A theme that I have followed in this blog is the question of whether it's a good idea to require a picture ID of some kind before permitting a citizen to vote. In another article in the New York Times called "Republican Legislators Push to TIghten Voting Rules", Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina had this quote:
Which is pretty convincing comment, on the face of it, isn't it? Except:
- Voting is far more important than buying a Sudafed. It's far more serious injustice to be prevented from voting than from buying a Sudafed.
- Not all flavors of Sudafed require Picture ID
- It's legal to have someone buy a Sudafed for me, it's illegal to have someone vote for me.
- Voting is restricted to happening on one specific day. You can always come back tomorrow to buy your Sudafed if you need it
- Coincidentally there's a good correlation between people (poor people, elderly people) who don't have a picture ID. These people also happen to skew strongly Democratic.
- Coincidentally there's no such correlation between people who want or need to fly