In Minnesota you hear the claim of those opposed to Voter ID that it would disenfranchise 200,000 people. Who are those people?
To be one of those disenfranchised, you would have to be a person who does none of the following:
- Drive a car.
- Write a check.
- Cash a check.
- Conduct a cash transaction of $5,000 or more.
- Get into a bar.
- Buy alcohol.
- Buy tobacco or nicotine products.
- Buy a firearm.
- Open a bank account.
- Use a credit card (in some cases).
- Apply for a business license.
- Apply for permission to hold a protest or rally.
- Get employment.
- Purchase a home or real estate.
- Rent a domicle.
- Rent a motor vehicle.
- Purchase a motor vehicle.
- Apply for a building permit.
- Apply for a hunting license.
- Apply for a fishing license.
- Initially register a motor vehicle.
- Qualify for food stamps.
- Qualify for public housing.
- Qualify for any government program.
- Qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
- Qualify for sales tax exemption for people aged 80 and above.
- Be a member of a Native American tribe.
- Be a member of the military.
- See a doctor.
- Get health insurance.
- Get a prescription.
- Get over-the-counter medicine that contains pseudo-ephedrine.
- Apply for Medicare.
- Apply for Medicaid (or other programs that automatically qualify for Medicaid).
- Take a commercial flight.
- Obtain a Post Office box.
- Serve on jury duty.
- Get into the Democratic National Convention
- Get a free turkey from the Union Gospel Mission (thanks to Bonnie).
- Register for SAT or ACT college entrance exams (thanks to Nancy).
Where are those vast numbers of people who don’t do any of the above? In fact the question is ludicrous. The people against Voter ID also want the people they say would be disenfranchised to have many of the benefits listed above. That is, they want “poor people to be covered by welfare”, and those people must already have a proper ID.
When you look at the facts, you would be very hard pressed to find anybody who does nothing on my list. Let alone 200,000 in Minnesota.
And when all is said and done, it is after all pretty easy if you don’t do any of the above to get a proper photo ID. “Disenfranchisement” is a bogus argument meant to conceal the true reason for opposition to Voter ID.