Changing Voter ID

It looks like the legislature might just make some fixes to the Voter ID law that Judge Murphy struck. Regardless of what the NAACP and League of Women Voters say, the issue polls very well across races.


  1. I’m sure Democrats could come up with a version that polls just as well:

    Would you be in favor of requiring voters to show an ID at the poll after a period of time where the states makes sure all eligible voters have access to a photo ID?

    Done. I don’t think voters give a crap about this law. They hear “Should you have to show an ID when you vote?” and they interpret this as “Do you have an ID?”. Something like 80% say yes and don’t see a problem with it because they are extrapolating from personal experience. Is that how we’re doing public policy now.

    I bet a lot of the state doesn’t think public buildings and businesses need to be handicapped accessable because they personally aren’t handicapped. But that’s why we don’t rule stricly by public opinion and why the rights of minorities are protected in our democracy. Who cares what polls say when it’s a constutitonal right we are talking about.

  2. Adam says:

    Newly registered lurker here. Just wanted to post in answer to Chris’ question: Article II of the Georgia Constitution. Specifically Section I Paragraph II, “Every person who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Georgia as defined by law, who is at least 18 years of age and not disenfranchised by this article, and who meets minimum residency requirements as provided by law shall be entitled to vote at any election by the people. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the registration of electors.”

  3. Decaturguy says:

    I am shocked that someone on this blog would ask the question, “Where in the constitution does it say you have a right to vote?”

    I guess that blows the theory that people who read blogs (and this blog inparticular) are more informed than the general public.

  4. I think “Where in the Constitution does it say you have a right to vote?” is actually one of greatest hits of voter suppresion of days past. They used to ask black people that question as a poll test when they were trying to vote. Unless you knew the answer was “Section I Paragraph II” you had to pay a poll tax.

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