The NAACP, Eric Holder and his Justice Department, the ACLU, and the League of Women Voters are all working toward the same goal regarding voter identification. They are opposed to voter ID laws and back a national effort to take them down.
Voting is a privilege of citizenship that I hold dear. I fail to see how asking a voter to prove he is who he says he is violates his civil rights. I argue that anyone who tries to vote when he is not eligible violates my civil rights and diminishes the impact of the voting process.
Attorney General Holder has proclaimed that voter fraud is not a problem in the United States. He maintains that voter ID suppresses the votes of minorities. He then reverts to the age-old progressive talking point that we must honor the generations who took extraordinary risks to insure that all minorities have access to the polls. I fail to see how asking a voter to show his identification denigrates those heroes.
Visitors trying to enter the DOJ must present two forms of identification to two armed security guards before they can be admitted. I am led believe that Eric Holder thinks that visiting his office is vastly more important than identifying legitimate voters.
On primary day for Washington, D.C., this year, a young man from Project VERITAS entered the Attorney General’s polling place and asked if there was an Eric Holder registered there. The poll worker found Holder’s name and was going to give the young man a ballot. The young man replied that he did not have his ID with him. The poll worker responded, “You don’t need it. It’s all right. As long as you’re in here, you’re on the list, and that’s who you say you are, you’re okay.”
My first Little River Days, right after the 2000 election, revealed to me that unsavory voting practices were still a reality. I was working at the GOP booth, and there was a life-sized cutout of President Bush standing out front. A youngster about 8 years old went flying by, noticed the cutout and stopped. He proclaimed, “Hey, there’s the President!” That aroused my curiosity, and I asked him if it had been possible, would he have voted for the President. He thought for a moment and then replied, “I don’t know. How much are you payin’?”
That led me to speculate that unscrupulous practices were still being employed to get people to vote. Yes, I was very naive, and I claim that same naivety for General Holder if he truly believes that voter fraud is not an issue here in the U.S.
The president of the League of Women Voters has recently declared that some citizens would have trouble getting a photo ID, and the time and expense involved would be prohibitive. This could include not only the cost of the ID but also the loss of work time to get the supporting documents needed. She claims the elderly would be very burdened by such legislation because nearly one in five lacks the proper identification. This is questionable since the elderly must have proper identification to get Medicare.
Beside minorities and the elderly, students are the third group that these bastions defending voters’ integrity are concerned about. What an invalid concern! Students have photo IDs that are issued by their educational institutions, and a photo ID is required when a student takes placement tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT.
Posted on the front door of a tattoo shop on Ninth Street in Hopkinsville is a notice that says, “Any tattoos or piercings require a valid federal or state photo ID.” If getting a tattoo is important to an individual, he will make sure he has the proper identification. It is my hope that anyone wanting to vote would also make sure he has the proper identification even if a minimal cost or inconvenience is involved.
Try to open a bank account or cash a check without a photo ID. One must have proper identification to drive, to buy and register a car, to apply for a job, to donate blood, or to buy cigarettes or liquor just to mention a few things. Having proper identification is a way of life today.
It is imperative that the person who votes is who she says she is. Voter fraud invalidates my vote and undermines my citizenship. If voting is as important as the other activities that require proper ID, an individual will find a way to acquire a photo ID. The League of Women Voters and Eric Holder have failed to convince me that presenting a photo ID at the polls is a hardship.
WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third
Friday of each month. Reach her at email@example.com.