Friday, April 20, 2012

9th Circuit: Photo ID Okay--Kirsten Powers Agrees

Sorry vote fraudsters: Even the super liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the requirement to show a government-issued photo ID to vote is legal.

Earlier this week, the full (i.e., "en banc") court ruled in favor of 2004 Arizona ballot initiative--Proposition 200--requiring photo ID to cast a ballot. in Gonzalez v. Arizona, the appellate panel concluded that the mandate to show a driver's license or the equivalent was not discriminatory, as every common-sense person irrespective of ethnicity already knows.

As the Arizona Daily Star explains:
...the judges rejected arguments that mandating would-be voters show a driver's license or other identification unfairly discriminates against Latino voters. Judge Sandra Ikuta, writing for the majority, said while challengers made that claim, they failed to present any credible evidence.
The court disallowed one provision of the Arizona law that requires proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote using the federal form because it was inconsistent with the federal "Motor Voter Law," one of the worst pieces of legislation signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton. This issue will eventually find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kirsten Powers, one of the few liberal TV commentators who doesn't rely on propaganda and disinformation, says Democrats and liberals are trapped in the past with their obsessive opposition to photo ID laws: