Sunday, March 6, 2016

Voting Travesty: Veterans Administration Photo ID Card Not Acceptable in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)
90-year old veteran Leo Olson was blocked from voting because his Veterans Identification Card was deemed unacceptable as proof of his identity.

Olson, a Wisconsin veteran of the battle of Iwo Jima, was denied his vote for the state's Supreme Court primary election. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, who happens to be the niece of Olson, wrote a letter to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker regarding the incident.

"It makes no sense to me that this proud patriot with a veterans card displaying his photo would be turned away from the polls and denied the right to vote," she wrote. "He considers voting part of his patriotic duty, yet, last week this proud patriot of 90 years of age was embarrassed and confused when he went to the polls and was denied his right to vote.  When he presented his veterans administration card with his picture on it, he was told that the card was not listed as 'acceptable' proof of his identity.  He responded: 'You mean veterans can't vote?'"

eye'm thynkin':  Stories like this make me so angry.  

Voting is a right, not a privilege; but try telling that to the GOP.  As long as they can keep minorities and/or the poor from voting, they don't care who gets hurt in the process.  

This man risked his life in the service of this country, and has voted for over 70 years.  Suddenly, he's not good enough.  No state issued ID, no voting rights.  Federal IDs aren't good enough.  Does Wisconsin believe their photographers are superior to the federal governments?  Will a picture taken in America's dairy state somehow be more identifiably accurate?  Or maybe the powers that be in Wisconsin believe there are hoards of 90-year-old veterans being kidnapped, locked in federal bunkers, and coerced by President Obama into presenting false identification in order to cheat our election system?  Yeah, that's it.  It must be President Obama's fault.

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