Al Sharpton: New voting restriction laws are wrong

  • Article by: Al Sharpton , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: August 8, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Casting a ballot is a right, not a privilege.

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clafaveAug. 8, 12 9:45 PM

I don't understand how you can call it a responsibility to carry health insurance, and then say there is no responsibility to prove who you are.

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clnorthAug. 8, 12 9:51 PM

So people are able to get to a ballot box, yet are unable to get a free id? What a bunch of garbage!

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nkpguyAug. 8, 1210:00 PM

The Dems have always found a way to get people to the voting booths. I'm sure they can use the same ingenuity to get people to those places to get an ID to vote.

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jbpaperAug. 8, 1210:02 PM

"As the Brennan Center reports, more than one in 10 eligible voters in the United States do not possess the kind of IDs required by those 10 states." ---- Why do they always seem to say "eligible" voters instead of the number that have actually voted? If they have no intention on voting, whether they have an id or not is irrelevant.

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DillioAug. 8, 1210:08 PM

Al and Jesse always make it about race. News flash guys, it's not.

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yen7565Aug. 8, 1210:11 PM

Al needs to think outside the (soap)box he is standing on. I am certain the same government agency that issues welfare services to the poor and elderly can take a photo and upload it to a government website that can compile a photo ID card and allow the welfare worker to print and laminate it within a matter of minutes.

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Coony127Aug. 8, 1210:22 PM

YUP, Al's a real credible guy.

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pdxtranAug. 8, 1210:32 PM

clnorth: The Republicans have convinced their AM radio disciples that Democrats win only because illegal immigrants and too many "welfare recipients" vote.

The Republican--and ONLY Republican legislatures and all at once this year-- in several states have therefore proposed voter ID laws. (It wouldn't be a coordinated nationwide campaign now, would it?)

In fact, the Republicans' proposal doesn't specify which ID would be acceptable.

In fact, there is NO single ID that proves both citizenship and current address.

Driver's license, you say? Nope. Non-citizens (new immigrants, corporate transfers, foreign students) have to get Minnesota driver's licenses to drive legally.

Birth certificate? All that does is tell where your parents lived when you were born, not where you live now.

Passport? Those are expensive, and while they prove citizenship, they are valid for ten years, so the "address" portion contains instructions for the passport holder to write his or her current address in pencil.

Naturalization papers? No proof of current address.

So what ID are you going to use, Republicans? Are you going to have to create a whole new state bureaucracy that requires every adult in Minnesota to go to the county courthouse to receive a voter's ID? How are you going to pay for it or even find the personnel to do the work, given that you want to get rid of massive numbers of state employees.I thought you guys were the "small government" party.

Or maybe you're going to contract the ID business out to some major donor to your party? (That's what usually happens when the Republicans "privatize" something. They funnel government money to one or more of their cronies.)

Or are you going to say that the election judges in each precinct can decide what is an acceptable ID? What if they decide that white middle class and upper class suburbanites just need a driver's license and dark-skinned people or city dwellers need a passport, a driver's license, and a birth certificate?

You guys have clearly not thought this through. Or have you, and you're afraid that if you tell us what your real intentions are, no one will vote for your amendment. You sure squealed loudly enough when the Secretary of State assigned a title to your ballot measure that accurately described its content.

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elmore1Aug. 8, 1210:34 PM

Uh Al, get on board with the "Voter Modernization" project.

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pdxtranAug. 8, 1210:36 PM

yen7565:"I am certain the same government agency that issues welfare services to the poor and elderly can take a photo and upload it to a government website that can compile a photo ID card and allow the welfare worker to print and laminate it within a matter of minutes." You believe the Republican fairy tale that says that poor people are all on welfare. News flash: Most poor people WORK at dirty, dangerous, dreary jobs for very low wages and take a lot of **** from high and mighty Republican types.

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