Who is being discriminated against exactly?
Here in Texas they are wanting to make it so that you have to show a photo ID to vote. I have been hearing a lot of people complaining about this saying that it is discrimination and that it will disenfranchise voters...that it is a ploy of some kind to keep people from voting.
I don't get it.
How is proving that you are a citizen of this country discriminating? You have to show ID for all sorts of things...cashing checks..taking a flight...why is it so horrible to show ID to vote. Seems like voting is a process where everyone would want to make sure that only people entitled to vote are doing so.
If you don't have an ID and need to get one, I cant see how doing that is asking too much. Elections are not a surprise last minute event. We all know when they are going to happen and they are planned well in advance...so you should have plenty of time to get one. If you have to arrange for travel or take time off work, there is plenty of time to do that....unless you wait until the last moment, and that is still not the governments fault.
If you are so poor that it is a burden to go and get an ID, I wonder how those same people managed to sign up for food stamps, medicare or public housing. I am sure they didn't consider it a burden to go to those offices and wait in line and fill out forms. This is not a referendum on PA. I am merely pointing out that getting an ID is not any more burdensome that any other ways many people have to deal with the government. Most people will find the time for what is important to them. Voting is important.
I honestly cant see how showing ID and proving who you are when you vote is discriminatory to anyone other than people who have no business voting in the first place: people who are not citizens or those attempting voting fraud by voting multiple times or voting as a deceased person. Yeah...that actually does happen. I want every person who is a legal citizen of this country to be able to vote and take part in the political process. It is one of our dearest rights. But I just cannot see how checking ID is keeping someone from voting or discriminating against them.
So...can anyone help me to understand why there is such a fuss about a voter ID law? Who exactly is being discriminated against?