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March 23, 2013

Why shouldn’t voters show an ID? Nearly everyone else must

The Supreme Court justices voiced some skepticism about an Arizona law that requires people registering to vote in federal elections to show proof of citizenship.

The legal question before the nine justices is whether the voter registration provision of the 2004 state law, known as Proposition 200, is trumped by a federal law, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires prospective voters to provide one of several possible forms of identification, such as a driver’s license number or passport.

I’m a legal American citizen and I must show my ID when:

1. Pulled over by the police.

2. Making purchases on my department store credit card.

3. When I show up for a doctor’s appointment.

4. When filling out a credit card or loan application.

5. When applying for or renewing a driver’s license or passport.

6. When applying for any kind of insurance.

7. When filling out college applications.

8. When donating blood.

9. When obtaining certain prescription drugs.

10. When making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state.

11. When collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

12. When I applying for a Library card in the state of Maryland.

There’s no doubt that I will continue to be required to do these things.

Based on Monday’s oral argument, it was unclear how the court will rule but a number of justices, including regular swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised some concerns about the law.

A ruling is expected by the end of June. Justice Roberts is likely to approve of the no identification requirement. Who knows what case he will be hearing.

Maybe he will rule that the federal government can eliminate any requirement it wishes to on any activity or inactivity that anybody in the world does or doesn’t engage in as long as a tax is involved!

Soon we will accept absentee ballots from dead people. And soon we will allow any citizen in the world to vote in our elections.

As well, the American Job Security Act will allow the federal government to send payments, food stamps, fuel subsidies and Obamacare directly to Mexicans to their present homes in Mexico.

This will save lives because the illegal aliens will no longer be required to make the trip across the desert to the United States. It will also protect our teenagers’ lawn care jobs!

 Arthur Squires Jr.

Flintstone

 

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