Not really. You have to have an ID to do just about anything in this country. As to the $15 charge, it's not really unreasonable, but perhaps the county should wave the fee for those who can't afford it. There is nothing wrong with making an effort to make sure people are who they claim to be at the polls. We do it everywhere else. By the way, if it's too difficult to make it to the county offices to get the ID, how is it any less so to make it to the polls.
Well argued Ernie, but I think the integrity of the system needs to maintained. If the courts find it improper to charge a fee for an ID, then the fee should be waived... not the ID requirement. My voting station is 6 miles from where I live.
I don't find it unacceptable. In the old days those without drivers licenses typically had a non-drivers identification card which they could use to cash checks. There is precedent for having photo identification for almost everyone...most commonly used for banking and social security identification, at airports, and when you wish to make a major purchase such as a vehicle or a home.<br />
Even seniors, the poor and the disabled need to cash checks now and then....so I don't think this is too much of a hardship.
Many counties have initiated a "photo ID "requirement for voting.Where I live,you practically need one for eating at MacDonalds. While $15.00 isn't astronomically high(I think thats about what it costs here) the lack of public transportation problem is an issue in many places.Its not exactly a poll tax,but it does place a burden on the groups you mentioned,but how would this be remedied,unless they open more "photo ID centers?
There is NO good reason why any adult these days doesn't have a picture ID. Let's think rationally here, people. You have to show your ID to do practically anything else. This notion that it disenfranchises a group of people to ask them to show a picture ID is a stupid political ploy to cause strife.
Yeah... I may say yeah.
You can say that if you want to but it is not the county's responsibility to provide transportation for the elderly, disabled, or poor, to get there and back for an ID which most should have already. Either a drivers license, state ID card, Passport, work badge, school ID, pistol permit, etc. There are so many types of photo ID that it makes your head spin, and all you need is one.
Put in the paperwork to your congressman and have a bill written up.
Not really, poll taxes were a way of oppressing people, not giving them more of a chance to vote.
There weren't illegal immigrants back then, though curiously, there was still voter fraud :/..maybe photo ID will aid in lessening that.
I don't think $15 is out of reach for anyone either, so it isn't really restricting or oppressing any minority.