Voter ID is a no brainer

By Chrissy the Hyphenated

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Donna Brazille claims, “11% of Americans — 21 million citizens of voting age who lack proper photo identification — could be turned away on Election Day. And these people tend to be most highly concentrated among people of color, the poor, the young and the old.”

I’d like to know (a) where does she get this ridiculous number? And (b) How is it that she is so sure the people who are TOO DUMB to get an ID card (if they don’t have one already) are all minorities, poor, young and old? Isn’t that kinda racist of her to stereotype people like that? I thought Lefties didn’t DO that. (Just kidding. Of course they do.)

Besides which … excuse me for having an opinion like this, as I’m sure it is racist, homophobic, blahdiblah … but do we really want anyone that dumb voting? I mean, really … how much could they be expected to know about the candidates and issues if they don’t know how to obtain and carry a card with their name and photo on it?

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5 responses to “Voter ID is a no brainer

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    I came across this while I was researching the above. I wasn’t tuned into politics in 2000, so maybe someone who was can help me out here.

    Am I reading this right?

    In 2000, when Gore was desperately seeking 500 Florida votes, chads was not the only issue Democrats used to try and qualify Gore or disqualify Bush votes.

    A 5-page memo was circulated to Democrats throughout Florida detailing how to disqualify overseas military ballots. Military personnel overwhelmingly vote Republican.

    The following is a summary of the memo:

    Date: November 15, 2000
    To: FDP Lawyer
    From: Mark Herron
    Subject: Overseas Absentee Ballot Review and Protest

    State and Federal law provides for the counting of “absentee qualified electors overseas” ballots for 10 days after the day of the election or until November 17, 2000. Sections 101.62(7)(a), Florida Statutes defines as “absentee qualified elector overseas” to mean members of the Armed Forces while in the service, …

    You are being asked to review these overseas absentee ballots to make a determination whether acceptance … is legal under Florida law. A challenge to these ballots must be made prior to the time that the ballot is removed from the mailing envelope. …

    In reviewing these ballots you should focus on the following:

    1. The voter must have affirmatively requested an overseas ballot. The signature on the request must match the signature of the elector on the registration books.

    2. The ballot envelope must be signed by the voter. The signature on the ballot envelope must match the signature of the elector on the registration books.

    3. The absentee ballot envelope must be witnessed by a notary or an attesting witness over the age of eighteen years. You may note that these requirements vary from the statutory language from the Section 101.68(2)(c)1, Florida Statutes. Certain statutory requirements in that section were not proclaimed by the Justice Department pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Sec. DE 98-13.

    4. Only those ballots mailed with an APO, PPO, or foreign postmark shall be considered valid. See Section101.62(7)(c), Florida Statutes. This statutory provision varies from rule 15-2.013(7), Florida Administrative Code, which provides overseas absentee ballots may be accepted if “postmarked or signed and dated no later than the date of the federal election.”

    5. The elector has not already voted (duplicate ballot).
    Full memo @

    Now … is it my imagination or do 3 and 4 add up to this:

    “One set of rules says this, but this other set of rules says that so we’re going to demand the more rigorous of the two be enforced on military ballots even though we’re simultaneously demanding that ballots from Democrat friendly neighborhoods be included if they even remotely appear to have a dimple near Gore’s name somewhere or other.’


    • Ting

      I do not remember the specifics of this memo, but I do remember that Mary Matalin said on election night that there were many military ballots requested from Florida, and they would not have been counted that night. She did not believe it when some networks called Florida for Gore early in the night and she kept saying that the military absentee votes would probably make the state go for Bush. Sure enough, as the night went on and the numbers got closer the networks walked back their call and at that time it seemed like it would all boil down to the military absentees. Even though they reported on election night about older voters complaining in Palm Beach about being confused, I would have never guessed that in a matter of days officials would be staring at ballots with magnifying glasses and ballots would be carted all over Florida in Ryder trucks.


  2. Ting

    I would feel a lot better about Donna Brazille if she would focus her energy and resources on finding these so-called 21 million poor, minority, old and young people and helping them to go get their photo I.D. They can help them go to “Get out the Vote” so they should be able to help them “Get out to Get an ID.” It would help them in more ways than just voting. I prefer education to simply accepting their fate, and she should, too.