August 12, 2012 |
Without a personal identification card issued by some level of government, you are a second-class citizen. You cannot board an airplane, ride an Amtrak train, buy a six-pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes, open a checking account, enter many public and some private office buildings or even attend an NAACP convention without proving that you are who you say you are. You cannot even qualify for means-tested public support programs such as Medicaid without...
August 17, 2012 |
As someone who writes a lot about court decisions, I can vouch for the fact that actually reading the opinions can spoil the fun. A court's rationale is often more complicated and technical than the first takeaway from the decision would suggest. Sometimes, it's true, the jurisprudential rigmarole is just a rationalization for an outcome-driven discussion, but that happens less often than cynics think. I offer these observations to explain why I'm less outraged than some people about a Pennsylvania judge's refusal to block implementation of that state's voter ID law -- a law, I think, that is mischievous and politically motivated.
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November 6, 1998
As a Dutch national, unable to vote here until now, I never realized that you don't have to show a photo ID in the U.S. to vote. I wonder why there is apparently so much resistance to changing this practice? Nobody has a problem showing a driver's license for a $10 credit card charge. I don't think that there are many democracies where you can vote without establishing your identity. Now I understand why there are so many accusations of voter fraud and, looking at the sloppy process, many are probably true.
August 12, 2013 |
DURHAM, N.C.--One of the nation's most restrictive voter ID bills was signed into law Monday by North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. The new law requires voters to show government-issued ID cards, with polling places not allowed to accept college ID cards or out-of-state driver's licenses. The law also shortens early voting by a week; eliminates same-day voter registration; allows any registered voter to challenge another voter's eligibility; and ends popular preregistration for high school students.
September 24, 2012 |
South Carolina took its fight for a voter identification law to a federal panel Monday, the latest state to do battle on one of the more crucial fronts of this year's elections: who gets to cast a ballot. The federal Justice Department turned thumbs down on the South Carolina law last year, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act, designed to protect access, particularly by minorities, to the polls. Closing arguments in the case were scheduled for Monday; the trial phase was in August.
September 28, 2006 |
EARLY ON election day last June, someone broke into a poll worker's garage in the Central Valley town of Sanger and stole 1,000 blank ballots and two voting machines. Sinister, no? Florida 2000! Ohio 2004! Turns out the guy they arrested was just some 20-year-old who'd been busted before -- for penny-ante stuff like underage smoking. Maybe he figured he could fence the machines at a swap meet. Anyway, stealing elections by stealing voting equipment is so '90s.