Member Rara Avis
Good question, Ron. Mainly it's because that's what we do.
One common definition of insanity, Mike, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Creating new laws instead of enforcing the old ones hasn't worked so well for either guns or immigration, the two examples you've cited, so why should we expect it to work any better for voter registrations?
Maybe it's time to stop doing what we do?
By having the voters show proper ID? THAT is a limitation? Then showing ID to cash a check, board a plane, get a passport or driver's license must also be limitations? Is the government fighting those limitations?
Because in comparison, Mike, those are all very trivial things. Our country wasn't founded on the premise that everyone should be able to cash a check, board a plane, drive a car, et al. Restrictions on things like that are inconveniences. More importantly, they can be changed by the will of the people. If enough people don't want to be forced to show ID to cash a check they can use the ballot box to have it changed. They can elect representatives who will pass new legislation making it illegal to require ID when cashing a check. Or their representatives can institute wholly new ways for cashing checks. I know it sounds silly, I know it's never going to happen, but the point is that people still have options. When you take away their right to vote by imposing unnecessary restrictions, there are no options left to them. At least no peaceful ones.
They want any group to vote that they feel will vote democratic.
And Republicans want any group they feel will vote Democratic to be restricted, or better yet, eliminated. Both are self-serving and short sighted views, but have NOTHING to do with the issues. I don't care what motivates them. I only care about what is right and what is wrong. Adding additional restrictions to the voting process is wrong. And dangerous.
Again, Mike, if we don't want illegal immigrants or dead citizens to vote in elections then we should remove them from the voting rolls. It requires nothing more than actually doing the paperwork that is already legally required of the state. And that is absolutely where the burden should lie; on the bureaucrats, not on the citizens.