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VOTER IDENTITY CARDS, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 1, 2012

– Ever stop and consider the role identification plays in our lives?

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I guess I am one of those citizens who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is regarding voter identification cards. For as long as I can remember, I have always had such a card and cannot imagine voting without it. I certainly do not want someone else to vote on my behalf and I would hope election officials would verify all of the voters are eligible to do so. Besides, why should voting be any different than all of the other things we do requiring proper identification, for example:

* To operate an automobile.
* To register a vehicle.
* To open a bank account.
* To purchase or lease a house, condo, or apartment.
* To obtain a loan for a mortgage, car or anything else of substance.
* To start a job (needed for government reporting requirements).
* To apply for government aid or benefits, such as unemployment, social security, etc.
* To play or coach an organized sport, such as Little League.
* To be an adult leader in a Boy/Girl Scout Troop.
* To enter the military.
* To board an airplane or ship.
* To visit a foreign country.
* To purchase a gun.
* To make an in-store purchase using a check.
* To purchase alcohol.
* To visit a school campus, college, or company.
* To serve on a jury.
* To obtain a library card.
* To deposit garbage in the local dump.

That’s right, you need proper identification to dump garbage, at least that’s the way it is here in Pinellas County, Florida. There really aren’t too many things you can do without some form of identification. Yet, there are people who balk at requiring proper identification to vote in elections, one of our most sacred duties as citizens, a task that is far more important than garbage disposal.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 32 states require some form of identification for voting; 18 do not, neither does the District of Columbia or our protectorates, such as Puerto Rico. In terms of the anticipated swing states for the upcoming election, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas require voter identification. However, New York, Illinois, and California do not.

Remarkably, Mexican citizens require a photo ID to vote in their country. In addition, the voter card has become the accepted way to prove one’s identity, to open a bank account, board an airplane and buy beer. The Mexicans clearly understand the value of a valid identification card, why don’t the Americans? Is it because someone has some ulterior motive for voting? Bottom-line, there is no valid reason for not having voter identification. It’s a no-brainer.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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12 Responses to “VOTER IDENTITY CARDS, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “Spot on Tim. I’ve said it a few debates on the topic – if you are against voter ID’s, you must be in favor of voter fraud. I suspect many people rely on it to get their guys elected.

    The only counter argument has to do with the dismissal of the idea that there is any voter fraud at all. “Where’s the proof”? they’ll ask. And frankly, it’s hard to being up all of the cases and reports as proof to people who aren’t aware.

    But that still does not hold any water with me. Without requiring IDs, foreigners can vote, and anyone can vote as often as they wish in different districts. I maintain that whoever is against Voter IDs is dependent on illegals, dead people and multiple votes in order to get their unpopular candidates into office.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An S.G. of Illinois wrote…

    “In Illinois, we must register to vote but at the polls, all I have to do is give them my name, confirm my address, and sign a form to receive my ballot. It’s been a long time since I registered but I seem to remember having to show proof of identity and where I lived at the time. Does your state not register voters in advance of elections? Don’t your voters have to sign in prior to voting? Haven’t you a system set up where people know the location of their polling place? Isn’t your state the one purging people in violation of federal law?

    I served on a jury but did not have to show ID, just the summons to jury duty they had sent me. I have a driver’s license and I guess if I were ever stopped by a policeman, I would have to show it but I certainly don’t have to show it to anyone just to drive my vehicle.

    Kinda surprised that the people who value liberty so highly would be the ones pushing so hard for more restrictions on our liberty.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A B.H. of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    “The ONLY reason a person would object to having to provide an identity card is that they have something to hide. Either they are illegally in the country OR they have committed some sort of crime and do not want to be found. The rest is all blather.”

