Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Challenge to Governor Heineman and Current and Future State Senators -- PJM

Yesterday the Supreme Court Decision upheld Indiana's voter I.D. requirement (see yesterday's Objective Conservative). Today we learn, not unsurprisingly, that the Democrats are not at all happy with the decision.

From today's "Politico", http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=974520EF-3048-5C12-007897E1CB6BAE2F we get the following:

"Congressional Democrats and minority groups assailed Monday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana’s photo-ID law as an affront to voting rights, but political realities in the states suggest that the ruling could have relatively limited impact nationwide. Only three states — Indiana, Florida and Georgia — currently require voters to show government-issued photo IDs before stepping into the voting booth. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are considering similar requirements, but it’s not clear whether they can adopt them before the November elections.

Democratic insiders fear that a number of states, particularly in the Midwest and South, will copy the Indiana law now that the Supreme Court has upheld it. “There’s the concern for our side that it can spread, other states can do what Indiana did,” said a Democratic strategist. “You may see a lot more of this now.”

But Neil Bradley, director of the Voting Rights Project for the American Civil Liberties Union, noted that only states with both Republican-controlled legislatures and Republican governors have been able to implement photo ID laws, creating a de factor partisan limit on the number of places where such requirements may be imposed."

Based on the Supreme Court decision, I would challenge any of our current or would be state senators and Governor Heineman to introduce legislation in the next session requiring voters to show identification to vote. With a so-called Republican legislature (sorry, Omaha World- Herald, and my apologies to you Senators Flood, Ashford, etal, for politicizing your non-partisan body) next year would be a great time to act to protect the sanctity of the voting process by enacting such legislation. How about it? Any takers?

I know that the current liberal make-up of the Judiciary Committee would wimp out on such an opportunity, but hopefully that will change next year (with the help of new senators and a clearly expressed opinion from voters like you) and while there may be some who will suggest we don't need such a law based on past experience, why even take the risk by not enacting such common sense legislation?
CORRECTION: We are advised that should such legislation be introduced that it would go before the "Government Committee". A profound expression of regret to Senators Flood and Ashford.

1 comment:

FancyFree in NE said...

Just thought you'd like to know how important it is to require photo ids at the polling place. I know of an individual who recently became a citizen. When he got his "green card" the county election office sent him a voter registration form; when he questioned whether or not it was legal for him to vote, the election worker told him that anyone with a green card could vote. WRONG!! Not only is it illegal but doing so could have prevented him from becoming a citizen! It is too easy to get registered to vote and a government ID is essential to prove that the person is/is not a legal citizen. And what PREVENTS a felon from registering to vote? That's another challenge that should be tackled...