Representative Debra Maggart was recently quoted in a Knox News voter ID article as saying, “”That may be an annoyance, [the voter ID provisions} but look at what people have sacrificed for you to be able to vote,” she said. “People have fought and died in wars.”
One thing they didn’t die for, Representative, was to give you the right to disefranchise their relatives. The poor and people of color have always made up a large percentage of our fighting force, and one thing they undoubtedly fought for was a better life for their families. – A better life that includes the chance to have a voice in their government. They certainly didn’t want their old people turned away from the polls for lack of a piece of paper.
Already we have seen case after case where older voters have to go to extraordinary lengths to get a valid ID. The law as written is a perfect trap for married women. If I myself had to go through the identification process imposed on people now, I would have to buy a copy of my marriage certificate to prove I am not using the name Hill for fradulent purposes. Like many other divorcees, I threw out my marriage certificate. Many people never get one at all.
In addition, getting the photo ID is much more than an ‘inconvenience’. According to a recent post on the Democratic Underground,
The state is offering free photo ID at its driver service centers if residents certify they’re going to vote. The state intends to notify the 126,000 drivers by mail that they are entitled to the free ID. But would-be voters might have to wait hours in line to get one.
The safety department estimates the average wait time across the state is 55 minutes. But that’s after reaching the first kiosk to take a number. Lines to that kiosk sometimes snake outside the building and around the block.
One day this summer, 40 people hoping to snag photo ID stood for two hours in 90-plus degree heat without water, shelter or chairs outside a driver’s license center in a predominantly black neighborhood of Memphis, according to the Tri-State Defender, the African-American newspaper in that city. Once inside the building, the citizens waited two more hours for their ID.”
Those are life-threatening conditions described, especially for older people. And this doesn’t even address the plight of those who don’t have a driver’s license center in their counties.
Those soldiers fought for our right to vote, Representative Maggart, not for your right to restrict it.