GOP’s hostility toward the right to vote

WASHINGTON — In America’s tiny towns, isolated hamlets and rural enclaves, lots of poor folks manage to get by without an automobile or the driver’s license that goes along with it. They pay their utility bills in cash at local outposts. They ride to church and to the doctor’s office and to the grocery store with neighbors or nephews.

They never travel by airplane. Indeed, many never leave the county in which they were born and will almost certainly be buried. Having grown up in a small place in Alabama, I’ve known many of those folks and transported more than a few.

Yet, despite the limits of their lives, lots of those Americans are regular voters, taking pride in their active participation in a rite of citizenship. That’s especially true for the elderly black Southerners who lived through the stark repression of Jim Crow and the triumphant civil rights movement that, finally, laid him low. They show up at the polls on Election Day to cast their votes for Democratic candidates on the ballot, as they have tended to do since Roosevelt and Kennedy married them to the Democratic Party.

It’s no accident, then, that Republican governors and lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following the lead of Georgia — an early adapter of modern methods of voter suppression — by setting in place strict voting requirements that insist on a driver’s license (or some other state-sponsored form of photo identification). They want to make it inconvenient — preferably impossible — for some of those faithful Democratic voters to cast their ballots, giving the GOP an edge in close elections.

They’re going after young folk, too — especially college students. While Reagan-era college kids tended to be faithful Republicans, the current generation heavily favored Obama in 2008. That has led some Republicans to look skeptically at the 26th Amendment.

In New Hampshire, for example, state House Speaker Bill O’Brien told a group of tea partiers in March that “foolish” college students don’t have the “life experience” to be allowed to vote. Happily, New Hampshire’s Democratic governor, John Lynch, disagrees. He vetoed a highly restrictive voter ID bill there, partly because it would not even have allowed college-issued photo IDs.

But several of those bills have made it into law and will likely be permitted by a U.S. Supreme Court that has fallen for the argument that photographic ID prevents fraud. The high court has upheld a similar statute in Indiana.

Indeed, Republican activists have been quite successful in their campaign to persuade Americans that pervasive voter fraud requires laws that restrict the franchise. But that’s just not so.

Voter impersonation is virtually non-existent. A driver’s license might prevent me from casting a ballot as Halle Berry, but I’m not tempted to try. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get away with it — even without ID.

I know what you’re thinking: What about ACORN and its massive fraud? Well, quiet as it’s kept, neither ACORN nor its hired hands engaged in voter fraud.

Because of its sloppy management practices, ACORN ended up with a few cheating workers who registered children or ex-felons or others who were not eligible (Mickey Mouse showed up on a list in Florida). But, contrary to the propaganda you’ve heard, not a single vote was affected by those illegitimate practices. Mickey Mouse never showed up at the polls. Nor did any 7-year-olds.

If lawmakers wanted to rein in fraud, they’d target absentee ballots, which are easy to misuse. But Republican lawmakers have made few efforts to restrict them because they believe that absentee ballots favor their constituents — middle-aged, middle-class voters with orderly schedules. They don’t want to inconvenience conservative voters.

But they have no compunctions about narrowing the franchise if they believe they can reap a partisan advantage. That’s un-American, an abuse of the democratic values that we tout to other countries. Don’t conservatives believe in the Constitution?

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BBG

June 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

Conservatives believe in war for profit. The constitution, for them, is a last refuge when the war gets too expensive. The constitution is an obstacle for conservatives,

Senior Citizen Kane

June 15th, 2011
12:41 pm

“Don’t conservatives believe in the Constitution?”

I would guess most of them do. Where does the Constitution say you can’t require voters to show an ID?

Tommy Maddox

June 15th, 2011
12:43 pm

Let’s see: we have a year and 1/2 until the next election.

I imagine all these folks that walk everywhere will have plenty of time to walk to the I.D. place and obtain their ID. Better yet, they’ll have plenty of time to ask someone to give them a lift.

Now we can all worry about something really important…

Joe

June 15th, 2011
12:52 pm

Tucker how much longer are you gonna trot out the same tired old far left liberal tripe? Those raciest Republicans are at it again… You should be ashamed of yourself and ashamed of the democrat party you represent for using this as a wedge year after year. I simply want my vote to count and as an American law abiding citizen. Although sometimes I don’t feel it does when I see church buses and rental vans paid for by the dem party hauling illiterate folks to the polls and telling them exactly who to vote for. If you’re too stupid to vote you shouldn’t be voting…. It’s a dishonest argument on its face anyway to say that showing some form of documentation at the polls somehow keeps people from voting. Remember Georgia offers a free ID to low income people. How about the dem party fund free rides to get those folks to the DMV to get that free ID if they want their vote…..

ByteMe

June 15th, 2011
12:54 pm

Don’t conservatives believe in the Constitution?

Of course they do and they view it as completely unerring… just like their personal reading of the Bible that they use to beat up gays while wearing wool-cotton suits…..

Senior Citizen Kane

June 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

I don’t think most conservatives view the Constitution as unerring. I don’t. We do, however, believe it is the law of the land and that it should be obeyed or amended – not ignored on personal whim. That’s where we differ with liberals.

scrappy

June 15th, 2011
1:02 pm

Joe – I don’t see a whole lot of difference between the “the rental vans paid for by the dem party…telling them exactly who to vote for”, and the entire FOX “news” network.

“If you’re too stupid to vote you shouldn’t be voting”…while I agree, I happen to believe this applies to those who blindly follow psuedo-news and propaganda, for either side, although I believe I see it more on the GOP side. (perhaps because I live in a red state…)
Also, the consitution doesn’t say anything about stupid being a disqualification anyway.

Most ridic statement of yours, “sometimes I don’t feel it does…” well – lets see, why don’t we just change all of the laws so that you feel better about it. Just cause you don’t “feel” like laws aren’t being broken, doesn’t mean they are.

