In My Opinion
Everyone Is Equal In The Voting Booth
“Hello. Who are you?”
“I am Maxwell’s mom.”
Child runs out of his classroom and grabs my leg.
“That is nice. Can I see your photo ID?”
"Well, I have this picture on my phone of my children and me on the beach. He even calls me mom and looks like me."
”Yes, I understand, but I still need a picture ID."
”Okay, I will go get it from the car."
I do. I go to my car and I grab my driver’s license from my purse. I bring it in and I am allowed to take my own child home.
The policy is, everyone who picks up their child must show photo identification. It doesn’t matter that we have been at the school for 5 years and everyone knows me. It doesn’t matter that I have three children who attend the school. It doesn’t matter that I wear red lipstick, drive a minivan, and have a granola bar for breakfast.
In the voting booth we are currently not all equal. There are instances of fraud. There are dead people who are still registered to vote. How do we know who is actually voting? The problem is, some people do not have photo identification.
According to claims, 11% of the voting population doesn’t have photo identification. The claim is, these are the very old, disabled, minority population or the poor.
The majority of states require photo identifications to claim benefits. You need a photo ID to give blood, receive prescription drugs, apply for a job, complete some bank transactions, apply for school, buy a house, and even to obtain a library card. The question is, does this percent of the population not partake in the above activities?
Do they not write checks, rent apartments, apply for jobs, have utilities for their dwelling, drive, board an airplane or train, utilize medical care? It seems that you can’t do anything in this country without photo identification, except determine the future of the country with a vote.
I am a woman. I know the right to vote was not extended to my gender until the 1920s. I also know that minorities had to fight for their right to vote. I imagine it may be inconvenient to gather paperwork, money, and get oneself an ID, but I imagine it was more inconvenient for the people that fought to give that right to you.
I was outraged to see the number of states that do not currently have a photo identification policy in place.
Voting is a right that requires responsibility. I drive my minivan 17 minutes to my nearest voting station. I bring in my voting card and I vote. If I do not have my card, I do not get to vote. It is a privilege to vote and I understand it is a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Constitution also gives us the right to bear arms but we have to have a license and a photo identification to have a gun. That also should be the standard when voting. It is true that votes can cause more harm than one person with a gun.
"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption."
James Garfield, "A Century of Congress" published in Atlantic, July 1877.