Because freedom can't protect itself
I find this article confusing.
First, setting aside the issue of ID at the polls, it sounds like Ms. Pennington will have trouble getting to the polls on election day. Can't Pennsylvania residents vote by mail or drop-off ballot? Neither travel NOR photo ID would be required. The lack of alternatives to standing in line at the polls disenfranchises people with handicaps and medical problems, as well as their caretakers, parents of small children, and small-business owners like Ms. Pennington's daughter.
Second, it sounds like Ms. Pennington has no ID at all. Normally people without driver's licenses get state IDs, which have photos. Ms. Pennington is elderly, but it does seem like she gets out. What would she use for ID in an emergency?
I think the real problem here is the great difficulty Pennsylvania residents have in getting valid ID, even when it's free. This is not just a problem when people are trying to vote, but when they're trying to travel, or if they're the victim of a crime.
It just so happens, that she can take a taxi without charge (thanks to our PA lottery.
There is nothing wrong with ID laws but the system.
When I attempted to vote in the recent election in Montgomery County, PA I was told to produce "Voter ID." When I informed the person involved with me that the law does not require me to produce "Voter ID" at that time. I suggested that her behavior could be construed as Voter Suppression, another election staff person who had nothing to do with me and was not in any way involved with me mumbled "Voter Suppression, Hmmmmmm" sarcastingly. I would not be intimidated; finally they obeyed the law and let me vote.
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. You need ID to buy liquor, cigarettes, take a loan, get into NC-17 movies, cash a check, get a mortgage, pretty much anything in daily life. If it's not discriminatory for those requirements, why so for voting? I don't hear anyone complaining about having to have ID for anything except voting. Who are we trying to protect?
Wow...it takes a whole day to drive 25 miles in PA?? Are there really hundreds of thousands of people in PA who don't have any form of ID, other than children and illegal immigrants? So without ID, how do they get bank accounts and credit cards and conduct any type of business at all where identity needs to be confirmed?
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