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Subject:  Re: Question for TMFPMarti Date:  7/10/2013  2:03 PM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  688505 of 748826

I'm having trouble understanding how voter ID laws, either ones requiring an ID to be shown at the poll or ones requiring an ID to be shown at registration (or both), can disenfranchise voters except in the sense of extremely rare isolated instances.

I answered this - with specificity - two weeks ago. I know of two people - both staunch Republicans - who will be disenfranchised, absent someone taking time off from work and motoring them somewhere to stand in line and get "a government approved ID." Presumably that won't be impossibly difficult, since both have had drivers' licenses in the past (now expired), but it is not hard to imagine that it will be very difficult for some people, which is exactly what these laws are aimed at.

My father, age 93. My father-in-law, age 89. Neither has a valid "government approved" ID. Both cannot use public transportation, nor can they drive. So unless you are bringing the "government" to them, they are, by definition, disenfranchised.

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