As states implement their new voter photo ID rules, a few minor hitches have begun to appear. In South Carolina, right next door:
We have 178,000 registered voters without current state-issued picture identification cards. We have ample record of persons who are unable to get certified copies of their birth certificates (a requirement to get those new IDs), and due to various reasons the state Republicans never bothered to consider, apparently. For example, you need a birth certificate to get a South Carolina ID card; yet, you need a valid ID card to get a copy of your South Carolina birth certificate. How's that for a Catch 22?
In Wisconsin, a young, white male attempted to get his free Voter ID at the DMV. When things started looking iffy, his mother turned on her cell phone's video recorder. Short version: To get your free Voter ID card in Wisconsin, please provide a bank statement showing current activity and bring $28. (Unless You specifically ask Them for a free Voter ID, the DMV won't offer you the ID card for free). BTW: Wisconsin plans to close as many as ten DMV offices across the state so they can expand hours in other offices to handle Voter ID traffic. Per the Associated Press:
One Democratic lawmaker said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts.
Can you say Ken Blackwell? Of course, nothing like that would happen in North Carolina...
(Cross-posted from Scrutiny Hooligans.)