Larry

June 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

CT- Are you saying that they never go to town in 1 of the 365 days of the year? If it’s that important to them, on one of those trips, they could relatively easily stop by their local Voter Registration office. And they don’t need to do it every year if they vote as you say they do. If that’s too much to ask, then I can’t feel sorry. This is part of of your duty as a citizen. They are the one’s who choose to dis-enfranchise themselves. No pity here.

El Jefe

June 15th, 2011
1:21 pm

Cynthia,

I say, let’s make voting as important as getting a drivers license. Let’s make it as important as paying your bills.

Better yet, let’s make it take a little effort to vote.

I remember growing up and when I turned 21 (old days) I had to go and register to vote. I actually had to go someplace to register, stand in line and present id.

In those olden days the vote registration card was your id to vote, it meant something. Maybe we should all have photo voter registration cards.

Voting is one of the most important parts we play in the governing of this country, it should not subject to being too convenient, it should take effort.

El Jefe

June 15th, 2011
1:23 pm

Cynthia,

“Don’t conservatives believe in the Constitution” – let me rephrase it, Don’t Democrats believe in the Constitution? I have to say, I don’t think they do. I don’t think they understand the Constitution and the amendments to it.

Moderate Line

June 15th, 2011
1:25 pm

But they have no compunctions about narrowing the franchise if they believe they can reap a partisan advantage. That’s un-American, an abuse of the democratic values that we tout to other countries. Don’t conservatives believe in the Constitution?
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The rights claims tha ID’s prevent voter fruad. I actually agree. The left believes that ID’s restrict voter participation. I actually agree with this also.

However, in this large article of approximately 651 words I do not see a single word about what percentage of voters would be turned away because of the voter ID rule. The argument in this article is basically based on emotion. Plus the voter ID requirement does not turn away the mass number of voters as poll taxes so comparing the two seems to be misleading.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

June 15th, 2011
1:28 pm

Cynthia:

You are the WORST kind of Demagogue !

My son has to show a valid identification to purchase cigarettes, in full police uniform, on his assigned beat (yes, I’m trying to get him to quit).

You get ZERO sympathy on this …….. no I.D. then NO VOTE.

Period. End of discussion lock-nuts.

stepper

June 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

CT you are living in the past, in rural America today there is a Walmart in just about every small town servicing the surrounding county. You need to leave DC sometime and see what is going on instead of getting your talking points from headquarters at the Oval office and running with it.

Joe

June 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

scrappy:

The thing you simply don’t understand is that in an underlying way the tax payer is paying for these people to vote because many arms of the democrap party is funded with tax dollars. This without mentioning that the free ID cards are completely funded with tax dollars.

Last I checked even though I didn’t even mention it, FOX News is not funded by the tax payer nor are you forced to watch. Keep your far left dribble to yourself… It has no place in honest debate…

You may feel that my statement about not feeling my vote counts is ridicules but I guarantee that the overwhelming majority of voters in this country agrees with me. When voter fraud runs rampant it always boils back to the democrat or a wing of the democrat party (ACORN) that does the dirty deed. We need laws in place that prevents this. If you think its raciest or suppressing someone from voting your either stupid or being disingenuous….

RLJ

June 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

I keep reading that these laws restrict voting. Could we see real numbers based on a real non-partisan study that show that? Until then, I will interpret this as typical left-wing, emotional grandstanding. If proven wrong, I will join the chorus of those who oppose it.

mary margeret

June 15th, 2011
1:48 pm

if you voted for bush you should lost the right to vote.

Halftrack

June 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

CT; Dems eliminate absentee ballots if they think its not in their interest. Remember all those ballots that came in from the Military that wasn’t allowed to be counted. ACORN is illegitimate, it been shown on TV that it is. Voter impersonation is virtually non-existent – - – Yeah right ??? or Black Panthers carry big sticks to keep people out of the voting booth with immunity. Lots of other illegalities are also going on; ad infinitium.

zebra

June 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

The real problem is if ID is required then ID can be challenged. Our police state friends on the right know this.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

June 15th, 2011
2:07 pm

zebra:

What is “your” solution for keeping someone from voting who has no right to vote ?

J. Wellington Wimpy

June 15th, 2011
2:21 pm

I would guess most of them do. Where does the Constitution say you can’t require voters to show an ID?

Where does it say that you CAN?

Eye Roll

June 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

I was just at the GA DDS for a driver’s license renewal. They do ask (even with renewals) if you would like to register. The state of GA (as I am sure many other states do) is “killing 2 birds with one stone”, so to speak. DDS is always busy! There is no excuse not to be registered and have proper ID!

Based on the many (interesting) characters on any given day at these facilities, I must say the Democratic party should have no issues that they have enough people to vote AND have the proper ID to prove who they are. Heck, you guys even have the Democratic Latino Caucus (sponsored by Telemundo) at the Gwinnett Braves “Latino Day” coming up. So please, stop acting as if the GOP is holding you guys back.

What is bothersome is the way you guys go after the lowest common denominator to get your candidate elected. If that’s the way you want to win elections, by all means go for it. It’s always quantity over quality as far as a Democratic voters are concerned.

Yet another day and more complaints from the Party of Whine!

Right back at ya

June 15th, 2011
2:33 pm

“if you voted for bush you should lost the right to vote.”

Double that for Obama! It’s no wonder the Dems mascot is a jacka**!

RJHaggarity

June 15th, 2011
2:39 pm

If there is a way to commit voter fraud, the Dems are by far always one step ahead of the Republicans. Is this being brought up because many of your (illegal) voters are poised to be leaving the state of Georgia soon?

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
2:43 pm

Period. End of discussion lock-nuts.

If ………………….. only…………………….. :roll:

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

…it should not subject to being too convenient, it should take effort.

There’s your sign.

The absentee ballot is for the “convenience” of mainly Republican voters, but nowhere in your rant did you get all poutragey over that.

mary margeret

June 15th, 2011
3:01 pm

how ’bout a loyalty oath. too bad gingrinch didn’t honor his oath to his wives’….

mary margeret

June 15th, 2011
3:02 pm

bush’s bro and cruella deville stole the presidency.

