Voter ID laws, let’s talk about them. I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which has voter ID laws active on the books right now.
I’m on the liberal side of this conversation and I think that voter ID laws are unnecessary and don’t help out anyone. John Oliver has a good critical piece on it. The reality of the situation is that voter ID disenfranchise people by trying to solve a problem that, if exists, is trivial. Voter fraud by impersonation is not a widespread problem in this country.
The argument that voter ID laws are part of systemic, structural racism is probably true too, but I’m not educated on the subject well enough to comment on that.
However, all of that said, what is the story liberal media? Your criticisms of voter ID laws always delve into getting a photo ID like a As Seen On TV advertisement with the video of a women who can’t open a jar of pickles without shattering all of the bones in her wrist.
Gary O’Donoghue, writing for BBC News, tells the story of Leroy Switlick who went to the DMV three times to get a photo ID and went away empty handed every time.
- The clerk demands a photo ID to get a photo ID.
- The “official” that Switlick was supposed to meet with didn’t ever show up.
- The computers were down.
I think that the Switlick story is either not true or it’s grossly exaggerated. If the Wisconsin DMV requires a photo ID to get a photo ID that would mean that every Wisconsin resident would have to establish residency in any of the other 49 states long enough to get a state ID to then return to Wisconsin to get a in-state ID.
The second visit? I’ve been licensed to drive in three states and I didn’t have to meet with a specific person at the DMV to get that licensure done. Are we to believe that Wisconsin assigns you a specific clerk you have to meet with like a DMV social worker?
And the third? Well, bad luck, it happens.
The article then goes on to be critical of the Commonwealth of Virginia, because this state gives away voter registration cards at no cost, but the local registration offices are only open during week days and closed for an hour for lunch.
Oh no, you have to plan a little bit to get your free card.
The Virginia DMV will set a person up with a state ID for $10 and the ability to inspect your birth certificate and Social Security card. Don’t have one of those? They’ve got a enormous list of acceptable documents, including a transcript from a state public school.
As much as I’d like to be fully anonymous and not have to be registered with the government in any way, it’s a part of life in America.
I just get so irritated when the media behaves as if this small group of people that can’t be bothered to endure the inconvenience of a voter registration office or a DMV once every few years like everyone else is somehow one of America’s great problems.