Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Liberal Judges

In yet another liberal ruling , a judge has ruled that Georgia's law requiring people to show ID's before they vote, is "a poll tax" This is not 1968. This is not 1988. It's 2005, and for a judge to publicly say "is most likely to prevent Georgia's elderly, poor and African-American voters from voting". -We couldn't just leave it at poor? I maybe see a point in that the state id card costs "up to 35$" if the person doesn't have a drivers license, but should an adult not have a state-form of identification regardless?

6 Comments:

At 10/19/2005 02:44:00 PM, Blogger Ben Kyber said...

Maybe, then, identification cards for all adults should be taxpayer subsidized...

 
At 10/19/2005 02:47:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

not a bad idea.

 
At 10/19/2005 11:03:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Let's hope the rationale turned on the payment, as opposed to the concept that there should be some reliable, verifiable identification of voters. If it was the payment, then the answer has to be that the society as a whole absorbs the cost of ensuring the integrity of the voting rolls. Much as I hate new public costs, I have to admit this is a legitimate use of public funds

 
At 10/19/2005 11:20:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

I should think that a reasonable and cost effective solution to this problem would be to supply legally registered voters a "Voter Card" as we do here in Virginia...or is this just too simple?

 
At 10/19/2005 11:22:00 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Actually, you aren't quite correct about the cost of the ID cards. I first heard about this from a Barack Obama podcast (which is excellent) a while back. He said the same thing as the judge apparently, that charging 35$ for an ID card to vote was a poll tax.

This isn't really how the system works.

The 35$ (it is actually 20$ for a card valid for five years, 35$ for one valid for ten) is for an all purpose ID card. If you want a card strictly to vote, this is provided free of charge.

I wrote an article clarifying the whole situation a while back.

 
At 10/20/2005 01:22:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Oh...that makes sense.

You've got a nice site over there SBM.

I hadn't looked into it more than the FOX news ammount of 35 bucks.

 

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