A few weeks ago I was running a few errands. I had to stop by the grocery store, then to the library to drop off some books for my girls.
My last trip was to the State Employees Credit Union to deposit a check and a few other matters. When the SECU employee asked me for my ID I readily handed it over so she could process my transaction.
I actually already had it ready because I knew they would ask for it and expected them to. I would have been surprised had they not asked for it. They are protecting my account and their money.
I serve the city of Durham as a judge at precinct 34-2 (Ivy Community Center). On election days I monitor the voting process along with the other two judges there and the other workers. (To the voters that come in each year, I applaud you for your diligence to the voting process. I expect to see your faces at each election.)
Over the past few elections our check-in officials have had to ask each voter if they are prepared to show an ID starting in 2016. The vast majority have said yes and moved on with the check-in process. A few have said yes, with a few words objecting to having to show identification. A smaller subset have made it known they see this as another way to stifle the black vote – “and keep a brother down.”
I do not have an issue with the voter ID law, nor do I see it as a means to stifle the black vote. How can showing an ID do that? Anyone who does not have an ID can get one for FREE.
Opponents of the law say only a small number of people try to defraud the system by trying to vote more than once or by using another person’s name. If that is true why not strengthen the system to make it better? How would you like it if someone went to your bank or credit union and asked for money from your account claiming to be you?
What gets me more than anything is when people that look like me – African-Americans – claim the voter ID law is against black people.
There are white voters that may not have an ID, and they are required like everyone else under the law to obtain one. Yet even when white voters oppose voter ID I do not hear the venom about it being racist as I do from my own. Liberalism provokes a sense of entitlement in some that manifests itself in an “I don’t need to do something” attitude merely because the left says it is racist, anti-progressive, and pro-GOP. We need to get away from this partisan behavior and see the law as an attempt to improve our voting system.
I see the voter ID law like the chips now being placed in some debit and credit cards to prevent fraud. There are those out there looking for ways to make an easy buck who will take advantage for their deleterious purposes. The chip provides a one-time code that cannot be deciphered by would-be criminals so they cannot access your account. Over the years as technology gets better, that system will have to be tweaked. Evil is out there, and we must be wary.
In the March primary let’s not allow the voter ID law to be the issue but rather the election. Vote well but not often.
Terry McCann is a Durham Public Schools mathematics teacher and member of the Black Republican Committee of the Durham County Republican Party.