Re: The voter ID issue.

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 09 2005 - 18:34:18 CDT

A large fraction of the people residing in the City of New York take
public transit and don't drive. Hence they have no need for Driver's
Licenses. Only some of them see the need for an ID card.

I hope we don't get to the point when people doing *nothing* wrong
are asked by a police officer, "Your papers, please?," like in Nazi
Germany. I'm concerned that a National ID card, in the guise of a
Driver's License or ID card, might take us there.

Best regards,

At 11:54 AM -0700 5/9/05, Jim March wrote:
>Most proposals are to have a driver's license (or equivelent card)
>ID citizen or not down at the DMV, marked on the front. You'd then
>present that to vote. (Everybody here knows that a non-driver can
>get a DMV-issued ID card that looks similar and is just as good for
>ID purposes, but you can't drive on it?)
>Other variants all use pretty basic photo ID but tweaking the
>driver's license is the most popular proposal...with a US passport
>as backup maybe.
>Note: this is more about green-card-holders but might actually
>*help* the people who want to give illegals driver's licenses. If
>the driver's license just marks them as "not a citizen", that's not
>the same as "illegal" (could be a green-card holder).

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