directs, “the manner of holding elections for Senators and
shall be prescribed in each State by the legislature thereof.”
Therefore it is
quite legal for the State of California to not require identification
Calls for an identification requirement are often dismissed as a civil
violation. I see this as a civil rights issue as well, not the
requirement, but the lack thereof. Before that is addressed, it must be
that it is logical to conclude that voter identification reduces voter
It is also logical to conclude that every American citizen would desire
voter fraud in our elections. The debate is not whether it is legal or
effective, but is it a civil rights violation?
all-volunteer military swear an oath to support and
defend the Constitution. They
abdicate many of their own civil rights to fight to protect the rights
others. They cannot speak freely nor enjoy a freedom of the press. They
the right to vote, however, regardless of circumstance. Even in combat
men and women serving are afforded the opportunity to vote absentee.
fraudulent vote erases one of their votes. The civil rights of our
members are being violated.
the U S
Constitution specifies, “the Congress may at any time by law
make or alter
such regulations [manner of holding elections].” In the face of a civil
violation, it is the duty of the Congress to protect the integrity of
to ensure our military votes are not erased. The Nineteenth and Twenty
Amendments specifically direct the Congress to enforce voting rights by
legislation. Currently, our Congress has shown no intention of
integrity of federal elections, in particular ensuring that our service
members’ votes are given their full weight. Ironically, our Congress
these troops into two different combat zones to secure the integrity of
elections. This is unacceptable, unethical conduct from our Congress.
opposition to an identification requirement contends
that there are some American citizens who do not possess identification
such would be excluded from voting. To protect these individuals,
identification services must be included in this legislation at
expense. The recently upheld Affordable
Care Act (Obamacare) mandates government health records as an
reducing measure. Certainly, these citizens will require identification
receive healthcare services and computerized records as well.
can serve two purposes. The benefits justify the costs.
military members are sent abroad to fight and die to
protect the integrity of elections in Iraq and Afghanistan while their
being erased here. Congress has a Constitutional authority to act and
ethical crisis if it doesn’t.
your Congressman, I will not be swayed by propaganda or
name calling from civil rights violators. I will do what is right to
the civil rights of all Americans. That is a federal mandate for voter