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You can't do THIS without ID!
« on: April 05, 2021, 04:06:51 PM »
Is it just me or are there just some really weird examples being given out there?

"What was especially notable about this is that you cannot gain entry to a Coca-Cola shareholders meeting without a photo ID."

"You can't get on an airplane without photo ID"

Is somebody imagining that people voting without ID are flying to shareholder meetings? It really indicates the ignorance of some when they imagine that either people don't live in a world without ID, or that it is really easy to get one.

Start from the assumption that a person has no ID. How would you get it? Well, here's an illustration about how that works.

Hargie Randall, 72, was born in his family’s home in Huntsville, Tex., and has lived in the state his entire life. Randall, now living in Houston’s low-income Fifth Ward neighborhood, has several health problems and such poor eyesight that he is legally blind. He can’t drive and has to ask others for rides.

After Texas implemented its new law, Randall went to the Department of Public Safety (the Texas agency that handles driver’s licenses and identification cards) three times to try to get a photo ID to vote. Each time Randall was told he needed different items. First, he was told he needed three forms of identification. He came back and brought his Medicaid card, bills and a current voter registration card from voting in past elections.

“I thought that because I was on record for voting, I could vote again,” Randall said.

But he was told he still needed more documentation, such as a certified copy of his birth certificate.

Records of births before 1950, such as Randall’s, are not on a central computer and are located only in the county clerk’s office where the person was born.

For Randall, that meant an hour-long drive to Huntsville, where his lawyers found a copy of his birth certificate.

But that wasn’t enough. With his birth certificate in hand, Randall went to the DPS office in Houston with all the necessary documents. But, DPS officials still would not issue him a photo ID because of a clerical mistake on his birth certificate. One letter was off in his last name — “Randell” instead of “Randall” — so his last name was spelled slightly different than on all his other documents.

Kamin, the lawyer, asked the DPS official if they could pull up Randall’s prior driver’s-license information, as he once had a state-issued ID. The official told her that the state doesn’t keep records of prior identification after five years, and there was nothing they could do to pull up that information.

Kamin was finally able to prove to a DPS supervisor that there was a clerical error and was able to verify Randall’s identity by showing other documents.

It was that hard WITH the assistance of a lawyer and lots of other people helping. You want to say it is necessary? Fine. Don't pretend it is trivial, and compare it to activities reserved for the rich.