The Constitutional Right to Vote

The New Hampshire Secretary of State has testified that 50,000 citizens who are eligible to vote don’t have a photo ID. Most of those non-drivers are older people who had to stop driving because of vision or health problems, disabled people who are unable to drive, young people who can’t afford a car or driving lessons and city people who have public transportation.

All of them can register to vote by providing other documents. Now, the Legislature has sent the Governor a bill, SB289, that would require these people to show a driver’s or non-driver’s license, a passport or military ID in order to get a ballot on Election Day. If they don’t have one of those four IDs, they’ll have to fill out an affidavit, get it notarized, get a photo taken and give the affidavit and photo to the Ballot Clerks every time they go to vote.

One of my State Representatives, Al Baldasaro, told me once that if only one person votes who isn’t registered it’s too many. My response to him is that if only one person is denied their Constitutional right to vote it’s too many.

Very, very few people have passports or military IDs. Basically, SB289 is a bill that makes not driving a car grounds to discriminate against people who have the Constitutional right to vote.

I urge the Governor to veto SB289 and I urge the Legislators to sustain the veto.

Jerry Conner


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  1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Paul Skudlarek

    Probably done to help protect him from 2nd Amendment absolutists who think that he and the President are secretly conspiring to deprive them of their Uzis. Nothing funny about that.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Don’t need ID’s for that. A metal detector and a pat down by security. You know, same as I go through whn I fly.

      Speaking of flying, a woman from Texas testified how not having an ID was going to deprive her of her right to vote in November. Not one member of the press, or anyone else for that matter, asked her how she could fly from Texas to DC to testify when she didn’t have an ID. Have we relaxed the laws on flying? Did I miss some big news?

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        1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

          Nope, ID needed. Same with Amtrac. Maybe a big $$ donor flew her to DC. In that case, he can drive her to get an ID, then drive her to the polls.

        2. Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

          No, she was flown in. Last night I heard that part of her testimony is to say that she doesn’t have the “time” to get an ID. Yet, she has the time to fly across the country for a boondoggle that will last a few days.

  2. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Ken, (I didn’t want you to forget me). Regarding the woman who flew from Texas. Maybe she flew on a private plane? This whole section of the population which flys “private” don’t need ID’s. Just us cattle do. Not sure if “regular” people are supposed to know this? I wonder how most of our “elite” politicains fly these days?

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Then she can have someone fly her butt to the registry to get her FREE state ID. But your right, I would not put it past a liberal to spend tax payer money to bring in a shill of a witness for an issue such as this.

      I’ll bet she can get around town to party and spend time with friends. But get a FREE id? heck no…..

    2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

      Actually Steve, in the last year I have taken a few flights that have routed me through DC. On several of those flights I saw politicians that I recognized. Granted they were in first class, but they were still on commercial flights.

    3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

      And this story (although an editorial of the case) gives an overview of some of the absurd arguments being used on the left.

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