Think about it

June 15th, 2011
3:03 pm

Which do you options do you like a free voter ID card of a RFID chip embedded in you person. Soon some type of ID tag will be required for everyone you know the type used for any property someone owns . With the type of irresponsible leadership that we have now and if remains the norm it will be sooner then later. Ms. Tuckers bigotry shows every time she is published the world problems are everyone responsibly not all caused by the GOP.
These same people she talks of in this rant are my friends and family and despite there status in life are some of the most conservative people I know who for what ever reason keep believing the progressive DNC garbage and the better then you GOP dirty dish water (7 times used). People need to learn if help comes from Washington it cost you in the long run.
MS. TUCKER BEATING THIS DEAD HORSE.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
3:10 pm

People need to learn…

You don’t get to decide what it is that I “need,” sport.

That authority lies solely with me

Don't Tread

June 15th, 2011
3:32 pm

“GOP’s hostility toward illegals and criminals attempting to vote”

There, fixed it.

Seriously, you have to show ID to board a plane, cash a check, use a credit card for payment at a store, buy age-restricted items, and anything else where a person has to be positively identified for a good reason.

Exercising the right to vote is plenty of good reason to require ID. You have to show ID (and pass a background check) to buy a gun, but it will be a very cold day in hell before you write a column protesting that.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

June 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

Kammie @ 2:43:

On “that” issue ………… sport.

Joe

June 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

Poor Cindy.. 29 comments….Does anyone read her tripe anymore. The only reason I do is to get a good laugh and to obliterate her lunatic liberal logic and the lunacy of her sheep followers…

John Galt

June 15th, 2011
3:51 pm

CT is such a transparent hypocrite.

The majority of voter fraud is among the democrat’s constituency and CT knows it. Ofr course the GOP wants to curb it and the Dems want it to be allowed, under the guise of “valuing” the right to vote.

If the trend went the other way, Tucker would be in favor of blood, urine and DNA tests. And if the right to vote is so valuable, it should be protected and limited to those eligible, and it should be worth a little effort to get an ID.

This is so logical that it shouldn’t even be necessary to debate it.

Kamchak's gerbil

June 15th, 2011
3:51 pm

Cindy!
Please don’t go so long between posts! When my master isn’t kept occupied ‘fixing’ other people’s comments…..he puts me in the dark place and I don’t like it there.
Please keep posting here and often! No matter how stupid your remarks are, at least I get to see the light of day…

John Galt

June 15th, 2011
3:55 pm

mary margeret-

Do you not realize how childish your post is?

Kamchak-

Please spare us your equally immature and condecending “sport”. Make a mature articulate observation or keep your thoughts to yourself.

HavocMaker

June 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

Funny CT. Your statement about ACORN and voter fraud isn’t necessarily true:

AP reported last week -

“TROY, N.Y. — A Troy Democratic councilman in Troy and the Democratic elections commissioner for Rensselaer County face charges that they forged absentee ballots in a Working Families Party primary in 2009. A county grand jury has accused Councilman Michael LoPorto and Commissioner Edward G. McDonough of participating in a scheme in which dozens of bogus absentee ballots were submitted in the names of unsuspecting Troy residents.LoPorto and McDonough were arraigned Friday and are now free on bail. Special Prosecutor Trey Smith began investigating after the Times Union, of Albany, interviewed a number of people who were surprised to learn that their names had appeared on ballot applications.”

The WFP has been proven to be nothing more than a front for ACORN

Drive By,
HM

0311/0317 -1811/1801

June 15th, 2011
4:07 pm

John Galt:

Just do the “sport” thing right back to Kammie.

I do ……………….. :o

BBG

June 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

Historically, there were so many minority-disenfranchising shenanigans on past election nights that I’m surprised conservatives still want a national ID. But really, Why stop with just a national ID card to prove a voter is eligible? Why not a national tatoo on our behinds so that we must depants in order to prove we are eligible to vote.

Vote yes on a national ID tatoo: Moon a conservative. Then vote.

