Making Documentation Difficult is tied to Voting
My driver’s license is up for renewal. This is the top of the email that I have now received several times from NY State. New York offers three types of license documents: Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard. If you have a Standard license, you will not be allowed to board a domestic flight starting in October 2020 (unless you have a Passport). If you plan to travel, we recommend you upgrade while you renew in a DMV office, and avoid a second visit.
For decades people have always used the license to prove their identity when flying. Change is coming from the Real ID Act, under the TSA, as if the license wasn’t good enough. It goes under the fear tactics that have been used starting with Dick Cheney’s color status’s after 9/11 and this is being used to make it more difficult for people to vote. It is all tied into one bucket.
I am missing my social security card in my files. I need to get one in order to obtain the new enhanced license. Ends up that in order to get a new social security card, the agency needs access to your credit reports. They use Equifax which makes me wonder how much Equifax got paid for that one. We have everything locked down after getting hacked so this is just another step. It took me time and energy to figure all of this out. Now I will be able to get the card and get the new license but the process is far from seamless.
Where is the data showing that this new enhanced license is a necessary change to get from state to state? Just like people having to verify their voter registration that has worked for decades. Where is this all coming from? It is becoming more difficult to vote by requiring people to get forms of ID. These new restrictions are an attempt to suppress votes from the youth and poor people. The underlying reason is to supposedly combat voter fraud so where is the data that there is any voter fraud?
Making it difficult to obtain a social security card, a new license and the ability to vote appears to be part of the new normal of fear creation from the Republican party to make sure that they stay in power and have an advantage. What does that say if they wouldn’t we want every vote to count?