I posted earlier about an effort to require ID to purchase prescription drugs. Apparently the abuse of prescription drugs is enough of a concern for liberal lawmakers to require proof of identity.
See, in North Carolina you don’t have to prove identity to vote. You only have to appear and recite your address. The polling volunteer can’t so much as ask you how long you’ve lived there or how many people live at the residence.
They just nod, smile and give ya a ballot.
That may change with the first Republican congress in over 100 years:
Raleigh, N.C. — Republican lawmakers say requiring identification at the polls is a common-sense way to prevent voter fraud, but critics argue the move would open the door to discrimination.
House Bill 430 would require voters to present some sort of identification, such as a driver’s license or Social Security card. Currently, people have to show identification only when they register to vote for the first time.
Understand, this is not saying that you have to provide ID every time you vote, only when they register to vote. You can still show up at the polling station with just your self and nothing else.
However, this sounds exactly like Obama’s ice cream cart analogy when he was talking about Arizona’s immigration bill. There he mentioned that just any ‘ol body could be search taking his family for ice cream.
The opposition? Typical in both their defense and their lack of understanding:
“Driving or going to the bank, these are all privileges in society, whereas voting is a right,” said Damon Circosta, executive director of the North Carolina Center for Voter Education.
Except, of course, that voting is NOT a right, but a privilege.
I hope that Republicans are doing this in an honest effort to make sure their isn’t fraud and not in some sick and demented way to exclude a certain groups of citizens. However, I hold no such hope for the Democrats. It’s been clear to me that they work, at every turn, to create laws and provisions that assist their constituents.