Cross-posted at the Brock Log.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 4844, The Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006.
The primary provision in this Act is that it requires
`(i) a government-issued, current, and valid photo identification; or
`(ii) in the case of the regularly scheduled general election for Federal office held in November 2010 and each subsequent election for Federal office, a government-issued, current, and valid photo identification for which the individual was required to provide proof of United States citizenship as a condition for the issuance of the identification.
That means that you've got to spend money to vote and that you've got to prove you're an American citizen after 2010 in order to vote. In North Carolina, the fee for a valid identification card is $4 per year, which is $20 for the average five year driver's license or, at the minimum, $10 for a state identification card.
Then, you run into the proof of citizenship issues. A certificate of birth may or may not be valid. Many older and poor Americans do not have access to their original and certified birth certification and to obtain copies would require knowledge of where they were born and money to purchase the copy. Even then, birth certificates contain no information on legitimacy of parental citizenship and there's legislation that would ban children born in the U.S. of illegal immigrants non-U.S. citizens. Who's to prove (and how?) whether my or your parents are legal citizens? It certainly doesn't say that on my birth certificate. Passports must be valid to be accepted. What other forms of citizenship is there?
Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. voted "YES" on the House Resolution 4844, The Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006. He wants to restrict the poor and the elderly from voting. He wants to create a new poll tax, which has been declared unconstitutional, as has states' Voter ID laws.
Vote "NO" on Walter B. Jones, Jr. in November. Check out Craig Weber. He wants to protect the rights given in our Constitution, not restrict them.