Voter ID laws, or as I like to call them the modern day poll tax, have sparked quite the debate these last few years. In fact, I was forced to pay a poll tax in Texas this year before I was allowed to vote. Since Republicans can’t just outright charge Americans for their right to vote, they’ve found a loophole to charge poll taxes with these new strict voter ID laws. Because when it comes right down to it, Americans are having to pay for the proper identification that’s required for them to legally submit their vote.
So, are Americans being charged for their right to vote? Not directly, but instead they’re having to pay various fees for the right documentation or identification so that they’ll be allowed to vote.
But most Republicans I’ve encountered on this issue simply don’t get it. I don’t care if most Americans have an ID or that you need an ID to do other things like buy a gun (at least in some cases) or open a bank account. I don’t even care if someone should already have a copy of their birth certificate “because they’re an adult.”
None of that matters.
It is unconstitutional and illegal to charge Americans for their right to vote.
End of story.
This isn’t a debatable issue. There’s no “Yeah, but…” response to this. The moment an American is required to pay anything for their right to vote, that’s unconstitutional. It doesn’t matter if the polling place is charging one penny to get in to vote – that’s illegal.
The amount charged doesn’t matter. Whether it’s $0.01 or $1,000,000, you cannot charge an American for their right to vote.
Well, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) took to Twitter recently to mock tens of thousands of Americans who won’t be allowed to vote this year because for whatever reason they lack the proper identification.
The senator tweeted:
Like I said, they just don’t get it.
She’s lucky she has time to take off work (if she works) to go down and get a new ID. Many Americans can’t afford to miss work. Hell, she’s lucky she has the money to pay for a new ID. That’s something else many Americans living in poverty don’t have.
But it all comes back to the very fundamental issue that Senator Cornyn actually exposed with this tweet: Texas voter ID laws are poll taxes.
Think about it. He claims his wife lost her ID. That being said, could she vote unless she paid for another ID (or at least at some point paid for a birth certificate to get a “free” Election Identification Certificate)?
The answer is simple: No, she couldn’t.
So here we have a U.S. Senator admitting that his wife will have to purchase an ID, which she will be required to show in order to vote in Texas.
No matter how these Republicans want to try to spin these unconstitutional voter ID laws, they’re poll taxes – plain and simple.
And without thinking, John Cornyn actually admitted as much with his pathetic tweet mocking those Americans who won’t be able to exercise their right to vote this November because of these unconstitutional laws.