Is the Real ID a New Poll Tax?
Real ID Act a New Poll Tax?
Is the Real ID Tax a New Poll Tax?
As of a year ago in Florida I was required to pay for another driver's license even though my license was not required to be renewed but the law of the Real ID required I get a new high security license. I believe it cost me approximately a $100 dollars. I was really mad because I am a safe driver and haven't been required to show up for a license renewal in years. And while my old driver's license photo was good it is much better then the one I have now. But the DMV was kind enough to take several pictures ot try and make me happy with my new photo.
What is clear is that the Real ID is required in order to vote. And the Real ID puts my name and photograph into a national data base instead of just the local DMV. But it is the law and I complied. Funny how no one in this country is ever given credit for complying with the law even when they think it is a silly law.
The Real ID in Florida is rather sophisticated. It has security features which exceed passport standards. And it is required in order to drive a car, access medical care and even vote. It also precludes individuals who can't afford the Real ID from many privileges in society. I asked to have the fees waved and there was no policy to wave fees. This literally impacts a large proportion of Florida. It precludes Floridians who can't afford to pay for the Real ID which makes the Real ID Act unconstitutional. Critics of the Real ID Act believe this Act is nothing more then a poll tax.
No Poll Tax
A Compelling Argument
There is a compelling argument the the Real ID Act is a poll tax which excludes the poor from voting. This is extremely concerning since everyone who pays sales tax deserves representation. So I understand why immigrants are offended by this law as it does seem to eliminate their right to vote while they are paying taxes.
As I understand it there are several programs to offer other cards to this population but then is that fair to people like me who have paid the full price of the Real ID, requested the waiver and then my government hands out free or discounted cards to people who are in this country illegally?
So in the 2012 election is the Real ID Act a new poll tax which discriminates against the impoverished?