Sue from Lima

June 15th, 2011
4:10 pm

You don’t get to decide what it is that I “need,” sport. That authority lies solely with me
~~~~~~~~~
How unfortunate for us all!

mary margaret's pimp

June 15th, 2011
4:16 pm

“how ’bout a loyalty oath. too bad gingrinch didn’t honor his oath to his wives’….”

too bad weiner didn’t honor his loyalty oath either.

John Galt

June 15th, 2011
4:18 pm

BBG-

Is the vote not valuable enough that it should be treasured and protected?

What am I missing? I really don’t get it-

casual observer

June 15th, 2011
4:48 pm

You want to cast a responsible vote. You should have a form of identification proving you are who you say you are. Instead we listen to this same old crap implicating personal responsibility has racial motives.

-How is it not racist to require a person driving a car to have proof of insurance?
-How is it not racist that a person is required to have identification in order to be seen even at an emergency room?
In order to receive public assistance of any kind you have to have identification. BUT there are rural people (Democrats according to CT) in some parts of the country that probably live on public assistance that have no identification? Hmmm It has to be racist this requires personal responsibity

My grandparents were from rural MS my Mamaw never drove a car or paid a bill in the mail. BUT!! She had a SS card. Its about being resposible and a citzen.

If these people voted Republican CT would hate them and accuse them of being Racist or backward.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
4:49 pm

Please spare us your equally immature and condecending “sport”. Make a mature articulate observation or keep your thoughts to yourself.

Shorter Galtie-poo: Boo-hoo-hoo.

Mongo

June 15th, 2011
4:52 pm

It’s funny how all of the Conned can’t even defend the lack of any ID requirements for absentee ballots. One Con even posted an article about voter fraud and it was with absentee ballots not in-person voting.

Until absentee ballots are required to be submitted with a photocopy of the person’s drivers license and a thumbprint, the Cons have no ground to stand on to whine about voter fraud.

John Galt

June 15th, 2011
4:55 pm

Kamchak-

Much more mature, sport.

The level of maturity and language skills of the left as demonstrated in these blogs gives me hope for a better America- in the battle of ideas, the enemy is poorly armed.

Kamchak's Gerbil

June 15th, 2011
4:56 pm

I’m tired of holding my breath.

CYNT SLAP-A-REDNECK!

June 15th, 2011
4:57 pm

REDNECKS DONT WORRY,IN 2012 YOUR TIME OF DOING EVIL AND RUNNING THING JUST LIKE SATAN,IS UP!

IF JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR WAR AGAINST THE EVIL PEOPLE,REMEMBER ITS THE EVIL WHITEMAN THATS KILLING ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR,BOMBING AND KILLING THE ARABS,ASIANS,AFRICANS,INDIANS AND HISPANICS!

YOU CRACKERS ARE FINALLY GOING TO GET WHATS COMING TO YOU FROM GOD!
THE BIBLE SAID THE 1ST SHALL BE THE LAST AND THE LAST SHALL BE 1ST!

CYNT SLAP-A-REDNECK!

June 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

CRACKERS THIS IS WHY AMERICA IS FALLING RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES! YOUR WAY OF DOING EVIL IS ALMOST UP!
2012 IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD? ITS THE END OF THE WHITEMAN EVIL RULE!

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

…gives me hope for a better America…

How ironic.

Because it was just this morning I said to myself, “Self, what can you do today to give Galtie-poo hope for a better America?”

Always good to see my successes acknowledged.

hobby

June 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

IF JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR WAR AGAINST THE EVIL PEOPLE,REMEMBER ITS THE EVIL WHITEMAN THATS KILLING ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR,BOMBING AND KILLING THE ARABS,ASIANS,AFRICANS,INDIANS AND HISPANICS!

don’t forget the THESPIANS and the HOMOSAPIANS!

SLAP A SOCIALIST... it will make you feel better

June 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

THE EVIL LIBERAL WHITEMAN IS THE WORST OF THEM ALL

Keep Up the Good Fight!

June 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

Dontcha just love it when someone says “I already formed an opinion but if you show me a study I might accept, well then I may reconsider”. A blogger who knows how to poutrage on the “net” but can’t use “the google”

$7 million implementation cost in Wisconsin alone….why that may be less that Mittens probably will have to pay in taxes to “work” the system to avoid being convicted for real voter fraud.

Mary Elizabeth

June 15th, 2011
5:29 pm

“They(more than a dozen Republican governors) want to make it inconvenient — preferably impossible — for some of those faithful Democratic voters to cast their ballots, giving the GOP an edge in close elections.”
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First of all, thank you for publicizing this very real Republican undertaking, Cynthia, and thank you for your continuously impacting voice. Stay well.

Secondly, the demographic change of this nation is such that the hard Right conservative power base – and their vision – are a dying phenomenon. They may curtail this unstoppable demographic change in the short run, through their coordinated machinations as this column points out, but in the long run, this inevitable demographic change favors the Democratic Party – and its vision for the future of our nation.

The world is becoming more inclusive, not exclusive, and Republicans will, in the future, see that their vision has been a limited one. I hope (and pray) that those who will have power, in the years to come, will use that power to promote a more equitable society and will not fall victim to the temptation of corruption and self-serving interests that power usually brings with it.

George Washington relinquished power as a model to future leaders of this nation, and Martin Luther King, Jr. showed – through his unyielding adherence to nonviolence – that this nation can only fulfill the lofty vision of its founders for its greatness when it demonstrates grace and generosity-of-spirit, not brutal power. Let future leaders, who will later hold power in our nation, remember this and apply it.

Common Sense

June 15th, 2011
6:24 pm

You have to pay a fee to exercise your Second Amendment Rights in the state of Georgia. So what’s the big deal on showing ID?

Grow up Cynthia!

Mike K.

June 15th, 2011
6:28 pm

Cynthia and the Democrats can’t get enough of the excessive government regulations that makes it difficult to impossible for businesses to operate, but they have a problem with requiring someone to show an ID to vote? Perhaps they would support a law allowing people to buy hand guns without showing an ID – after all, bearing arms is also a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Also, perhaps they would support a law making an ID sufficient for flying. I’m tired of half-undressing every time I fly.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:36 pm

this is more circuitous logic. She know people who could be negatively affected by the law (and apparently to inept to adapt), who also just happen to be black, so the law was written to intentionally prevent them from voting – which, as she admits, is an exercise in brainwashing.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

