When a federal judge ruled that a voter ID law citing it violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, they upheld the rights of all in the face of political motives.
Those who support such laws do not see why having a valid photo ID card is such a problem. What's the big deal right? Don't you have a drivers license?
If you cannot afford a car, have to work multiple jobs six or seven days a week just to keep a roof over your head and your lights on, you will understand how taking off work and paying for transportation miles across town to keep your photo ID active can be an unwelcome burden. This can be even tougher for the impoverished elderly, or newly immigrated.
For those with means and time this is no issue, but for the millions of Americans living below the poverty level it truly is difficult to invest time and money into IDs when 100% of your time is needed just to get by.
The ability for an American to vote is a fundamental right protected by the US Constitution.
It's astonishing that many of those in strong favor of voter ID laws foam at the mouth over the mere mention of background checks for gun purchases, citing the constitutional right to bear arms.
Yet those same forces that claim to be looking out for our freedoms are all too happy to limit the constitutional rights of others by attempting to making it more difficult for millions of American citizen to vote.
But why try to limit your fellow Americans ability to vote? Simple, you do not like who they might vote for.
Voter identification laws are veiled attempt to impact voting by making it difficult for minorities, the impoverished and dual state residents to cast a ballot in the state and federal elections. The requirements to show state issued photo identification places an unreasonable burden on voters.
As a personal injury attorney practicing law in Florida, we have seen many rights of the people challenged by political motivations and lobbyists pressuring state legislatures. Florida has had its own voter ID push and resulted in a controversial “voter purge” that continues to bring harm to citizens in the Sunshine State. And when all such politically motivated laws become passed, it falls on the justice system to restore the rights of the people over the ambitions of special interest groups.
Attorney Bernard Walsh