An ID is required to get on a Plane but not to Vote?
I was shocked to hear that I did not have to show my ID when I went to go vote in the 2012 election.
In this year’s election, I was happy to take advantage of early voting and head to one of the voting centers here in Houston. Fantastic, did not have to wait in line and had my drivers license and voters registration card in my hand ready to show. When I offered both documents to the lady behind the desk she said, “I don’t need to see your ID, the voters registration card will do”. What??
How does this lady know that I am the person listed on the registration card? What if I had dropped this card in my building and some stranger picked it up? What if it got lost in the mail and some person who may not even be a US citizen received it? Who is to say that I really am the person listed on the voters registration card?!
What kind of bizarre country do we live in where no identification is required to vote, yet we must have ID in order to:
- Get on a plane
- Cash a check
- Get back in the country
- Get utility service
It’s not like the Government is asking to show proof that you paid taxes and are a law abiding citizen along with an ID card (though that wouldn’t be a bad idea). So obviously I was intrigued to do a bit of research to find out why an ID is not required, at least not here in Texas. It turns out, a Federal Court blocked a Texas law that would require photo identification on the grounds that such a law would impose a “financial burden” on poor minority voters. Excuse me? The only people who buy this excuse are those that have their head in the sand.