucasian woman who was born in suburban Pittsburgh in 1928. She was the second oldest of ten children and her father worked for Bethlehem Steel. She married her high school sweetheart and then devoted herself to raising three children. Ms. Marsh never drove a car and thus has never had a driver's license. She and other family members have over the years tried to get her birth certificate that she will need to get a photo ID from Pennsylvania. They have gone in person to the Pittsburgh office of the Division of Vital Records, where they have obtained other family members' birth certificates, but have been told that a birth certificate does not exist for Ms. Marsh. Without an identification considered acceptable under Pennsylvania's voter photo ID Law, or the ability to obtain one, Ms. Marsh will be prevented from voting in November.

      Dorothy Barksdale, 86, Philadelphia Ms. Barksdale is an African-American woman born at home by a midwife in rural Halifax County, Virginia in 1926. She cleaned homes for many years to help raise two children, both of whom are now deceased. After Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Ms. Barksdale worked as a poll official in Philadelphia. She has not missed voting in a single election since at least 2001. But Ms. Barksdale has no photo ID acceptable under the photo ID Law. She has never driven and thus has not needed a driver's license. She and her niece have tried for three years to obtain a birth certificate from the state of Virginia, which now has advised them that they have no birth record.

      Bea Bookler, 93, Chester County Ms. Bookler is a Caucasian woman born in Philadelphia in 1918. Graduating from Philadelphia's Overbrook High School at the height of the Depression, Ms. Bookler was forced to get a job to earn money and could not go to college. She worked as a secretary until she married a World War II veteran in 1945. She raised two children and now also has two grandchildren. Ms. Bookler was widowed in 2006 and now lives in an assisted living facility in Devon, Chester County. Ms. Bookler has voted regularly since casting her first ballot for Franklin Roosevelt in 1940. She has now grown frail with age. Going to the polls to vote twice a year is difficult for Ms. Bookler, but it is so important to her that these are two of only a handful of excursions away from her assisted-living facility that she has mustered the energy to take in recent years. Ms. Bookler does not presently have a photo ID acceptable under Pennsylvania's photo ID law. While she has the official documents necessary to get a valid ID from PennDOT, to actually get that ID she must go to the nearest PennDOT Driver's License Center about ten miles from her home. Doing so would require her to arrange transportation and would be an enormous physical hardship. Unfortunately, because she neither has nor can get an ID acceptable under Pennsylvania's voter photo ID law, she will not be able to vote in November, an election she believes may be her last.

      Joyce Block, 89, Bucks County Ms. Block is a Caucasian woman born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1922. She became a professional chorus girl at age sixteen, and played, among many other roles, in the original Broadway cast of Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. At age twenty-one she married Carl Block, a lifelong musician who played in "Big Bands," and together they opened and ran several candy and ice-cream stores and raised six children while living in New York, New Jersey and, since 1973, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Now a widow, Ms. Block's six children have given her 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Ms. Block has voted in nearly every election since 1944, and has not missed a vote in at least the past ten years. She instilled a civic-mindedness in her children, all of whom are politically active, and voting is extremely important to the entire family. Ms. Block has never driven or had a PennDOT-issued identification. PennDOT officials advised her that she could not get a photo ID card because her birth certificate and Social Security card were in her maiden name while her voter registration was in her married name, and the mismatch precluded issuance of an ID. Ms. Block's only documentation of marriage, which she brought with her, is a marriage certificate written in Hebrew. The DMV clerks could not understand the certificate and refused to accept it as proof of her name change. Unlike many other Pennsylvania voters who do not have and cannot obtain voter ID, Ms. Block is fortunate to have political connections. Her family reached out to to the office of her state senator for assistance. His office worked with PennDOT to obtain a temporary voter ID for Ms. Block.