people must remember that the state was sued over this, and the plaintiffs were given six to twelve months to find a person who was actually damaged by the scenario being regurgitated here by Ms. Tucker, they failed to locate that person – which indicated they no longer had standing to perpetuate the lawsuit – and the suit was dismissed. watch for demagogues who attack an idea with an asinine, unrealistic example of the potential impact. the Tuckers & Hannity’s in our realm of modern day journalism do it quite frequently (intellectual dishonesty to say the least).

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
6:45 pm

people must remember…

Geez, more imperatives.

Does this constant exposure to imperatives on talk-radio and Fox News brainwash you so well that you honestly believe that it will work on everyone?

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:49 pm

kammy – you do seem very vulnerable to everyones imperatives – you even parrot them (showing you read the post) without being asked – very nice of you!

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:54 pm

Mary E – you hope the US becomes what? Africa? Haiti? Ghana? Portugal? The citizens of the US have always been fairly generous. Even before MLK, explain how Nat King Cole was loved? How Jesse Owens got on the Olympic team? Exactly why separate but equal was bad for skin color, but fine for gender? The biggest problem is the loss of buying power of the US dollar – which Obama has exacerbated tremendously, and with his Ostrich leadership style, fails to address. Conservative believe in freedom and repercussions from decision made as a result of that liberty. Liberals want safety nets – expensive safety nets that never get the person into prosperity. How do you explain the horrible living conditions in the Atlanta Public Housing complexes?

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:55 pm

it looks like the reason kammy protests imperative is he is too weak brained to resist their instructions. Been a liberal too long, poor fella.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
6:59 pm

promote a more equitable society = socialism. This is NOT the job of government. And, what are the odds that government can guarantee equitable outcome? It was tried in the Soviet Union, still trembling in Cuba & China. How much will this cost to elevate those who are too inept to do for themselves? Or, will we simply lower everyone to an acceptable mediocre level? This is the democratic parties designs and goals. Americans who love liberty and reject liberal tyranny should avoid voting democratic at all costs.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
7:02 pm

can only fulfill the lofty vision of its founders for its greatness when it demonstrates grace and generosity – more governmentally imposed prosperity. I was under the impression that most of our great citizens in the past excelled due to the lack of shackles imposed by the government, not BECAUSE of the governments benign oversight. Mary E has a very dangerous perception of the greatness of the country. I label her a communist.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
7:05 pm

Poor little paddy-poo, so vulnerable to imperatives that he has to defend their use.

Whatsamatta sport?

Afraid your points aren’t strong enough to stand alone without silly Jedi mind-tricks?

Bob

June 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

McKinnjey extrapolates a few, imaginary situations and then condemns a whole group because of her make believe scenario.
It never enters her piled high and deep mind that her imagination has gone on without her body.

Ah, but let a troll like Weiner show up and all of a sudden her thinking goes into reverse!

Jack

June 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

Surely there’s something better to write about than folks too lazy to get a picture ID.

kevinbgoode

June 15th, 2011
7:56 pm

I’d wager there are lots more folks who manufacture phony IDs than those who have allegedly committed voter fraud.

Republicans, in their obvious love of “freedom,” understand that power is much more important than inclusion of the population in their government. They rather hope that fewer people refrain from voting, making the creation of a tyranny appear to be without any muss or fuss.

Of course, the other party isn’t much better. They’ve rigged our election system and our entire government so tightly with political party controls that more and more people are increasingly cynical about the effectiveness of their vote. The GOP is trying to help this process along as much as possible, since the con-artist con-servative goal is not to produce an America where everyone has a say in their lives, but one in which the few overlords purchase power and wield it over others. People mistakenly believe that when conservatives say “smaller government” they don’t mean they want the governments to have less power – they just want that power vested in a smaller, more easily controlled number of people.

Now here’s your brand-new government-issues ID, people. . .now go use those voting machines that aren’t gonna mark your ballot the way you intended anyway.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
8:12 pm

McKinnjey[sic] extrapolates a few…

Our hostess’ name is Cynthia Tucker, a columnist with the AJC.

Cynthia McKinney is a former U.S. Congresswoman.

The stoopid — it burns! Oi!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

June 15th, 2011
8:29 pm

folks too lazy to get a picture ID

Someone is not paying attention…. Paddy thinks only one race cant get photo IDs, another thinks its the lazy…and yet college photo IDs are excluded by one proposal, those with disabilities may not have ID and a whole host of others.

I know its too much to ask, but knee jerk reactions usually demonstrate ignorance of reality.

Rascal

June 15th, 2011
8:32 pm

Tucker is making a dishonest, uncivl argument. She knows full well that republicans are not “against” the right to vote but Tucker can’t stand to miss the opportunity to be over the top. Tucker reminds me of Wasserman-Schultz who can never pass by a statement, no matter how extreme or wrong.
I thought Galloway had replaced Tucker anyway.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
8:50 pm

She knows full well that…

And how, exactly, did you divine what it was that Ms. Tucker was thinking?

Crystal ball?
Tarot cards?
Ouija board?
Tea leaves?

I dont

June 15th, 2011
8:52 pm

I don’t recall seeing anywhere in the constitution where you have the RIGHT to vote. Maybe Cynthia needs to re-read her copy.

kayaker 71

June 15th, 2011
9:18 pm

Kamchak,

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Mike

June 15th, 2011
9:58 pm

Well, well, well…we should just let anybody show up at Poll A and vote and then ride over (on the Democrats van) to another poll and vote again…and again…and again…Democrats will do ANYTHING to win an election and they don’t care what the Constitution says whatsoever…It is patently unconstitutional to require citizens to purchase ANYTHING and yet Democrats don’t care…You have to be totally without any intelligence whatsoever to vote democrats for any position…CT you have added absolutely NOTHING to the political discourse and the Atalanta paper should fire whoever hired you to write your drivel…

Kamchak

June 15th, 2011
10:22 pm

…Democrats will do ANYTHING to win an election and they don’t care what the Constitution says whatsoever…

Not intended to be a factual statement.

KimikoCat

June 15th, 2011
10:54 pm

My grandparents were from rural MS my Mamaw never drove a car or paid a bill in the mail. BUT!! She had a SS card. Its about being resposible and a citzen.

And under the laws being passed in red states, “Mamaw” couldn’t have voted even if the precinct workers had known her all their lives. A Social Security card isn’t a picture ID, dimwit.

Dr. Pangloss

June 15th, 2011
11:04 pm

