Wednesday, May 07, 2008

"What Could Go Wrong?" They Said

That thought was echoed in South Bend, where Elizabeth Bridges, 63,
said half of the people working in her voting precinct were family members, but
still she showed her ID.


"I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are
crooked," she said.


"A lot of people are crooked," She said. That's the supposed impetus behind the calls for picture ID at the polls. The Right is in an apoplectic rage, demanding that "all of those illegal voters" be turned away. Thousands, nay, millions of crooked people will be trying to just walk up to the polls and use someone else's name to vote.
About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by
a fellow sister because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing
a photograph.


Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away her fellow
members of Saint Mary's Convent in South Bend, across the street from the
University of Notre Dame, because they had been told earlier that they would
need such an ID to vote.


The nuns, all in their 80s or 90s, didn't get one but came to the
precinct anyway.


When the hoopla started I asked about my Grandmother. 104 years old and out of her car for a decade, Grandma struggles to leave the house. She's been outside her apartment twice in a year, one of those trips to the hospital. How should she get a new picture ID? I was told that old people could just buck up and get in line at the DMV like the rest of us.

"I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked," she said.
One newly married woman said she was told she couldn't vote because her
driver's license name didn't match the one on her voter registration record,
said Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center Justice at New York University's law
school, coordinator of the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hot line. Another woman said she
was turned away from casting her first-ever ballot because she had only a
college-issued ID card and an out-of-state driver's license, Perez said.

"People will be turned away from the polls who have a legitimate right to vote," We said. "You will disenfranchise Americans."

The Right turned a blind eye and a deaf ear. "I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked." After being trained to fear for seven years they have learned their lessons well. "I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked."

"What could go wrong?" became the mantra of the Right. When shown that the system run by human beings, our neighbors and friends, was only too human they decided that the fix was to make the system more complicated. Add one or two more layers of bureaucracy to the voting process. What could go wrong? "I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked."

"These laws are confusing. People don't know how they're supposed to be
applied," she said.
According to the New Voters Project, sponsored by Student
Public Interest Groups, about a dozen college students at Notre Dame, Butler
University and Indiana University said they were told at the polls they didn't
have the right form of identification.


Angela Hiss, a 19-year-old sophomore at Notre Dame, presented her Notre Dame ID card and her Illinois driver's license. Poll workers did not inform her that she
could have cast a provisional ballot, she told project staff monitoring her
polling place.


This is the fruit of the tree that Flyin' Jim and his cronies planted. It's been watered and fed by fools like O'Reilly and Limbaugh and McIlheran and those who live their lives in fear have eaten their fill of its poisoned bounty.
"I think the law is a good thing because a lot of people are crooked," she
said.

That's you that she's talking about, you know. She doesn't know you but she knows that you're crooked.

1 comment:

clyde winter said...

This is an excellent article on a critically important subject. Thanks for it.

See also my recent newspaper column, "Election Fraud or Voter Fraud - Which Threatens Your Vote?"

http://clydewinter.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/election-fraud-or-voter-fraud-which-threatens-your-vote/