Voter ID is a Good Idea!

Suzann Darnall

I am all for Voter ID. I do not see how it in any way, shape or form discriminates against anyone who is legally authorized to vote in America and in their specific states, cities, counties, precincts, etc. I do agree that it probably eliminates those folks who should NOT be voting in America. Like dead people, illegal immigrants, non-US citizens, non-residents, and/or fraudulent voters bused over from the neighboring states, counties, districts and such for the purposes of stealing an election. Since when did it become a bad thing to have honesty in our political process?

Not only is our own federal government trying to prevent states from enacting voter ID laws, but now the United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating American election laws. Are they kidding? Some members of this UN council have only recently allowed women to vote and one member still bars women from voting. Sure sounds like the group that should be overseeing voter rights to me ... NOT!

The NAACP is arguing that US voter ID laws disenfranchise voters and suppress minority vote. I think the only suppression of voting going on is that of dead folks, illegal immigrants, non-citizens, and fraudulent voters. And, I seriously don't think any of them have the right to vote under illegal circumstances. Excuse me for being such a bigot as to think life, citizenship, and residency are important considerations when it comes to voting.

Voter ID is obviously an idea that appeals to the majority of Americans. Eight states passed voter ID laws this past year. Thirty-two more states have pending voter ID proposals. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is blocking enactment of voter ID measures in South Carolina and Texas.

Hillary Shelton, NAACP senior vice president for advocacy, really seems most upset about photo ID laws. He says it, "undercuts the integrity of our government." How? How can it possibly undercut integrity to enact measures that will help ensure honesty at the polls? What possible objection could there be to making people proves they are who they say they are and that they have a right to vote at the polling place they are utilizing?

I have to show a photo ID to use my credit card at many stores. Why? It's my own money I am spending. I have to show a photo ID to buy a gun. Why? I have that right under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. If I purchased liquor or cigarettes, both legal items in the US, I would have to show a photo ID. I have to show a photo ID to cash a check at my own bank. I have to show one to get into a nightclub or bar, or to buy a soda when inside an establishment that serves alcohol. I have to show one to get my driver's license or military ID card renewed. I needed one to get most of the library cards I've carried over the years. In fact, there are more places and times I have to show a photo ID than I can list or even think of off the top of my head. And, I've had to show ID, sometimes photo ID, at many polling places across the country. So, why is it considered an imposition to ask that ALL American citizens show voter ID, preferably photo ID, before they are allowed to vote?

Could it possibly be that the Democrats are the ones most often found to be committing voter fraud? Could it be that making it a truly level playing field will make it too hard for the Left to stuff ballot boxes, run in ringers, and steal elections? Could it be that playing by the rules is something that Obama and his cohorts only want to talk about when they want the Right to be held back, not when it might interfere with their Chicago-style political machine . . . that they are now trying to take nationwide, again? Hmmm. Sure seems so to me.

© Suzann C. Darnall, MARCH 2012, San Marcos, Texas

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