And then there’s the outrageous gerrymandering by the GOP-controlled legislatures in Texas and Florida.

Emmanuel Hall

June 15th, 2011
11:06 pm

No, the Republicans don’t give a damn about the constituion or the American people. They prove that by their votes aganist any and every bill that would benefit the middle-class or the poor. And this effort by the Republicans to hinder likely Democrat voters is the only the way the righ wing can win a national election. Where will their votes come from? Not from young Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Blacks, the sane and if you exclude those right wing Latinos in Miami and a few other places, everyone between hell and heaven know the Republicans will not get the Latino vote.

The Republicans have a job to do for their paymasters, big business and they intend to do it at any cost.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

GOP’s hostility toward the right to vote
12:29 pm June 15, 2011, by ctucker
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It just doesn’t get more retarded than that.

CT must be frantic over her Idiot Messiah’s tanking economy.

Acer706

June 15th, 2011
11:13 pm

1st: There is not a “Right to Vote.” There are only amendments to prohibit discrimination.

2nd: If you appreciate your privilege to vote, then getting an ID should not be an issue.

Gerrymandering is the root of all corruption in elections, and should be regulated so that votes actually count.

ODDOWL

June 16th, 2011
12:05 am

The Republicans believe in the Constitution all right…. The Confederate Constitution which allow only the Slave holders (corporate bosses) to vote.

independent

June 16th, 2011
12:58 am

A national I.D. and a picture/ state-sponsored I.D. are two different things. Voting is a privilege that only citizens aged 18 and older possess. By showing I.D., it proves that one is a citizen and is of age to vote. Just because one goes to college in the US does not mean that they are a citizen, which is why school-issued I.D.s would not work. Many democrats acknowledge the fact that their voter-base includes illegal aliens, therefore why would they want to make it so that IDs have to be shown? Many of their voters would not be allowed to vote. Also, who says that only Republicans use absentee ballots? I am sure that many Democrats use them too, at least the ones who are busy at work and do not have time to vote. Just because many pro-business people are conservative does not mean that they are bad people. Go ahead, continue to scorn business people and see where that gets the United States. And people say the economy is bad now. Also, I do not believe people realize that just because one votes for a GOP candidate, they are not bible-thumping conservatives. Maybe, just maybe, they want a chance of this country’s economy NOT getting crushed by overregulation.

guy

June 16th, 2011
6:30 am

Ct,Go to an anger management school or get over the color of your skin!

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2011
6:32 am

Somehow these losers managed to register to vote but they’re unable to register for an ID card?

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2011
6:56 am

“But, contrary to the propaganda you’ve heard, not a single vote was affected by those illegitimate practices.”
————————–

And contrary to the propoganda you’ve heard, not a single legitimate vote has been affected by voter ID laws.

Vinny

June 16th, 2011
6:56 am

Another totally irrelevant column from an irrelevant liberal

willydoit?

June 16th, 2011
7:34 am

No ID…No cigarettes
No ID…No alcohol
No ID…No airline ticket
No Id…NO VOTE!!
The big government that CT so loves requires an ID for everything we do in this country…so why the problem with ID’s for voting, huh??

RLJ

June 16th, 2011
7:49 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!–cost of implementation study is not the same as is anyone negatively affected by this law? Can you show me those figures? And I’m not a blogger–just a commenter.

Kamchak–I try to ignore you for the most part, but honestly, all the name calling and mocking adds nothing to the discussion. Can you coherently state an argument and back it up? You’re giving liberals a bad name, or at least, confirming what many of us already think of them.

BBG

June 16th, 2011
7:57 am

Look, you have to fight for the right to paaarrrrdy, I mean, I really understand that concept. But fighting for the right to vote? Give me a break. Besides, a single vote, yours and mine, is worthless, because the supreme court will just nullify it and put W back in the oval orafice….I mean oral office…..I mean oval office again.

The supreme court should all be tried, convicted and then imprisoned for life for what they done did to the world. W caused more worldwide calamity than the Huns, or even the Goths, who still walk amoung us looking oh.so.good.

And that’s just a natural-born fact. (that I’m in to Goth chicks, man).

carlosgvv

June 16th, 2011
8:06 am

Illegal aliens bring various skills with them when they come to America. One of them is the ability to make excellent forgeries of documents. They can turn out driver’s licenceses that would easily fool the folks at the polls who check identies. When applying for employment, they can also show very real looking SS cards. So, they really can vote and politicians have really been known to pay people to vote and pretending this is not true and hoping it will just go away does not now nor has it ever worked.

Tommy Maddox

June 16th, 2011
8:12 am

willydoit? – very good!

Counterpoint

June 16th, 2011
8:15 am

No ID…No cigarettes
No ID…No alcohol
No ID…No airline ticket
No ID…NO VOTE!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

No ID…No ENTITLEMENTS needs to be added to that list! :)

tar and feathers party

June 16th, 2011
8:21 am

The democrat party has a long history of having their paid operatives vote multiple times in the names of dead people. Now Ms Tucker wants illegals to have the right to sneak into our polls to vote for democrats. Just say “NO” to Ms Tucker and her ballot box stuffing plan.

Norcross

June 16th, 2011
8:21 am

@ carlosgvv

Illegal Aliens were (are) able to produce documents that would allow them to get a mortgage and purchase a home. I have at least one (illegal) neighbor on my street that was able to do this. Gwinnett County was (is) a hotbed for this sort of activity. No doubt they are voting, especially in Gwinnett.

jconservative

June 16th, 2011
8:35 am

All’s fair in love, war and politics.

Personally I am in favor of allowing every person over 17 who is in the country on election day vote, be they citizen, non-citizen or extra-terrestrial.

tar and feathers party

June 16th, 2011
8:36 am

Norcross – I always turn the illegals in to the police. Just find some defect, such as a broken tail light, or a noisy party and call the police. When they investigate the complaint, they can also check their immigration status. Turn em all in, let the courts sort em out.

tar and feathers party

June 16th, 2011
8:39 am

Dear jconservative – You said “Personally I am in favor of allowing every person over 17 who is in the country on election day vote, be they citizen, non-citizen or extra-terrestrial”

Do you favor the same policy for the foreign country of Israel? In that case, all the Palestinians should be allowed to vote in all Israeli elections!

Hootinanny Yum Yum

June 16th, 2011
9:04 am

From AJC, “Mexico, several other countries seek to halt Georgia’s new anti-illegal immigration law”.

I find this interesting. To me, this lends credence to the states enacting laws and policies to restrict illegal immigration.