    A W.W. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Good article, Tim. I used to live in Palm Harbor, but now in the Dominican Republic. Just wanted to let you know that my wife and I are filling out our forms for absentee voting in Florida. On that form, I must present proof with a copy of our Florida driver’s license as well as other forms of proof that we are US citizens and are who we say we are. So, I totally agree with your article. Even here, in the DR, everyone must have a legal Cedula (identification card) to vote. On the back of my card, it says NO VOTA, because I am not a citizen, just a resident. All legal citizens have VOTA on the back and must show this along with the picture ID that is on their Cedula when they vote. It’s amazing to me that An emerging 3rd world country has more sense than the US. Also, just to let you know, that there is no income tax here and no property taxes. Just a flat tax of 16% on everything but necessary fresh food items such as meat, eggs, bread, butter, vegetable, fruits etc. The tax is only on luxury items like coffee, candy, cereals, canned foods, ice cream etc. What a concept. Just can’t figure out how this country, which only has 50 years as a Republic, has it more together than those idiots in Washington. No income tax filing in this country (still have to file returns to the IRS every year) but not here. Living life is so much easier here and makes so much more sense. Anyway, great article and keep up the good work. PS Was in Oldsmar a few weeks ago to see family that I haven’t seen for almost 3 years. Probably the last time I return unless there is a drastic change in the upcoming election.”

    A J.P. of Toronto, Ontario wrote…

    “Yes, provided such a requirement does not operate to exclude minority group citizens, or to disefranchise the poor. Tim, how about a column on gerrymandering, and how it has been used by both parties in different places and times to reduce the voting power of those not party members or likely party supporters?”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    An H.S. of Las Vegas, Nevada wrote…

    “I don’t see what the hubbub is. I have an ID, and I certainly don’t want someone else to use my name to vote. It seems to me the only ones who would complain about this would be those that don’t have a proper ID, or those trying to get “off the grid.” One of the consequences of being off the grid is that you don’t get to vote.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “You know, I could never figure out the opposition either. Unless they think it’s a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe, Republican, Conservative plot to take over the world.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I would like to see the rules enforced on voter ID checks. Our polls are staffed by elderly ladies who are related to local officials. Most can barely hear or see and they write with the speed of a turtle on Xanax. For this less than stellar job performance, they are paid $16 per hour. I believe it’s time for a Bryce overhaul of the whole system. Tighten it up!”

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “It was never meant that the ignorant should have the right to ballot. Quote from the 14 degree” Feebleness, submissiveness, cowardice and abjectness may make men slaves and permit the establishment of a degrading bondage. Men do not so often become the abused instruments of crafty dictators through ignorance but by the blind readiness with which men surrender thinking for themselves. If they cannot find a prophet or hero they will be restless and in commotion until a leader of some sort is found.

    Those who are truly fit to lead are seldom popular, they repel rather than attract, The are replaced by pretentious demagogues. Among the enemies of human freedoms, none are more dangerous. They are the ruin of republics and yet no republic is without then and never fails to trust and honor them”

    Those who question voter IDs have something to hide, most of the time it is ignorance, but mostly it is not having to think for themselves , yet they gain notoriety by protesting.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    An A.E. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “Enjoyed your article on voting. Its Right on the money.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    A D.K. of Normal, Illinois wrote…

    “Thank you so much for your well written article, “Voter identity cards, what’s the big deal?”

    I agree with you whole-heartedly and am willing to work with you or any group to urge American citizens to demand proof of citizenship when voting in the next election. I must admit, I wouldn’t put anything past the current regime including trying to hack into the process, but I believe it is our duty to fight for our rights. If we know God is leading the fight, we know God will determine the outcome.

    Please let me know how I can assist. We have many tools we can use, there are web sites like wnd.com and canadafreepress.com. We could use youtube, twitter from various talk show hosts, start a petition. Whatever it takes!”

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Well said! What IS the big deal (unless you don’t have ID, which means you should not be voting)”

    A G.A. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Another great and timely article Mr Bryce. An attempt to throw the election, could be could it?”

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  11. Tim Bryce said

    An L.I. of California wrote…

    “Why don’t they want voter ID?? Because they can’t CHEAT if you must show ID…they can’t vote in lieu of a dead person who is still shown on the voter list…or they can’t vote in lieu of a felon who’s in prison….or they can’t obtain multiple absentee ballots in names of voters who have moved away…..and so on and so on. There are probably a bunch more ways democrats have figured out how to CHEAT…..after all, it’s the only way they can win. So all states should cleanse their voter lists…..it’s a states’ right and the Federal law is unconstitutional. We can remove that law after NOVEMBER when OUR CHANGE takes place and we can start to recover and repair our country from socialist policies!!!!”