      Henrietta Kay Dickerson, 75 Pittsburgh Ms. Dickerson is an African-American woman born in Chatham, Louisiana, in 1936. Her mother brought her to Pittsburgh when she was an infant. Ms. Dickerson has been a lifelong resident of the city's Hill District. She has an adult son and two grandsons. Ms. Dickerson worked for more than forty years as a nurse at Pittsburgh's Magee Women's Hospital. Ms. Dickerson has been voting her entire adult life, missing elections only when she has been very sick. She has not missed voting in an election for more than a decade. Ms. Dickerson had a PennDOT-issued non-driver photo ID, but it expired on May 31, 2011. Not needing the ID for any other reason, she did not renew it. After hearing about the new voter photo ID law, Ms. Dickerson realized she would need to renew her PennDOT ID. She spent several hours gathering necessary documents for a trip to a PennDOT Driver's License Center in downtown Pittsburgh on April 18, 2012. Despite the state's promise that people could get photo ID cards free for voting purposes, the personnel at the DMV refused to give Ms. Dickerson a free card, insisting that she pay $13.50, which she did. They told her that she could not get a free ID because her old one had not been expired for more than a year, even though it would not be valid on election day in November. Since Ms. Dickerson does not need the ID for any reason but to vote, the fee is tantamount to a poll tax.

      Devra Mirel ("Asher") Schor, 22, Pittsburgh Mr. Schor is a transgender man (female to male) registered voter in Pennsylvania who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He works as a paralegal for a public interest law firm that provides civil rights assistance to Pennsylvania prisoners. Assigned a female sex at birth, Mr. Schor began medical transition with a bi-lateral mastectomy in December 2010. He has been undergoing hormone therapy (testosterone) since October 2011. He does not currently plan to have more surgery, but the hormone therapy will continue indefinitely. Mr. Schor expects to formally change his name and gender identity after the transitioning process is further along, which will not be before the November election. Mr. Schor has two forms of photo ID acceptable under the new voter photo ID law - a current passport and driver's license - but in both he looks like a woman and is identified as "female." He now looks and presents like a man. Given the stark and obvious difference in appearance and gender designation between Mr. Schor's identification documents and his current appearance, Mr. Schor has a very real and legitimate concern that poll workers will refuse to allow him to vote on election day in November when the person in his ID photos looks so different from the person who comes to vote.

      Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:23:38 AM PDT

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  •  OK, is the Democratic party on this? (5+ / 0-)

    Right now, precinct by precinct, the Dems should be identifying voters who need IDs and arranging transportation and guides to take them to get the IDs issued.  Ditto, they should arrange transportation on Election Day.  

    The requirement is not fair, of course, but taking steps to thwart the "Republics'" goal of suppressing the vote would be a wonderful way to stick it to them.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:02:54 PM PDT

    •  If you live in a state (0+ / 0-)

      With such a voter ID law, might I suggest that YOU be the one to take this idea to your county Democratic Party?  It's a good idea.  What are you doing to implement it?
      Don't let a good idea go to waste!

      •  She's in Northern Virginia. (0+ / 0-)

        The Voter ID law passed here by McDonnell isn't of a particularly high concern, as far as I know - the way that we could identify before (with any sort of official bill addressed to us, for example) is still valid, it's just that if you didn't bring anything of the sort, you get a provisional ballot rather than being able to sign a sworn statement that you really are the person you say you are. The provisional ballot has to be verified afterward with a form of identification.

        It sucks, but judging from the relatively low amount of traffic on it, I'm pretty certain that it's not a high concern compared to PA and TX and others.

    •  Yes. Organizing for America (0+ / 0-)

      has a Web site with information on papers required for registering and voting for every state. I and others have Diaried it. You can volunteer to make phone calls or to help people gather their papers and go to DMVs or other sites where they can get state ID. There are many Democratic party campaigns working on GOTV in general and Voter Suppression in particular. There are many civil society organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and more working on it.

      This is all in addition to DoJ actions and private lawsuits against the voter suppression laws.

      Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:29:17 AM PDT

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  •  Easier to get a gun than a ballot (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    conniptionfit, tb mare

    I predict this will end badly.

  •  Sigh. So every 40 years we gotta fight the same (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    conniptionfit

    Fights all over again. Suddenly my immortality is starting to look like a bad deal...

