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!