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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