With the November Election just 149 days away the topic of having to show an I.D. prior to
casting a vote has become topic of debate. I have been asked for my personal ID in several
activities that I conduct through out the day such as:
Driving a Car
Purchasing Adult Beverages
Entrance into Bars
At the Airport
Using a credit card for store purchases
Crossing a Border to either Canada or Mexico
Entering a Casino
Theme Parks (in my case Universal Theme Park in January)
I had to show my ID when I took my first Introductory Flight Lesson
At a Bank to cash a check where I held no Account
Opening a Bank Account
I have even been asked at Movie Theater to gain entrance to R rated movies
In a recent article posted at The Politico, Josh Gerstein speaks
about not only showing your ID, but perhaps how out of touch
Eric Holder is totally unaware of the requirement of showing an ID.
“At a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Thursday, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) asked Holder about the practice, which has been standard procedure at most, if not all, federal courthouses for the last decade or so.
“If I were to go to the federal courthouse here in D.C., either as a party or as an attorney, wouldn’t I have to show a government-issued photo ID?” Lungren asked.
“That’s not been my experience, here in DC. I don’t–you know,” Holder replied.
“Some federal courts—are you aware that’s required in some federal courts in this land?” Lungren said.
“I don’t know,” Holder replied.
“Is your Justice Department investigating the discriminatory effect of those laws?” Lungren asked, after citing other places where one is told to show ID, like the airport and even when visiting the Justice Department itself.
Lungren’s point was to attack the Justice Department’s actions to block voter ID laws that critics say burden the rights of minorities by preventing or discouraging them from casting ballots.
Holder said Lungren’s comparison was off the mark, because the right to vote is the “most fundamental constitutional right.”
“Through the vote, I can change the government,” Holder noted.
The attorney general also insisted that visitors do not need photo ID to enter Justice Department headquarters. (You’ll certainly be asked for it. Trust me.)
“That’s not true in the government. That’s not true with the Justice Department,” Holder told Lungren. “if you were to show up at the Justice Department somebody could vouch for you and you could come in to the department and we could have a very civil, I’m sure, conversation.”
“Is that right? I havent tried that with TSA. That doesn’t work very well,” Lungren shot back.”
If you need an ID to fly, purchase items, use your credit card or even to enter a building, then why such an issue with showing an ID prior to voting?
The Article at Poltico can be found here: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/06/eric-holder-unaware-that-court-visitors-must-show-125703.html