Racism

Another Reason Why Voter ID Sucks

It's the New Jim Crow law, and the Republicans are responsible for it. But then there's this in Mississippi:

State officials are running into problems with the new voter-identification law even before the federal government has approved or rejected it. Voters without a photo ID are facing a circular problem: They need a certified birth certificate to get the voter ID, and they need a photo ID to get the birth certificate.

Republicans hate bureaucracy and red tape and government inefficiency -- unless it keeps people (especially black people) from voting.

Fortunately, the feds still have a say in all of these Voter ID laws due to the Voting Rights Act, so we'll see how this nonsense works out.

  • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

    I would start collecting names for a lawsuit against the states that run this kind of shell game, petitioning for nullification of election results due to citizens being denied their right to vote. Fuck those guys.

  • mrbrink

    A lot of cities have what they call food deserts– in America– so I just hope that after the arduous journey that those i.d.’s Republicans are selling to the poor are edible.

    Maybe sing some songs along the way. Like, “The Camp Town Lady?”

  • Staci Bass

    Voters without a photo ID are facing a circular problem: They need a certified birth certificate to get the voter ID, and they need a photo ID to get the birth certificate.

    I said this on another blog yesterday and was called a liar. I know for a fact it’s true because it happened to me. I was saved because I found an old ID from when I lived in Nevada and those don’t expire so Illinois accepted it. Until I found that ID though, my frustration was really climbing with the whole Catch-22 that happens to folks who have lost their identification. I can easily see people giving up trying to acquire something they may not feel is necessary to their lives when it can be this difficult to get it.

  • mattpd

    this is a stall tactic… nationwide, the laws only need to be in effect until november. they won’t care if the law is rescinded afterwards.

  • i_a_c

    Not all of the voter ID laws need to be precleared, just the ones in a handful of states with a particularly bad history.

    So the law in PA for example can stand on its own.