Re: The voter ID issue.

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Mon May 09 2005 - 20:00:13 CDT

Arthur Keller wrote:

> 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,
> Arthur

Yeah, I *know* how fine the line is!!! We don't want Federalized ID,
period.

Sigh.

But we've got too many documented cases of abuse.

State-level ID is probably going to be the middle ground we have to live
with.

Jim

> 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).
>>
>> Jim
>
>

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