The good news is that the Justice Department has noticed:
The Obama administration on Tuesday will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws in several states that could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect the president in 2008.
A dozen states this year tightened rules requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Although Democratic governors vetoed four of the measures, liberal and civil rights groups have been raising alarms about the remaining laws, calling them an “assault on democracy” and an attempt to depress minority voter turnout.
In Wisconsin, new voter ID laws, and the specific ID requirements have resulted in numerous anecdotes of hurdles and disenfranchisement that will disproportionality affect people who lean Democratic: the young, the old, the poor, those without a drivers license, students, and minorities.
It’s legalized election fraud brought on by a systematic Republican effort to suppress Democratic voting blocks.
I’ll add my anecdote from Wisconsin, where most of my family lives.
My niece—let’s call her Maria Elaine Valdez Holman—recently turned 18. Because of a disability, Maria does not drive. So she recently got a ride to a Department of Motor Vehicles office from her occupational therapist, to get a state ID card, specifically with the intent of using it to vote. When her turn came, she showed her birth certificate and a high school photo ID as proof of her identification.
She was told she would need a Social Security card. Without it, she could not get an ID card.
She couldn’t find her Social Security card, so she used her birth certificate and high school ID card to get a replacement.
After another ride to the DMV and another wait in line, she shows them her high school photo ID, her birth certificate, and the temporary Social Security card that is issued on the spot. And she is told that the temporary Social Security card is not valid for getting an ID. Yeah…you can use it to get a job but, apparently, not an state ID. She would have to wait until her “permanent” Social Security card arrived and try again.
Her “permanent” Social Security card arrives, and she gets another ride to the DMV and waits her turn. She shows them her high school photo ID, her birth certificate, and her Social Security card. This time she is told she cannot be given an ID because…her birth certificate has her four names: Maria Elaine Valdez Holman listed, in that order, spelled correctly, but it does not clearly identify what name or names are her middle name(s) and surname(s). She is told she would have to apply for another birth certificate that clearly labels each part of her name.
At this point she requests a supervisor, who sheepishly agrees with his underling, that her birth certificate just won’t do. Never mind that it was fine for getting her Social Security card. Never mind that her mother used it to get a passport when Maria was a small child (the passport is now expired).
She argued fruitlessly to the point that she got quite angry, and finally screamed out, “What are you? Scott Walker’s cock suckers?” (Oh dear! My sweet, demure niece. Has she been reading HorsesAss.Org or something?)
Her friend spirited Maria away before she did something rash…like plunge her hands into their chests and withdrawing their beating hearts. Or twisting their testicles off.
When my sister conveyed this story to me, I suggested that Maria renew her passport, and then see if showing her high school photo ID, her “faulty” birth certificate, her “permanent” Social Security card, and her shiny new, high tech, hologram-bearing Passport would be enough to get a state ID.
I believe a passport would be sufficient to vote, but I hope she pursues a state ID anyway. It will be interesting to see just how far Walker’s cock suckers will go to suppress the vote of a young, non-car driving, disabled, female student with a Hispanic surname.
Or is that her middle name?
Update: The story continues here.