Voter ID laws

Federal Appeals Court overturns ban on Voter ID in NC

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Using a bad argument to accuse somebody else of using a bad argument:

The 4th Circuit ruling puts aside arguments by civil rights groups that sued over the law. They contended, in part, that the current voter ID rules can’t be carried out because previous courts declared Republicans approved a 2013 voter ID law with intentional racial discrimination in mind.

“The outcome hinges on the answer to a simple question: How much does the past matter?” Circuit Judge Julius Richardson wrote in the opinion, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision. “A legislature’s past acts do not condemn the acts of a later legislature, which we must presume acts in good faith.”

The thing is, that "later legislature" is composed of many of the same bad actors that wrote the 2013 law that was struck down. Phil Berger, David Lewis (who resigned this previous Summer after lying to a bank official), Warren Daniel, and several other lesser ticks that have burrowed into the legislative body. Their goal (vote suppression) has not changed one iota from seven years ago, and they have literally never acted in good faith. Back to the judges:

GOP voter suppression exposed: Voter ID just a political tool

The "intent to discriminate" is more than obvious:

Also in Wisconsin, Todd Allbaugh, 46, a staff aide to a Republican state legislator, attributed his decision to quit his job in 2015 and leave the party to what he witnessed at a Republican caucus meeting. He wrote on Facebook:

I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters. Think about that for a minute. Elected officials planning and happy to help deny a fellow American’s constitutional right to vote in order to increase their own chances to hang onto power.

With great power comes great responsibility. And Republicans have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, they wield this power irresponsibly and will use it to deny Constitutional rights for others if it benefits them. Of course, any article of this nature that fails to mention that idiot Don Yelton would be incomplete:

State unveils online driver's license renewal

And everybody applauds as the first shoe drops:

"The old system was broken. It was archaic. Unfortunately, citizens were spending 6-8 hours in line," Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said during a Thursday afternoon press conference, at the ALEA driver license reinstatement office in Montgomery. Due to budget constraints coupled with new improvements, some driver license field offices only open one to two days a week will close, Collier said today.

Offices subject to closure have yet to be identified.

As we now know, that second shoe was a vigorous kick in the pants for African-Americans across Alabama, who must now travel outside their county to obtain one of the few "acceptable" forms of identification in order to conform to their state's strict Voter ID law. It also places an added economic burden on young African-Americans entering college or the workforce, who will (somehow) have to travel 50-100 miles or more just to obtain their driver's license. Do not for one minute believe that couldn't happen here in NC. The first shoe has already dropped.

Voter ID - A Lot Easier for Some

With the Governor's announcement today, renewing a driver's license just became a lot easier for lots of North Carolinians.

But with driver's licenses being the main acceptable unconstitutional form of identification at the polling place, can those who really want to stuff the ballot box take advantage of this online renewal system? Call me crazy, but who is monitoring the pictures????

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