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Saturday, March 03, 2012

New voter ID law makes it hard for poor people and immigrants to vote

I realize there are many readers of this blog who don't believe we should bother with voting. But this article is written on the priciple of a country thad denies its citizens the right to vote.-សតិវ អតុ

Wichita voters rejected letting the City of Wichita give money to land developers to build a hotel in the downtown part of the city. This is also the third election with the new voter ID law put in motion by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach made voter fraud an issue in his election campaign.
There was very little evidence of voter fraud before the new law. Many people think this is just a way to make it harder for immigrants and poor people to vote. The law requires a photo ID.  The new ID requires either a driver’s license, a concealed-carry license, a U.S. passport, a public employee ID badge, a U.S. military ID, a student ID issued by a Kansas college and a government-issued public-assistance ID.
Members of the local Occupy Wichita and KanVotehad already tried to get a Kansas issued ID and for voting purposes and found that they needed a birth certificate that some immigrants might not have and some poor people may not be able to get at a reasonable cost.  They were unable to get voter IDs the day they went down to the Driver’s license office.


Feb. 15, a group protested this new law in Topeka. According to Otto’s War Room;
“A rally drawing as many as 800 people from across Kansas came to the Capital on Wednesday to protest discrimination aimed at immigrants and poor people.
Many carried signs that said “No hate in my state.” Others called for democracy and another common theme was “People not Greed.”
About 1/3 to ½ were Hispanic people and their families.
One of the issues many people focused on is the new voter fraud law designed to make it hard for many people to vote in Kansas. Most people feel this new law, requiring an ID and birth certificate to get one if a person doesn’t drive, is just a pole tax designed to make it harder for immigrants and poor people to vote. At the rallies many speakers brought up the fact there has been very little voter fraud found in Kansas”.
According to The Wichita Eagle there was frustration with the new system at this week’s election by a homeless man who had an ID he got from a homeless center. He told The Wichita Eagle it was enough for him to get registered but not enough to actually vote. He doesn’t have a birth certificate or a photo ID and yet he was born in Wichita.
This is a good example of what the new law was really meant to do. It is meant to keep poor, homeless people and new immigrants from voting. The Republican Party doesn’t want poor people or immigrants to vote since they have launched an all out political war on both groups. They want to discourage immigration and they want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and working poor. They definitely don’t want those people voting.


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