How about a detailed review of how Mexico, Central America and South America handle their immigration policies. Handle human rights. Handle the “police” powers of their governments.

This is ludicrous.

Obvious

June 16th, 2011
9:09 am

I’m sure the Liberal political machine is still schlepping those poor disenfranchised voters to the polls on election day by the van loads. They’ll just have to remember their State issued ID’s to actually cast their vote for Obama now.

Dave R.

June 16th, 2011
9:12 am

Actually, conservatives DO believe in the U.S. Constitution.

There is no right to vote guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Chew on THAT, Ms. Pulitzer Prize winner.

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
9:17 am

Voting is a right not a p[riviledge. The only way that any legislation requiruing photo ID’s to vote could ever hope to be legal, and I’m not sure even then that it would pass constitutional muster, is for the state to provide zero-cost photo ID’s. Figure the odds of the state paying for this.o, they would rather spend out tax $$$$$$$$ chasing windmills/non-issue issues.

Obvious

June 16th, 2011
9:17 am

Excellent point Dave R.

Same reason that ex-convicts can’t vote- it’s a privledge, not a right.

Tychus Findlay

June 16th, 2011
9:20 am

Actually Liz, it IS a privilege, unless you’re prepared to show me where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that it’s outlined as a Right, then it’s a privilege.

Just say'n

June 16th, 2011
9:22 am

If they can get a ride to the grocery store, the doctor, and the welfare office, they can get a ride to get a ID card.

Just say'n

June 16th, 2011
9:24 am

that should be “an” ID card!

Michael

June 16th, 2011
9:27 am

This problem did not exist until our State was flooded with people here illegally. This many people could easily swing an election if they could sneak in and vote. The Democratic Party knows this and that is why they challenge identification to vote. Since the Democrats want to give away everything I work for to these illegals I am in favor of identification to vote. There is plenty of time and opportunity to get legally registered to vote. Everybody knows someone who can get them to a place to get a valid ID.

A Lumpkin Resident

June 16th, 2011
9:41 am

Its amazing that actually trying to prevent voter fraud is deemed “hostility toward the right to vote”. I would think that every citizen “taking pride in their active participation in a rite of citizenship” would want a fair and legitimate election. Getting a government ID is not one bit harder than voting, so these folks should have no problem.

The only people who have a problem with requiring a FREE to obtain voter id card (DEMOCRATS) are those who seek to usurp elections through fraud, or those who hope such fraud… where it exists… succeeds in turning the election for their candidate.

A Lumpkin Resident

June 16th, 2011
9:44 am

fuglyliz, voting is a privilege. I you can find were (in the constitution) it is a right, then I will cede the point. Further, voter id is FREE in the state of Georgia. It looks like you are wrong on all counts.

Vote now for biggest idiot - CT or Kamchak

June 16th, 2011
10:02 am

One vote for CT, b/c I know how much it will tick off Kammy the CT brown noser

we're all suckers

June 16th, 2011
10:06 am

We’re all suckers for clicking on this blog when we see a new headline. You know it will be another absurd victim-based, right is wrong , left is right, semi to strongly racist rubish cranked out by a paid for left wing mouth piece. On top of that we get to see the same annoying snipes by her most loyal sychopahnts.

We’re suckers for taking CT seriously. She’s just stirring the pot, for ratings, for fun, maybe she’s crazy , I don’t know.

Now Kammy, I pay you to fix my typos, so get to it weirdo.

tar and feathers party

June 16th, 2011
10:10 am

Look at the bright side folks, Obama will be a one term President. With any luck at all, we can also impeach him for violating the War Powers Act!

Good Grief

June 16th, 2011
10:12 am

Cynthia – I would love to hear your take on this, but have these people ever bought homes? Rented apartments? Cashed a check? I have to have a photo ID for all those things. Or should we applaud these people for living off the grid? It is not hard to get a photo ID, and it is far from racist to require one. Or should we let anyone vote, and let them vote as much as they want, so long as we don’t hurt their feelings? God, this country is circling the drain…

JKL2

June 16th, 2011
10:26 am

Too lazy to get an ID, too lazy to vote. I guess they should have got a ride to the DMV with that neighbor or nephew. Of course we know they were all going to vote for Democrat too…

hobby

June 16th, 2011
10:26 am

kammy has delusions of adequacy…..it is imperative that we humor him, just for ’sport’

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2011
10:29 am

Hobby, your logic is squirrelly

Josey

June 16th, 2011
10:35 am

Please show me in the constitution. bill of rights or any other document created at the genesis of our country, that says that everyone has the right to vote.

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
10:43 am

@Dave R.

Liberals believe in the Constiution and nowhere does it mention the right to bear ammunition

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
10:46 am

Ileggal immigrants avoid the government at all costs and that invovles voting. Just because that dark skinned man in front of you at Wal-Mart or at your local voting precinct speaks Spanish, does not mean they aren’t 100% legal US citizen

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
10:47 am

The “right to vote” is explicitly stated in the U.S. Constitution in the above referenced Amendments, but only in reference to the fact that the franchise cannot be denied or abridged based solely on the aforementioned qualifications. In other words, the “right to vote” is perhaps better understood, in layman’s terms, as only prohibiting certain forms of legal discrimination in establishing qualifications for suffrage. The “right to vote” may or may not be denied for other reasons.

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
10:50 am

19th amendment to the US Constitution: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
10:51 am

15th amendment: Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

John Edwards

June 16th, 2011
10:57 am

Cynthia is right. We need more deadbeats voting. Don’t we all want the people without the ability to even obtain an ID deciding our futures…how else would Democrats get elected?

Anthony Weiner

June 16th, 2011
11:00 am

Be advised that I have decided to resign.

Consequently…I’m looking for some ladies to sext. I’ll have lots of free time. If interested, please contact me immediately.

Kamchak

June 16th, 2011
11:08 am

…or at least, confirming what many of us already think of them.

You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that I actually care what you think.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2011
11:13 am

Xxxxxxxx….

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2011
11:14 am

jconservative

June 16th, 2011
11:33 am

tar and feathers party June 16th, 2011 8:39 am

Not being an Israeli citizen I could care less about who Israel allows to vote. That is their business. I am a big supporter of staying out of someone’s else’s business.

But if someone is in the US, and buys bread and milk they are paying tax. If they buy a gallon of gas, they pay tax. If they buy a bottle of cheap vino, they pay tax. And if they are stupid enough to smoke and buy cigarettes, they really pay tax.

So I am in favor of allowing taxpayers to vote.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
