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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

LONG LIST OF COMMON THINGS THAT REQUIRE AN IDENTIFICATION (ID): VOTING IS NOT ONE OF THEM

November 8, 2016

Despite liberal media and politicians who decry that requiring any form of identification is "racist" or violates some distorted view of people's Constitutional Rights, we present to you a list of things where identification (ID) is required.  Please take notice that several of the items on the list are explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States or State Constitutions, as well as items that may be implied by Constitutional interpretation or judicial ruling.  The argument that requiring identification (ID) to vote is one of the more absurd arguments to make, given the rather legnthy and non-inclusive list that we are providing below.  There are undoubtedly hundreds more items we could add to this list.

Please take a peek, and given the extensive nature of things that actually do require identification that are likely much less significant than electing a person to the highest political position in our Nation, we would love to hear your feedback on this matter.  Perhaps it's time to to review how the United States handles voting, and more specifically, voter fraud.

With the increased amount of early voting this election cycle, rumors abound of multiple cases of voter impersonation, dead people voting as well as some other more wild conspiracies that we simply can not validate. However, we do know based on several undercover investigations that there were issues with voter fraud, or at the very least, attempts to conduct voter fraud in the 2016 Presidential Elections.  Should we start to require ID at the polls?  It might be a good time to start re-thinking what we consider "discrimination" at the polls.

Activities that Require Showing ID:

  1. *Purchasing a Firearm (2nd Amendment Right)
  2. Purchasing Alcohol (Required by State Law)
  3. Purchasing Tobacco (Required by State Law)
  4. Operating a Motor Vehicle (Required by State Law)
  5. Fishing (Required by State / Local Statutes)
  6. Cashing a check (Required by Institution Policies; Also usually a thumbprint)
  7. *Seeking Employment (Once job is offered)
  8. Boarding an Airplane (FAA / Federal Policies)
  9. Boarding a Cruise Ship (Federal Statutes / Cruise Line Policies)
  10. Renting a Motor Vehicle (Institutional Policies)
  11. Registering for School / College (Institutional Policies)
  12. Purchasing a Cell Phone (Institutional Policies / FCC Statutes)
  13. Verifying Facebook Accounts (Institutional Policies)
  14. Verifying YouTube Accounts (Institutional Policies)
  15. Applying for Credit Cards / Lines of Credit (Institutional Policies)
  16. Sending Cash via Wire (Federal Statutes / Institutional Policies)
  17. Renting a Canoe (Institutional Policies)
  18. *Obtaining Prescription Medications (State Statutes / Institutional Policies)
  19. Adopting / Fostering a Dog or Cat (Institutional Policies)
  20. Obtaining a Hunting License (State Statutes)
  21. *Getting Married (County / State Statutes)
  22. Going to Physician (Institutional Policies)
  23. *Apply for Social Security Benefits (Federal / State Statutes)
  24. Apply for Medicaid (State Statutes)
  25. Apply for Unemployment Benefits (State Statutes)
  26. Obtain Health Insurance (Institutional Policies)
  27. *Obtain a Mortgage (Institutional Policies / County Statutes)
  28. *Rent a Home / Apartment (Institutional Policies)
  29. Rent a Post Office Box (Federal Statutes / Postal Regulations)
  30. Donate Blood (Institutional Policies)
  31. Purchase Certain Over The Counter Medications (State Statutes)
  32. Hotel Room Reservations (Institutional Policies)
  33. Entering R-Rated Movies (Institutional Policies)
  34. Entering Casinos (State Statutes / Institutional Policies)
  35. Returning Store Merchandise (Institutional Policies)
  36. Applying for Professional Licenses (State Statutes)
  37. Criminal Background Checks (State / Federal Statutes)
  38. *Holding Sanctioned Rally / Protest (State / Local Statutes)
  39. *Running for Political Office (Local / State / Federal Statutes)
  40. Purchasing Certain Video Games (Institutional Policies)
  41. *Registering as a Lobbyist (Federal Statutes)
  42. Applying for Food Stamps / EBT (State Statutes)
  43. Collect Lottery Winnings over $500 (State Statutes)
  44. Purchasing Lottery Tickets (State Statutes)
  45. Obtaining a Library Card (Local Statutes)
  46. *Registering a Business (Local Statutes)
  47. Writing a Check At a Merchant (Institutional Policies)
  48. *Serving on Jury Duty (County / State Policies)
  49. Applying for Building Permits (Local Statutes)
  50. Financial Transactions over $5000 (Institutional Policies / Federal Statutes)
  51. Pawn Shop Transactions (Institutional Policies / Local Statutes)
  52. Outpatient Testing / Medical Procedures (Institutional Policies)
  53. Establishing Electric Services (Institutional Policies)
  54. Establishing Landline Phone Services (Institutional Policies)
  55. Establishing Water / Sewer Services (Institutional Policies)
  56. Establishing Gas / Oil Heat Services (Institutional Policies)
  57. Seeking Emergency Room Services (Institutional Policies)
  58. Registering a Motor Vehicle or Boat (State Statutes)
  59. Learning To Fly (FAA Statutes)
  60. Opening a Bank Account (Institutional Policies)
  61. Establishing a Retirement Account (Institutional Policies)
  62. Obtaining Auto Insurance (Institutional Policies)
  63. Getting Documents Notarized (State Statutes)
  64. Becoming a Notary Public (State Statutes)
  65. *Filing a Lawsuit (State / Federal / Municipal Court Regulations)
  66. Joining Most Social Clubs / Organizations (Institutional Policies)

