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Voter ID Laws And You

Updated on March 17, 2012

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Here We Go Again

Appearances sometimes speak volumes. Eric Holder is again giving the appearance of being a racist which I personally think he is due to his past. We are, after all, the sum total of all our past experiences and upbringing. He's back playing the race card again, only this time with the state I now reside in - the great state of Texas. What I also find disturbing, and the pattern seems to be emerging, is that any state that would dare to challenge King Obama and his administration's policies seem to become a target as they join the other states which already have voter ID laws on the books.

The fear factor, which Obama loves to use, has now been targeted at Hispanic voters. Holder is now screeching that the citizens of Texas want to disenfranchise that segment of the population. That is not so. Texas does have a large population of illegal immigrants due to the endless miles of border we share with our neighbor to the south. Rick Perry, the governor, pretty much got KO'ed out of the Republican presidential primary race because of his stand on allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition rates. Whether or not the state's refusal to give money to Planned Parenthood caused Holder to pull out his latest race card is only speculative but it does have a smelly appearance.

Forms Of Acceptable ID In Texas

Take note that student ID's are not an acceptable form of identification to vote under the voter ID law in Texas being challenged by the Justice Department. That is also one of the complaints that are being voiced but common sense should be the trump card. If you are going to allow illegal aliens to attend state colleges and receive in-state tuition then it would follow that they have an ID issued by who? Well DUH!


South Carolina was challenged just prior to this latest race card being played by Holder in Texas. Understand how politics plays in all of this because it does play a heavy hand. Remember the NLRB decision to challenge the Boeing Corporation in court concerning that company's decision to build the Dreamliner plant in that right to work state? South Carolina voters, all of them eligible to vote, approved that voter ID law by referendum. They even went so far as to give anyone a state ID free of charge to meet the requirement. It seems that Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, and Obama were at odds about the right of Boeing to locate their business anywhere they pleased to locate it. Is the fact that Holder shows up to play the race card just coincidental? Just go back and read my opening sentence.

Coincidence Again?

Take the case now of Wisconsin. That state's voter ID law is being challenged now. What is going on politically in Wisconsin at the present time? The union goons are pouring millions of dollars in the recall election of Governor Scin actionott Walker because he took a crap in their post toasties concerning the excessive costs of supporting union demands and balancing that state's budget. Obama has made personal appearances in the state to support the cause of the loons. The state can't afford to pay the kind of perks the unions demanded and their budget deficits were proof of the pudding. So is it just coincidental that the state's voter ID laws are now under fire? Or is it Democratic Party politics, under this administration anyway, in action? Again go back and read my opening sentence.

Know Who This Is?

This is Governor Tommy Corbett from the state of Pennsylvania. He just signed one of the toughest voter ID laws to go on the books to date. His rationale in signing the law was to ensure that elections are fair. He stated that. I happen to agree with that statement because for every fraudulent vote that is allowed to be cast, one valid vote has been cancelled out. The same racist mantra was heard again about turning back the clock, this being like a poll tax, blah, blah and more blah prior to the signing of the bill. That is total nonsense. So we'll see where the Justice Department goes with this one since politics will more than likely raise it's ugly head Pennsylvania being one of the swing states that isn't likely to swing Obama's way this time around. Will appearances come into play again?

Every "eligible" voter has the right to vote. Every "ineligible" voter does not. Lets do the short list of "show me a valid ID" things you have to reach for your wallet for.

  • DMV
  • Airports
  • Hospital
  • Pharmacy
  • Donating Blood
  • Banks
  • Gun Shop
  • Cashing a Check
  • Adoption Agency
  • Social Security Office
  • Pawn Shops
  • Jail
  • Using a Credit Card
  • Court
  • Union Elections

At last count there were 31 states that now have laws on the books concerning having a valid ID to vote. The movement is growing and that seems to have Holder's panties in a twist when he should be worrying about other things like his department letting guns walk across the southern border and Black Panthers intimidating voters in the coming election. You have to set your priorities I reckon. His seem to have his all screwed up. Where is the public opinion on this issue of requiring voters to present a valid form of identification in order to vote? See the graphic below.

