Polishing a turd:
Broad public support for this concept led Republicans in the General Assembly to embark on a months-long process this year to develop voter photo identification legislation. The process included public hearings, hours of expert testimony, dozens of amendments and multiple iterations of the bill.
I got your "expert testimony" right here, pal.
House Speaker Thom Tillis has one more reason to keep ducking NAACP President Rev. William Barber the next time he sees him-- information presented by supporters of his potentially unconstitutional voter ID bill last week turns out to have been false:
Organizers of the Voter Integrity Project handed out scripts to volunteers during last week's public hearing. Those scripts cited specific instances and individuals the group said could have been involved in fraudulent votes. Specifically, the group claimed to have found non-citizens voters.
But late on Friday, group director Jay DeLancy posted to the group's website saying that some of that information "may be inaccurate" and promising to publish a "a full report after completing the audit.
The Voter Integrity Project is best known for accusing voters who were very much among the living of being dead in a 2012 report that uncovered exactly zero instances of voter fraud.
As if Tillis' misrepresentations aren't already disgusting enough, he has to push that "we're doing you a favor" crap, as well:
In the process, our voter ID bill has become something that not only restores confidence in government, but gives our most vulnerable citizens new opportunities. Because of House Bill 589, all North Carolinians will have an ability to participate fully in society – not just by voting, but by applying for credit cards, opening a bank account and countless other actions that most of us take for granted.
Dude, I can get an assload of credit cards with no ID, simply by not angrily shredding one week's-worth of junk mail. I don't even have to walk back inside the house for a damn stamp, I can just scribble a few lines, lick the envelope, toss it back in the mailbox, and lift the little flag up.
Also, I don't know where Thom is banking, but I can't remember the last time my bank (Truliant) asked to see my ID. The truth is, if you're holding some cash, banks want that money. And if you want to set up an account online with a bank, this is all you need:
Before you begin your application:
You'll need to provide some basic information:
Full name, Social Security number and date of birth of all account holders
Phone number and email address
Physical U.S. address (no post office boxes)
Debit card or account information for funding your new account
School information (if you’re a student)
But if you do want to walk in and set up an account, identification is necessary. But I wonder how many of these Republicans in the General Assembly would accept:
Generally, we require two forms of identification to verify your identity. You must bring at least one form of identification from the Primary ID List. The second form of identification can be from the Primary ID List or Secondary ID List.
Primary ID List (must have at least one from this list)
■Drivers license with photo
■U.S. non driver's license state-issued ID (with photo)
■U.S. driver's permit (with photo)
■U.S. Military ID Common Access Card (CAC) (with photo)
■United States Armed Services ID (with photo)
■United States state, or local government issued identification card (with photo)
■U.S. passport (with photo)
■Canadian Citizenship Certificate Card (with photo)
■U.S. Alien Registration Receipt Card - Form I-551 (with photo)
■U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa and Border Crossing Card - DSP-150 (with photo)
■Foreign passport with or without passport Visa (with photo)
■INS Employment Authorization Card - Form I-766 or I-688 (with photo)
■Mexican Consular ID Card (with photo)
■Dominican Republic Consular ID (with photo)
■Colombian Consular ID (with photo)
■Guatemalan Consular ID Card (with photo)
■Bank of America branded debit card or credit card (with photo)
■Bank of America debit card, ATM Card, or credit card (without photo)
Secondary ID List (may only use one of these in conjunction with a Primary ID)
■Major credit card from another financial institution (including American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Novus/Discover) (with or without photo)
■Major retail credit card from a nationally well-known department store or other nationally well-known retail company (such as Chevron, Macy's) (with or without photo)
■Debit card (check card) with Visa® or MasterCard® logo from another financial institution (with or without a photo)
■U.S. college/university ID - validated for current term or school year (with photo)
■U.S. student ID card from a local high school validated for current school year (with/without photo)
■U.S. issued employment/work ID card or badge (with/without photo)
■Account Opening: Can be accepted at both offsite and banking center locations
■U.S. driver's license (without photo)
■U.S. Dept of State Diplomat driver's license (with photo)
■U.S. Dept of State Diplomat ID (with photo)
■Foreign driver's license (such as Brazil, France) (with photo)
■Mexican driver's license (with photo)
■Canadian driver's license (with photo)
■Indian Tribal ID from a local reservation (with or without a photo)
■Mexican Voter Registration Card (with photo)
■Current lease agreement (must contain name and current address)
■Current Property Tax Statement
■Current utility bill (must contain name and current address)
■Current vehicle registration
■Department of Correction ID
■Driver's permit (temporary or beginner's) from any state (without photo)
■Health insurance card
■Hong Kong Travel Document
■Membership card (BJ's, COSTCO, Auto Club)
■Social Security card
■U. S. state or local government-issued license, permit or ID (examples: fishing, hunting, or gun permit)
■United States Armed Services ID (without photo)
As you can see, inclusivity is the watchword when dealing with Bank of America, and that's...wait a minute. Hong Kong Travel Document? I don't know what that is, but I want one, dammit.