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Election bill upsets civil rights group

Sunday, October 13, 2002

You know what? Maybe we should stop trying to please all the people all the time. Because the truth of the matter is, you can't get it done. I'm sitting here reading about Friday's Congressional approval of an election overhaul bill and you'd think the $4 billion measure would vastly improve the voting process in this nation. But not if you listen to those famous special interest groups. And I'm getting sick and tired if listening to their whining.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle gave resounding praise to the election overhaul bill which will fund new voting machines and virtually assure that a repeat of the Florida fiasco does not occur. The measure passed by a 7-1 margin in the House and will easily clear the Senate. President Bush has signaled his intent on signing the funding bill.

But civil rights groups opposed the bill and you won't believe their reasoning. LaShawn Warren, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union said the measure "turns back the clock on four decades of voting rights advances. Instead of making sure that the voting process is inclusive, this bill provides tools to exclude people from the voting process."

You want to know what those "tools" are that will exclude people from voting? Identification. That's right the civil rights groups oppose the provision that would require voters to show a photo identification or a utility bill or virtually any other document that proves they are who they say they are. Hispanic groups too said that first time Hispanic voters would be reluctant to show an ID out of some fear of the federal government.

The simple act of proving your identity would have solved a great deal of problems in St. Louis two years ago when civil rights groups there protested about "voter disenfranchisement." Had the voters simply identified themselves and registered to vote, there would have been no problem.

I'm proud that Congress recognized the problem with antiquated voting machines. And I'm glad they are going to spend nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money to solve this problem. But I'm disgusted that some groups will never agree with the majority until they are handed their every wish and whim.

If you want a voice in this nation, register to vote, be able to identify yourself and turn out on election day. That rule should apply to everyone. End of story!

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