Protest Against “Voter ID” Requires Protesters to Bring… Their IDFebruary 16, 2014
You really can’t make this stuff up.
NAACP recently hosted a march in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest “racist” Voter ID laws.
What happens to be even more ridiculous than the claim that showing an ID to vote equals “racism,” is the fact that NAACP required the marchers to “bring photo identification” and to “keep it on your person at all times” — you know, the same type of ID people should show to vote.
Don’t believe it? Here’s a copy of the “Important Do’s and Don’ts for Marchers!!!” flyer they passed out to everyone participating:
The Daily Caller writes:
The central claim among the protesters is that the voter-ID laws disenfranchise certain segments of the voting population, particularly minority voters and poor voters.
According to official NAACP flyers passed out at the rally, protesters must carry the precise kind of ID that they would be expected to present at the voting booth.
The march, dubbed the “Moral March” by its leader Rev. William Barber II, who called for a “wave of civil disobedience” while railing against education cuts and the voter ID law, is the latest of a series of protests held against the state’s GOP-controlled legislature. [...]
Chairman of the House Elections Committee and North Carolina Republican state Rep. David Lewis criticized the protesters for their “hypocrisy.”
“I find it extremely hypocritical that when nearly 70 percent of North Carolinians across all political spectrums support the idea that one present photo identification when going to the polls, the NC NAACP has filed suit in court to block this common-sense idea,” said Lewis in a statement to The Daily Caller.
“However, the NC NAACP requires their protesters to maintain valid photo identification on their person throughout the march. The idea that Chairman William Barber and his followers find it more important to carry their photo identification with them when marching than when electing the President of the United States is reprehensible.”
Apparently, North Carolina’s chapter of NAACP finds it important enough to keep a photo ID on your person “at all times,” except at the ballot box. Then it’s “racist”… or something. (I guess they think Nelson Mandela was a racist?) Those who claim Voter ID laws are racist are actually perpetuating racism by insinuating that minorities are generally too poor to afford a photo ID.
Showing an ID to vote is no more “racist” than showing an ID to set up a checking account, rent an apartment, or buy a pack of cigarettes.
Another common argument against Voter ID laws is that they will decrease voter turnout. Except in states that have implemented it, voter turnout doubled… at least. It turns out when everyone has more confidence and trust in the political system, they actually participate in it. Who knew?
Anti-Voter ID people also make the claim that poor people can’t afford an ID, thus hushing their political voice. North Carolina, the same state in which this protest was held, began offering no-cost photo IDs to poor people in response to this argument — before the anti-Voter ID march was ever a twinkle in Rev. William Barber II’s eye.
The argument against showing an ID to vote crumbles on all fronts. If you support Voter ID laws, help spread the word by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter.