Here is a thing you can do to help eligible voters vote in 2020

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/19/here-is-a-thing-you-can-do-to.html

Help a disadvantaged fellow American obtain an ID to get a job, a safe place to live, and so they can vote.

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National Voter Day? Yes, replace that archaic Columbus Day with the National Voter Day. So say I, again, right now.

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I appreciate the practicality of this, but I think one of the great things about the US is that you don’t have to have ID.

So, help a disadvantaged American get an ID, and encourage an advantaged American to refuse to carry/show theirs.

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You do need to have a place to live in order to register though. And it’s difficult to get a permanent residence without a job, which in turn is difficult to get without an ID.

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With SCOTUS being in Republican hands for the foreseeable future, this is a great idea. We need more than 100 per week though. If more organizations can provide help then shut up and take my money.

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A big part of my job is enrolling people in Obamacare ACA-compliant health insurance, and just today I noticed a button on healthcare dot gov “register to vote.” From now on, all my clients are getting The Talk.

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I’m almost afraid to take an active physical role in voter registration; the last two times I did, the horrible fucker who I was trying to prevent from taking office won.

O_o

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“that you don’t have to have ID.”
Unless you want to vote: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_ID_laws_in_the_United_States

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Meanwhile elsewhere: https://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Special_Category/Enrolment_with_no_fixed_address.htm

Also note the website is that of an independent non-partisan (no political party representation) statuary authority.

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Yep. While agree with the sentiment of the OP, just the act of getting an ID is an unbelievable burden for a lot of folks. Case in point, my brother-in-law was recently released from prison after spending most of his adult life institutionalized (most of his young adult years, too! Surprise!). We took him in for a few months to give him a permanent residence, tried to get his papers in order, etc., but it was shockingly hard to just get the documents together to get him a basic state ID. And all that just so that he could simply exist in a world outside of incarceration where his existence is well documented and verified by multiple entities.

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no state required a voter to produce a government-issued photo ID as a condition for voting before the 2006 election.

Sigh. Ok,

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