Sunday, October 12, 2014

a lttle effort....

There are times in my life, I wonder if it's really me thinking what I'm thinking.  And, here I am, doing it again.

The latest voter ID flap going on in several states, including mine, Wisconsin, has me wondering about our electoral process, not in a way that I ever thought before. 

Here goes.  It should be harder to vote, not easier.  Each of us should have some investment, some thought, some idea of what is going on.  I don't want a person who has absolutely no idea of what they're doing filling in a blank to either reinforce my vote, or negate my vote completely.

According to some estimates, there are 300,000 people in Wisconsin without acceptable ID.  Really?  And, for some reason, we believe asking somebody to prove their identity being a poll tax.

There's a lot of back and forth going on about how difficult it is to get ID, and the expense.  That doesn't have to be.  I would think most municipalities could verify peoples' identities quickly.  Restricting locations and hours is BS.  If the State mandates you have ID to vote, make it free.  Take a picture, get a card, vote.

People have invested their lives and their deaths in the defense of our ability to stay a free nation, our right to vote.  To me, voting is a privilege. 

I hear a lot of discussion of how there isn't voting fraud, so we shouldn't need to prove who we are.  To me, that's the wrong argument.  I don't care about that.  I just want someone to do one act, clear one hurdle, accept one responsibility before they are entitled to exercise their privilege to vote.

Is that too much to ask?

1 comment:

  1. I'm fine with requiring folks to show IDs to vote, if, indeed, they have and/or are able to get those IDs without undue burden. (Also, if the requirements are sane; in some states, a gun license is an acceptable form of ID but a state college ID is not?) But that's not the case. The burden is intentional. And that's what makes it so offensive.

    I've not yet read Posner's opinion that's linked to here, but the examples and overview are interesting, if you'd like to take a gander: