Draconian measures for imaginary threats:
"We call this restoring confidence in government," Tillis said. "There are a lot of people who are just concerned with the potential risk of fraud." He added a voter ID law "would make nearly three-quarters of the population more comfortable and more confident when they go to the polls."
I dispute those numbers but, even if they are true, where do you think that public perception came from? Several years of propaganda-laced electioneering by fear-mongering Republicans, who don't have the capacity to fix real problems so they
manufacture strawmen to bring down. And like most propagandists of totalitarian regimes, Tillis tries to convince those he's hurting that he's actually helping them:
Instead, Tillis suggested, the proposal might actually help voters who currently have no ID.
"There are a lot of people – young people and elders – who do not have IDs, and this measure provides broad access to IDs at no cost," he said.
Bolding mine. It's not just about forking over cash for an ID. The fact they don't have a driver's license tells you they don't drive. It's one of the reasons we have so many voting precincts, so that citizens don't have to travel great distances to exercise their right to vote.
If this unnecessary bill becomes law, they'll have to chase down (and pay for, in most cases) a copy of their birth certificate (if it exists, and if they can secure one without an ID), then they'll have to ask somebody to take them to the DMV, and hope that person is willing to wait a few hours (if said driver works, that's another problem).
These are hurdles. They may be hurdles that a big chunk of the population doesn't have to deal with (thus, the polling numbers), but they are hurdles, nonetheless.
Voting shouldn't require hurdles. Anybody who believes it should simply cannot (truly) believe in a representative government.
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