The issue of having a photo ID present in order to vote has been the center of a plethora of contentious debates across the nation. The idea of having a photo ID on your person in the polling place is to prevent voter fraud. The common sense approach is to make the voting process as smooth and convenient as possible for Americans who wish to partake in their civic duty.
While a photo ID is required to do a variety of things in day-to-day activities, there has been some objection to embracing this initiative during voting procedures.
The liberal think tank Brennan Center For Justice conducted a study that reports that lack of access to transportationcauses an inconvenience for many people, and that millions of voters will be unable to access an ID because of this transportation issue. Here is one of their analysis: Nearly 500,000 eligible voters do not have access to a vehicle and live more than 10 miles from the nearest state ID-issuing office open more than two days a week. Many of them live in rural areas with dwindling public transportation options.
While no one would deny the logistics of finding travel arrangements may be slightly cumbersome, there is a notion on the Left that minorities are simply incapable of arranging transportation on their own without the interference of government. What about white people who live more than 10 miles from a state-issuing office? Are they unable to find transportation as well? We have also heard claims that these laws disenfranchise minorities’ right to vote. This, along with issues of transportation, make it appear that minorities are simply too indolent to comprehend the need for a photo ID.
Are minorities simply incapable of understanding the importance of having a photo ID and therefore neglect to seize the opportunity to get one due to transportation difficulties? There is a perceived thought that minorities simply cannot arrange travel accommodations to take care of business matters. Not only is this a bias and narrow-minded thinking, but it is simple prejudice and arrogance directed at the states who are targeting voter fraud (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). It is thinking that alienates certain ethnic groups in the name of “protection.”
Amy Ridenour of the National Center for Public Policy Research viewed this assertion as a distraction from the core issue. She described it as finding “excuses to oppose voter integrity provisions.” She also went on to explain that if an individual does not have a photo id at the time of voting, that they would be able to cast a provisional ballot at that time.
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True The Vote, a nonpartisan movement aimed to inform citizens nationwide of voter fraud, stressed the importance of not being sidetracked by the absurdity displayed by the Left. “All we are doing is encouraging people to take a pro-active role in upholding the integrity of our elections,” she said. “It’s true that certain partisan groups are choosing to politicize our efforts, but this never was, nor will it ever be, about party. This is about principle. We’re not going to be distracted by baseless accusations that are intended only to incite anger and sow discord.”
To find out more about the sincerity of voter fraud, how you can contact your state regarding access to photo ID and how to register to vote, visit http://www.truethevote.org.