Elections have consequences. Obama got his failed and wasteful Stimulus, along with the heavily unpopular Obamacare. NC Senator Richard Burr and Tom Coburn are right, shutting down government to defund Obamacare is the wrong way to go about it. Whether we like it or not, Obamacare is the law: it needs to repealed by Congress, which means keeping the House, retaking the Senate, and obtaining the White House in 2016. And, challenging O-care in court.
Well, when it comes to the big laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly (voter ID, abortion safety, budget (which includes education spending) and gun rights) , elections have consequences, Liberals. The People of NC were tired of what Democrats were doing, and wanted a new direction. Governor McCrory will sign the bills. Which has made Liberals nuts. Witness the NY Times’ David Firestone, who received the talking points email about “voter suppression”
North Carolina: First in Voter Suppression
But as yesterday’s events in the state capital showed, one thing is making a comeback: an old habit of suppressing the votes of minorities, young people and the poor, all in the hopes of preserving Republican power.
Freed of federal election supervision by the Supreme Court, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill that combines every idea for suppressing voter turnout that Republicans have advanced in other states. Rick Hasen, an election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine, called it “the most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.”
The law requires a government-issued photo ID card to vote, but doesn’t allow student IDs, public-employee IDs, or photo IDs issued by public assistance agencies. It shortens the early voting window, bans same-day registration during early voting and prohibits paid voter registration drives. Counties will not be able to extend voting hours in cases of long lines, or allow provisional voting if someone arrives at the wrong precinct. Poll “observers” are encouraged to challenge people who show up to vote, and are given new powers to do so.
Liberals have long had hissy fits over voter ID. It makes the ACLU apoplectic. One liberal at a News and Observer article responded to a comment by myself and called ID a “poll tax”. Another wrote that voter ID assumes people are guilty before being proven innocent (so, that means every time you prove who you are, that’s wrong? Does this mean that having to show an ID to purchase a gun and apply for a license is wrong, too? Sure seems like it. How about when showing ID at a TSA checkpoint?). But, let’s consider something: most states have some sort of voter ID requirements, including
- Illinois – “Any time a voter uses Early Voting, the voter must present a government-issued photo ID.” An ID with your name and address is required. The IDs are not required to feature a photograph of the elector. “If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, in-person absentee or early voting, unless you submit with your mail-in registration form your driver license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, or one of the forms of ID listed below.”
- Delaware – Valid voter ID includes a photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or any other government document with your name and address on it.
- Hawaii – In order to vote, electors must present valid photo ID with a signature. Additionally, voters will be asked to sign a poll book to record that they voted at the polling place. Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification.
- California – SB1016 (effective January 1, 2006) requires voters to provide their driver’s license number or state identification number. If they do not have either, they may use the last four digits of their social security card. If they also do not have a social security card number, the state will assign a unique number which may be used for voting purposes.
So, in the home states of the President and VP, some sort of voter ID is required at some point. Hawaii, a very deep Blue state, has a restrictive voter ID law, and no issues. In Brokeifornia, they don’t have to show it, but must have an ID to have the numbers (obviously, if no ID, then it leads to SS#, followed by a way to make it easier for illegal aliens to vote). Many States, including Blue states, require ID to register and/or ID to vote. In some cases, such as NY, doesn’t have to be a photo ID. Or some way of proving they are who they are.
Voting is Important. Liberals still whine about Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004 (mostly because they lost, and let’s not forget that most of the problems occurred in precincts run by Democrats). What is so wrong with ascertaining that the person voting is that person, that they’re entitled to vote there, and that they haven’t already voted? They trot out their “voter suppression” meme, but, Hawaii doesn’t have problems. Their argument is really a racist one, since they assume that Blacks are too stupid to be able to earn the money and obtain a picture ID, something which most people have.
BTW, most of the liberals (Salon, ThinkProgress, Daily Kos, msnbc.com, Alan Colmes’ Liberaland and Taegan Goddard’s …) linking to the Memeorandum thread about McCrory saying he will sign the bills are upset about abortion on demand, of course. They all apparently have a problem with making the process safer. They prefer the Kermit Gosnell house of horrors type abortion clinics.