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We will help you with this needless hoop.

How nice of them to help with the needless hoop they created.

Of course none of this was necessary before the neo-confederates in the Mississippi legislature injected a citizenship challenge into the voting process via necessitating presentation of birth certificates to get a “free ID.”

So what’s wrong with the PDA (Public Disservice Announcement)? In fairness, it says that “if you already have an acceptable photo ID” you won’t need another on election day. Here the conservatives cunningly conceal in plain sight a truth that is detrimental to many Mississippians. In the process of telling you what you won’t need, they omit something critical. You can’t get the “free ID” if you have something many Mississippians now have, a current driver’s license. The ad is cute. It even has Mr. Haney, I mean, Mr. Hosemann sitting in a boat with a fishermen telling him that he can use a paycheck stub to get a photo ID. See it’s so simple even a Mississippian or a caveman could do it. But hold it right there. Did he say if you wanted to get a “free ID” you could bring a paycheck stub? Mr. Haney knows that isn’t true. You have to have a birth certificate to get the “free ID,” according to the law that the neo-confederates passed. They aren’t going to give you a “free ID” if you bring in your paycheck stub.
But Mr. Hosemann, like Mr. Haney selling Oliver Douglas doors without knobs or a tractor without wheels, pretends he is selling voting ease to the public when what he is really selling is a Republican constructed complication. For if you lose your driving privilege (which costs money) due to suspension for traffic fines or your Geico auto insurance lapsed and you get a ticket which you can’t pay, you must go through the citizenship challenge (present a birth certificate). In effect Mississippi’s neo-confederates have increased the penalty for unpaid driving penalties.
So in essence in a state, Mississippi, where black families have a fraction of the income of white families, voting has a new poll tax attached to it. People with licenses who can afford to keep them don’t have their citizenship challenged as a step in voting and people who can’t afford them do.

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    Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

    Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com.

    All of a sudden I saw it. It had reappeared on the internet, a defense of Mississippi’s photo ID law from a reader in Alabama. It was time to take another one down and perform an autopsy.

    Inside the guts of “Nothing eery about voter ID”

    Nothing eery about voter ID

    Republican Playing Voted ID Games(2)

    Deciding whether to believe the Brennan Center study which “estimated 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining government-issued photo identification” or an afterthought-study (no federal observers, eligible voter percentages) which suggests only 21,855 Mississippians total would need one?

    Mind you, the afterthought was prepared by proponents who requested $395,000 for poll-tax (driver’s licenses aren’t free and Mississippi’s unexpired license requirement is tantamount to a recurring voting fee) ID litigation and requested none for related education and outreach.

    A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies. And then there’s this post-Civil War purge element: “a person can obtain the free voter ID card at a clerk’s office by presenting the same material accepted to register to vote.”

    This Haneyism, after Mr. Haney from television’s “Green Acres,” masks the fundamental change in Mississippi voting requirements. Proponent, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann knows full well that Mississippians didn’t need to present a birth certificate to register to vote before the disenfranchisement legislation, therefore this implied ease is most disingenuous. And where, Mr. Haney, is the money for the clerk’s office “to access birth records” and who will pay?

    Registered voters have registration cards, and in signing a voter roll are affirming their identity, like swearing to tell the truth in a court of law (without showing a photo ID to the judge). Mississippi Republicans have in effect established the presumption of guilt in voting law and suggest cheating is rampant, when nearly every statewide official is, ahem, Republican.