Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I Agree With Keith Ellison
Right on! Testify!
Opponents like Ellison say there is no proof that there is a problem now that would be solved by photo IDs. They view it as an attempt by Republicans to suppress the voice of elderly, disabled and poor voters who are most likely not to have a current-address ID.
I totally agree with this, but there are other voting practices already on the books that are just as onerous as requiring ID. I am speaking, of course, about voter registration.
In order to vote in Minnesota, you must be registered. There are 2 ways to register in Minnesota: before the election or on the day of the election. The Secretary of State's website "explains" this Byzantine, confusing process:
Registering before Election Day
You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official. Find contact information for your county elections official by using the Election Official Directory.
Seriously. You have to 1) fill out an application and 2) mail it. Since when do I have to "apply" to exercise my God given rights under the Constitution?
And secondly, what about all those poor people who don't have a budget for stamps? Or lack the means to go out and get them?
I'll tell you what about them: DISENFRANCHISEMENT!!!!!2!111
But that's OK, says The Man, since you can register at your polling place on Election Day:
Registering on Election Day
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.
To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct :
•A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
•A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
•A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
•A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
•A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
•A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
•An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
•Both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct
To recap, the same-day voter registration rules discriminate against:
* People without photo IDs (!!!!)
* People who are not students
* Non-Native Americans
* People who previously registered in the same precinct at a different address under the same name (or a different name / same address and now I have a headache)
* People not residing in group homes
* People who don't get the required permission to register late
* People who don't have both 1) a photo ID and 2) a friend.
And in addition to those mentioned above, it impacts minorities and old people even more because, if certain general rhetoric is to be believed, everything does.
I also assert that there is no evidence of any problems that the voter registration process is meant to address. Why can't people just go to the polls and cast their vote? I'll tell you why: because they want to disenfranchise the lazy, inept, apathetic and stupid, that's why! And those people have rights too.
And since the lazy, inept, apathetic, and stupid comprise a fair chunk of Rep. Ellison's voter base, I think he should join us in eliminating this appalling suppression of our basic rights!
END VOTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS NOW!