    Romney 2012 - Once you have their money..... never give it back. (Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #1)

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:07:27 PM PDT

  •  I'am literally (2+ / 0-)
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    ConfusedSkyes, conniptionfit

    crying right now. I don't, don't understand how some humans can be so, s%#t, I cannot think of a good word to even describe what I want to say. I'm so embarrassed to call myself an American right now. I joined the military, and risked my life for these same people who, now want to disenfranchise my family and friends. I don't know anyone who didn't vote in 2010, but if I happen to run into someone who did just that, I would ask them, "what did a Republican say to you, that you would give him/her your vote?" I know, they claimed JOBS, JOBS, JOBS but there has to be another reason, it just has to be.......:o(

    "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

    by secret38b on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:08:53 PM PDT

  •  As always in these threads (1+ / 0-)
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    Iberian

    I repeat my call for a mandatory national ID card, coupled with automatic voter registration unless a citizen opts out.

    I believe the benefits, if tied to voter registration, outweigh any concerns that might be had by advocates for privacy rights or illegal immigrants.

  •  Our way to battle this (0+ / 0-)

    would have been and still is a federal ID card, truly free, given from birth and link to both the census and  voting registration like it works in most European countries.

  •  If the poll tax had any merit, then attempts (0+ / 0-)

    would have been made to extend hours at the various facilities, create satellite offices and/or have public service announcements explaining how the law changed and how one can get a valid ID to vote.  In every state that passed these poll taxes none of that happened.

  •  What is it going to take? (0+ / 0-)

    This election has so many states with various Voter ID laws  being setup. We need one federal court order to halt all of them at once. This is an election year. We can't afford to tinker with the right to vote during an election. It's like asking your mechanic to fix your car while you drive it to work and back. Why can't the DoJ put a halt to all of these state voter id laws until after the election?

    If this was an actual attempt to revise our voting registration and identification across the states. Then wouldn't we be doing it the right way and saying that all new voter registrations will be issued this new voter id? And that all the previously registered voters would be grandfathered into the system and issued ids when they were feasible? This is like ordering every person in the country to get a new drivers license in person by next month or they can't drive to work. These laws are not real world laws. They are unrealistic and not feasible over such a broad scale. The federal courts should enforce it's will over a federal election and tell the states that this is an illegal attempt to restrict people's right to vote.

    This must be expedited well before November or the GOP wins by default.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:36:25 PM PDT

    •  Courts don't work that way (0+ / 0-)

      Cases against states have to begin in each state, taking into account the state Constitution and other laws, as well as Federal election law. It might make sense to bundle a number of appeals to the Supreme Court, but that is years away. We need action now.

      Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:39:37 AM PDT

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  •  IANAL but... (0+ / 0-)

    If I'm reading Crawford v. Marion County Election Board correctly, one of the reasons the Indiana law was deemed OK was because they have a little caveat that says if you can't afford the documentation to get an ID you can sign an affidavit saying so and then named affidavit would allow your provisional ballot to be accepted.

    My question is, do all of these state laws have this? I don't believe MN has it (though technically, they don't have a bill either). Has it been challenged it court without that caveat?

    These laws still suck and they're still wrong and this would still make people go out of the way, but this crap needs to be challenged in every way possible. Nit pick the hell out of it much like the other side does with abortion. Every time something new comes up, take it to court.

  •  500,000 votes stolen (0+ / 0-)

    or as Karl Rove says, "every little bit helps."

    Medic Alert: Do not resuscitate under a Republican administration.

    by happymisanthropy on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:54:22 PM PDT

    •  Rove: You can fool almost enough of the people (0+ / 0-)

      almost enough of the time, and make up the difference in dirty tricks. Voter suppression, lying robocalls, police intimidation, putting the worst voting machines in poor and minority precincts, ACORNing, Breitbarting,...

      Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:44:54 AM PDT

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  •  The difficulty getting an Id (0+ / 0-)

    As far as I know, NC has not yet jumped on the voter I'd bandwagon. However, I recently took my 91 year old mother to get a state I'd so she could go on an airplane. It was a horrible experience. We waited 4 hours. Apparently this is normal. The room did not have enough seats for everyone present. Fortunately, someone offered their seat to my mother. There was no public restroom and no food or drink was allowed in the building. Although one could get through with a shorter wait time with an appointment, appointments had to be made 2 months in advance (and we had to get the I'd within the time I was visiting my mother). When I called the day before, I was told I should have my mother in line by 6:00 am, although the office didn't open until 8:00. Having to go through a process like this will be significant deterrent to voting.

  •  Texas (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mokurai

    In Texas there are many counties, not just in the Valley, that the nearest DL/ID office is over a 100 mile trip, each way. There is absolutely no reason that each County Clerk could't be required to issue photo voter ID cards.

    I recently had to reapply for a DL in Austin and so far I have made 4 trips and I am still not through. There are only 2 offices for nearly 1 million people. On 2 of those visits their computers were "down". 1 time they were not operational till the next day. They are under funded, under staffed and lack the computer capacity tp perform their function. The shortest wait I have had is 2 hours.

    Texas is not like NY where we have good mass transit. Although the office is only 5 miles from my home I would have to walk 1 mile, in 100 degree weather, to catch a bus and then have to go downtown to change busses before going back out on another bus. What would you do if you were like many of our parents old and not physically able to walk to the bus station?

    In short if the Washington DC court doesn't stay implementation of this law I believe 1 million Texans will be disenfranchised. I am a 50+ plus white female. The probem here is that the old white boys have looked out and seen the faces of color and they are scared to death. Their response is to cheat.

  •  This crap is illegal and should be stopped (0+ / 0-)

    Someone needs to take this to court and get it stopped.

  •  Where is a foundation and donors to help? (0+ / 0-)

    Transportation, financial help when needed, advice etc. to help get IDs for people... it would need a lot of volunteers to leverage the seed money but it would be a huge help... pick up where Acorn left off and go further.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 12:36:32 AM PDT

  •  the actual process to acquire a photo ID in Texas (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mokurai

    is onerous at best.

    I have a driver's license, so I will have no problem voting, but just for kicks I went to see how hard it actually is to get a State Photo ID.

    First, to get one easily, you have to have a photo ID in the first place.  You have to get yourself to the DMV, present your photo ID, fill out a form, pay a fee (I couldn't find out what that fee is on the website), and they mail the new ID to you.

    If you don't happen to have a driver's license or a passport, or something else official with your photo on it, then you have to have two "secondary" forms of identification.

    This is where it gets difficult.  I was adopted, but I happen to have a copy of my original birth certificate as well as my adopted one.  My original birth certificate does not have my name on it.  If I were trying to get a State Photo ID under my "real" birth certificate, it would be virtually impossible to do so.  I would pretty much need to hire an attorney to fix the whole mess.

    How many poor people can afford to hire a lawyer just to get a Photo ID???? I can't even afford to hire a lawyer, and I'm solidly lower middle class.

    The instructions are also very difficult to read through, as if it's intentionally designed to frustrate anyone trying to get the information.  You have to click on 6-7 links just to find out what you need to know.  It looks deliberately obfuscated to me.

    I thought I might try to go through the process just to document how long it took and how much trouble it would be, but after reading through it, I knew I didn't have that much time to mess with it, and I figured they'd wind up prosecuting me for trying to get a Photo ID under two names (I was going to try it with the name my genetic siblings told me my birth mother wanted to call me).

    If it's that hard with my available time, my education, and financial resources, I can just imagine what it must be like for someone without those assets!

    These voter ID requirements are clearly, clearly nothing but an underhanded, right wing plot to keep everyone who might vote for the other side out of the voting booths!

    •  Poll tax and "literacy test" in one (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans are always telling us that Government cannot do anything good for the people, and every time they get in, they set out to prove it.

      The eleven scariest words in the English language are, "I'm from the Texas Republican Party, and I'm here to help."

      Hands off my ObamaCare[TM] http://www.healthcare.gov

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:48:41 AM PDT

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  •  voter supression (0+ / 0-)

    damn no section 8 housing, wick, snap, medicare, medicaid, social security. & pell grants. might be worth it to get an id

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