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Is It Racist To Ask Someone Show Photo Identification To Vote?

Democratic activists and civil rights groups say many new rules will suppress voting by blacks and other minority groups that historically favor Democrats. While voter-eligibility clashes have happened before, Obama’s registration push raises the stakes and the intensity of this year’s contests.
“Almost every one of those provisions that have been sponsored at the state and national level have been sponsored by Republicans, and almost uniformly opposed by Democrats,” said Jonah Goldman, director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections, Voting Rights Project. “It is an incredibly poisonous partisan environment.”
In North Carolina, ballot battles started during this year’s primary elections. The NAACP filed a complaint with the Justice Department charging that members of a group called Women’s Voices Women Vote called black citizens who were already registered, falsely telling them they needed a registration packet to vote. The packets never arrived, the NAACP said.
“It apparently was successful” in leading many people to believe they weren’t registered, said Stella Adams, a North Carolina voting rights activist. “Their tactics, if they’re not properly punished, will be repeated.”;_ylt=AlbYV85qBg0_TgFjDxnUuVRsnwcF

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  • Asche says:

    you can almost claim that anything is raciest today, everything can some how some way be portrayed as raciest. but no. they do it so they can tell that you are actually you. so that some other people like bob can’t say he’s mike and vote for mite and him self later. its like a safety net, since people in the past would vote and use a dead person or family members name they check id to make sure you are you. its like when they ask for id for a credit card use. that also could be considered. they can’t turn you away at a voting booth unless you already voted or you are a convicted felon, or not a resident. or have a restriction on you. in this case some one was being an *** and trying to keep people from voting which they are not aloud to do, so yes screw ups can happen and will, because of human error or human problem.

    July 15, 2013 at 9:50 am
  • E.A. Boyd says:

    Actually I like the idea they used in Iraq. Try to get everybody to vote and dip their thumbs in dye so you can tell if they voted or not. If you reject your vote it wouldn’t matter but with the dye you know nobody is voting twice. The big problem in past elections has been the Republicans deliberately striking thousands of eligble voters from the voting lists based on name similarities or locations. Well, that and hacking around with the voting machines. and not supplying ballots to certain distrcts

    July 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  • judyarb1 says:

    My first reaction, when I first read your question, was NO it isn’t racist if everyone has to show their identification. However, if some states are abusing that rule/law, then it should be abolished and people should be able to vote regardless of race. If I remember right, I had to show some kind of identification when I registered to vote. I am white.

    July 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  • ItsJustM says:

    Honestly, I don’t see how that could be construed as racist. Everyone should have a photo identification – either a drivers license or a state identification card. And if everyone needs to show it, then how is it racist? It’s not like people of one race are being asked to show it while other races are not being asked to show it.

    July 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  • Reducto says:

    Do you have any clue what the word racist means? Asking someone for ID has nothing to do with racism. Why do people scream racism over the slightest thing anymore? Besides all of that, we have to show a ID to buy beer. We have to show a ID to prove we are allowed to drive a car, we have to show a ID to cash a check. Why on earth shouldnt we have to show a ID for something as important as voting? I have no problem at all with showing my ID to vote.

    July 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • amazingk says:

    Why would it be racist? It’s Federal Law that every American citizen be able to identify themselves or face arrest. In other words, if you’re not carrying a photo ID with you 24/7, you’re breaking the law. So why wouldn’t you be able to present an ID when voting?

    July 16, 2013 at 12:19 am
  • bklyn_40 says:

    Is it racist? No! In fact, I feel if you don’t have proper ID you should either be shot, put in jail or kicked out of this country. REGARDLESS of your race. Too many illegals from all over the world are here. Asking for photo ID is just trying to ensure the person is a LEGAL American. If that is considered racist, well then give me my hood & pass out the buckshot.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:55 am
  • Alvaro R says:

    Its not racist its the people acting stupid claiming that showing identification to vote is racist. And to speak for all if us they ask every single person no matter what religion or race a person is even a governor needs his ID to vote even if hes voting for himself.

    July 16, 2013 at 7:23 am
  • JP says:

    OK, it only be racist IF you ask a blackperson, and if that blackperson doesn’t have it. Then it be racist. The new YAHOOCENSOR doesn’t like certain words, so if you run them together sometimes they aren’t taking a “Breather”.

    July 16, 2013 at 7:29 am
  • Bethany says:

    In Maryland its required for you to show photo ID when you show up to vote. Otherwise – who’s going to stop someone from just using the names of people in the community?

    July 16, 2013 at 8:09 am
  • Ernïe G says:

    Of course not! How else can you ensure the person has the right to vote? Without ID you can’t even tell if they are an American citizen. Sheesh

    July 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm
  • Michelle S says:

    Its absolutely silly, its not that difficult to get proof you are a citizen. Asking for identification should be acceptable.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  • Rev. Cleophus says:

    No, its common sense Also: the NAACP has no credibility

    July 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm
  • VoiceOfR says:

    No… Common sense… In light of our illegal immigrant disaster as well as voter fraud reported in recent elections… Of course the dems oppose it… It’s their edge…

    July 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm
  • ATJ says:

    Democrats are known for curruption at the polls and this year makes it worse they should have armed guards at the door!!!!!