11:54 am

ODDOWL – what President of which party issued the emancipation proclamation?

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
11:56 am

lovelyliz – Georgia DOES provide no charge photo ID cards.

Josey

June 16th, 2011
12:00 pm

The 15th ammendment was not ratified until 1800’s and 17 1900′. not by the founding fathers as my post asked, that is 100 years after the constitution

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
12:03 pm

kammy: i am waving my hand “you must come up with better retorts” that last one made it look like you had just pulled out of the kiddie pool, immediately after a near drowing again “you must come up with better retorts” now, get to work you weak minded worm!

Kamchak

June 16th, 2011
12:11 pm

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
12:23 pm

lovelyliz-if the guy is speaking spanish, it is highly probably he is not a citizen – just like a guy speaking german or celtic most likely is not a citizen – now, assuming he is here illegally is a more questionable assumption.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
12:23 pm

kammy – tell your mom to get down!

cosby

June 16th, 2011
12:30 pm

Rediculus…All you need is an ID…has nothing to do with owning an automobile. I bet all these unfortunate people have no problem in getting to the welfare office, local watering hole, or the cell phone store. Yea CT, lets bring up a check to make sure who you say tou are to vote…how in the hell is that surpressing the vote..oh yea..you and the Dems want everyone to vote several times, even dead people..

BeeJay

June 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

Oh good grief. State-sponsored photo id’s are easy to obtain. Anyone who is able to corral family or friends to regularly carpool them to church (weekly or more often), doctors’ offices, grocery stores (once every week or two?) should have no trouble getting a ride to get an id. Moreover, I would not be surprised if one were able to get one via the internet – again, no problem with a neighbor or family member’s help. No one – absolutely NO ONE – is trying to keep eligible citizens from voting. Certain people DO try to keep dead people from voting, prisoners from voting, dogs from voting, illegals from voting, and eligible voters from voting more than once.

It makes for a good argument, if it were true, but Ms Tucker is hysterical.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
12:46 pm

another excellent example of a liberals notion of responsibility.

Good Grief

June 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

BeeJay – You did have an instance in one of the last two Presidential elections where more people voted in an Ohio precinct than live in the precinct. Or, at least, that’s what was initially reported. I guess trying to stop those who voted “illegally” would be seen as wrong, eh?

weirdo

June 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

I’m just wondering how many consecutive weeks, it’s got to be in the triple digits by now, will Kamchak repeat the same handfull of unfunny one liners and issue-side-stepping snipes, crafty links, typo fixing and lame arse kissing of his ‘hostess with the mostest’ CT?

WE get it, you have nothing going on in your life other than a daily 8 hour patrol o fhte CT blog. Really man, you gotta have something better to do with your time, you are oozing with patheticness

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

June 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Liberals like CT want dead people, illegals, and Mickey Mouse to vote. The rest of us just want Americans who are living to vote. It really is just that simple. The Dems busing in voters and giving them a free meal as well is vote buying plain and simple. But, the Dems can’t win without voter fraud so that is what they do.

Shawny

June 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

U.S. Citizens can vote in U.S. elections.
Please explain how we can validate that a person is a U.S. citizen (and who they are specifically so that they do not vote multiple numbers of times or vote under the names of deceased)?
Voter ID laws are not repressive if the ID is provided free of charge.

Tech Man

June 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

Cynthia Tucker GOP’s hostility toward the right to vote
__________________________________________

Boy, talk about being on the cutting edge of today’s topics!

This is more topical than the lack of a budget, Wiener, Wiener, debt ceiling negotiations, White House not getting Congressional approval for Libyia, and on an on. Oh, Dems don’t look so good on those so CT decides to write about getting a Kroger Card.

Kamchak

June 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

I’m just wondering how many consecutive weeks…

And I’m wondering how many different sock-puppets you’re hiding behind, mystery meat.

Sack up sport, and post under one nom-de-blog.

another kamchak gerbil

June 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that I actually care what you think.- kammy poo

And so kammy uses this line for the 4 millionth time. Sport just can’t come up with any new material.

BS detector

June 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

So Cynthia comes up with this tripe again. Never gets old for her. Is it really that hard for these lazy arses to get a photo id. In the last bill sponsored by the Georgia repubs on this subject they even put in a provision that if people couldn’t travel and were homebound and didn’t have a drivers license that the state would physically send some people to their residence to take a photo id of them and make a state issued ID for them. Bending over our back for these people. And yet they still protested. Unbelievable.

lovelyliz

June 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

Paddy O

I guess you’ve never been to any ethic enclaves in the ATL. I can go back to PA and find US citizens speaking German. First generation 100% legal US Citizen who grow up in hispanic neioghborhoods often speak Spanish just as out in San Francisco, there are generations of Chnese decendents who publicly speak Mandarin. You might not like it, but they are as legal as can be

JimmyZ

June 16th, 2011
3:16 pm

I think you probably meant to open with: In America’s inner cities, lots of poor black folks manage to get by without an automobile or the driver’s license that goes along with it. They pay their utility bills in cash at local outposts. They ride to church and to the doctor’s office and to the grocery store on public transportaton.

Face it, that’s why this whole ID thing ticks y’all off…it makes it tougher for the sheep to vote for the chosen one.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
3:30 pm

lovely – what % of the population is that, and what % of geographic area does that cover here in the US? 6% and .02% respectfully? liberals can generally find some minimalist oddball fact that supports a very weak, practically irrelevent argument. I also said one could assume, which is usually riddled with error.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

also liz, it would appear since YOU have been their, it validates your air of superiority, eh?

Kamchak

June 16th, 2011
3:54 pm

Face it, that’s why this whole ID thing ticks y’all off…it makes it tougher…

…”it makes it tougher…”

There’s your sign.

Well, at least you are an honest douchebag.

Paddy O

June 16th, 2011
4:09 pm

kammy – the tougher part relates to democrats stuffing ballots – which is readily admitted to by Ms. Tucker – by busing in folks to the poling places. not to actually vote.so, the entire protest amounts to a tempest in a teapot.