    A D.H. of California wrote…

    “I can’t wait for the Post-June 18 session with a Florida Judge reviewing Obama’s Eligibility to be President.

    Obama and His Lawyer were notified to be in Court June 18 and bring PROOF that a person meets the “natural born citizen” requirement in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution with only one parent (O’s Mother) being an American Citizen ….. and his Father being a British subject at the time of birth (from British Protectorate of Kenya) – – AND never an American Citizen of any kind.

    If such evidence existed would it not be all over the Internet by now? The original birther lawsuits that began in January 2009 do include the natural born citizen aspect meaning Obama is ineligible to hold the office, and likely committed treason subject to a Death Penalty to skip all the Vetting and go right into the Election with NOT ONE PERSON IN CONGRESS SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

    The Florida court’s approach is refreshing because it is not challenging where Obama was born, but most importantly requiring Obama to PROVE he is “eligible to be President” which has nothing to do with birth. It has everything to do with both parents being American Citizens before the birth.

    That is the whole basis of Article II, Section 1, Clause 5. The original intent was to for all time to deny the British any way imagined to return to the United States and take over a key position in “OUR” government.

    Amazing how little U.S. History is taught, even in schools nowadays were the Grade of “D” is passing for receiving a High School Diploma (but no chance at College). [This is a new grade for California High Schoolers. The Democrats wanted to create a permanent ghetto class that will depend on welfare and other help for a lifetime.]”

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  12. Tim Bryce said

    A D.O. of California wrote…

    “It is very simple to understand. The rights of the people committing voterfraud outweigh the righs of the legal voters.”

    An L.S. of California wrote…

    “I think we shold all have to show identification. It would keep the fraud down and early voting should be eliminated. Absentee ballots only for those who are unable to get to the polls.”

    An H.G. of Texas wrote…

    “The only reason that AG Eric Holder does not want states to require voter ID cards is because it will make it easier for illegals, felon’s and Santa Claus, the reindeer, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to vote. They know that program works, that’;s how Obama stole the White House in 2008, when the Dallas Cowboy team voted for the “Manchurian Candidate” in Nevada and his DemocRAT buddy Al Franken, the Minnesota Senator won in a re-count by 250 votes and right after the Supreme Court ruled that he won, five hundred felons were found to have voted for Franken. Without those votes that never should gave been counted he would obviously have lost and would not now be enjoying the many incredible perks that a Senate position has to offer.

    It’s really insane when they think how much these idiots cost the American tax payer, with their offices, staff and benefits it amounts to millions of dollars for each one of these spineless worms that do not do what they swore an oath to do.”

    A V.B. of Tennessee wrote…

    “A simple Question. Does the Obama administration and the Justice Department filled with his partasians want illegals and other illegal acts for stuffing the ballot box to continue? Safeguards were put in to guard against voter fraud. How then should a thinking rational person ask Eric Holder and the DOJ of how one can keep the sanctity of the ballot box pure using there reason and logic?”

    A T.P. of Ohio wrote…

    “Princess Holder(man) and Queenie Obozo don’t want voter ID because they can’t win honestly. They have to lie, cheat and steal to win. Ir anyone wants to help stop the corrupt Obama machine from stealing the 2012 elections contact: Thomas Fitton, Pres. of Judicial Watch, 825 Third Street SW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20024, Tel: (202) 646-5172; FAX: (202) 646-5199; email: info@judicialwatch.org google: JudicialWatch and freedomwatchusa See website: http://www.haasstrep68.com/

    An O.T. of Wisconsin wrote…

    “The government would push you into a national ID in a heartbeat but it might be self defeating for the Deemers and their idea of vote early and often to make up that voter cushion they need. The use of E-Verify scares them to death, the hysterics over proper ID indicates for voting it is not only needed but because of their poll antics, but the dead need to rest sometime and the illegals are slow in coming here recently….Where there’s a will there’s a way.”.

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