Photo ID Laws Do not Reduce Voter Turnout

 

 

By Twila Le Page-Hughes

While half the country is in a lather trying to prove that minorities are under too much of a hardship to produce an ID card in order to vote, that is not necessarily the case.  As of Sept. 2016,  33 states require some form of voter ID.

The liberals trotted out their poster child, a 93-yr old black woman, Viviette Applewhite (a former Civil Rights marcher), who claimed her birth certificate and Social Security Card are missing since her purse was stolen years ago.  (she finally received a birth certificate after this lawsuit was filed).  But to get a photo ID Applewhite said she now needs a Social Security card (untrue), so she needs to make a trip in her wheelchair to a Soc. Security Office.  I wonder where she actually votes and how she gets there in her wheelchair?  A federal appeals court panel on ‘Tuesday stayed a permanent injunction to throw out the Texas law requiring voters to present an accepted photo identification card, according to CBS news on 9/7/17.

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday stayed a permanent injunction to throw out the Texas law requiring voters to present an accepted photo identification card, according to CBS news on 9/7/17. The three judge panel left in place a previous order by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. That order allows those without an accepted ID to vote by signing a sworn declaration stating they have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a proper ID.  This decision allows the law known as SB5 to go into effect for the Nov. election, according to Politico , which first reported the news.

The stay suspends that earlier order until the appeals court can hear the arguments for and against the states appearl.

Those proponents against any voter ID say it is a law that hurts the minorities and the elderly the most.  From my experience, working in elections, most of them vote by mail absentee ballots now.

Having worked in the last 10 elections, first, as a clerk, and the last 6 elections as an inspector I found that most voters coming in to vote have their ID in their hand and expect to show it.

The argument seems to be mute when one has to have an ID to do anything nowadays.  To go to a bank, to cash a check, to sign up for welfare, to use at a store, to use at your doctors or if go to emergency, etc.  Absentee ballot by mail is the answer for those who may have a hardship voting at the polls.

It has been proven there was a tremendous amount of voter fraud in the last two elections, so having an ID would help prove if one is eligible to vote.  One type of fraud is to register people to vote who say they are citizens without any proof.  Another way is to check the list of people which has to be posted, who have not voted and claim you are one of them.

Since we are a republic, the people have some say in our government.  But it should be our citizens and not any who are not eligible to vote.

 

Twila Le Page-Hughes is an Associate Editor for CitizensJournal.us, columnist, speaker, author of the book Why My Vote Matters, Editor/publisher of two national magazines.


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