Yesterday, my wife and I voted in the Kentucky primary election. Since the apparent candidates for President were Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, voter turnout was very low. When we showed up at the poll shortly after it opened, the ladies behind the table asked to see our driver’s license.
In talking to the three poll workers, I learned that they have required a photo ID for years. I asked one of them if anyone had ever complained about having to show a photo ID. One of the ladies told me that she has been working the poll here for years and had never had anyone complain about having to present a photo ID. I asked if they ever had any dead people voting here and she told me not in HER precinct and then told me that they do their best to prevent any voter fraud from taking place here.
Would it surprise you to hear that the precinct I vote in is predominantly Republican? No one in our area feels that they are being discriminated against for having to show a photo ID in order to vote. We have plenty of minorities, especially blacks and Hispanics, but they don’t complain about having to show a photo ID to vote. We also have low income and elderly on fixed incomes in our area, but again, they don’t complain about showing a photo ID.
In fact, many of the people in this area believe that voting is not only a right but an obligation and that if you don’t vote, you don’t have any right to complain or gripe about the government or the politicians.
What I don’t understand is why Democrats are so strongly against requiring voters to show a photo ID. The only possible explanation I can think of is to allow them to abuse and violate voting laws such as voting for dead people, voting for someone who they know won’t be voting, etc. Perhaps this is the only way they believe they can win elections.
But not in my precinct! No dead people voting here!