Activities That Do Not Require ID:

  1. Breathing
  2. Sitting
  3. Riding on a Bus
  4. Eating
  5. Blinking
  6. Voting for President of the United States


*Indicates an activity either specifically guaranteed by Constitutional Rights or implied rights via law, judicial ruling or Constitutional interpretation.


FACT CHECK (Unclear Decision As of Now):  From ConstitutionCenter.org

"The reality is that, if photo ID requirements are going to be struck down, it would probably be either under the guarantee of legal equality under the Fourteenth Amendment, or under one of two provisions in the 1965 Voting Rights Act which seek to assure voter equality. It actually was after the Twenty-Fourth Amendment had been ratified, in 1964, that the Supreme Court struck down poll taxes for voting in state elections (in the 1966 case of Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections); it did so under the Fourteenth Amendment equal protection guarantee.
And what is at least implicit in the Harper decision (and made explicit by later Supreme Court rulings) is that it would also violate the Fourteenth Amendment if a state were to charge a fee for a photo ID card when such a card was required for voting. The Court said in the Harper ruling: “To introduce wealth or a fee as a measure of a voter’s qualifications is to introduce a capricious or irrelevant factor.”
The Twenty-Fourth Amendment, it should be pointed out, was used by the Court in a 1966 decision (Harman v. Forssenius) to strike down a Virginia law — applied to federal elections — requiring the payment of a $1.50 poll tax or, alternatively, offering notarized proof that the voter lived in the state. The Amendment thus did provide a real remedy against poll taxes in federal elections — something that Congress had been trying, unsuccessfully, since 1939 to do by simple legislation.
More recently — and, particularly, within the past year — the campaign in state legislatures to impose conditions on the right to vote have been based on the more respectable argument that fraud in voting had become a serious problem, and ways had to be found to combat it. Indeed, the state legislators who turned to a photo ID requirement as an anti-fraud device had been encouraged to do so by the 2005 report of a federal Commission on Election Reform on which former President Jimmy Carter served as co-chairman. The commission, though, said that such a photo ID card should be available to any voter for free.
Opponents of the new photo ID requirements for voters have challenged the argument that these were necessary to combat fraud, since — the challengers insist — there is very little evidence of fraud in voting anywhere.
But those challengers also have to accept the reality that the Supreme Court has not rejected the anti-fraud rationale. Indeed, just three years ago, in the case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, the Court upheld Indiana’s photo ID requirement for voters in that state. The Court said that, while Indiana had not brought forth strong evidence that voter fraud was a problem that could be cured by a photo ID requirement, the Court was willing to accept — as a general proposition — that fraud in voting does occur, and that states must be free to respond to it.
During the past year, perhaps at least partly encouraged by the Court’s decision upholding the Indiana law, five states adopted new photo ID requirement, and that idea was also considered in a dozen other states. Louisiana was one of the states adopting such a requirement, and that is the state law that the Justice Department in late December challenged.
The Department did so under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, arguing that the Louisiana requirement fell more heavily upon minority voters because data gathered in the state showed that minority voters were 20 percent more likely than white voters to lack an ID card issued by the state motor vehicle department.
With Louisiana vowing to fight this rejection in court, the controversy over the expanded use of the photo ID requirement is sure to continue as this year’s elections unfold across the Nation.
Lyle Denniston is the National Constitution Center’s Adviser on Constitutional Literacy. He has reported on the Supreme Court for 53 years, currently covering it for SCOTUSblog, an online clearing house of information about the Supreme Court’s work.