Appearances do sometimes speak volumes. The Voting Rights Act of 1964 served its purpose at the time it was enacted. The arbitrariness it is now being used for by Holder has one purpose and one purpose alone, at least the appearances do. Maybe I'm off base but I really don't think so. I've heard all kinds of reasons "not" to have requirements such as these. Then I go back up and look at the short list of things that cause me to show such an ID, almost on a daily basis, and have to just shake my head. Being part of our society these days requires that a citizen have a valid ID to conduct ordinary business on a day-to-day basis.

So why does anyone want to exclude the most important civic duty a citizen of our nation has from that requirement. There is only one obvious reason why not. Appearances sometimes speak volumes.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      In the state of Tennessee we have to show our driver license.. here in our little county.. we raised Cain a few years ago when the dead were voting here and bus loads of people from the prison was being brought to vote. We got that stopped. .. it takes a lot of work and we have so much more work to do but we cannot stop.. always vote and stand up for what you believe is right.

      great hub


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Writer David - Being the ideologue Obama is I think he can be very dangerous. Hope for the best.

      The Frog

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      Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I've been thinking all morning about that "open mic" comment by Obama. I do think that was planned. Anyway, it makes me worry about Obama as a lame duck president. He may be issuing executive orders left and right without a care in the world. I do believe if he is beaten in the November election (which appears more and more a real possibility), he will be the reason Congress will have to take action to limit the powers of a lame duck president. I have no idea how that would work. But, Obama could show us how dangerous he can be as a man with nothing to lose after November.

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      sean kinn 6 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      Wish I had time to write about everything going on leading up to the election. Wonder what he's trying to say with "flexible"?

      That he'll dump all our nukes in the Mariana Trench IF he gets re-elected, and according to Karl Rove, he is not (going to be re-elected)?

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I Saw Marty - No need to delete anything ISM. I don't know if you watched the video I posted since publishing this Hub. I did it after your first comment. You may also want to take a read here:


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      I Saw Marty 6 years ago

      Frog, I typed this on a tablet late last night and apparently part of the reply got erased, sorry. My point was if you have ink on your finger it's obvious that you voted, so you can't go vote in another district, city or state. I also had said something about the fact that all the ID and checks at the polls are no good if the people counting the votes are frauds....remember Al Franken's "election" and how they magically found a thousand ballots that took him from 700 votes behind to 300 ahead? I'm sorry about that, I should have checked it but I was sleepy and it was late and I just hit enter and closed the tablet. Feel free to delete it.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I Saw Marty - What? And just how does that insure you have the right to vote?

      The Frog

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      I Saw Marty 6 years ago

      In some other countries you have to dip your finger in ink to indicate you voted. The ink comes off in a couple of days. Let's go with that.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      I know, My BAD :(

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      SD AND Maria - Good to see you two chime in. Two of my favorite writers and both superb women.

      Lynn - You used the word "reasonable?" Shame on you.

      BPOP - Holder is Obama's racist puppet. Notice Obama hasn't come out swinging on the issues that he hands Holder?

      sean - Most states who have a voter ID law give the photo ID away once you "prove" you are an American citizen.

      OP - Voting should be the #1 reason to have to prove you are who you are.

      dahoglund - When I applied for a passport I was put through the ringer. There are important documents and your voter ID is one of the most important.

      Fred - Catchy tune. Maybe you should pen a song. Come on I know you have it in you.

      sean - I spent 23 years in the same places you have experienced and know the drill. We in this nation have become too soft.

      Writer David - Check out tom hellert's comment here. There are some great possibilities.

      rick - Can't lose those fraudelent voters and win ya know?

      The Frog

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      Rickgyver 6 years ago

      There is, and will always be, only one reason that democrats object to a law or ruling of any kind! It contradicts their corrupt way of living.

      Illegal Alien is the liberal way of spelling Un-documented Democrat Voter!

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      Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Republicans are fools for not making this a big, big issue in post-911 era politics. If I am a Republican operative (Disclaimer: I am NOT a Republican), I make it a point in every flyer, radio and TV ad that Democrats are the party of supporting voter fraud. If not outright supporting it, they are giving tacit approval to voter fraud by not pushing for voter ID. Their old talking points of using minorities being disenfranchised is not going to work this time. The Democratic Party is already the party of open borders with a big WELCOME mat to terrorists all over the world. I'm not sure they can take being labeled the party of voter fraud. Yes, I know Democrats have engaged with voter fraud in Chicago and other Democratic strongholds. But, now they advocate fraud on a nationwide level.

