By Anne K. Deupree
Yesterday I went shopping in spite of my knowledge that people would be armed with a valid photo ID.
They seemed to have no compunction about showing the thing to other people. One man cheerfully showed his at the pharmacy when he asked to buy cold medicine. A woman showed hers to some nosy person who wanted to see it in order to accept her check. I have even heard of people producing theirs to buy beer or cigarettes.
They didn’t even seem like members of some sort of privileged class. I even have one, even though I fit into a couple of the categories that allegedly have problems getting one.
I wonder about the common sense of those who get hysterical about the idea that people should have to show one in order to vote. Their energies would be better spent in finding and aiding eligible voters who have genuine troubles getting one instead of questioning the motives of their fellow citizens who think voting is even more important than getting on an airplane.
I definitely wonder about their sense of history. To say that voter fraud “has not been shown to exist” is only possible if you think that history started sometime around last Tuesday.
When you’re pushing an idea so opposed to experience and common sense, you have to meet a pretty high standard of proof.
Unfortunately, those who are scared silly at the photo ID requirement can’t, so they resort to yelling Jim Crow instead.
[Ms. Deupree’s letter appeared in the morning’s Des Moines Register. Last week, they ran the Doonesbury comic strip which ridiculed those in favor of voter ID. Thanks to Ms. Deupree for her perspective.]