By Brittany Pounders
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
I’ve been an election worker and a poll watcher multiple times throughout my adult years. To me, elections are one of the most sacred rights and responsibilities we have as Americans. The integrity of those said elections are so important to me that on many an election day I have divvied up my children to other responsible adults and spent 12 plus exhausting hours at a poll that I have been assigned. I’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of patriotic Americans pass through those lines and pull the lever for the candidate that they feel most represents their ideals. Many I would agree with and many I would not. However, even with those who I vociferously disagree with I respect their decision and appreciate them taking the liberty and responsibility to vote as seriously as I do. A peaceful and democratic decision in choosing our leader is one of the aspects that makes America great.
Yet, with those times have inevitably come provoking moments of colossal dishonesty and deception. I’ve watched people come through the lines multiple times, in an effort to pull the lever twice for their candidate- conveniently pleading ignorance when they are turned away. I’ve seen people try to vote on behalf of other people. I’ve seen people try to vote through multiple addresses. The list is endless and infuriating. And because all that’s required to vote is something as insignificant as a water bill, you can imagine how rampant the fraud really is. And so while I’ve always thought it a common sense endeavor to require voter identification, through these instances I’ve become more adamant than ever that we must get better at protecting our elections.
This has always seemed like a rational and common sense step to me. We have to provide ID for everything. We get stopped by police officer for driving too fast..provide ID. Register kids for school…ID. Travel by plane…ID. Tax Refund…ID. Cash a check…ID. The list goes on and on and on. So, I’ve always been baffled and annoyed that for the very most sacrosanct action we do as Americans, voting for our candidates who end up affecting our lives and freedoms in dramatic ways, we aren’t required to provide proof that we are who we say that we are and that,most importantly, we are indeed actual citizens of this country.
But, this last week in Texas, a judge in Austin (worth noting Neva Gonzales Ramos is a federal judge appointed by Obama) ruled that to require ID is the equivalent of a poll tax. Why? Because a FREE ID requires a birth certificate and a birth certificate requires $3 and, according to liberals celebrating over this ruling, traveling that might be required to obtain a birth certificate causes an undue burden.
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Brittany Pounders is Co-Founder of www.LibertyJuice.com and has been an active proponent for the conservative movement in Fort Bend County and the State of Texas. She was a delegate to the Texas Republican Convention in 2010 and in 2012. More recently, she attended the GOP National Convention and worked with some of the most talented people involved with the Romney/Ryan campaign.
* You can follow Brittany Pounders on Twitter at @LibertyBritt.