Could the Voter ID Experiment Be Any More Ridiculous?

First, a 96 year old woman can’t get her voter ID because, and I quote, “We may have been able to make some phone calls from the center to verify what her married name is. She is saying it’s Cooper, but her birth certificate does not list Cooper as her married name.”

This raises a question. Do the people charged with identifying correct paperwork necessary for someone to vote actually know what said correct documentation would actually include? I mean, how the hell would Cooper’s birth certificate (which, shoot, let’s give it up for an almost century old black woman even having a birth certificate) have her married name on it?

But there’s also another question Jennifer Donnals’ interview with Woods raises. If they can “work with” Cooper to get the correct documentation, does that not suggest that there is no set documentation? That some bureaucrat somewhere just decides if you get to vote or not based on a whim of whether he’ll accept whatever documentation you might have. How can there not be set documentation?

But just when you thought that Donnals had to have set the record for most ludicrous things to be said on the matter, along comes State Representative Debra Maggart to tell us all about how “those people” already have IDs or else how would they get their beer and cigarettes. You know, “those people,” who sit around smoking and drinking and… I don’t know, being 96 years old?

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6 thoughts on “Could the Voter ID Experiment Be Any More Ridiculous?

  1. If they can “work with” Cooper to get the correct documentation, does that not suggest that there is no set documentation? That some bureaucrat somewhere just decides if you get to vote or not …

    Well, yes. And of course there’s the fact that apparently if you are over age 60, you can vote without the ID if you vote absentee. So apparently the voter ID law only applies to people under age 60 because I guess the only people who would ever vote fraudulently are under age 60?

    Does this not prove the law is capricious?

    And let’s also add in the fact that this woman in Chattanooga HAS a photo ID, in fact it was provided by the Chattanooga police department to people in her public housing development. But that state doesn’t recognize that as a valid form of ID to vote. But a concealed carry permit is?

    Here’s a thought: let’s all go out and get concealed carry permits so we can vote. Would that make Republicans happy?

  2. Not only capricious, but also potentially discriminatory on the basis of age.

    BTW any politician who uses the phrase “those people” in a sentence should be summarily kicked in the ass.

  3. She is saying it’s Cooper, but her birth certificate does not list Cooper as her married name.

    The stupidity of that statement is boundless. Did that idiot think that Mrs Cooper got married as soon as she was born? And they don’t have a clue what is acceptable documentation to prove you’re a citizen and what your name is? Sounds to me like they’re grasping at straws for reasons to deny people the right to vote, depending on your race, socio-economic status and perceived political leanings.

  4. So apparently the voter ID law only applies to people under age 60 because I guess the only people who would ever vote fraudulently are under age 60?

    The highest proportion of black and Hispanic and/or immigrant voters? Under 60. The most liberal voters? Under 60. The largest proportion of people with higher education? Under 60. The most gay-friendly? Under 60.

    And on you go.

  5. This is an excellent case, and what it calls for is lawyering–probably with an injunction attached blocking implementation of the law on the basis of all of the practical impossibilities it points out being a detriment to fundamental civil rights, in the plain English, non-racical meaning of the term in the first place. Hello ACLU. Hello SPLC. Get on it.

  6. It sounds a lot like the explanation(that I read at Fugitivus) of how the ‘parental consent’ laws really work. Or don’t if you leave it open ended on what a parent is or don’t set up a department to deal with it.

    So I guess if you meet the standards(?) of whoever is in charge they can work with you. Just don’t be one of ‘those people’.

    I can’t wait for the shit to hit the fan here in Texas…..

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