Apples, Oranges, Republicans, Dems & Voting IDs

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It’s too bad there are no longer any good comedians who are Republicans.  Once upon a time, we could depend on Bob Hope to take something like this and ruin the Dems with it.  If it were not so serious, it would utterly and completely comedic – laughable.  It is laughable.  Maybe it is reflective of the GOP in general, we have lost our sense of humor.  The only you destroy this one is with laughter.

“...In Memphis, Tenn., in Burbank, Calif., as far away as in Brazil and as close as in Grayslake, Ill., it’s illegal to sell spray paint to minors. Graffiti abounds, and the assumption seems to be that a youth possessing a spray can is as likely to use it illegally on an outside wall as for an art project in his parents’ garage….”

There are some states that require a photo ID to purchase drain cleaner.  Others require proof of ID for purchasing Sudafed.  You must have an ID to buy beer.  It should be more difficult to vote.  Unfortunately,  Dems don’t seem to approve of voter ID laws.  The Pink Flamingo’s friend and confidant, Sally Vee sent a link to a column by Jonah Goldberg.  It started me thinking about a few things.  Goldberg wrote:

“…Republicans across the country are pushing for voter I.D. laws. …Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently blocked Texas’ voter I.D. reforms, calls the movement a “solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Right or wrong, that’s a claim worth investigating and debating.  But unfortunately, for whatever reason, that argument isn’t working as a political tool. So he and others ascribe racism to those who want to add voting to the long list of things that require a photo I.D. …”

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In the US, it is more difficult to get a post office box than it is to register to vote.  Here in Lincoln County, New Mexico, it is a process that is downright invasive, insulting, and enough to make a person want to go postal.  The Pink has done a little research and made a few phone calls.  I must walk through hoops to purchase some Sudafed, which I need to do today.  But, I can show up and announce “I’m here!” and require a provisional ballot.

If you want my dos centavos (I live in New Mexico which is officially bi-lingual) the requirement for a post office box is intrusive.  They have NO right to see where I live.  I also have a problem that my vehicle and insurance are in a “corporate” rate grouping.  My condo deed was changed to add my father, a few years ago, so he could be on the HOA board of directors.  In order to get the post office box, I must allow a bit of my privacy to be compromised in order to get one.

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You can set up a post office box online.  I went through the process, including registering with the USPS.  I went “so far”.  And – came up against the REQUIREMENT for a photo ID.

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In New Mexico, you can get a Non-Driver ID.

NM MVD
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NM Legal Proof of Residency

NM DMV
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Voter Registration in NM, via the MVD:

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REGISTERING TO VOTE:

This is all you need.

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The Instructions:

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In NM you must also:

“...First-time voters: If this is the first time you’re registering in New Mexico you must include a copy of your identification with your voter registration application.  If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot  Acceptable forms of ID include: a current and valid photo identification with or without an address (the address does not need to match the one at which you registered to vote) OR a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, that shows your name and address (the address does not need to match the one at which you’re registering to vote)

In-person voters: required from all voters. Acceptable forms of ID: (A) a physical form of identification, which may be: (1) an original or copy of a current and valid photo identification with or without an address, the address of which is not required to match the voter’s certificate of registration or a voter identification card; or (2) an original or copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, that shows the name and address of the person, the address of which is not required to match the voter’s certificate of registration; or (B) a verbal or written statement by the voter of the voter’s name, year of birth and unique identifier; provided, however, that the statement of the voter’s name need not contain the voter’s middle initial or suffix. Source: Secretary of State website

Absentee voters: You do not need to include ID if you’ve already voted in New Mexico at least once.  If you are a first-time voter and you forgot to include copies of your ID with your registration form, include them with your absentee ballot application.

First-time voters, voting absentee: if you have met the HAVA requirements for voter registration (meaning, you provided proper ID whether registering in-person or via mail) then you do not need to send additional identification with your absentee ballot. If you have not met the HAVA requirements for voter registration, you will be notified by mail, and will need to provide a copy of your identification with your absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: a current and valid photo identification with or without an address (the address does not need to match the one at which you registered to vote) OR a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, that shows your name and address (the address does not need to match the one at which you’re registering to vote).  Source: phone call with New Mexico Secretary of State Elections Division….”

NM Sec of State

According to the Dems, “minorities” don’t want voter ID laws.

