No, Voter ID Laws Are NOT Racist

Last Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march for civil rights. Instead of focusing on the great accomplishments that African-Americans have made in America, it appeared that President Obama wanted to rather politicize the march to promote his liberal agenda.

In his speech at the Selma anniversary gathering, Obama referenced the hardships that African-Americans endured regarding the right to vote, and then compared their oppressions to current voter identification laws.

“Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote,” Obama stated. “As we speak, more such laws are being proposed.”

Voter identification laws are designed to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to vote, and registered voters to cast more than one ballot. How is such legislation, designed to ensure honest elections, racist?

A requirement to provide photo identification before casting a ballot is no more racist than a requirement to have a driver’s license when you are driving an automobile.

The purpose of a driver’s license is to ensure that the person behind the wheel is eligible to drive. If a person does not have a license to drive, but they are driving anyway, that is unlawful.

When a person goes fishing, they must have a fishing license. Is securing the right to fish more important than securing the right to vote?

Federal Judges in Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have declared voter identification laws unconstitutional. What has been the reasoning for their decisions? The judges have classified voter identification requirements as being an “unconstitutional poll tax,” which is a violation of the twenty-fourth amendment.

The amendment reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”

While some forms of government photo identification do require a fee, all of the states listed offer free photo identification. That makes the reasons for these rulings bogus. It is apparent that it has become rather popular for the courts to interpret the law to match their political opinions, rather than determine if it violates the Constitution.

Incidents of voter fraud have occurred throughout the United States, including West Virginia.

These regulations are greatly needed and are necessary to prevent dishonesty in the ballot box. It seems that almost every election year, we hear of several incidents where such inaccuracies have occurred. It would be absolutely irresponsible if we continue to allow these atrocities occur, without attempting to prevent their occurrences.

The purpose of these laws were not to discourage voting or to create a civil rights war with minorities, as the liberal left would like the American people to believe. These laws were created to protect voting equality, ensuring that everyone’s vote is equally important. I find it humorous that progressives use terms like fairness and equality when it benefits their argument, however when it comes to important issues like ensuring honest elections, they abandon the expressions.

Personally, I do not understand why any politician would disapprove of legislation that increased honesty and equality in elections, unless they felt that they or their party had something to lose.

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