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Monday, September 12, 2005

poll tax 2005

Steve Gilliard notes....it's easier to vote in Iraq than in Georgia. Must read.

1 Comments:

  • I'm glad you posted this!

    I suspect many people who saw the New York Times article about this might think to themselves that it wouldn't be a bad thing to have an easily accessible national photo id for all those Americans who don't need a driver's license. The key phrase, however, is easily accessible.

    I'm an Atlanta resident. And I was shocked when I got there. I've never been to a state where it is so difficult to obtain a driver's license. (Besides GA, I've lived in PA, CT, OH, and CA.) Near Atlanta,there are very few places where a driver's license can be obtained, and the lines are hours long. (The people in those lines, btw, are predominantly African American. I suspect that if you go to Gwinnett Co. it's much easier.) And if you wait in line for hours, and five o' clock comes, you're out of luck and have to return another day. I, fortunately, work flexible hours. If I did not, I would often find myself driving in violation of the law. When my license expired last November, I had to go and stand in line on two separate days while my license languished in its outdatedness.

    Let me add this: I have voted in PA and CT. The lines aren't long. A working person can get to the polls at 7 am and still make it to work on time. I'll never forget my first time voting in Fulton Co. GA. I had to wait, again, for hours. Again, I could do it because I didn't have to be at work by 9 am. But if I did, I probably wouldn't have been able to vote that day.

    By Blogger Myshkin, at 10:54 PM  

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