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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Louisiana Discriminates Against Blacks, Poor, and Elderly

Did you know that Louisiana engages in blatant discrimination against black people, poor people, and elderly people by requiring citizens to show a photo ID in order to vote? So, obviously, if you live in Louisiana and are black, poor, and elderly, you don't stand a chance!

The Bayou State is restoring party primaries-- after 30 years-- for its congressional elections. The primaries will be held on Saturday, September 6, and the runoff (or second) primaries will be on Saturday, October 4. The general election, of course, will be on Tuesday, November 4.

Louisiana has registered voters by party since 1916, and the currently recognized parties are Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, and Reform. All of the parties except the Republicans are inviting independents to vote in their congressional primaries (the three minor parties are not likely to hold primaries, since they usually do well to have just one candidate per office).

The following notice is featured on the secretary of state's website:

"A Reminder to Voters - Take Picture ID to Polls
When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID. Voters who have no picture ID and bring only a utility bill, payroll check or government document that includes their name and address will have to sign an affidavit furnished by the Elections Division in order to vote. Should any problems or questions arise, the principal office of the Registrar of Voters in each parish will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on election day."

The Bayou State also allows early voting starting 14 days before an election and lasting until seven days before the election. This may be done at the local Registrar of Voters office (the equivalent of the county circuit clerk's office in Mississippi).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly how does showing an ID, which is suppose to prove you're a citizen and not here illegally, discriminate against Blacks, Poor, and the Elderly?

I've had to show mine every since I started voting and I'm none of those.

If you do some research you'll see that just before election time for the last 2 presidential elections there was a rise in illegal immigrants entering the country. One was a huge jump in numbers.

combine that with the rigging and stealing going on and you have the current lunatic resident in the whitehouse.

Thu Jul 10, 03:21:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Steve Rankin said...

Lighten up, my friend. Don't you know tongue-in-cheek sarcasm when you see it?

I'm strongly in favor of voter ID. We've been trying to get it here in Mississippi since 1995, as certain of our counties have more registered voters than voting age population.

The opponents of voter ID have used the above arguments against it.

Fri Jul 11, 10:35:00 AM CDT  

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