Monday, January 24, 2011

Texas Lawmakers To Vote on Voter ID Card

I just love it how people are complaining about possibly needing to show a state issued ID to be able to vote. Honestly, I always misplace my voter registration card and find it easier just to whip out an ID to vote. Our lawmakers will be voting on the issue tomorrow and thanks to a Republican majority it looks like there will be enough votes to pass the bill.

Now people have said that requiring a state issued ID will keep minorities and the poor from voting. First of all, who in the state of Texas does not have an ID? You need an ID for just about everything. You need it to buy cigarettes, alcohol, you need one to rent an apartment, to open up a bank account, to cash a check, to apply for a loan, to get a membership to a movie rental, to get a reduced fare bus pass, to register to go to school, you need one to register to get general assistance, you pretty much need one to be able to live. And if people think that this will affect minorities, they must be out of their minds.

People who come from other countries are used to having voter IDs. Let's take Mexico for example. They actually have a Federal Voter Registration ID card. They call it their "Electoral". I'm not suggesting we move to Federal ID cards. What I am saying is that people who have come from Mexico are used to having to show an ID to vote. This would be less strict than the system they were used to. The system in Mexico actually has a book containing the picture of every voter in the precinct. The poll workers can compare the picture in the book to the person if there is any question about the identity of the voter. So all this talk about minorities not voting because they might need an ID is a bunch of garbage.

People who left their countries for a better life in the U.S. are not lazy. If they were they would have stayed back in their home countries. Whether they did it legally or illegally and then became legal they took it upon themselves to take the extra step and sacrifice everything to live the American dream. Registering to vote is also taking an extra step. And those who take that step are willing to reach into their wallets and purses and pull out the ID they worked so hard to get so they can cast that vote they've earned with their own blood and tears.

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