Left only concerned with IDs when a requirement to vote
March 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 1488 views | 12 12 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

In response to the letter written by Allan Richardson “Restore Voting Rights Act” in Sunday’s MDJ, I wonder what rock Mr. Richardson has been living under all these years. His concern that new requirements will prohibit lower-income voters from voting because the cost of ID is prohibitive is ridiculous and the same tired excuse the left gives over and over. ID is required to cash a check, get a library card, purchase airline and train tickets and even my physician’s office requires me to show my ID.

As a senior citizen (68) I also wonder how the elderly living in nursing homes managed to receive their Medicare or Medicaid benefits without ID. A senior individual also does not need to travel to the state of their birth to receive a copy of their birth certificate (if one is available). I called the courthouse in the city of my birth and received mine for a very nominal fee.

It is always suspicious when the left only has an issue with ID when it is a requirement to vote. Voting is a privilege which should be taken very seriously and if laws must be put into place to avoid those who wish to vote fraudulently I am in full agreement.

Joanna Fisher

Marietta

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CobbCoGuy
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March 06, 2014
Be happy, conservative friends! Yesterday, the Senate rejected Obama's nominee to lead the civil rights division of DOJ. Seven Democrats voted against the nomination.

The veneer continues to peel.
East Cobb Senior
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March 08, 2014
@CobbCoGuy, We are very happy for the time being, However, the only problem with the vote was that the ultra lying Harry Reid was one of the seven Democrat votes which means Reid can bring the vote for confirmation of that defender of cop murders back to the Senate floor at anytime. As is typical of that underhanded sneaky pete Reid, he'll try to put it into some innocuous vote and get it through that way.
Kevin Foley
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March 05, 2014
@ East Cobb Senior and Twomey - No, you're the racist Ben and East Cobb Senior's not far behind you. Go do some reading on how African-American voting rights advocates regard the efforts of Southern white extremists to restrict the vote. Here are some facts to chew on in the meantime:

Between 2000 and 2010, there were:

649 million votes cast in general elections

13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation

Ben Twomey
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March 05, 2014
I knew you would not address the issue. The red herring argument won't fly,
Easr Cobb Senior
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March 05, 2014
@Foley, It is your extremist Liberal Democrats that consistently block any attempt to the purge voter rolls throughout the country, cleaning them up removing those that have either moved or died. The reasons are patently obvious, Voter ID cards would negate Democrats from voting the dead and non-eligible and thereby stuffing ballot boxes with fraudulent ballots. Your incompetent lying charlatan in the White House, a Chicago street organizer and astute student of corrupt Chicago politics, which by the way has the reputation of voting more "dead" people than anywhere else in America, and his unethical and possibly criminal Attorney General are using taxpayer money and their handpicked political crony heads in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights sections of the Department of Justice to thwart any effort to ensure the sanctity of the ballot box.

Foley, there you go again with your typical tactic of labeling and character assassinating anyone that doesn't ascribe to your Liberal views, in this case calling them "Racist". With regard to your simple minded facts about how many people voted from 2000 through 2010, you of all people should understand that it's not the total number of votes cast over a 10 year period that counts, it's the number of ILLEGAL votes cast in INDIVIDUAL elections that matter. Of course I wouldn't expect a Left Wing Liberal extremist ideologue such as yourself to ever admit the truth. Foley, In your convoluted attempt to justify the unjustifiable and those others of the Liberal Leftist Socialist ilk, whose thirst for power and influence knows no bounds, truth is an irrelevancy, facts are inconvenient and regardless of the unscrupulous tactic, the end always justifies the means. Now chew on that and of course you'll wash it down with a huge amount of Obama and company "Kool Aid".

anonymous
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March 05, 2014
Foley, you haven't a clue as to what is happening at the polls or you are deliberately misleading in your comments.
Red Westside
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March 08, 2014
The original barrier that kept blacks (and native Americans as well as poor whites) from voting was the poll tax. Literacy tests were also utilized in the south, like making a black person write a lengthy pargraph from the US Constitution, from memory, while a white person merely had to sign their own name. Since these tricks are obvious once exposed, and since judges went to law school and read Constitutional Law, they know what poll restrictions really mean. (And, if people want to cheat, fake IDs aren't hard to come by, anyway.)

Any attempt to create a situation where a person might have to pay a fee to exercise the right to vote comes to appellate courts with a presumption of a potential poll tax. An honest society summarilty rejects poll taxes... And literacy tests as well.

These attempts are seen by educated ppl as just another Jim Crow iteration in derogation of the 14th Amendment. Which, in turn, makes those who propound or approve of such laws look like racists or elitists or both.
Ben Twomey
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March 12, 2014
Red Westside. Yours is another of those racist, poppycock filled letters which presuppose that minorities are too stupid to get an ID. It further, presupposes that a different type ID would be required to vote than that required to cash a check, buy a six pack, or buy a bottle of NyQuil or any one of the dozens of other daily activites in which people engage on a daily basis.

It is grossly stupid to assume that someone would have to run out and get and ID just to vote. they already have the rquired ID. They simply use the same one they used at the bank to cash their paycheck. Therefore your "poll tax" argument is, in a word, rubbish.

Your letter is filled with so many holes it makes the Titanic look waterproof.
Kevin Foley
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March 04, 2014
Ms. Fisher is the one living under a rock. There is no voter fraud.

None of the right wing Southerners trying to keep blacks away from the polls has produced tangible evidence of widespread fraud as in impersonating another voter, which is why you're supposed to need a photo ID. So there is no reason for a photo ID other than to put up an obstacle to black voters along with curtailing early voting.
East Cobb Senior
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March 05, 2014
@Foley, as is so typical of you, once again you very conveniently ignore the facts and history. Several years ago a number of "Democrats" in Dodge County went to jail after being convicted of VOTER FRAUD for illegally voting for others and stuffing the ballot box. One has to ask if maybe your starting to show signs of early dementia.
Ben Twomey
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March 05, 2014
How totally racist of you, Mr. Foley. What you are saying is that black people are too stupid to get an ID.

That black people cash checks, buy prescription medication, buy OTC cold and cough medicine, buy beer and wine, apply for credit cards and do the entire gamut of things for which an ID is required, is a fact.

Since they already have an ID which they must show to do all those things, how is shwoing it to vote suddenly becoming an obstacle?

Quite frankly, Mr. Foley, if that is the best you can come up with, you would do better to keep still.

The old saying, "It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open it and remove any doubt" certainly applies to you in this case.
Bob Johnson
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March 05, 2014
Why is it only a problem to have photo ID to vote but not a problem to have one to cash a check, fly, purchase alcohol or tobacco, buy a lottery ticket or any of the other things that require a photo ID? Surely you see the logic in requiring a Photo ID to Vote.
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