Monday, April 28, 2008

Let's Just Ignore That Little 24th Amendment Thing

In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that it was NOT unconstitutional for Indiana to require ID to vote.

Um. Yeah it is.

The 24th Amendment states that the right to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax."

Requiring ID to vote is an indirect poll tax. You have to pay to get a driver's license or non-driver ID in most states (all of them as far as I know). You have to pay to get a passport. You have to pay for any government-issued ID.

Therefore, it is possible that someone would be barred from voting because of an inability to pay. Disenfranchisement for being poor.

As of right now, seven states request photo ID and 18 require ID that doesn't need to be photo.

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