November 6, 2007, - 4:37 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
You know those new voter ID laws that go into effect in a number of states, today? Well, they’re completely phony. They have NO teeth. Impotent.
I went to vote, this morning, under Michigan’s “new” voter ID law. I put new in quotation marks because the law’s been on the books for at least eleven years, but because of NAACP and ACLU lawsuits and appeals, it was never enforced . . . until today. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld Michigan’s law requiring identification to vote at the polls as Constitutional.
But unbeknownst to most, the law doesn’t actually require ID at all. It requires that if a voter doesn’t have ID, he or she can sign a statement saying they don’t have any. Like no-one is going to lie on that one.
In other words, the law that the NAACP and ACLU were fighting against and many of us were fighting for, is completely meaningless. A waste of time. It doesn’t really require a thing.
Check out the notic I got at the voting booth, this morning. The front side says you must provide ID to vote. But . . . the back side says you don’t. You can just sign and claim you don’t have one.
The Front of This Voter Document Looks Strict . . .
But Not Soooo Fast. Check Out This Part on the Flip Side . . .
Clearly, a lot of taxpayer resources and time were wasted fighting for nothing. Well past time for us to finally get serious and enact laws that REALLY do something about voter fraud.
This doesn’t cut it.
Tags: Debbie Schlussel, law requiring identification, Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals