I did a blog post on the voter ID controversy that called attention to the 93-year-old, Mrs. Viviette Applewhite. Under the new PA voter ID law, it looked like Mrs. Applewhite would no longer be able to vote. She previously voted longer than I have been on this earth. Someone stole her pocketbook a while back with her ID in it. She had great difficulty in getting a new ID due to not being able to obtain new copies of required documents and additional documents that were not required for an ID in the past. I am happy to report to you that Mrs. Applewhite received her new picture ID free of charge. So she will be able to vote in the in the presidential election on the 6th of November. This helps to deflate the poll tax accusation made by Attorney General Eric Holder. Read more here.
There are many people out there who believe the real purpose of new voter ID laws in various states is to keep blacks and the poor who are usually Democrat from voting. I see these new ID laws mostly as a problem for the elderly who have to get new government issued picture ID that requires getting new documents and do not get around that much anymore. My 86-years-old mother who must use a walker does not get around much except to church a couple of Sundays a month. My sister and I do most of her shopping, take her to her doctor appointments and get her medicines. Her government issued ID expired and my sister helped her get the new additional required documents to get a new one in early April.
As far as younger people go, well one has to have many of the required documents for the ID to get a job these days. I have the required documents, because I always needed them for a new child care job during my director/administrator years. Today even if you are seeking a classroom aide position in child care which usually pays minimum wage, you will need a government issued state ID to be photocopied and placed in your personnel file.
There is so much joy over Gov. Scott Walker’s victory! The recall failed and he is still the Governor of Wisconsin. I prayed for his victory. Thank you Lord. I admit I gloated over the victory in relation to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell. I was watching Fox News, but went to MSNBC to see how they accepted and spun the victory.
I am hearing from those on the pro recall side that the failure to dump Gov. Walker was due in part to the GOP playing some successful dirty tricks. One was a robo-call saying that if you signed the petition to recall Gov. Walker, it counts as a vote and you do not have to go to the polls. First off, both the Republicans and Democrats are guilty of dirty voting tricks. Now really, what voter who has a brain would believe that when he/she signed a recall petition, that counted as a vote? Republicans responsible for this robo-call were wrong, truly desperate and did not believe Gov. Walker would survive the recall. On the Democrat side, there were reports of Democrats being bussed in from Michigan to vote against Gov. Walker. Wondering? Well, Wisconsin has same day registration.
In all the jubilation over the Walker victory and believe me, listening to the right-sided radio talkers and watching Fox News, only Michelle Malkin talked of caution, because there were a few Wisconsin State Republicans who also faced recall. Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard lost to his Democratic challenger. Those on the jubilant right are ignoring this loss. There maybe a recount, because his loss puts the Democrats in the majority in the state senate. As fantastic as this recall failure victory is, a Democratic takeover of the state senate is not good for Gov. Walker.
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The voter ID controversy has sparked a voter bill from the Democratic congressional representatives that include Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who was in the thick of the 60′s civil rights movement. Read more about that here, where there is a link to the actual bill. Those against the new voter ID laws argue that it keeps the younger folks from voting, because of having trouble in obtaining documents such as a birth certificate due to costs. I do understand getting birth certificate when you no longer live in the state of your birth can cost up to $50.00. Yes, I agree the cost can be an issue.
My birth certificate was lost and I had to obtain one for a job a few years ago. Fortunately I live in the state of my birth. I ordered mine online and receive it in two days. It cost $14.00 due to shipping and handling. So the argument gets somewhat deflated in my example, because these young people will have to supply a birth certificate for significant employment among other things. I hope the parents of those just starting out to vote know where they kept their children’s birth certificates.
The other argument is that there are elderly who voted for years and will not be allowed to vote from now on because they cannot secure a birth certificate to get a photo ID due to loss and/or being born at a time when recordings of births missed a lot of people, especially if you were not born in a hospital. I know many of you do not see this as a problem, but I do.
For example, 93 years old Viviette Applewhite who voted for decades will no longer be able to vote because of the new PA ID voter law. I have read some online comments challenging how Mrs. Applewhite is able to get prescription drugs without an ID. There are a few (such as my 90 years old cousin) but really, how many people do you see out and about in their 90s getting what they need on their own? It is usually someone younger getting their medicine. I take turns with my sister getting our mother’s prescriptions and we do not get asked for her ‘s or our IDs.
When I first went out in the work force in the early 70s, I was not required to provide a birth certificate. That changed for me some years later. Photo ID is far more a requirement these days than it was even when I was in my 20s. I do feel some provision should be made for registered elderly voting citizens like Mrs Applewhite who cannot obtain a birth certificate so they can continue to vote.
Now I do feel the voter ID laws are necessary to combat voter fraud, because there is evidence of it among Democrats and Republicans. I just feel the requirement of a birth certificate for a photo ID is easier to secure if you were not born in the earlier part of the 1900s. This is hurting those among the voting elderly, but not so much the young voters.