One of the biggest issues being raised in America right now is the need for Voter ID laws. As of today, 30 states have enacted laws that require you to show identification when arriving to the polls. Voter ID laws are a no-brainer. You are required to show identification to do just about anything in your day-today life. Have you ever purchased alcohol? I’m sure you had to pull out that driver’s license within seconds of putting your adult beverage on the counter. Let’s say you are a college student. For many events and functions that take place, you are mostly required to show a photo ID to prove you are who you say you are. Have you ever tried to enter upon the premises of a military base? One of the first things you would encounter is a MP (military police) stationed outside of a small hut checking IDs of those who wish to enter.
Showing identification is nothing new or complicated. It is something that is used consistently. However, there are some who hold a belief that voter id laws are not beneficial and deem it unnecessary.
MSNBC’s talk show host Al Sharpton, who is no stranger to controversy and who always finds himself to be the subject of contentious debate, argued that voter id laws are a setback to blacks. Playing the race card, which was on top of deck and ready to be used, he said to MSNBC host Martin Bashir, “One has to conclude it's a deliberate attempt to try and suppress our votes in particularly minority communities that are disproportionately impacted, seniors and students.”
Sharpton’s logic couldn’t be any further from truth. While Sharpton intends to play the role of victimization, it is imperative to point out that voter id laws are intended to prevent voter fraud and allow the process to operate smoothly and correctly. It is people like Sharpton who attempt to create an image in people’s minds that white people in the GOP are always out to keep blacks oppressed. While we will wait for sanity to take residence in Sharpton’s mind, it is good to point out that voter id laws to not disenfranchise anyone, but it gives everyone the right and ability to partake in their civic duty. The notion that race is a factor is an anemic excuse to ignore the errors that occur at voting booths today.
Registration fraud, noncitizen voting and voting official indictment have occurred in Georgia, Virginia, and Florida, to name a few.
Demetrius Minor is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network and is co-host of the blogtalkradio show "He Said, She Said" with Project 21 member Stacy Washington.
In addition, Demetrius is a blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern, preacher, and columnist for Townhall, Red Alert Politics and Conservative Daily News.