One of the major issues behind voter I.D. has always been that there is a fight against a perceived “poll tax” to practice a right guaranteed to all adults of 18 years and up (who have not been convicted by a felony) by the 14th, 19th, and 26th amendments to the constitution. That right to vote in elections.
A poll tax to practice a fundamental right of American citizenship does sound pretty awful, but the fact is that we are charged a monetary amount to practice any number of the rights that our constitution and amendments afford us, while most of the states with Voter ID laws provide free voter identification cards to those who can’t afford them.
We have to have an ID to own a gun too (guaranteed to us in the 2nd Amendment) and often have to pay for background checks and other invasive measures in order to legally purchase a firearm and I’ve never seen the government offer to pay the cost of those for me.
Also private groups can demand an ID in order for people to participate in their gatherings to protest a voter ID law. Yeah,
The first amendment right to protest/freedom of association/free speech is ALSO a constitutional right. Guaranteed in plain language by the first amendment:that makes about as much sense as you thought it did on the first read through.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Why should you have to have an ID to take part in a protest?
And yeah, I get it, one of these is a “private” organization asking for identification and the other is the state asking for it, believe me I understand the distinction quite clearly, but that doesn’t make what the NAACP is doing any less hypocritical or dumb.
Yeah, I said it. The NAACP is about 50 shades of stupid.
They understand the importance of knowing that people are who they say they are at their events, but refuse to recognize that it’s equally important (no, actually, more important) to know that people are who they say they are when they are voting for how our government is to be run.
It is by far one of the most stupid things I’ve seen this year and that’s actually quite an accomplishment for the NAACP, even if it is only February 11th.