THE BULL AND THE BIZARRE
That'll Cost You...
But all I want to do is vote.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
September 18, 2005
The year was 1966. The US Supreme Court entered into the fray. The issue was a poll tax. It was simply a fee that had to be paid in order for a resident to vote. Obviously the poll tax did two things. It excluded those who could not afford to pay the tax, minimal as it was. Secondly, it could open the doors to campaigns offering to pay the fee for certain voters in order to get their vote.
The year is 2005. The US Supreme Court will probably be called in to the fray. The state is Georgia. The issue is a requirement for a government issued identification card in order to vote. There is a fee for the card. If a = b and b = c, does a = c? If you have to have a specific card in order to vote and you have to pay for that specific card, does this mean you have to pay the state in order to vote?
Up until now, individuals going to the polls to vote had to produce some form of identification. Now a government issued card is required. Either a driver’s license or the state issued identification card. Now you can get around the card law if you swear you are indigent. But there is no definition about who is “indigent” and who is not.
And if the vagueness about the indigent definition wasn’t enough and you decided to scrape up the fee a buy the card, you need to go to one of the 58 locations in the state. The problem, if you don’t have a driver’s license how are you going to get from your home to one the 58 locations to get an ID card. The locations have to be conveniently placed around the state, right? Nope, there is not one in the entire city of Atlanta. And if you are in the rural part of Georgia, a ID issuing station is about as scarce as a “Hillary in 2008” bumper sticker on a car at the White House.
The logic behind this is to eliminate or at least curb fraudulent voting. But the Secretary of State said the largest amount of voter fraud is through voting on an absentee ballot. And guess what, the new law does not apply to absentee voting.
Seems to me that the new law is nothing more than rotten apples, or dare I say rotten peaches.
About the Author:
Mr. Moo knows there has to be a better way to curb voter fraud. As the court said in 1966, “the right to vote is too precious, too fundamental to be so burdened”.
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