Given the opportunity to decide on whether voters should have to show identification at the polls, Senator George Barker voted today to kill SB 134 which would have established such a requirement. Current law is such that if someone shows up to the polls without any identification, they can sign a piece of paper where they claim to be who they purport to be, and their vote gets counted. No checks. No verification at all. I say I’m Richard Nixon, and there’s a Richard Nixon in the precinct book, I get to be Richard Nixon for a day, and George Barker apparently thinks this is a fine idea.
This bill didn’t even require photo ID, which you need these days for just about anything. Under this bill you could show a utility bill, a bank statement, or a paycheck stub to “validate” your identity which only makes it marginally more difficult for someone to falsify their identity and “pull an ACORN.” The bar is higher for buying beer, getting on an airplane, or cashing a check than it is to exercise control under this bill over who our elected officials should be, and even this loophole-ridden improvement in our elections law was too much for our beloved George Barker.
Perhaps he was concerned about the impacts this might have on his own re-election. What a putz.
If you’re a constituent of this fine Senator, you might want to reach out and thank him for his support of identity and voter fraud. You can reach him at (804) 698-7539 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also might be interested to hear that rumors are swirling that Jay O’Brien is getting ready to help restore this Senate seat to the non-nutbag column, and he could probably use all the support he can get from folks in the 39th District who take voting more seriously than buying a beer.
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