Last year I had to cash a check at Bank of America. I was expecting them to skim off a ‘convenience fee’ on their own check, because they can, and banks often do. Their own name on the check doesn’t mean anything is ‘honored’. This time the teller only demanded my fingerprint. I was in a hurry, and complied, and felt a little stab of humiliation as I traded some dignity for the money I needed for Christmas presents.
When I hear people use the banks as a model of what bars we should put in the way of voting, I think this is a step in the wrong direction. Voter ID is chasing an imaginary problem with real harm to Democracy…
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit to block Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law has been granted the identification necessary to cast her ballot despite lacking the documentation required to get the card.
Ninety-three-year-old Viviette Applewhite received her temporary identification card on Thursday, the same day her attorneys appealed a judge’s ruling upholding the law Applewhite sued over.
I was a poll watcher in the last elections. It is not true that gangs of people can wander into the polls and vote fraudulently without being noticed. Where are the outraged citizens who were told they already voted? You’d think there would be some, with all this fear of impersonators stealing the vote.
Of course, there are much more sophisticated ways to steal votes than to run around recruiting fake voters. Voter ID is just a way to make it more difficult to vote.
Many Americans worked, marched and died to give us this right. Don’t ever surrender your vote. And keep an eye out unless you want to hand over a fingerprint and a convenience fee next time you go to the polls.