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      sean kinn 6 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      Frog: I guess the funniest part is that it's just another re-direct. They use the NAACP to bring the "case" to the UN to get it in the news, but what they're really after is the illegal alien vote, not your standard American minority vote. In other words, there are probably a few million American minorities who are scratching their heads right about now, because they already have cool IDs, as they are working for whatever wage is available, and legally driving - those things already require ID (heck, I'm in my late 40s are got carded in a club in New York City last week)(and, I worked for way less than minimum wage most of my life, and was a minority in Germany for 25 years, so no flak, anyone :-). Sean

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      I've apparently been fortunate to live-and-vote ONLY in those states that already had Voter ID laws on the books. At least, I don't remember ever being able to stroll down the line at the polls and snag my ballot without showing my driver's license with photo included.

      Here in Palominas, Arizona, we've already had our 2nd election of the (2012) year. I recognized every every election official in the room, am pretty sure they recognized me (a couple even said so), and STILL I had to show my ID.

      Which, as those of us commenting here (at least so far) agree, is a good thing.

      Maybe it's time to look at this like it was a high school basketball game...with cheerleaders:

      Texas! Texas! That's the plan!

      Mandate ID! Yes you can!

      Or something like that.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      When a person applies for Social Security there is a procedure of someone examining documents presented to verify eligibility such as birth certificates, baptism certificates or other documents as needed. Certain documents have higher legal value than others.The same should apply for voter ID.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      We really need to question the motives of anyone objecting to the ID requirement for voting. As pointed out in the hub, so many things require showing a valid ID yet we never protest that. Want to use a Credit Card? Show me your drivers license. You have the right to refuse showing your license or other acceptable form of ID, and the merchant has the right to refuse your Credit Card if you refuse.

      Common sense would tell us that showing ID for something as important as voting is not unreasonable. As pointed out, Holder is only following his boss's orders on this issue. He counts heavily on votes from dead people.

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      Stu 6 years ago

      "What I also find disturbing, and the pattern seems to be emerging, is that any state that would dare to challenge King Obama..."

      You may have heard - Texas decided to defund Planned Parenthood from state tax money. HHS Sec. Sebelius, no doubt w/ Oblabber's blessing, retaliated by shutting down the Women's Health Program in Texas. In other words, since Texas now won't help PP to kill babies, then Texas loses an actual medical center with a real women's health program. So, the logic is, if you want to have access to adult female medical care, you have to have the ability to kill your baby on demand. It's like saying if you want a diet coke, you must also have a large pizza with the works, three burritos, and a salad with heavy dressing.

      A moment of silence for sanity please...

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      David Zephaniah 6 years ago from Florida

      You have to have an ID in order to vote, to prevent fraud. This is not some third world country. If a person is eligible to vote and wants to vote, he/she will make an effort to get an ID! If you didn't bother, then it is not important to you. How about if I tell the policeman, who stopped me, that I didn't get a license because it was hard?

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      sean kinn 6 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      Yeah, this a really weird one. I'll comment more in the morning. I can almost gain minorities perspective on how hard it is to get an ID, but only because I spent a quarter century as an American living in Germany (very easy to gain the "minority" perspective after that). But nothing can change the fact that some sort of ID should be shown, otherwise you're in Putin territory. SK

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Obummy's entire administration has been focused on activities that will support his re-election. He has no time for leading the country; only for election campaigning. Holder is doing what the boss wants.

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      Davesworld 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      Nuts to you. If you make tough voter ID laws I will only be able to vote once, instead of like now when me and my twelve dead buddies vote all the time. Vote early, vote often - that's my motto.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      I've been backing away from hub writting for a while and focusing on Housefire matters, but it's getting pretty hard to resist.

      This administration is apparently declaring war on the states, the economy, and domestic energy. (and more)

      Good presentation of facts.


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You bet appearances speak volumes and i don't believe in coincidence. This is the latest stupid move on Holder's part and his argument is nonsense. Texas is offering free iD's to anyone who doesn't have one. End of story and end of problem, unless of course you are not eligible to vote! Up and awesome.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Great points and hard to shoot down, which the AG is attempting to do and the attempts are so lame really. Reasonable people just aren't buying it.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      It's ugly but it's ME... let's see your ID!

      Voted UP and all that! Hugs, Maria

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      This was really a good one Frog! Great points!