The Justice Department's civil rights division yesterday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas on the basis that many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification and should still be able to vote. Liberals say the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic - African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.
Republicans say the legislation is aimed at combating voter fraud. “Common-sense” would argue that if in this day and age you need a government registered ID to travel on airplanes, buy cigarettes, alcohol, movie theater tickets, over-the-counter sudaphed among hundreds of other examples, how is it a hindrance of one’s civil rights to need one to vote as well?
Attorneys Jay Sekulow and Francisco Hernandez joined Sean to debate the issue. Sekulow felt this was a non-issue. "This isn't a problem, it's political shenanigans by the Department of Justice. Voter I.D. Just makes sense and everyone should have one," said Sekulow.
Hernandez argued that the voter I.D. Solution didn't tackle the real problem. "The real issue is in the mail-in ballots and both parties are afraid to touch that because it might anger senior citizens," Hernandez said.