When I had to get an ID I needed 2 forms of documentation. Birth Certificate and SS card are most common but there are alternatives. It can be sort of a pain for me to get a Birth Certificate because I was born in Jersey. So it takes a month or so. Aside from that, as long as you have documentation proving who you are (which, in this day and age everyone should have) and the 10 dollars or whatever they charge in your state, getting an ID is simple as ****. The worst part about it is having to go to the DMV.
I could see certain elderly/immobile types having an issue maybe. But like you and I both mentioned an outreach program to help them get ID is a better solution than just nixing the requirement for ID.
There are people in this country who can't afford to pay the money it involves to get an ID, hence voter ID restrictions are denying people the right to vote based on how much money they have. Doing this when you don't even have any evidence there's an issue your restrictions are addressing is both a betrayal of democratic principle and utterly stupid policy.
You are aware there are people who don't even have enough money to eat? Should we disenfranchise them so that the only people who have a voice are those who wouldn't understand their struggle?
Also, totally ignoring that it costs a hundred plus for people to get birth certificates, which again, some people in this country can't afford.
There's a reason this equivalency you're trying to force is a sh!t one.
Hint: There's something here which has the capacity to directly kill other people.
It can cost hundred plus to get documentation you need to apply for a voting id.
Because maybe, you feel that that the politcians in office are enacting policies which are making it very hard for you to fcking survive. And maybe, if people who feel hurt by federal policies that hurt them could vote for people less likely to enact them, then maybe they have a better chance at getting out of their current situation.
You keep assuming nobody would abuse the system if you don't have any verification process, but this is a baseless assumption. First, you are going to be more likely to have someone who's not supposed to vote try to vote if there is no verification process because they will know there is nothing to stop them from doing so. Second, if you just let people vote without knowing who they are it would probably still appear that there is no voter fraud going on because there's literally no way to catch them doing so.
Exactly what is a politician going to do about that? You sound out of touch as **** tbh. There are extremely destitute people out there, yes. Most of the time there are much more immediate causes for this: they have a disability/mental illness, they have a substance abuse problem, they have a hard time finding work, etc. I think the more likely way to fix their problems involves a change in the way they live their own lives than some federal policy which is going to save them from above.
You could say there are people who live in remote areas and can't afford the gas to get to the polling station as well. Reality has a way of "discriminating" against such a person from being able to do a wide variety of things.
You don't need a Birth certificate, that's just one of the more common forms of documentation. And it cost me like 30 dollars to get mine (from out of state as well).
My point was that just because something is a "right" doesn't mean there can be no restrictions placed on it.
Admittedly I should have said around a hundred but the point stands, you are literally preventing some people from voting based on their financial situation.
And again, that's not the only thing that contributing to tens of thousands of people not voting(per state) on the basis of restrictions which we have no proof are doing anything: Voter ID Laws Reduce Voter Turnout. A 2014 GAO study found that strict photo ID laws reduce turnout by 2-3 percentage points,4 which can translate into tens of thousands of votes lost in a single state.5
I dunno where they are getting those estimates from. As I said I got my Birth Certificate for around 30 bucks and that was the most expensive part of the process. A SS card is actually free.
But honestly, from the beginning this argument has been about whether or not proof of identity should be required to vote. So I am open to the idea that it doesn't have to be a photo ID but just some form of documentation verifying your identity such as a SS card.
This thread is growing pretty fast. I just skimmed through, but I noticed a few things.
I noticed you did not answer my simple question directed at you. Can you answer it? Let me repost it.
btw [SPOILER - highlight to read]: IT'S A TRAP
Not sure if this is a good idea tbh.
I myself have SS card and I'm not even living in the US, nor am I a US citizen.
I don't see any reason why a non-citizen of the US should be able to decide on the matters of America, like participate in election.
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Have you ever stopped to think that maybe there aren't that many instances of voter fraud because there are rules in place? It makes sense logically that less people will attempt to commit an act if there is a law against it.
Such as? I assume drugs? I figure it is more for keeping you away from others when you're under the influemce so that you don't harm others (violate their rights)
Again, such as? If it was petty theft, you're still a criminal and have shown poor character. If you have comitted several minor crimes it also shows a trend of untrustworthy behavior that should be highlighted during the hiring process. Your actions have consequences. If you don't want unfavorable outcomes, don't do stupid things.
I do think not allowing them to vote after they have served their time is wrong.
I don't see a problem with making them work. They broke the law and are being punished. Labor is one of the ways to do so.
it could be said the requirements have helped combat voter fraud hence why it is so low.
The rest of these things are a problem and should be fixed.