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Rep. Clyburn Tells Truth About Voter-ID Laws

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    As state after state enacted some form of Voter-ID law for the 2012 election cycle, Rep. Clyburn was out there front and center letting us all know what these laws are really about: making sure the poor and minorities have multiple barriers to voting. Mr. Clyburn correctly pointed out that in-person voter fraud is and has never been a problem. It just doesn't make sense for someone to go from polling station to polling station casting ballots. In a country of 300 million, it would require a systemic effort by hundreds of thousands of voters to actually make a difference in a national election.

    When the Republican's can't come up with a single case of voter fraud that would justify these Voter ID laws, one has to wonder what their real goal is here. My opinion is that these new Voter ID laws are a new form of a poll tax. The documentation needed to acquire a photo ID in many states is simply not available to some senior citizens and other poor minorities. That, or these people would have to spend a significant amount of money to obtain the proper documentation needed to acquire a photo ID in their state.

    The 24th Amendment to the Constitution states: Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, 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. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. How can these voter-ID laws NOT be looked at as a poll tax when some states require you to pay thirty or more dollars to obtain a valid form of ID?

    Thoughts on Voter ID laws and if they are necessary or reek of a new form of poll tax?
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    Anything Republicans can do to keep minorities or impoverished from the polls, because they're two Democratic blocs. As a South Carolinian, I was so glad to hear one of our own, Rep. Clyburn, call it as he saw it!