September 21, 2005
Former President Jimmy Carter has finally done something I can praise!
Carter and former Secretary of State Jim Baker have proposed issuing voter identification cards which people would need to carry to a polling place on election day.
In order to get the card, which would feature their picture and other information, they would have to demonstrate they are qualified to vote.
In addition to age and residency, they could not be in prison, or an illegal immigrant, or dead.
These are three categories of voters that have mostly voted for democrats in recent years.
As expected, certain democratic leaders oppose the I.D. card.
They claim it might – might – disenfranchise the poor, minorities and the elderly because they would find it hard to acquire them.
No it won’t.
If they can vote; they can apply for the card. Democrats, in particular, have benefited for years from illegal voters.
Recall the dead vote in Cook County, Illinois in 1960 that gave John Kennedy the election.
Voter I.D. cards are a great idea.
Let’s hope they are implemented.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.