Why Is It So Hard To Vote?
Voter ID is always a hot potato each election cycle. Who can vote and who can’t.
Recently the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to Texas voter ID requirements that are some of the strictest in the nation.
It’s been reported that as many as 600,000 Texans don’t possess an acceptable ID to use when they register to vote.
This begs the question — why is it so hard to vote?
Why Do We Need Identification?
Try to get on an airplane without a picture ID, or open a bank account, or enter a Federal Building in some cities. Try filing your taxes without a social security card, or opening a bank account without a picture ID.
I’m at a loss to understand how anyone can operate within the United States economic system on strictly a cash basis without any way to prove who you are.
Some form of ID would be required for state and federal benefits including food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, as two examples.
Insulting To Minorities
The spin of photo or ID requirements to vote is a plot by conservatives to stop Hispanics and other minorities from voting because those groups traditionally vote for the Democrat party.
Apparently there are a lot of minorities that just somehow don’t have the ability or need for an ID.
The elderly, poor, minorities and handicapped are usually the groups singled out as the targets of conservative wrath.
So what about all the Republican voters that are elderly, poor, minorities and also handicapped?
Aren’t they shut out of exercising their right of franchise too? Or do they somehow have a magical doorway into the voter register’s office.
What an insult to the elderly, poor, handicapped and minorities of both parties that they are somehow incapable of getting the necessary documentation that everyone else seems to be able to get.
Some Final Thoughts
It seems to me that any restriction to voting would penalize all those voting. Not just those of one party or the other.
Every two years there are national elections. Not to mention many at the local level. It seems to me that if you want to vote — you’ll find a way.
Most every state will allow you to register by mail. Some states will send people to your home. Absentee ballots are available in all states.
I’m sorry but the I can’t get an ID, just won’t fly with me.
If you call your local political party of your choice and tell then you want to vote for that party I can almost guarantee that someone will find a way to get you registered no matter your age, income, color, physical condition or ethnicity.
If you truly want to vote in the United States elections there are plenty of groups and organizations that will help you register and get whatever ID’s you need.
If there are 600,000 people who can’t vote in Texas then there is a huge opportunity for either party to rescue these poor souls.
Personally I think it’s insulting to assume these non-voters are shut out and incapable of somehow getting proper ID to vote. Talk about disrespect.