    July 17, 2013 at 12:38 am
  • meg says:

    not unless it has to deal with the persons color. if they have to check everyones ID other than white peoples, then yes (i didnt read the whole paragraph).

    July 17, 2013 at 1:14 am
  • DAR says:

    No. To a poster above, it is NOT law that an American citizen have to carry ID 24/7. Not yet, in any event.

    July 17, 2013 at 3:27 am
  • kentucky says:

    Its smart to get Photo I.D!! Good Grief!!! Why does everything have to be a race issue?? I am getting so sick of it!! I really am. enough is enough.

    July 17, 2013 at 6:15 am
  • scrooge says:

    not at all, if you can’t tell by looking at the guy you are colorblind and the perfect person for the job.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:39 am
  • The Violator says:

    no its not

    July 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm
  • #1 Super Guy says:

    That’s stupid! It is not racist if everyone has to do it…

    July 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • ?? M? F??get M? N?w? says:

    No it makes perfect sense.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:47 am
  • Amjid says:


    July 18, 2013 at 5:04 am
  • Zia_Sidd says:


    July 18, 2013 at 6:26 am
  • Elle says:

    Of course it’s not racist. I always have to show my ID when I vote.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:18 am
  • SCOTT M says:

    The United States is one of the few countries in the world that does not require every citizen to carry a state-issued I.D. card. If (and this is a big “If”) some Republicans in North Carolina called black voters who were registered Democrats and gave them false information that caused some of them not to go to the polls, that’s illegal. But what does that “tactic” have to do with a photo I.D. card? The real issue here is not that Republicans are trying to deny the vote to people who tend to vote for Democrats; the issue is that Democrats are trying to waive identification requirements so that people who are not eligible to vote will be able to vote illegally. “Vote Early and Vote Often!” has long been a semi-serious slogan attributed to the Democratic Party. In Georgia a couple of years back, the state decided to require a photo I.D. for voters – either a driver’s license or a photo I.D. card issued by the DMV. The Democrats raised a stink. They said many poor voters couldn’t afford the $12.00 fee. The state said it would waive the fee for the poor. The Dems balked. They said many of the poor did not have transportation to get to the DMV. The state said it would send an agent to the homes of the poor to take their photos and provide the I.D. cards. The Democrats still balked. They said such a visit by an agent of the state would violate the voters’ right to privacy! In Florida, a Muslim woman was denied a driver’s license when she refused to remove her burka to have a photo taken. The Democrat-controlled ACLU screamed “Religious Discrimination!” When will this nonsense end? I am a registered voter and I show my photo I.D. when I go to the polling place to cast my vote. I don’t want my vote to be cancelled out by the vote of someone who is not legally eligible to vote. I would love to see the reaction of some liberal nitwit who goes to vote and is told, “Sorry, sir. You already voted. You wrote in David Duke.”

    July 18, 2013 at 11:43 am
  • Megan S says:

    No, you have to be able to prove who you are to vote. That means a PHOTO ID! Anyone that doesn’t have a driver’s license can get a non-driver ID from the local Department of Motor Vehicles for usually the same fee charged to drivers. A photo ID is a necessary part of modern life. You need one to open a bank account, get a replacement social security card, buy alcohol and tobacco products or cash a check amongst other things. Some stores even ask for one if you’re trying to return an item without a receipt. I can’t tell you how many times Wal-Mart has asked me for ID to return an item. Its obviously not a form of discrimination, I’m white. Three generations removed from Poland, in fact.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  • LuvDogz says:

    Asking someone for photo id at the polling location is not racist, it is confirming that the person belongs there to vote. The tactics that are mentioned in the above article are indeed racist, but what they did is not simply asking for photo id. I have worked at the polls, and you would be surprised at the number of people who think they are at the right location, only to find they are not when they show their id (which often includes their address). Or, someone has gotten married, moved, etc. Simply having to show a photo id at the polling location to prove you are who you say you are helps insure against voter fraud, and is not racist in any way.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm
  • randomos says:

    Being a racist action means you go after only a certain race. In this case everyone would need an ID and have it checked, so therfore it isnt even close to be racist. The only thing that those civil rights groups are griping over is they feel there constituants are either too lazy and or too stupid to get an ID. In either case I say oh well too bad for them. I realy dont think theses groups give there own people enough credit. Its groups like theses that opress the people they are saying they are trying to help.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm
  • JohnnyBo says:

    The title of the Question is almost irrelevant to the content of the post. ID vs Dirty Polity! Regardless, Asking for proper identity to participate in a democratic process is not racism. Else the 12 Million non-citizen among us will also participate. IMHO, Racism is stupidity. Identification sounds ok, but any process that employs craftiness, delayed tactics, calculated motives to rob any person (s) from any walks of life their exercised freedom is plain immoral. That’s right. The word is Immoral. But apparently, it goes both ways. If you are fighting Immorality by classifying it as Racism You too Sir! are guilty to some degree of Immorality. Just my

    July 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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    July 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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