“...The poll, conducted by the well-respected pollster Whit Ayres, asked Hispanic voters in Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico whether they opposed or supported “laws that would require registered voters to present photo identification, such as a drivers license, in order to cast their vote.” The results were the complete opposite of the claims made by Durbin and the witnesses who appeared at the Senate hearing on September 8 opposing voter ID (I also testified at the hearing in support of voter ID laws).

These poll results are particularly significant since all three states have large Hispanic populations. The Census says that almost 23 percent of Floridians are of Hispanic origin, and 88 percent of those Hispanic voters in the Sunshine state support voter ID requirements, according to the Resurgent Republic poll. Hispanic support in Colorado (with a 20 percent Hispanic population) for voter ID was 71 percent, and in New Mexico (with a 46 percent Hispanic population) it was 73 percent.

Neither Hispanic voters nor voters of other races agree with the untenable position taken by Durbin and other opponents. Voters of all ethnicities agree that voter ID is an easily met, commonsense requirement that protects the security and integrity of the election process….”

It is more difficult to purchase Pseudoephedrine than it is to vote.

“…In regards to the identification that may be used by an individual buying pseudoephedrine products the following constitute acceptable forms of identification:
US passport
Alien registration or permanent resident card
Unexpired foreign passport with temporary I-551 stamp
Unexpired Employment Authorization Document
Driver’s License or Government issued identification card (including Canadian driver’s license)
School ID with picture
Voter’s Registration card
US Military Card
Native American tribal documents

Forty-one states also have laws regulating pseudoephedrine.Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai’i (as of May 1, 2009) Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana (as of August 15, 2009) Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin have laws requiring pharmacies to sell pseudoephedrine “behind the counter” and to collect personal information from purchasers.

Oregon and Mississippi require a prescription for the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine. Oregon IS alleged to have reduced the number of methamphetamine lab seizures from 467 in 2004, (the final full year before implementation of the prescription only law), although this has no necessary correlation with usage levels, as other sources are available., to a new low of 12 in 2009. Some municipalities in Missouri have enacted similar ordinances, including Washington, Union, New Haven, and Cape Girardeau. Certain pharmacies in Terre Haute, Indiana do so as well.

Another approach to controlling the drug on the state level which has been mandated by some state governments to control the purchases of their citizens is the use of electronic tracking systems, which require the electronic submission of specified purchaser information by all retailers who sell pseudoephedrine. Several states that have implemented tracking systems are: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

These states have had mixed results in reducing the number of methamphetamine laboratory seizures in their states. Prior to implementation of the system in Tennessee in 2005, methamphetamine laboratory seizures totaled 1,497 in 2004, but were reduced to 955 in 2005, and 589 in 2009.Kentucky’s program was implemented statewide in 2008, but since statewide implementation, the number of laboratory seizures has actually increased.Oklahoma initially experienced success with their tracking system after implementation in 2006, as the number of seizures dropped in that year and again in 2007. However in 2008, seizures began rising again, and have continued to rise in 2009….”

There are times when we do need to show an ID.  Don’t ever sign the back of your credit card.  Merchants are required to check you photo ID if you don’t  How many ever do?

I spent the afternoon making a few phone calls, asking questions.  I learned that there are an endless number of things a person must show their ID to purchase:  super glue (if you are under a certain age) glue, paint, even crayons.  You can’t buy booze without an ID.  You can’t pick up your medication from any pharm without showing it.  Every time you purchase Sudafed or something that might help criminals create meth, you must sign your life away. Every time you give your photo ID, everything must be entered, new, so that it is proof they saw the ID.

Why is Sudafed more important than a vote?  Why is it more important to show all of this identification to get a post office box, than it is to vote?  A person must show their photo ID to pick up their medication – their blood pressure and diabetes medication.  You show your photo ID to get into the ER.  You show it, or should, when you use your credit cards (safer that way).  You  must show it to cash a check if they don’t know you at the bank.

Heck, you need to show a photo ID when you pick up your tickets at the Metropolitan Opera’s Will Call before a performance!

Not to show a photo ID when you vote is irrational.  It is not logical.  It makes no sense.  If it were not so disgusting, it would be laughable.  It is not rational.

I don’t know about you, but I consider my vote to be something quite sacred.  I consider voting to be a very somber experience, not to be taken lightly.  My vote is not given in jest.  It is not given without due consideration.

There is no rational reason for liberals to oppose presenting a photo identification to vote, unless they were 1) up to no good – or 2) completely disconnected to the day to day reality of life.  Rather than assume they are up to no good, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.  I think we may safely make the assumption that they are completely disconnected from the day to day realities of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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